Redskins had been waiting all season for right time to use no-huddle offense

October 2, 2013

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The no-huddle offensive approach that the Washington Redskins used effectively during Sunday’s victory at Oakland is something that the team put in place in training camp and has been contemplating using on a weekly basis this season, according to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

“It’s something that we’ve had in since training camp,” Shanahan said Tuesday at Redskins Park. “So it’s been something we’ve talked each week that there’s a possibility we could go to it. We knew that we wanted to. We were struggling a little bit at the beginning, just not converting those third downs and staying on the field, and we thought it was a good time to try it. … We thought it could work versus their defense and the stuff that we were doing, we just hadn’t been getting in a rhythm. We thought we’d change stuff up, help our players out a little bit. And we feel like it did.”

The Redskins used the hurry-up tactics on a second-quarter drive that resulted in a field goal, the first of their 24 consecutive points in a 24-14 win. It’s all part of their plan to speed things up when game circumstances dictate — when they trail by a wide margin or time is running short — and not merely as an offensive change-of-pace. The Redskins didn’t even stay with the no-huddle approach after their field goal drive in Oakland. But Shanahan and his father, Coach Mike Shanahan, now know they can turn to it with second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III when needed.

“It’s something that you go into each game saying, ‘Hey, if we’re in this situation here, there’s definitely a possibility to be ready to go into our hurry-up offense,’ ” Kyle Shanahan said. “It was something we were planning in the game that we would go to. We didn’t know whether we’d do it in the first quarter, third quarter. We didn’t know when. So it goes off a gut feeling during the game. You make that decision. I always bring it up to our head coach when we do. We bring it up to our quarterback. We talk about it and we’re like: ‘Yeah, let’s go. Let’s do it.’ So that’s what we decided.”

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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