One of the biggest question marks surrounding Robert Griffin III moving forward is if he can stay healthy enough to develop into on e of the NFL’s premiere passers. His rookie season was sensational but we saw what happens when he let loose and what happens when he plays injured.
Many have called for Griffin to stop running with the ball, but that’s not something head coach Jay Gruden is ready to put an end to. Gruden spoke to Andy Pollin of Sports Talk 570 and noted that while he wants to keep RGII healthy, that won’t come at the expense of taking away the read-option from him — entirely.
"“We’ll have sprinkles here and there. 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. 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."
It’s dumb, frankly, for Gruden to tell RGIII to stop running. This is the era of the mobile quarterback with one playing in the Super Bowl a year ago and another one winning it last season. There needs to be caution with RGIII but that’s the case with anyone who carries the football and Gruden not completely limiting RGIII’s ability to use his speed is the right move here.
[h/t: Washington Post]