WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Retired Packers running back Ahman Green firmly believes the read-option can survive as the future of NFL offenses, and thinks Robert Griffin III is just the guy to prove it, provided he can “be professional” and protect his body.
Green, appearing on Washington Football Tonight with Chad Dukes on Tuesday, equated the untapped impact of the read-option to that of the introduction of the forward pass in the 1950’s and 60’s.
“It does have some longevity,” Green said on 106.7 The Fan. “We gotta make sure the coaches have the patience of putting it in. I played at the NFL level for twelve years, and for things to go, it has to be something that the coaches love to implement.”
Although the read-option took the league by storm in 2012 – with quarterbacks like Griffin, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson integrating it into their respective offenses with great success – Green, who had his share of experience with option-based offenses at Nebraska, said the read-option is nothing new.
“All I see it as is the option game from the shotgun position, there’s no difference,” he said, mentioning the only distinction being six yards.
Although Griffin suffered a huge setback in production in 2013, Green hinted that everything will be fine for the Redskins quarterback moving forward, so long as he protects his body.
“Robert Griffin, you just gotta be smart with yourself,” he said. “You are the franchise quarterback, so you gotta know when to get out of bounds. It’s okay if you step out.
“I think he already proved to himself, to his teammates that he’s tough, that he can play with injuries, so now you gotta be smart. You gotta be professional, in terms of saving yourself, because for the long run, his team is going to want him, come playoff season, every year, as long as he can throw the ball and read the option like he does.”