Dec 8, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) scrambles against the Kansas City Chiefs during the second half at FedEx Field. The Chiefs won 45 - 10. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Washington Redskins won’t use as much read option


 

Washington Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III has had a lot of success running the read option, but the hits have obviously taken their toll on him and have led to many injuries.

That’s why new Redskins’ head coach Jay Gurden won’t be using it as much this season.

“It’s not going to be a major part. I want to make sure that we have other things that we can do besides the read option, because it takes a toll,” Gruden told Andy Pollin of SportsTalk 570 via Mike Jones of The Washington Post. “You have to practice it a lot to be very good at it. It kind of takes away from the defense’s ability a little bit, it takes away from other plays that you need to work on, your protection schemes, your running game, all that stuff. It just takes away from that. So we want to make sure that we work on the core running game that we have, the core drop-back passes we have. And then once we get going, we get those implemented, maybe sprinkle in some read option.”

Griffin rushed for 489 yards on 86 carries last season.

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