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RGIII doing limited running from read-option look

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It’s no surprise that Robert Griffin III isn’t running with the ball as much as he used to.  But his team continues to make it look like he might run.

And defenses eventually will quit falling for it.

During Sunday’s loss to the Lions (the only game this year that didn’t see Washington fall into a deep hole early), Griffin started 12 plays with the read-option look, with Griffin putting the ball into the stomach of a tailback before either handing it off or keeping it.

Twice — the first time Griffin used the maneuver in each half — he ran to the right for minimal gains.  Three times, he handed the ball off.

Seven other times, Griffin kept the ball and threw a pass.  He connected on six of them, with a 29-yard gain being called back for a holding penalty.  The seventh and final throw from the read-option look initially was ruled a 57-yard touchdown, but it was overturned when the referee determined that receiver Aldrick Robinson failed to control the ball when going to the ground.

So the read-option has become an effective device for setting up the pass, but it won’t stay that way if the threat of Griffin running isn’t there.

Sure, the possibility of a run from Alfred Morris will force linebackers and strong safeties to wait for a beat before dropping into coverage, but the absence of the run threat from Griffin simplifies the defensive predicament.  Instead of Morris running or Griffin running or Griffin passing, defenses should simply disregard Griffin running — until he shows that he can and will run effectively.

So far, he hasn’t.  At times, he has looked much slower than last year.  Griffin was caught from behind multiple times by Lions defensive linemen, and the only old-school RGIII run came from a scramble that ended in an awkward face plant and a fumble.

This weekend, Griffin’s comfort level will be undermined by the huge dirt infield at the Black Hole, which could make him less likely to run and more likely to pass from the read-option look.

For the Raiders and for every future opponent, the smart move could be to assume he won’t run from the read-option, and to not worry about him gaining anything more than a few yards if he does.

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21 Responses to “RGIII doing limited running from read-option look”
  1. afty2001 says: Sep 26, 2013 3:13 PM

    Andrew Luck > RGIII

  2. athwartships says: Sep 26, 2013 3:14 PM

    RG is quickly taking up a spot next to Tebow on my “Team Don’t Care Anymore”
    He should not have played Seattle last year
    He should not have won ROY
    He should not be playing now
    Bench him, heal him and play him when he is ready.

  3. scouter2012 says: Sep 26, 2013 3:16 PM

    Looking forward to another loss by the Washington Ohfers. Right now they are ohfer 3. After this weekend they will be ohfer 4.

  4. hyzers says: Sep 26, 2013 3:23 PM

    Was nice to see Ziggy Ansah with 7 tackles, 2 sacks and a forced RG3 fumble in limited time. Dude is a beast.

  5. buckybadger says: Sep 26, 2013 3:25 PM

    I am a fan of watching RGIII play but the Redskins are going to have to can the read option with him. He is a good passer, develop him that way. He has the slimmer build like Mike Vick and these guys can’t take the punishment. Kaepernick is a stronger guy and Wilson has a thicker build but even than you are risking injury to an important position. Wilson seems to do a great job of getting down and avoiding contact. Sooner or later your QB will lose step and have to learn to pass, might as well as start that sooner than later.

    The read option as a whole isn’t as effective. It isn’t as difficult to play against as all the hype made it look. Having an accurate passer getting the ball to the playmakers who don’t cost as much is the way to go. If they go down they are much easier to replace.

  6. afcdomination says: Sep 26, 2013 3:38 PM

    the read option is pretty much getting exposed this season.

    he is throwing the ball well when they just go with a run attack and let him throw off of that.

    but it is obvious to anyone that he just isn’t running anywhere near his previous speed, and can’t cut on that knee/isn’t comfortable yet.

    he shouldn’t even be out there.

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 26, 2013 3:45 PM

    I wonder how many games RG3 will miss next year after absorbing this year’s punishment to his vulnerable condition.

  8. scaredhitless says: Sep 26, 2013 3:46 PM

    Schiano loosely translated in Italian is Shanahan.

  9. lonestartex says: Sep 26, 2013 3:48 PM

    Redskins 0-3 hehehehehe

  10. ccjcsr says: Sep 26, 2013 3:53 PM

    afcdomination says:
    Sep 26, 2013 3:38 PM

    he is throwing the ball well when they just go with a run attack and let him throw off of that.
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    Because most teams are ahead and playing a softer defense which allows the inflated passing stats.

  11. godofwine330 says: Sep 26, 2013 4:13 PM

    As long as the threat is still there it doesn’t matter. It is the threat of the run that keeps the defense at bay. I am sure that if it is wide the hell open that he wouldn’t run. What they are doing is fine. Nothing to see here.

  12. hehateme2 says: Sep 26, 2013 4:21 PM

    Ryan Tannehill> rgiii

  13. hendawg21 says: Sep 26, 2013 4:28 PM

    My question to all why is important whether he’s in the read option or not or whether he runs or not…after looking at the stats after 3 weeks RGIII is in the top 5 QB ranking and the offense albeit not in sync as it was last year is still a top 5 offense…so why all the RGIII over analysis??? If anything it’s the defense that should get all the attention ranked 32nd after 3 games giving up an avg of 32.7 pts…come on folks I believe the focus is all in the wrong place!

  14. romosrevenge says: Sep 26, 2013 4:32 PM

    No amount of hype from the media is going to alter the W-L column or the eyeball test and this season both indicate RG O and III should not be playing. After the loss to Oakland Sunday, Shamahan will see the errors of his ways, sit RG (to heal and possibly save his career) and start Cousins after the bye. If Sham doesn’t, RG’s career will be over before Vick’s.

  15. doublenickelz says: Sep 26, 2013 4:33 PM

    RG 0 and III

  16. baddegg says: Sep 26, 2013 4:40 PM

    Please post statistics showing what percentage of the time Wilson and Kaepernick actually run out of the read option.

  17. realdealsteel says: Sep 26, 2013 5:01 PM

    What happened to RG3 is the same fate that will happen to Kapernick and any other QB who fashions themselves as a “running QB”.

    The defense is just going to hit the QB on the fake every time. And that will take the steam out of the read option fade that is slowly dying out around the league.

  18. nebster21 says: Sep 26, 2013 5:03 PM

    It is very simple people like to tear down what they are afraid of. Look at Rodgers and Brady. Do not see many people talking that way about Wilson now do you. Maybe Kaepernick and Flacco are getthing that type of tearing down. I want to see what the people have to say when RG3 gets confidence in his leg. It took AP 6 games last year to get confidence in his leg and that was just after an ACL.

  19. weepingjebus says: Sep 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    “RGIII Doing Limited Winning From Read-Option Look”

    FIFY

  20. kev86 says: Sep 26, 2013 6:47 PM

    Sanchez to skins?

  21. joetoronto says: Sep 27, 2013 4:34 AM

    hendawg21 says: Sep 26, 2013 4:28 PM

    My question to all why is important whether he’s in the read option or not or whether he runs or not…after looking at the stats after 3 weeks RGIII is in the top 5 QB ranking and the offense albeit not in sync as it was last year is still a top 5 offense…so why all the RGIII over analysis??? If anything it’s the defense that should get all the attention ranked 32nd after 3 games giving up an avg of 32.7 pts…come on folks I believe the focus is all in the wrong place!
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    Some of us actually watch the games, as opposed to simply looking at stats, and know that much of what he’s done this year was accomplished in garbage time.

    Lots of it.

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