The Redskins will have their hands full on Sunday when they face the Texans and have to try to keep quarterback Robert Griffin III upright in the face of pass rush pressure from the likes of J. J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney.
Jay Gruden said that the best way to do that is to keep the ball on the ground.
“Every team has a great pass rusher somewhere along the front and the Texans are no different with Clowney and Watt and [Brooks] Reed so they can get after the quarterback,” said Gruden. “Obviously the great neutralizer is a strong running game and we think we posses that. It’s going to be very important for us to establish some kind of running game.”
Of course it’s not that easy. The running game has to be effective and the defense will need to do its part and keep the game close.
“If we get behind and it turns into a drop back pass-fest it won’t be pretty,” said Gruden. “So it’s very important for us to stick with the run, run the ball and do the best we can in that regard to take some pressure off our quarterback.”
If last year’s numbers are any indication the Redskins could have a good shot at moving the ball on the ground. Washington was fifth in the league in rushing last year while Houston was 23rd in rushing defense.