RGIII on the read option

August 27, 2013

(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Without a Robert Griffin III press conference to dissect, it’s time for more Robert Griffin III radio transcription!!! This passage also came from his interview with ESPN 980′s Kevin Sheehan Monday afternoon at Redskins Park. Bear in mind while reading this that Sheehan was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the read-option offense last season, and was also a frequent critic of those who worried that the offense put Griffin at increased risk.

Anyhow, this segment begins with Sheehan asking Griffin about his “provocative but vague” text message to Trey Wingo during the offseason, in which he said everyone who was responsible for his knee injury had accepted their responsibilities.

Sheehan: What was your responsibility, and what were their responsibilities?

Griffin: That doesn’t need to be discussed right now in this forum. Basically, the reason that won’t be discussed is that’s not what this team needs. Period. That’s over. We’ve all moved on from it. We’ve had our talks, like I’ve said before. The team needs us to all be together, and that’s what we’re going to be.

Sheehan: Read option, fact or fiction. It works.

Griffin: Fact.

Sheehan: It’s here to stay.

Griffin: Fact.

Sheehan: The threat of it, especially out of the Pistol, even when you don’t actually run it, is incredibly beneficial to the offense.

Griffin: Fact.

Sheehan: The play-action pocket that is created off the read option is actually a safer and cleaner pocket than the one in a drop-back situation.

Griffin: It can be. At times. It can be, at times.

Sheehan: When isn’t it?

Griffin: I’m not gonna give that away. It has its ups and its downs.

Sheehan: Your ball handling, your decision-making and your speed make the read-option even more lethal than it would be with other teams.

Griffin: Fact.

Sheehan: You like the read option, fact or fiction.

Griffin: Fact.

Sheehan: It is a fact?

Griffin: Yeah.

Sheehan: So why is this perception, at least in the offseason, that you don’t want to run it, or you want to run less overall?

Griffin: I think it’s [because] I’m a quarterback. Any quarterback would say that. We want to throw the ball. And you think pass first, run second. That’s just the way it is. It’s not that I don’t want to run the read option, because I know what the read option can do for this team, I know what it did for us last year. It’s just, we don’t have to run the read option. And that’s something that we’ve talked about. You don’t have to run it. You just have to have the threat of it. And if teams are gonna give it to you, you take it, and I’m all for it.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things DC sports at the DC Sports Bog.
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