Washington Redskins Tickets
The Washington Redskins have a new coach in Jay Gruden, an entirely new coaching staff, and possibly a new shot at winning the NFC East. Gruden takes over from Mike Shanahan and there probably aren’t too many people around FedEx Field crying about it. Gruden has a reputation as an offensive innovator, isn’t all that fond of the read-option, and just may be the answer for getting Robert Griffin III back on top of his game.
Expect to see Griffin become more of a prototype pocket passer, running only when he must. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that when he does run he’s liable to take it to the house. Other than that, we have no way to judge who else will be prominent in this offense. Could it be DeSean Jackson? He’ll play some role certainly. Alfred Morris will be a mainstay at running back. But, Gruden could easily put together a potent mix of Jason Reed at Tight End, Roy Helu as a Darren Sproles type back, Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss, and not surprise anyone.
What didn’t change, and won’t, is the defense under Jim Haslett. While Shanahan kept things under a tight reign, Gruden has made it known that Haslett will be fully responsible for the defense. That means the Redskins could become more of a gambling defense, with more linebacker and safety blitzing, along with more man to man on the corners. Haslett is an experienced coach and he may be able to improve on turnovers and create opportunities for Griffin.
Redskins tickets took fans to the playoffs in 2012 and nowhere in 2013. 2014 should be an up year as Gruden rebuilds a team Mike Shanahan took down. Griffin will be healthier and happier, Jim Haslett should be more relaxed, the offense has more options, the defensive line is better with the addition of Jason Hatcher. The Redskins 2014 schedule is tough though. NFC East opponent Philadelphia is going to be a challenge. Then there’s Arizona, San Francisco, Indianapolis, and Seattle. If Gruden can coach his way through that schedule, the Redskins deserve a playoff spot.Eric Drouant