The busy portion of the free agency period is over. The draft and rookie minicamp are in the rearview, as well. Now comes the hard part for first year head coach Jay Gruden: putting it all together. With OTAs set to begin Tuesday, Redskins Insiders Tarik El-Bashir and Rich Tandler are going examine the top items on Gruden’s to-do list in the coming weeks as he prepares the Redskins for training camp in Richmond.
Up today …
The offensive to-do list
Tandler: The most important task during OTAs will be installing the new offense that Jay Gruden and Sean McVay have been cooking up since coming on the job in mid January. So far, they have been running through some plays but they haven’t lined up offense vs. defense. Now is the time for Robert Griffin III to start seeing the plays against a real defense. Another important aspect of all of this will be to remove the plays that don’t work from the playbook and get what Griffin and company have to learn down to a more manageable list.
El-Bashir: Job No. 1 for Gruden, in my opinion, will be sorting out the offensive line. We know Trent Williams will start at left tackle in Week 1. After that, who knows? Gruden has attempted to downplay the role the line played in last year’s struggles, but his actions this offseason suggest that he actually considers it a priority. In the coming weeks, Gruden will get his first extended look at newcomers Shawn Lauvao and Mike McGlynn, holdovers Tyler Polumbus and Chris Chester and draft picks Morgan Moses and Spencer Long. He’ll also get a chance to evaluate Kory Lichtensteiger’s progress as the former guard transitions to center. There are a lot of questions. But Gruden will need to have some answers (or at least an inkling) before the team heads to Richmond.