Here is what you need to know on this Friday, May 24, 64 days before Redskins start training camp.
What will the offense look like?
If you want to know what the Redskins’ offense is going to look like next year it looks like you’ll have to ask the 13 defensive coordinators they will be facing.
When asked what the offense would look like this year and whether he would be called upon to run less, Robert Griffin III told the assembled Redskins media, “Going forward I think it’s whatever the defenses want us to do.”
When Mike Shanahan was asked about the shape of things to come, he also said that it was up to the other team.
“We really don’t know what defenses are going to do to us. I can’t tell you for sure,” he said. “You know, you adjust a game plan during the game. Defenses are going to be more ready for different things we did last year and we’ll be able to adjust.”
The number that everyone seems to be concerned with is 120. That is the number of rushing attempts that Griffin had last year.
The thing is that Griffin running the ball did not lead to success for the Redskins. He had nine or more rushing attempts in seven games in 2012. His team’s record in those games was 2-5.
Of course, it’s not that simple. This doesn’t account for planned rushing attempts vs. times he took off scrambling when the play call was a pass. And it doesn’t account for how the threat of Griffin running the ball helped open up things on offense even when he didn’t carry the ball.
The one thing we know is that we won’t know much about the Redskins’ 2013 offense until they line up against the Eagles on Sept. 9. Even if Griffin plays during the preseason—and the chances of him doing that seem better after what we saw yesterday—the offense will be kept under wraps until then.
And those opposing defensive coordinators will keep their plans for stopping what the Redskins ran in 2012 hidden until the games count as well. As you can see from the countdown below, that means we have 108 more days of conversation and speculation before we start to have some answers.
Redskins looking fit
Part of the purpose of the offseason program is to install the offense and defense; the other part is strength and conditioning. It’s too early to tell how well the first aspect is going but the results of the conditioning program were evident yesterday. Several readers here noticed it and Doc Walker and Brian Mitchell did as well.
In case you missed it
- RG3 learned of ACL after surgery
- Morris: Bad taste from end of last year motivating team
- Josh Wilson, Garçon had offseason surgery
- OTA practice report 05.23.13
- Are the principals on the same page?
- RG3’s goal is to start week 1
- How many roster spots are up for grabs?
Days until: Minicamp 18; Preseason opener @ Titans 76; Eagles @ Redskins 108
Tandler on Twitter
Didn't mention this in my report but Hankerson seems to be catching the ball better, doesn't fight with it like he did last year. #Redskins— Rich Tandler (@Rich_TandlerCSN) May 24, 2013