Ronald Reagan, who was pretty good at debates, could offer an argument as to the staying power of the read option.

Some dismiss the package as a fad already fading from the NFL. But Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says he watched the read option in the 1940 movie "Knute Rockne, All American," which including Reagan as triple-threat halfback George Gipp.

Rivera has been instrumental in the resurgence of the read option by taking advantage of quarterback Cam Newton's running ability.

And midway through the 2014 season, running quarterbacks continue to make an impact.

Russell Wilson of Seattle, Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco and Ryan Tannehill of Miami are all on pace for career highs in rushing yardage while averaging more than 5 yards per carry.


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