Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden recently stated that while he plans to have sprinkles of the read-option here and there in his offense, but it won’t be a major part. This is in contrast to how previous Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan would use the play numerous times a game.
While the play effectively utilized the running skills of running back Alfred Morris and quarterback Robert Griffin III, it also opened RGIII up to a considerable amount of hard hits, sometimes even when he handed off. And yet, Griffin’s health didn’t seem to discourage Shanahan from using the play.
However, Jay Gruden seems to recognize that to stop using the play completely wouldn’t be smart considering it’s effectiveness. But Griffin’s health has to be made a high priority. Maybe Shanahan thought he had no choice but to use the read-option more, but the fact is in the NFL the health of your franchise quarterback needs to be protected.
Also, now that the Redskins have acquired more weapons on offense to throw to in receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts, the need for RGIII to run the ball as much isn’t as great. So it would behoove Gruden and Griffin to get the ball into the hands of the playmakers on offense as much as possible and limit the pounding on Griffin.
This is further proof that Jay Gruden gets it, and he’s focused not just on the present, but on the long-term as well. It also proves that he’s learning from Shanahan’s mistake of not putting the health of Robert Griffin III as a high priority.