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Redskins roundup: Gruden likes read option only as a surprise tactic

Jun 15, 2014, 6:10 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, June 15, two days before the start of Redskins minicamp.

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Here are five Redskins notes and quotes from around the web:

—Jay Gruden reiterated to Don Banks of Sports Illustrated that the read option will be a change of pace for Robert Griffin III and the Redskins rather than a staple. “Personally my belief is the read option is better as an element of surprise,” Gruden said. “If you’re making it a major focal point of your offense — though they had success with it — that’s problematic.”

—Gruden also took something of a shot at Mike and Kyle Shanahan, saying that they didn’t seem to be interested in developing Griffin into a well-rounded QB. “But we’re trying to develop him as an all-around quarterback,” he said. “And I don’t know if they had that (as a goal). I’m sure they did a little bit, but I think that’s the clear intent moving forward, to develop him as an all-around quarterback. That’s part of his growth, from ’12 to ’13 to now.”

—It won’t surprise many of you to learn that the 2013 Redskins were among the worst teams in the league when it came to dropped passes. Eric Edholm of Yahoo! took drop stats for two major sources (which can be widely divergent), averaged them out, and figured out the percentage of pass attempts that each team dropped. The Redskins dropped 39 passes, 6.4 percent of their attempts. Only five other teams dropped a higher percentage of their passes.

—According to one of those sources, Sporting Charts, Santana Moss and Pierre Garçon each had seven drops, tying for the most on the Redskins. However, Garçon was targeted 181 times, more than twice as frequently as was Moss (78). Garçon dropped 3.9 percent of the passes aimed at him while Moss dropped 9.0 percent.

—According to a post on NFL.com the Browns were the team most often tweeted about between May 13 and June 12. That would seem to be a result of the team’s drafting of Johnny Manziel. The third most popular team on Twitter? Your Washington Redskins.

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Timeline

—It’s been 168 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be 84 days until they play the Texans in their 2014 season opener.

Days until: Minicamp starts 2; Training camp 39; Preseason opener vs. Patriots 53

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  1. kkingrich - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Dropped passes can also be blamed on the qb and offensive line.We can only figure to be as good as our offensive and defensive line. If and only if the line does better on passing Downs will our pass drop percentage goes down it has a lot to do with timing with the recievers.

  2. kenlinkins - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Reading that coach Gruden has targeted RG3′s lack of development as an all around NFL QB and will not pin the teams offensive production to RG3′s legs running the Read Option is great news. Step One is building a solid team base and you can not do that by running a gimmick system forever. Having the read option play is something that a team can use to slow down a pass rush if your O-Line is having problems (like running draws and screens in the past) or you have targeted a DE who over plays the inside run. Even if coach Shanahan’s staff made the mistake of not developing RG3′s skills as a pocket passer, coach Gruden seems to understand that if the Redskins are going to make the trade pay off they must turn RG3 into a more standard NFL QB who can beat you by seating into the pocket and picking your defense apart as well as roll out and quick strike pass you to death and can make the correct reads at the line and know where to place the ball. This is the harder of the two options facing coach Gruden, developing a true NFL QB vs. using a one trick pony to win a few games until the Defense figures out how to stop the one trick! You can only hide a weakness for so long before you must correct it and coach Gruden seems to have picked correcting his QB’s short coming instead on trying to keep hiding them. If RG3 is willing to take coaching, this could be a very fun thing to watch this year. Maybe we get to see the making of an NFL Super Star who does more than just runs the ball like a modified RB! (not hating on RG3, just want him to develop into a QB who can do it all).

  3. greed - Jun 16, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Ive always thought the read option shouldve been just that an option a change of pace like the hurryup matterfact used when running the hurryup be able to switch into and out of the readoption when running the hurryup out of a regular set

  4. modonn - Jun 18, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    The best way surprise people is always to let them know first in a national publication.

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