The 47-year-old has admitted that he wants to change the approach of his team and quarterback Robert Griffin III after replacing Mike Shanahan at the club as they posted a 2-14 record in the 2013 season.
"Personally my belief is the read option is better as an element of surprise," Gruden told Sports Illustrated. "If you're making it a major focal point of your offense — though they had success with it — that's problematic.
"You want to have some of it, no question, because it's the way to get the numbers back in your favour offensively. And with a quarterback like him, why wouldn't you have some of it? But we're trying to develop him as an all-around quarterback."
Griffin has thrown for 6,403 yards and rushed for 1,304 in his first two seasons in the NFL, scoring 43 touchdowns for the Redskins.