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Pat White prepares to throw the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football
Part of Washington's success on offense last season can be attributed to the element of surprise. After running a traditional offense for the duration of the preseason, Robert Griffin III and Co. came out with the read-option Week 1 against the Saints, taking the entire city of New Orleans off guard.
Discussion about eliminating the system surfaced following RGIII's knee injury at the conclusion of last season, and critics argue that the league will adjust to the offense as they did the Wildcat a couple years ago.
But anyone with sufficient knowledge of the game can tell you that the read-option is far different from the Wildcat.
In reality, the two can't even be compared.
The Wildcat is simply a formation, whereas the read-option is a complex offensive system. When teams line up in the Wildcat, they are essentially telling the defense they are running the ball. With the read-option, not a single soul in the building knows what is going to happen until after the ball is snapped.
Pat White, a long-shot to make the roster, ran the offense fairly effectively with second-, third- and fourth-string players against the Titans and Steelers. And while your quarterback is indeed at risk of injury anytime he carries the ball downfield, the read-option doesn't expose him more so than any other designed quarterback running play.
If the first two preseason games are any indication of what is to come in the regular season, the read-option is here to stay in Washington. Let's wait and see if the league can successfully adjust to one of football's most powerful offenses in the nation's capital.