.......As for the read-option offense he's running in Washington? Enjoy it while it lasts.
Three quarterbacks who have busts in Canton, each of whom has been duly impressed by Griffin this season, say that read-option offense — as effective as it has been — isn't sustainable over the long haul. The Washington star needs to start sliding and running out of bounds more to protect his body.
"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."
Kelly and Griffin spent time together at the Davey O'Brien Awards last year, when Griffin won the National Quarterback Award, and Kelly received the Legends Award.
"He's just a great character kid," Kelly said. "His background, I got to meet his parents, and just knowing what type of work ethic he has … Right now that offense is a big asset for them. But I don't think that's an offense that you're going to see a lot in the future, because it puts a lot of pressure on the quarterback in the running game. I'd be a little more worried than anything."