When Jay Gruden started emerging as the top candidate for the Redskins’ head coaching job, a quote the former Bengals offensive coordinator made earlier this week started to worry some Redskins fans.
Talking about his preference for Andy Dalton over Colin Kaepernick in the 2011 draft, Gruden said that he wasn’t particularly attracted to Kaepernick’s mobility. “I also wasn't really into the read-option stuff,” he said.
There was concern because Robert Griffin III may not be able to be fully effective without at least an occasional dose of the read-option. He rode that attack to 2012 rookie of the year honors, helping the Redskins to the NFC East title.
But Gruden put all of those fears to rest. When asked about the read-option today said, “I love it. I think it's part of football now."
Indeed, he did have Dalton running it some this year in Cincinnati. We will see how big a part of the offensive attack it becomes.
The other takeaway here is that Gruden is willing to change his offense with the times and, presumably, to suit the talents of his players. That’s always a good sign.