Why the Spread Option Is the Future of NFL Offenses

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 03:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs for a 46-yard gain as he is taken down by  Stevie Brown #27 of the New York Giants in the second half at FedExField on December 3, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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For years, the large majority of the NFL-watching population has derided the spread option's prospects in professional football. The defenses are too smart and fast to allow some gimmicky offense to work for more than a week, a la the Wildcat.

But Robert Griffin III is changing that perception with each passing week.

While we're here, we might as well acknowledge the foundation laid by Tim Tebow. I don't think he's an NFL quarterback, regardless of the system. But he showed a team could win with a non-traditional offense and such success might have inspired the Washington Redskins.

The Skins have found an offense that gets just enough out of the aerial attack to supplement the best rushing attack in the league. And the spread option is the reason that things are working so well.

The scheme incorporates the best aspects of Washington's roster. The offensive line was built to zone block and Albert Morris has shown that he is more than a capable feature back. 

However, Griffin is the engine that drives that train. He can make the reads, the runs and the throws.

In short, this system was built with him in mind.

Yet, he isn't alone. He's just the beginning of a long line of signal-callers who have been groomed for the new NFL.

All of today's high school and college quarterbacks are being brought up in some version of the spread option. These offenses don't intimidate these players in the least.

On the contrary, they love it.

The new-age quarterback gets to showcase all of his talents and can essentially make the game all about them. I'm not insinuating that all of these guys are egomaniacs, but they wouldn't be the first players to enjoy being the center of attention.

The spread offense is here to stay and the next hot coach might be Urban Meyer. Don't say you weren't warned.