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Will the Redskins become a passing offense in 2014?

UPDATEThe Redskins have signed wide receiver DeSean Jackson, so the question of whether the Redskins will become more of a passing offense becomes even more relevant now.

New Washington Redskins receiver Andre Roberts stated in an interview with ESPN’s John Keim that he expected the Redskins offense to be passing more than running.  And while I think it should be expected that the Redskins will pass the ball more, I don’t think it should be assumed that they’ll pass the ball more than they’ll run it under Jay Gruden.

Looking at the time Gruden spent as the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, they ran more of balanced offensive attack.  And that could have been simply the style that Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis wanted, so it’s possible that Gruden’s philosophy on offense may lean more to passing, but I don’t think it will be extreme.

If you look at the NFC, the top teams are running teams in the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers.  And being an up-tempo passing team like the Denver Broncos doesn’t guarantee winning the super bowl.  So being able to run the football effectively and control the line of scrimmage are still essential in winning a championship.

I doubt you’ll see the read-option as much we did under Mike Shanahan, and I don’t think quarterback Robert Griffin III will be running nearly as much as he did before either.  But I still expect the Redskins to utilize Alfred Morris to control time of possession, as he’s proven to be a great weapon in wearing down defenses.

When Jay Gruden coached in the UFL, his offenses led that league in scoring and passing one year.  So the Redskins will indeed be passing much more than they did in previous seasons, (especially with DeSean Jackson on board) but I don’t think they’ll be a passing team in the mode of the Broncos or Saints.  I think you can expect a creative yet balanced attack from the Redskins next season.


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