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Cooley and Walker differ on read option

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(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

The great September 2013 debate over the read option even spread to the Redskins Radio Network broadcast booth on Sunday, as analysts Chris Cooley and Doc Walker talked about the future of the team’s offense.

“When you don’t get first downs, we over-expose our defense,” Walker said, late in the fourth quarter. “It’s just not a recipe for success. The question is, how do you get out of it? Chris Cooley, Sonny Jurgensen? What offensively are your suggestions to come out of this rut?”

“They have to go back to being themselves,” Jurgensen said.

“My suggestion is they run the read option with Robert, because that’s what he’s best at,” said Cooley, who played with Griffin a year ago.

“Well, that’s not gonna happen,” Walker said. “Forget that. That’s obvious. Let’s make it straight. Let’s not beat around the bush.”

“Then we’re gonna wait, and he’s gonna be a developing young quarterback,” Cooley said.

Cooley had made a similar point earlier in the game, when Griffin showed the read option but then dropped back to pass.

“Listen, this is a play action off that read option look,” Cooley said then. “And A.J. Hawk in the past – linebackers in the past – were in the backfield, because of the threat of Robert running the ball. [Griffin] takes one step, and [Hawk] is 10 yards on his drop. They’re just not buying the play action.”

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



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