A few week ago, when asked about the Redskins using an up-tempo offense, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan didn’t think the scheme was right for his offense. Stating it was more about execution than running a high quantity of plays. But against the Oakland Raiders, the Redskins offense was seen using a modified no-huddle hurry up offense, so could it be that Shanahan has changed mind on it?
The no-huddle seemed to give the Redskins offense a spark, and also seemed to catch the Raiders defense off guard. In the first three games, when the Redskins offense was stagnant there appeared to be no solution on how to get things going. When the offense got bogged down against the Raiders, not only did the running game with Alfred Morris become more effective in the hurry up, but so did the passing game.
I’m not a fan of the Chip Kelly’s run as many plays as possible approach. As good as it worked against the Redskins in week one, it appears that particular game gave other teams plenty of film to study to find ways to defend the up-tempo offense.
For one thing it not only wears down the opposing defense, but it also wears out your own defense, because they are on the field for extreme amounts of time, due to an overwhelming advantage in time of possession for the other team.
In a more wide open style, Robert Griffin III can be more creative at the line scrimmage when the defense can’t substitute so freely, and when he isn’t locked in to a play based on a certain formation. Also, defenses don’t have as much time to think about what’s coming, and are more at the mercy of the offense.
If Kyle Shanahan can use the no-huddle offense just as a change of pace tool, then I think that’s the best way to go. Using it on a few possessions here and there to jump-start things, would be a much better approach than using it for an entire game. This way time of possession won’t work against you, and the Redskins can keep the offense from bogging down so much in the future.