Offseason Playbook: Redskins
A look at Washington's philosophy, team needs and a key free-agent move
In a new offseason series, Insider takes an in-depth look at NFL teams before free agency begins March 12. What is each team's philosophy on offense and defense, biggest needs and one player who could make for an ideal signing in free agency?
Offense -- This is a very clearly defined offense under Mike Shanahan and he has done a terrific job of adjusting his scheme to the personnel that he has on hand, especially quarterback Robert Griffin III. This is a zone blocking running game up front that requires athletic offensive linemen and a one-cut-and-go approach by the backs. In the past Shanahan has been willing to use a running back-by-committee approach, but he found a workhorse back in 2012 sixth-round pick Alfred Morris. Morris can not only handle a heavy workload, but he is also a perfect fit in Washington's zone blocking scheme. The run game is very important because the Redskins' passing game really works off of it.
RG III loves the play-action/bootleg package, which leads to rollouts and waggles and a lot of simpler half-field reads. But he is certainly capable of staying in the pocket and he has really done a better job of recognizing and beating the blitz. It is a West Coast attack with a few more deep shots than you might think -- often off of play-action. This is an offense that seems to have an answer for anything a defense throws at it.
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