Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/17/14
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Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times did a great job of putting together an article that includes to opinions of Hall of Fame quarterbacks Jim Kelly, Steve Young and John Elway on Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III. Kelly believes that Griffin’s success running the option might force defenses to be more physical with him. “Yeah, it’s the element of surprise right now, but you’re going to get teams that say, ‘Who cares about the dive back, go directly at RG. Even if he doesn’t have the football, and he’s riding the guy? Hit him anyway,’” said Jim Kelly, Hall of Famer for the Buffalo Bills. “I would do that if I was the defensive coach. I would say, ‘If he’s going to run the option, make him pay for it.’ “This is not a league for a quarterback to want to run the football. Look at Michael Vick. The guy is one of the greatest athletes to ever play that position. Sooner or later, you’re going to get hit a couple times too many, and all of a sudden you’re going to start getting gun-shy.” Elway says Griffin won’t be able to run forever, because sooner or later his skills as a runner will diminish. “It was a weapon for me to be able to move around and make plays outside the pocket,” Elway said. “But obviously as time goes by, your physical skills diminish a little bit, especially your ability to run and run fast and escape. That’s what kind of naturally slows things down as far as the amount that you run. “It’s about being able to get down, get out of bounds, and not take the extra punishment. But I’ve always said, especially when I was running around, that sometimes it’s safer outside the pocket than it is inside the pocket.” Young loves how the Redskins are using the Pistol formation, but he questions whether or not it can last over the course of his career. “It’s a perfect bridge for getting to the other side,” said Young, now an ESPN analyst who had an up-close look at Griffin during Washington’s victory over the New York Giants on Monday. “If you’re playing for 10 or 15 years, you can’t every week run six option plays. It can be around. It can be a part of the game, but sooner or later you’ve got to deliver the ball from the pocket. That’s the game. Now, if the game changes, and it’s proven a championship can be won from the pistol spread, then I’m wrong. “But until I’m proven wrong, it’s definitely a great way to win some games, especially from the red zone. For young quarterbacks who are mobile, it keeps them on the field and being very productive.” I totally agree with Young, I don’t the option will last forever and he will need to change-up his game at some point. Elway also made a point that sooner or later Griffin will be forced to cut back on running the ball because he won’t be able to get away with it later in his career.   Need NFL Tickets? var _CI = _CI || {}; (function() { var script = document.createElement('script'); ref = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; _CI.counter = (_CI.counter) ? _CI.counter + 1 : 1; document.write(''); script.type = 'text/javascript'; script.src = 'http://widget.crowdignite.com/widgets/27484?_ci_wid=_CI_widget_'+_CI.counter; script.async = true; ref.parentNode.insertBefore(script, ref); })(); sr_adspace_id = 1000005525107; sr_adspace_width = 300; sr_adspace_height = 250; sr_ad_new_window = true; sr_adspace_type = "graphic";
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