The Washington Redskins have had a top ten offense yardage wise the past two seasons, but that yardage was mostly due to an outstanding running game led by running back Alfred Morris, and aided by quarterback Robert Griffin III. However, the Redskins passing yard totals have been mediocre at best. Can the Redskins offense become good at both in 2014?
With quarterback Robert Griffin III finally getting healthy this offseason, it seems moving forward his contributions as a runner will decrease next season. The most important reason of course is to keep him healthy, and reduce the pounding his body takes. But there’s also the fact that the Redskins have brought in more weapon in the passing game that will need chances to shine.
Most notably wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts. Jackson is one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL, and Roberts has proven versatility with the Arizona Cardinals. Put them together with the returning Pierre Garcon, and the Redskins may have their best receiving corps in several years.
The potential of young tight end Jordan Reed added in with this group, and it’s obvious that the Redskins will have quite an arsenal of weapons in the passing game. Alfred Morris has established himself as one of the toughest runners in the league and new head coach Jay Gruden will continue to use the zone blocking scheme that has been so successful for the Redskins in 2012 and 2013.
But the passing game is the big question mark. Robert Griffin III suffered a sophomore slump last season, and many wonder if he can not only bounce back, but emerge as a top passer in the NFL? So looking at it on paper, if RGIII improves, the Redskins offense should be more better over all than it was last season.
How good can the offense be? It’s a new offense with a new philosophy, and new terminology for most of the players to learn. But once they get that part down I think the offense will remain a top ten product in terms of yardage. I think it will become much more balanced yet diverse, and much more explosive as well.