Re: Wishbone architect Emory Bellard dead at 83
It's mostly a matter of, how are you attacking the defense? The T-formation (and its modern-day popular high-school variant, the wing-T) is based on misdirection and deception, with the blockers getting their angles while the defenders try to figure out where the ball is going, but it's not really option football. The QB is a distributor and occasional passer, not so much of a primary runner. But the wishbone's bread-and-butter play was the triple option, where any one of the fullback, quarterback or backside running back could end up with the ball depending on how it was blocked and the defense reacted, and it was up to the quarterback to decide after the snap which was the best option. The QB was as much (if not more) running back as passer.
Even though it used three backs, the wishbone was a closer spiritual cousin to the Nebraska option-I than the T, in my opinion.
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