The Insider: offensive philosophy


Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 01/14/2014

As expected, McVay finalizes deal to be Redskins offensive coordinator

The Redskins and Sean McVay finalized a deal to promote the tight ends coach to offensive coordinator under new Coach Jay Gruden.

By Mike Jones and Mark Maske  |  06:40 PM ET, 01/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, offensive philosophy, Sean McVay

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 01/10/2014

How the Redskins passing game might look under Jay Gruden

Mark Bullock examines some of the things Jay Gruden did well in the passing game in Cincinnati.

By Mark Bullock  |  09:40 AM ET, 01/10/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chris Thompson, Jay Gruden, Jordan Reed, offensive philosophy, Pierre Garcon, Robert Griffin III, Roy Helu Jr., The Outsider

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 01/09/2014

Niles Paul, teammates optimistic over Sean McVay promotion

Redskins players expressed optimism and excitement over tight ends coach Sean McVay’s promotion to offensive coordinator under new coach Jay Gruden.

By Mike Jones  |  03:45 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  coaches, coaching search 2014, Niles Paul, offensive philosophy, Sean McVay

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014

How the Redskins running game might look under Jay Gruden

We examine Gruden’s preference for power runs and whether the read option has a future in Washington.

By Mark Bullock  |  03:15 PM ET, 01/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jay Gruden, offensive philosophy, Running backs, The Outsider, zone read

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 12/18/2013

Kirk Cousins and Robert Griffin III run the same plays

It’s been intimated that Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins run different offenses, but Mark Bullock shows how, absent the read option, the two QBs run plays using the same concepts.

By Mark Bullock  |  10:30 AM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kirk Cousins, Kyle Shanahan, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Falcons, Robert Griffin III, The Outsider, Week 16

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013

Kyle Shanahan has confidence in relationship with Griffin, defends last season’s play-calling

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said his relationship with Robert Griffin III is as good as it ever has been.

By Mike Jones  |  04:30 PM ET, 12/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan, offensive philosophy, read option, Robert Griffin III, Week 14, zone read

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 12/04/2013

How the Giants limited Alfred Morris and the Redskins’ running game

New York used a variety of defensive fronts to unleash a defense dedicated to stopping the Redskins running back, which worked but left other runs open.

By Mark Bullock  |  10:26 AM ET, 12/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alfred Morris, Chris Chester, Kory Lichtensteiger, Kyle Shanahan, Logan Paulsen, Offensive line, offensive philosophy, read option, Redskins vs. Giants, Robert Griffin III, The Outsider, video, Week 13, Week 14, Will Montgomery

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 11/19/2013

Redskins mailbag: RGIII’s mechanics, play-calling and defensive needs

Readers ask Mike Jones about the quarterback’s throwing motion, his development and the line and play-calling that supports him, and more.

By Mike Jones  |  12:30 PM ET, 11/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jim Haslett, Kyle Shanahan, Mailbag, Mike Shanahan, Offensive line, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Eagles, Robert Griffin III, Salary cap, Week 12

Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 11/12/2013

Why the fourth-down pass to Santana Moss against the Vikings was a good call

A corner route -- not a fade -- to Santana Moss against this particular goal-line coverage was solid, even though it didn’t work late against the Vikings.

By Mark Bullock  |  05:05 AM ET, 11/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Defense, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Vikings, Santana Moss, The Outsider, Week 10

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 11/06/2013

The Redskins used run-heavy looks to keep Chargers off balance

Mark Bullock examines how the Redskins used three tight-end sets to run the ball, then threw the Chargers off by shifting to empty backfield from the same personnel group.

By Mark Bullock  |  11:33 AM ET, 11/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Jordan Reed, Kyle Shanahan, Offensive line, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Chargers, Roy Helu Jr., The Outsider, tight ends, Week 10

Posted at 08:19 AM ET, 11/04/2013

Redskins vs. Chargers: Five observations from the 30-24 overtime victory

The Redskins get a much-needed win in a game that basically, Washington could not afford to lose.

