As good as the Washington Redskins offense was over the past few seasons (at least yardage wise), there always seemed to be something missing from the attack. Especially on passing downs, when you could tell that quarterback Robert Griffin III didn’t have to freedom to audible and change a play at the line of scrimmage when the situation required it.
When the defense would show certain looks or blitzes, no change would be made to counter it, and the offense would continue to run a play that would quickly blow up in their faces. This wasn’t that big of an issue in Robert Griffin III’s rookie season, as teams hadn’t caught up to his athleticism, and defensive coordinators hadn’t yet figured out ways to defend him.But that all changed last season, as RGIII’s knee injury had an impact on his throwing and running abilities, and his rehab cut down the time that Kyle and Mike Shanahan could have worked with him to add more diversity to the offense. So the rest of the league made changes to adapt to the RGIII and the Redskins attack, but the Redskins couldn’t make many changes at all.
However, Redskins offensive coordinator Sean McVay stated that RGIII will be given the opportunity to change plays at the line of scrimmage this season. And while Griffin’s audibles won’t always be the right call, it’s good to know that at least the offense won’t be stuck into running a play, regardless of whether it’s has a chance of working or not.
With more weapons added to the team on offense, it’s important that if Robert Griffin III sees a mismatch that he can exploit in the defense that he has the ability to take advantage of it. And we’ll find out fast how good RGIII is at making pre-snap reads, but in the long run the offense should end up being better because he has some freedom to audible.