Point Counter-point: RGIII and the Future Of the Read Option
July 9, 2013 in Redskins Personnel
There has been a lot debate during the Mini-camps and OTA's on how can the Redskins prevent any more future injuries to star quarterback Robert Griffin III. Whose responsibility is it to keep Griffin healthy and on the field for 16 games? Was running the pistol and read option with Griffin a major mistake by the Shanahans and should they nix it completely once Griffin is ready to go? Well, it looks like Griffin is going to be ready to start camp and barring a setback a lock for week one. In my opinion, I can't really put the blame on Shanahan here. Both times Griffin went down were during scrambles and had nothing to do with what offensive system they had going. It was unfortunate but Griffin needs to become better at protecting himself even though his playmaking ability is unreal.
Other teams ran similar offenses and their qb's made it through the season without the issues Griffin had. They pistol and read option at times were unstoppable and I don't think they are the issue here. Do I think a pro-style offense could be run by Griffin? Yes, but the college-like offense of 2012 was too good when he was 100% to make any changes. Where do you stand on the future of the pistol and read-option in DC?
I do agree that this franchise seems to not be afraid to mislead everyone on the field like you discussed with Griffin's injuries. But also off the field with a fake chief but that is another debate we won't get into and kind of a cheap shot by me. The hope is that the events of the second half of the 2012 season were a learning experience of what they have in Griffin, the offense around him and how to handle. Just like the past couple seasons have been a learning experience for Dan Snyder on how to run a team correctly with capable decision makers. Another cheap shot. Everyone needs to be on same page whenever RG3 returns to the field this time because I sick and tired of the debate of who is at fault.
I have confidence that the coaches and training staff as well as and we can't forget Robert Griffin himself can make this work for a long time. I can't see the Shanahans dropping the read option or pistol much at all once Griffin is back and fully expect them to have new tricks added to the mix. Maybe the new tricks is confidence the offense can run more of a pro-style but we will have to wait and see on that. I love your point on why the read-option really benefited Griffin when most think its a dangerous situation for him. It was fun to watch guys like Jason Pierre-Paul confused and lost out there!
That is a good point by Bowen because you have to think all NFL coaches have worked all off season on ways to stop teams like the Redskins. But on the other hand its not like guys like the Shanahans are Jim Harbaugh are going to sit back and not be prepared.
One thing we know about Mike Shanahan is that he is going to put the work in to make this offense better. Even after his firing in Denver Shanahan watched tape and talked to coaches knowing he had to be prepared to once again coach. And unlike the McNabb year, he has a quarterback who will work with him to maximize both their skills. I also would like to congratulate the newly married Griffins and wish them the best.
Yeah this is where the chess match sort of starts all over again as defenses adapt and find things that work, the Redskins need to throw in some more wrinkles. This is another area where I see versatile guys come into play and they start to line guys up in different formations to give new looks for the defense. I also think we could see some more creative looks, like say four tight ends or possibly three running backs/fullbacks. It won't happen a ton, but enough that defenses need to prepare for it.