Familiarity with Shanahan’s offense could help Redskins’ defense vs. Browns


Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan now holds the same job in Cleveland.

Monday night’s preseason game between Washington and the Cleveland Browns has generated considerable buzz because of high-profile rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and his dual-threat skill set. But the Redskins’ defensive players like their chances because of their knowledge of the offense Manziel and the Browns will run.

Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has taken his playbook – including the zone-read portions that he implemented for Robert Griffin III – with him to Cleveland, so the plays he will call for Manziel will look very familiar.

Because they faced the same offense every day for the past four years, and because Cleveland’s players still are learning Shanahan’s playbook, the Redskins’ defensive players may actually know the schemes better than the Browns at this point. Washington’s players hope familiarity leads to success.

“It should definitely help going against an offense we know,” cornerback DeAngelo Hall said.

Defensive end Chris Baker agreed. “It’s going to help us be able to play faster,” Baker said. “But it is what it is. [Manziel] is a dynamic player, still has a lot to learn because he’s a rookie. But it’ll be fun to play against him. I wouldn’t say we have an advantage because we have to go out and compete on every down. But we do have familiarity, and we know how they want to run that offense. We see the same offense every day.”

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What’s ahead:

The Redskins and Browns clash on Monday Night Football at 8 p.m.

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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