The Washington Redskins began their week 13 contest against the New York Giants in their Turbo – no huddle offense, and they proceeded to march right down the field and score a touchdown. But then we only saw the turbo one more time during the game. But it’s been successful almost every time the Redskins have used it. So why don’t they use it more?
I think one reason is because Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle Shanahan don’t like it philosophically. As Kyle Shanahan stated earlier in the season, the up-tempo doesn’t fit their scheme. But does that really make a difference as long as it works? I think it comes down to being down right stubborn.
Coaches are very protective of their schemes, and are reluctant to go away from them even if they aren’t working. At times a coach will try to fit a square peg into a round hole, and try to run an offense that doesn’t work simply because it’s their offense. Now, the Redskins are one of the top offenses in the NFL yardage wise, but there’s clearly something missing.
When the read-option and zone blocking running scheme is working it’s tough to stop. But what about when it doesn’t work like we saw against the 49ers? What then? It seems the Redskins are stuck without many other options. Against the Giants, it seemed like Shanahan just simply tried to force his offense to work, and made the conscious decision to not run the Turbo.
And when he did run the turbo, Kyle would use running plays out of it, instead of letting RGIII create something. Now, I don’t think the Redskins should use the Turbo all the time like the Eagles up-tempo offense. But I do think it should be used more than twice a game. Especially when the offense is stagnant and in need of a jump-start.