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

Robert Griffin III, Kyle Shanahan AP

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.

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24 Responses to “Kyle Shanahan: Teams aren’t “shocked” by read-option anymore”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 26, 2013 5:41 PM

    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. thesmedman says: Sep 26, 2013 5:44 PM

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

  3. azarkhan says: Sep 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    “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. scaredhitless says: Sep 26, 2013 5:54 PM

    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. abqpacker says: Sep 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    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. swaggyy says: Sep 26, 2013 6:01 PM

    Except the Redskins defense. They’re shocked by it.

  7. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 26, 2013 6:11 PM

    Mobile quarterbacks are so 90′s.

  8. nananatman says: Sep 26, 2013 6:16 PM

    Has nothing to do with Ds being able to obliterate a QB continuing a fake? At all?

  9. toonloonboon says: Sep 26, 2013 6:17 PM

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

  10. Go-Hawks! says: Sep 26, 2013 6:23 PM

    If teams aren’t shocked by your offense, regardless of the schemes you use, then you’re doing something wrong.

  11. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:27 PM

    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.

  12. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:45 PM

    IRG3 is already exposed, and the skins still arent done paying for him, smh

  13. tiger7575 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:15 PM

    Boy mastermind is an average coach, Daddy’s record sucks without Elway. Bad combo.

  14. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:19 PM

    wheres those fans that keep saying IRG3 was so much superior to Luck?

  15. djohnson757 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:22 PM

    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!

  16. All-American Voltron says: Sep 26, 2013 7:25 PM

    the Packers still are!

  17. concord148 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:54 PM

    Yeh, you wait till Tebow comes back with the read-option – it will be shock and awe.

  18. packersarethebest says: Sep 26, 2013 7:57 PM

    @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.

  19. chrisbradley9 says: Sep 26, 2013 7:57 PM

    Yes it is called evolution? Has your dad not taught you this yet?

  20. whodey420 says: Sep 26, 2013 8:29 PM

    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.

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 26, 2013 8:48 PM

    “uh oh”
    –Chip Kelly

  22. pancaketaco says: Sep 26, 2013 9:15 PM

    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.

  23. favrewillreturn says: Sep 26, 2013 9:36 PM

    Read option is dead, need to sign a 43 year old gunslinger looking for work.

  24. joetoronto says: Sep 27, 2013 4:23 AM

    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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