Aaron Rodgers On The Read-Option Offense: Like The Wildcat, It Too Shall Pass
With the emergence of RG3, Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson the Pistol formation, and read option have become all the craze.
Add to the fact that Chip Kelly is in the league now and he may bring his variations of it, and you can see where this is headed.
One person not buying the read-option craze is Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers and the Packers just got lit up by Kaepernick and the offensive system, but as Rodgers told Journal-Sentinel, just like the Wildcat, it to shall pass.
“I think the league is cyclical,” Rodgers said on his radio show. “Things have come back around that have been used 20, 30 years ago. But this too, I think, will pass. Some of the pistol, read-option stuff will eventually pass. Now it might not be for 10 more years. The athletic quarterback, I don’t think, is going to pass at all. You have seen the trend with more and more guys who can make plays when the pocket breaks down, who can extend plays, who are also good passers. You will continue to see that. We have seen that the last few years especially – the year Robert Griffin had this year, his mobility. Russell Wilson is an athletic guy. Andrew Luck, as well, is an underrated athlete. You are going to see more and more of the top picks being big-time athletes as well, like Kaepernick is.
“But I think as we saw five years ago with the wildcat stuff, it had its success and less and less people are doing it,” Rodgers said. “Now it’s more of the zone read stuff, reading the end and keeping it or pulling it with a quarterback who has some athleticism. At some point, on some level, they are going to figure out a way to consistently stop that. Then that will make its way up to the NFL or enough of these guys who are going to be franchise guys, if they are not already, may take some unnecessary shots or decide that they would rather stay in the pocket and throw rather than rush the ball 15 times a game. You are going to see it gradually go in the other direction, I think.”
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