Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times recently talked to ABC’s Jon Gruden about the rookie quarterbacks in the NFL. When the subject of Robert Griffin III came up, the former NFL head coach and current Monday night football analyst talked about the design of the offense combined with Griffin’s speed.
The offense they're running in Washington is one that no one had seen before this season. It's an offense that you have to see and really take some time to prepare for. It's hard to emulate the speed that Robert Griffin plays with. So that's the double-edged sword: You're dealing with an offense that you've never seen before, and a quarterback that can really run.
Gruden suggested that a 3-4 defense is better for stopping Griffin since the scheme tends to handle the edges better.
But what happens when opponents have seen the Redskins’ offense often enough to scheme for it? Gruden says the Redskins’ coach is ready for that.
“That's Mike Shanahan,” said Gruden. “In his back pocket he's holding the keys to the adjustments.”
Gruden mentioned two Hall of Fame QB’s who were coached by Shanahan when talking about what he thinks that Griffin will be able to accomplish.
“He’s going to be able to do the things that Mike did with John Elway and Steve Young along the way,” he said.
MOBILE – Jay Gruden provided a glimmer of optimism for Redskins fans freaked out about Kirk Cousins' contract situation.
"I totally anticipate him coming back to the Washington Redskins," Gruden said.
The Redskins coach talked from the sidelines of the Senior Bowl where he and much of the team's staff were scouting college seniors.
Gruden explained he had texted back and forth with Cosuins a few times this offseason and looked forward to watching him play in the Pro Bowl.
Since Gruden named Cousins starter in 2015, the quarterback had passed for more than 9,000 yards and twice broken Skins franchise passing records.
Some indications of a long term deal for Cosuins land in the $120 million range, but the Washington organization also has the flexibility to use the franchise tag this season at a cost of nearly $24 million.
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As should be expected when a team goes 8-7-1, there were plenty of good moments and a lot of frustrating times during the Redskins’ 2016 season. Over the next couple of weeks, Redskins Insiders Rich Tandler and JP Finlay will take detailed looks at the 10 best plays of 2016 and, to present a more complete picture of the season, the 10 worst.
No. 5 worst play of 2016
Redskins at Lions Week 7
0:22 left in Q4, Lions ball at the Redskins 18, 3rd and 10, Redskins leading 17-13
Matthew Stafford pass short left to Anquan Boldin for 18 yards, TOUCHDOWN.
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Tandler: The Redskins had just taken the lead on a nifty 19-yard option run by Kirk Cousins with 1:05 left to play. All they had to do was keep the Lions out of the end zone but the defense was not up to the task. In fact, it was laughably easy for Stafford. The first three times he dropped back he completed passes for 23, 14, and 20 yards and just like that the Lions were in the red zone. It looked for a minute like the Redskins might hang on as two passes went incomplete. But on third down Stafford found Boldin open inside the five and the defense couldn’t get there quickly enough to keep him out of the end zone.
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Finlay: 65 seconds was all the 'Skins defense needed to preserve a win by holding the Lions without a touchdown. 65 seconds away from a five-game win streak, and knowing what we do now, a playoff berth. The Redskins defense couldn't stop Stafford, or Boldin, and lost in Detroit. A gut wrenching loss as the momentum on the Washington sideline seemed incredibly high just minutes before when Cousins ran in what looked like the game-winning score.
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