Redskins vs. Texans: Five Things to Watch for

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Aug 18, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden on the sidelines against the Cleveland Browns during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

2.  Jay Gruden’s play calling 

One of the things that excited me about the Redskins hiring Jay Gruden to be the new head coach was that he would be doing the offensive play calling.  I didn’t like how Mike Shanahan just kind of stood around watching.  I want a head coach who’s going to be actively involved in how the game is called.

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But a lot of coaches call plays.  However, only a select few can do it well and I’m hoping that Gruden is one of those.  Something Gruden needs to show he understands is how to call plays for a mobile quarterback like Robert Griffin III.

We saw a good example of this with the Seahawks Russell Wilson on Thursday night.  Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell put on a play calling clinic against the Green Bay Packers defense.

Yes, Russell Wilson is a good quarterback but you could see how good play calling from Bevell kept the Packers defense off-balance and made it easier for the Seahawks offense to execute the game plan.