Kyle Shanahan: Teams aren’t “shocked” by read-option anymore


Earlier on Thursday, Mike Florio took a look at the limited running that Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has done out of read-option looks this year and opined that “defenses eventually will stop falling for it” as a result.

Griffin’s offensive coordinator seems to agree with that assessment. Shanahan said Thursday that defenses are better prepared to face the read-option than they were last season, when Shanahan said it was “easy at times” to fool defenses.

“Now it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work. It’s just not as — you’re not shocking people like you were last year,” Shanahan said, via Mark Maske of the Washington Post. “And when teams are completely committed to stopping something, I don’t care what it is, they’re gonna stop it. And you’ve got to do other stuff and make them worry about other stuff before you want to come back to that and attack it.”

It doesn’t help that Griffin has appeared limited after missing the entire offseason recovering from knee surgery, but the need to constantly adjust is one shared by all offensive coordinators. Shanahan said that the offense has been “a little hit or miss” when it comes to attacking the areas left vulnerable by a focus on slowing the read-option, something that has to improve if they are going to put defenses on their heels as they did when things were rolling for them last season.

24 responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Teams aren’t “shocked” by read-option anymore

  1. You need a team that isn’t independently shell-shocked themselves if you want to shock an opponent. This read-option could be a great system for the right team that can execute it well.

  2. Teams aren’t really shocked by anything of your offense, Kyle, except for the god-given talent of RGIII.

  3. “Now it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t work. It’s just not as — you’re not shocking people like you were last year,”

    Translation: Since Robert shredded three ligaments earlier this year, he’s not as fast and quick as he used to be, so we can’t run the read-option as much as we’d like.

  4. The offense was terrible with McNabb, terrible to John Beck, and terrible with Rex Grossman.

    Other than 9 games last year, Red Lobster Jr’s offense hasn’t consistently shocked anyone.

  5. The option actually isn’t that hard to defend, it just takes discipline for the defensive players to carry out their assignments instead of always just chasing the ball.

    But with fewer college and HS teams running it than in the past, many of today’s NFL players hadn’t seen it much prior to last year.

  6. keep this in mind, r-word fans…since the start of last season, the redskins are 10-10. ordinary as always.

  7. Ya think Kyle.

    Gee the defensive coordinators only had all off season to study it. Did you really think it was going to be as effective this year as it was against unprepared teams?

    The wildcat was really effective a total of once, the very fist game it was pulled out against the Pats. After that it rapidly became a gimmick that has disappeared because when you’re prepared for it the tactic is not effective against you.

    The read option was more effective but teams are ready for it now unlike last year.

  8. I love my skins but I think it’s time to try and bring in Chuckie or Cowher!…..they’re to blame for RG3, the offensive struggles, and the PUTRID DEFENSE!…..Haslett has to go….Raheem Morris is a bum….we have enormous talent on this team…but our coaching is suspect!…HTTR!

  9. @All-American Voltron – really, are we now? An offense that beat us by 6 points (or 2 field goals) shocked us? I guess that 0-3 is making you Washington fans lose your minds and spew illogical statements left and right.

  10. Of course they’re not shocked by it any more. A year’s worth of tape will do that. NFL Defensive Coordinators aren’t dummies and the speed of the NFL game is just a tad different than college.

  11. Cam has run this style offense since 2011 and statistically it seems like the offense still works. 2011-706 yards / 2012-741 yards / 2013-on pace for 522. Maybe ESPNIII isn’t a god and is just another run if the mill mortal.

  12. Kyle: Learn from your daddy how NOT to ruin your QB and shut up.

    We all know you only got your job because your daddy was respected by some in the NFL back then.

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