Lions DC: Read-Option QBs Will Get Hurt Eventually

Jun 12, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) warms up prior to mini camp at Redskins Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

The read-option is the current trend in the NFL, some think it’s here to stay, some think its a fad. Detroit Lions offensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham thinks it is a fad that will fade. Not because defenses will eventually figure it out necessarily. It will die off because of the injuries quarterbacks will sustain running read-option offenses.

“The problem is for those quarterbacks, one of these days, one of them is not going to walk off,” Cunningham told the team’s official website. “It’s a lot of pressure on him to physically do that.”

“I think we all understand what the issues are and how to play it. I reflect back on my college days and it wasn’t that hard to remember all that stuff because it put a lot of pressure on me in those days and it does in this league, too.”

The Washington Redskins lost their quarterback, Robert Griffin III, to an ACL injury. He is struggling to heal in time for the season opener. Michael Vick has repeatedly missed games during seasons for the beatings he’s been given as a mobile quarterback.

Defenses also will begin to figure these offenses out which will lead to quarterbacks being put more at risk.

Topics: Carolina Panters, Detroit Lions, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins

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  • Adam Banig

    Gunther Cunningham is the Lions DEFENSIVE Coordinator, NOT OFFENSIVE. this is coming from the team with has Matt Stafford?

    Stafford is a traditional drop back Qb and Stafford has never been able to stay healthy in the NFL.

    Fail, just fail

  • Drclaw99

    yup..If I was stuck in the last century (ok..maybe a slight exaggeration), where players wore leather helmets, I’d probably think that too.

  • Ben Peterson

    Nearly every player will get hurt eventually, this isn’t news.

  • WW


    RG3 was injured scrambling out of the pocket on a drop-back pass.

    How many quarterbacks were injured on read-option plays in 2012?

    I’ll wait while you check that….

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