When the Redskins hired Jay Gruden to be their head coach in January, many anticipated that the fall air in FedEx Field would be filled with footballs. The notion that the Redskins were going to be a passing team was bolstered when they acquired wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts.
But anyone placing their fantasy football plans on an aerial assault by Robert Griffin III should reconsider. Gruden said today that he sees the Redskins relying on the ground game.
“Our identity needs to be found,” he said. “What are we going to be? We’re going to be a running team, I guess.”
Like any coach, Gruden would prefer to have a varied attack.
“Our identity needs to be diversity,” he said. “We have to be able to be good at both. We have to be able to run the ball, we have to be able to do some play actions off the run and there are going to be some times that we have to do some drop back.”
“We need to be pretty good at everything but obviously the strength of our football team would be, I would say, our running game,” he said. “We have to continue working on that, work on handing the ball off and being good at something, really good at something and I think we are pretty good in the running game.”
The Redskins have rushed for 375 yards in the preseason, eighth in the NFL. They have Alfred Morris, one of the NFL’s leading rushers since he came into the NFL in 2012, at running back and a line that has proven to be adept at stretch zone blocking.
Griffin has struggled passing in the preseason, completing 13 of 20 passes for 141 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He is in the process of adjusting from being a running quarterback to being more of a pocket passer and that could be why Gruden is skeptical that the team can rely on the passing attack at this point in time.