20 questions: Big changes coming?

20 questions: Big changes coming?
July 1, 2013, 8:30 am
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By Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler

The 2013 Redskins are loaded with storylines. Between now and the start of training camp, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and Tarik El-Bashir will be examining the top 20 questions the Redskins face as they get ready for the season.

Will the Redskins make substantial changes to their offense?

The Redskins led the NFL in rushing in 2012 and they were first in yards per play. Normally, one would say that doesn’t look broken so they shouldn’t try to fix it. But defensive coordinators have been hard at work all summer trying to concoct ways to stop their Pistol formation read option attack. Not to mention the fact that Robert Griffin III, their prize rookie quarterback, got, well, broken last year and although the injury had nothing to do with the read option there has to be concern over Griffin taking too much punishment.

Tandler: The offense may look somewhat different this year but it will not be due to any great changes made in the scheme. Sure, they may drop a few option plays and add a few dropback passes during the course of a game. But different looks to the offense will be dictated by the defense. They will adjust to what the Redskins did last year and the Shanahans will have to counter back as both of them said at various times during the offseason. This won’t necessarily lead to different calls in the huddle but maybe some different formations and, especially, different options taken by RG3 as the plays unfold.

El-Bashir: I don’t think we’ll see substantial changes to the scheme. I do, however, believe the pass/run ratio will skew more toward pass than it did in 2012 as RG3 returns from major knee surgery. Just look at the offseason acquisitions. The salary cap strapped Redskins re-signed playing-making tight end Fred Davis. They shoehorned Santana Moss under the ceiling. They drafted another pass-catching tight end, Jordan Reed, in the third round and will likely end up with four TEs on the 53-man roster. They also signed Donte’ Stallworth and Devery Henderson to provide some veteran depth at wide receiver. Looks to me like they’re planning to attempt more than the 442 passes they tossed in '12. That total, by the way, ranked 30th in the NFL.