After his team got torched by the 49ers’ read-option last week, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he doesn’t believe it will last long.
“I think the league is cyclical and things can come back around that were being used 20, 30 years ago. But this too will pass,” Rodgers said on his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com on Tuesday. “Some of the pistol read-option stuff will eventually pass. Now, that may not be for 10 more years.
“The athletic quarterback I don’t think is going to pass at all. I think you’ve seen a trend of more and more guys who can make plays when the pocket breaks down and extend plays, who are also good passers. I think you’re going to continue to see that; we’ve seen a lot of that the last few years especially.
“Obviously (look at) the year that (Washington’s) Robert Griffin (III) had this year and his mobility. (Seattle’s) Russell Wilson is an athletic guy and (Indianapolis’) Andrew Luck, as well, is an underrated athlete. So you’re going to see more of the top picks being big-time athletes as well like Kaepernick.
“But I think that as we saw five years ago with the wildcat stuff – it had its success and less and less people are doing it and now. It’s more of the zone-read stuff – reading the end or keeping it and pulling it with a quarterback who has some athleticism. At some point, on some level, they’re going to figure out how to consistently stop that, and then that will make its way up to the NFL. Or, enough for these (quarterbacks), who are going to be franchise guys if they’re not already, may take some unnecessary shots or decide that they’d rather stay in the pocket and throw it then rush the ball 15 times a game. And then you can kind of see it gradually go in the other direction, I think.”
Until I’m proven wrong, I agree with Rodgers. For some reason I don’t think the read-option will be relevant in a couple of years. I think it puts the quarterback in a vulnerable position to get hit too much, which would cleary lead to injuries.