Learn to read like RGIII

How Robert Griffin III and the read-option keeps D-coordinators up all night

Updated: August 26, 2013, 2:14 PM ET
By Gary Horton | ESPN The Magazine

THE PRIMARY GOAL of the read-option is to give RG3 enough time and space to ride the RB into the mesh point, where he can either hand off or keep based on how the edge defender reacts. Here, the O-line blocks opposite, disguising this as an off-tackle run. But RG3 and RB Alfred Morris follow the pulling tight end/H-back to the back side; the D is forced to play contain, not allowing RG3 the edge. That opens an inside hole for Morris, who had 324 yards on option runs last season, third most in the NFL.

Gary Horton spent 10 years in the NFL as a scout and another 10 years at the college level as an assistant coach and recruiter. He is the founder and most seasoned member of the Scouts Inc. staff, and his extensive experience at all levels of football make him an excellent talent evaluator.