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The Redskins should cease Option Plays for the rest of the Season

Now that the Washington Redskins have been eliminated from playoff contention, there needs to be a concerted effort to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III healthy for the remainder of the season.  They can start this effort by ceasing the use of the option plays that have become a staple of the offense.

While effective, the option plays expose RGIII to hits that he doesn’t need, as he’s already taking considerable punishment from hits on passing downs from sacks.  Not to mention the additional hits he takes on scrambles.  Considering the fact that Griffin lost an entire offseason recovering from a torn ACL, one would think the Redskins would be more cautious this time.


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However, head coach Mike Shanahan may be fighting for his job, and he’s probably not be thinking beyond this season.  So he may not be too concerned about the health of a quarterback he may not be coaching next season.  His focus might be to win as many games as he can this season in order to justify returning next season.

But this is why I believe that Shanahan should be fired as soon as possible if it’s going to happen.  Because someone needs to be concerned about the health of the franchise QB.  And Shanahan proved last season in the playoffs that he has no problem putting RGIII’s health at risk if it means he can win a game.

Last night the Redskins repeatedly put RGIII into hazardous situations.  First on a quarterback sneak where he got blasted backwards by a huge hit, and then they ran a reverse, where it appeared as though the quarterback needed to serve as the lead blocker.  And again, Griffin sustained a huge hit, and it wasn’t even necessary.

If Mike Shanahan isn’t smart enough to figure this out, then he needs to go.  If the only way he can win is have his quarterback putting his body on the line, then it’s obvious that Shanahan should no longer serve as the Redskins head coach.

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  • FrogBurger

    By the same token, RG3 should be benched then. He’ll take hits anyways since the o-line isn’t great.

    • Maurice Barksdale

      No, Having missed the entire offseason, RGIII needs to the reps and experience the last four games. But cutting back on the running plays will help him stay healthy.

      • xXwindsofchangeXx

        I don’t buy it. I think he’s actually better at running/sliding/getting out of bounds than our line would be on conventional drop-back pass blocking. And the way our undersized interior guys are constantly being pushed back into his lap increases the chances of a 300-lb. lineman (whether it be his own or one from the defense) landing right on his knee. If they’re not going to run RO I sure hope they at least call some bootleg plays to get him out of the pocket. I don’t feel any safer with him standing back there and trying to throw than I do with him scrambling. Our line’s that bad.

        • Maurice Barksdale

          You make a good point. But I think the main objective either way should be to limit the amount of hits that RGIII takes, and ceasing option plays is one way to do it. It won’t stop it all together, but they need to start some where.

          I agree with more bootlegs to get him out of the pocket, but at this point the Redskins need to do everything in their power to keep Griffin healthy.