Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 1/18/13
With Chip Kelly moving his option-based offense from Oregon to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, and with option-oriented Colin Kaepernick coming off the most prolific rushing game a quarterback's ever had, and with option star Robert Griffin III likely to win the offensive rookie of the year award, and with option stud Russell Wilson likely to be Griffin's runner up, it's safe to conclude that the zone-read option isn't going anywhere anytime soon. But is the NFL as we know it in the process of changing forever or will this just become an extended version of the wildcat?  The league's highest-rated quarterback of all time, Aaron Rodgers, doesn't do the whole read option thing. He doesn't need to. But it's a bit surprising to hear him suggest that it's not here to stay.  From his radio show on the ESPN Radio affiliate in Milwaukee: "Things have come back around that were being 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."  Rodgers believes that defenses will eventually catch up, and he might be right. Plus, the Washington Redskins are already feeling pressure to ditch or at least minimize their use of the read option because of all the hits RG3 took in 2012. Would the rookie sensation be dealing with a blown-out knee right now had the 'Skins run a regular offense? Only time will tell if the zone-read is here to stay or not. But with quarterbacks becoming more and more mobile, there's also a chance Rodgers is dead wrong here. 

This article first appeared on This Given Sunday and was syndicated with permission.

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