By Mike Jones  |  08:19 AM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, observations, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Chargers, Week 9

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Kyle Shanahan says he ‘didn’t do a good enough job’ on fourth-quarter play-calling in Denver

Redskins offensive coordinator doesn’t dispute the notion that he abandoned the running game too quickly.

By Mark Maske  |  05:08 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Broncos, Week 9

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 10/30/2013

How the Redskins set up a key play in the Broncos game

Although the play was ultimately unsuccessful, Mark Bullock shows how the Redskins used a staple of their offense even after the Broncos wouldn’t bite on it at first.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:17 PM ET, 10/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Aldrick Robinson, Alfred Morris, Josh Morgan, Kyle Shanahan, Offensive line, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Broncos, The Outsider

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 10/28/2013

Morris and Moss address the second-half play-calling

Alfred Morris, Santana Moss address second-half play calls.

By Gene Wang  |  02:29 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alfred Morris, Kyle Shanahan, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Broncos, Santana Moss

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Five observations from the Redskins’ loss to the Broncos

The Redskins drop to 2-5 after losing what wound up being a very winnable game against Denver.

By Mike Jones  |  11:02 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan, observations, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Broncos, video, Week 8

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/23/2013

How the Redskins adjusted to the Bears’ attempts to stop the run

A closer look at Kyle Shanahan’s counter-moves to the Bears’ schemes to slow down Alfred Morris and the run game.

By Mark Bullock  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alfred Morris, Chris Chester, he Outsider, Kyle Shanahan, Offensive line, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Bears, The Outsider

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Return of Griffin’s mobility keyed Redskins’ offensive success

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that it’s no coincidence that his offensive unit had its best performance of the year on the same day that Robert Griffin III turned in a season-high rushing total.

By Mike Jones  |  02:39 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Bears, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 10/22/2013

Redskins mailbag: Fred Davis’s future, Santana Moss’s role and more

Following Sunday’s win, mailbag questions address problem areas, like Fred Davis’s future, Santana Moss’s role, special teams struggles and more.

By Mike Jones  |  01:07 PM ET, 10/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Fred Davis, Mailbag, offensive philosophy, Robert Griffin III, Santana Moss, special teams, tight ends, Week 8

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Red zone struggles, miscommunications baffle Redskins players

Redskins players expressed concern other offensive miscues that kept them from capitalizing on prime opportunities Sunday night.

By Mike Jones  |  03:35 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alfred Morris, Offense, offensive philosophy, Offensive struggles, Robert Griffin III, Santana Moss, Trent Williams

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/09/2013

Young: Eliminating 'little things' will lead to turnaround on offense

Washington's offensive players remain adamant in they have been their own worst enemy thus far.

By Mike Jones  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Darrel Young, Kyle Shanahan, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Cowboys

Posted at 10:00 PM ET, 09/29/2013

Redskins make good use of no-huddle offense

Hurry-up approach leads to a field goal after the Redskins trailed, 14-0, in the first quarter.

By Mark Maske  |  10:00 PM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Raiders

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 09/26/2013

Kyle Shanahan: Element of surprise gone for NFL's option-play offenses

Redskins offensive coordinator says college-style plays are "not shocking people" like they did last season, when it was "easy at times" for offenses.

By Mark Maske  |  05:04 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  offensive philosophy, read option, Redskins vs. Eagles, Redskins vs. Lions, Redskins vs. Packers, Robert Griffin III, zone read

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Players see signs of progress on offense

Performance against the Lions was “not greatly better but a little bit better,” according to wide receiver Pierre Garcon.

By Mark Maske  |  10:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  0-3, offensive philosophy, Pierre Garcon, Redskins vs. Lions, Santana Moss, Tyler Polumbus

Posted at 05:33 PM ET, 09/23/2013

Shanahan mostly pleased with offensive balance vs. Lions

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that given the circumstances, he thought that his offense was more balanced until faced with desperate late-game situations.

