Falling behind early has kept the Redskins from running the read-option

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan claims that the only reason they’ve run only five read-option plays during the first two weeks of the regular season is because they fell behind so quickly against both the Eagles and Packers.

“We have the ability to do everything we’ve done a year ago,” Shanahan said, via ESPN.com. “In the second half of our first two games we’ve gone to two minutes very quickly. The score was very obvious why we did. We’ll let the season go on, and hopefully you guys will see some of the execution that you did last season.”

Quarterback Robert Griffin III told the media that he’ll run the ball if opposing defenese allow it.

“If teams will give us the QB runs, then we’ll take it,” Griffin said Sunday. “If they’re not giving it to us, then we can’t just run those plays.”

RG3 says he won’t run for the sake of running.

“I won’t just run to show people I’m back,” Griffin said. “That’s stupid. If they take that away, then we have to run other plays and make those things happen. Eventually it will come back and the team that wants to give it to us, we’ll take it.”

Shanahan claims he still believes in Griffin.

“We have a lot of confidence in Robert,” Shanahan said. “Anytime you start a little slow and are down as many points as we’ve been down and we get to a two-minute attack earlier than we’d like to, we’re probably not putting people in the [best] situation we can.”

Shanahan makes a good point.  A team can’t run the football of they quickly fall behind by a few scores.  Their passing game has struggled because it feeds off the read-option.


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