Redskins head coach Jay Gruden plans on using the read-option with Robert Griffin III this coming season. Of course it won’t be as heavy as it was in 2012, but Washington’s first-year head coach would like to surprise teams with it.
“Personally my belief is the read option is better as an element of surprise,” Gruden said. “If you’re making it a major focal point of your offense — though they had success with it — that’s problematic. You want to have some of it, no question, because it’s the way to get the numbers back in your favor offensively. And with a quarterback like him, why wouldn’t you have some of it?
“But we’re trying to develop him as an all-around quarterback. And I don’t know if they had that (as a goal). I’m sure they did a little bit, but I think that’s the clear intent moving forward, to develop him as an all-around quarterback. That’s part of his growth, from ’12 to ’13 to now.”
I would stay away from the option. RG3 is one nasty hit away from his NFL career being over. He can’t afford to tear another ACL.