By Mike Jones  |  05:33 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan, offensive philosophy, Robert Griffin III

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 09/19/2013

Morris expects more option plays as season progresses

But second-year tailback says that’s the least of the team’s worries at the moment.

By Mark Maske  |  08:32 AM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alfred Morris, offensive philosophy, Robert Griffin III, zone read

Posted at 01:47 PM ET, 09/12/2013

Redskins hope familiarity with 3-4 defense helps against Packers

As they aim to bounce back from Monday night’s disappointing showing against the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins offensive players believe that familiarity could help them as prepare to attack the Green Bay Packers defense.

By Mike Jones  |  01:47 PM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  3-4 defense, Defense, Green Bay Packers, offensive philosophy, Redskins vs. Packers, Week 2

Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 09/04/2013

Eagles’ offensive tempo doesn’t worry Redskins’ Hall

DeAngelo Hall says conditioning won't be a problem, and neither will the Eagles' tempo in the opening game of the season.

By Mike Jones  |  01:40 PM ET, 09/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  DeAngelo Hall, Defense, offensive philosophy, Philadelphia Eagles, Redskins vs. Eagles, Week 1

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 08/16/2013

Limitations on Robert Griffin III frustrated Kyle Shanahan

The Redskins quarterback isn't alone in his frustrations that he didn't have the freedom to practice fully until this past Wednesday.

By Mike Jones  |  09:43 AM ET, 08/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, offensive philosophy, Robert Griffin III, Training camp

Posted at 06:18 PM ET, 08/15/2013

Kyle Shanahan embraces challenge of remaining ahead of defenses

Entering Year 2 of his RGIII-led attack, Kyle Shanahan welcomes the challenge of keeping better-prepared defenses off-balance.

By Mike Jones  |  06:18 PM ET, 08/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, offensive philosophy, Pierre Garcon, Robert Griffin III, Roy Helu Jr.

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 08/02/2013

Redskins use officiating visit to get option-play clarifications

If Robert Griffin III wants a late hit called on a defender just after he gets rid of the ball on an option play, he must make it clear he doesn't have the ball.

By Mark Maske  |  04:12 PM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NFL officiating, offensive philosophy, read option, Training camp, zone read

Posted at 06:51 PM ET, 07/31/2013

Moss says Garcon's confidence in Redskins' offense is justified

Santa Moss says Pierre Garcon's confidence in Redskins' offense is well-founded

By Mark Maske  |  06:51 PM ET, 07/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Offense, offensive philosophy, Pierre Garcon, Santana Moss, Training camp, Wide Receivers

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 07/24/2013

No doubts about Robert Griffin III (video)

There are very few reasons to believe Robert Griffin III won't do exactly as he says, argue Jason Reid and Dan Steinberg.

By Keith McMillan  |  10:47 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  offensive philosophy, Robert Griffin III, Training camp, video

Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 07/23/2013

More on Alfred Morris and the zone read

Additional analysis on Redskins running back Alfred Morris and his success using -- and not using -- zone-read plays last season.

By Keith McMillan  |  02:37 PM ET, 07/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Alfred Morris, offensive philosophy, RGIII, Running backs

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Zone read crash course

Do you kind of know what people mean when they talk about the zone read, but not really? We've found someone who can explain it to you.

By Keith McMillan  |  01:49 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  offensive philosophy, zone read

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Kyle Shanahan says Redskins don't need to change offense to protect Griffin

"He stayed healthy last year running the zone-read," offensive coordinator says.

By Mark Maske  |  03:03 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Kyle Shanahan, minicamp, offensive philosophy, RGIII knee injury

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/27/2013

Even if Redskins change offense for Griffin, don't expect Shanahan to say so beforehand

The coach appears enamored with the idea that opponents must prepare for the Redskins' option game whether or not it actually will be used.

By Mark Maske  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  analysis, offensive philosophy, RGIII, Robert Griffin III, Robert Griffin III rehab, zone read