The debate regarding how to properly utilize the immense talent of Robert Griffin III while keeping him healthy has a new but, to Redskins fans at least, familiar voice.
As RGIII sits at home, rehabbing his torn ACL, former Washington quarterback and current ‘Skins radio analyst Sonny Jurgensen has some advice for the former Heisman winner on how to stay healthy in the future: “Quit running”.
“As a quarterback, you make your living throwing the football,” Jurgensen said during a recent interview (via Sports Bog). “If you make your living running the football, you’re gonna play 10 games a year. Quit running. Run when necessary; get out of bounds.
“I mean, we’re seeing that from a lot of the offenses, a change of offenses,” he continued. “You saw it in Seattle, you saw it with San Francisco. You know, it’s a read-option offense, it’s a college offense that pro coaches haven’t figured out how to stop yet. They will make adjustments, they’ll learn how to stop it, and then it’s gonna be very dangerous to do that, because you can spend more time on the bench than you do on the field.
“And that’s one of the things you have to be concerned about,” Jurgensen said. “And I think that’s one of the things the Redskins are concerned about, that’s one of the things that Robert Griffin is concerned about. They all are. You know, you want to stay on the field and be healthy, and he can do that, but they’re gonna have to. … I mean, everything we’ve read, that I’ve read, about the adjustments they’re gonna make and how they’re gonna handle it, it’s gonna be less running.”
As fans, watching a player like RGIII, Colin Kaepernick, or Russell Wilson do their thing both through the air and with their legs is an exciting and new-school way to take in an NFL game.
However, and unfortunately, Griffin’s injury history behooves the Redskins to take a look at various ways of either keeping him in the pocket or teaching him how to slide.
Further, Jurgensen points to coaches. The Green Bay Packers traveled to College Station to learn how to stop the read-option offense from Kevin Sumlin. Alabama coach Nick Saban has also stated that NFL coaches are banging on his door for advice and schemes.
In the multi-million dollar cat-and-mouse game that is the strive for a Super Bowl title, the offenses and their read-option definitely have the leg up at the moment.
But they won’t forever. At that point, they will have to figure out a way to save the legs of runners like Robert Griffin III.