Redskins email report excerpt: Looking at the offense

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Redskins Confidential,Sports,John Keim

The Redskins only needed a quarter of a season to show that their offense, particularly when led by Robert Griffin III, is better. A lot better. Perhaps when they face better defenses they’ll be slowed. Then again, maybe by then the rookies, Griffin and running back Alfred Morris will be even better and receiver Pierre Garcon will be healthy.

Regardless, it’ll be an offense that causes headaches for defensive coaches if only because of the quarterback and the multiple layers of this attack. That’s the focus of this week’s email report. It’s not just a stress that occurs on game day.

“It makes it harder throughout the week for a player to be able to hold all that information and to be ready to call anything,” Alexander said, “and for a defensive coordinator to change up and stay within the flow of the game with whatever Kyle [Shanahan] is trying to do to him.

“It’s hard for someone to key in on what we want to do. You never know when we might come out with a read option or triple option. It could happen at any time and now you have to change your mindset.”

Alexander said teams must have perhaps three to four times as many defenses ready in a game against the Redskins compared to a typical week.

Another player gave me an estimate (that’s in the report) on how much of the offense they’ve run to date. Hint: it’s not a lot.

“There is so much stuff we have that we could run that we haven’t run,” the player said.

Meanwhile, 5-foot-9 corner Josh Wilson talked about surviving against taller receivers (which he faces just about every week, including this one with 6-foot-3 Julio Jones and 6-foot Roddy White).

Here’s part of Wilson’s strategy:

“This is the way I think about it. It doesn’t matter what he does, it’s the ball. I have to time myself so I can get the ball at its highest point,” Wilson said.

 

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