The Washington Redskins’ offense has new coaches and ideas. That doesn’t mean it will be dramatically different.
They might not look exactly the same under new coach Jay Gruden as they did under coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But they will carry over a lot of what they’ve done the past few years.
The Redskins obviously haven’t had enough time to put together their playbook -- they'll start going heavy on it after the coaching staff is finalized (the goal, Gruden said, is to have that happen by early next week). But as they continue to discuss how the scheme will look, and the terminology that will be involved, it won’t just be a duplicate of what Gruden did as the offensive coordinator in Cincinnati.
“I don’t think it will change a lot,” new Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay said. “The foundation and base principles will remain the same. Jay does a great job of adjusting to his players. He doesn’t make the player adjust to his scheme.”
That means bootlegs, or keepers, and the outside-zone run game that benefited running back Alfred Morris. He rushed for 2,888 yards in his first two seasons under Shanahan – the Redskins ranked third in yards per carry this season and second in 2012. He’ll continue to be a big part of the offense.
“He’ll be the same guy,” McVay said. “The run game will be very similar.”
McVay said he was excited after speaking with quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“Everyone knows what ability and talent he has,” McVay said. “He’s already had a bunch of success in this league. Everyone is excited about him and I’m confident he’ll have a great year leading this team.”
There is not yet a detailed plan for Griffin’s offseason work. But, obviously, working on fundamentals will be a big part.
“With any player, especially at quarterback, I don’t care if you’re talking Tom Brady or Peyton Manning or Drew Brees,” McVay said, “you want to make sure to continue to hammer down the fundamentals and it all starts with your feet. Everything starts with footwork.”