Jay Gruden: 'Not true' that Redskins 2015 offense will be like 2012
Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said in an interview with ESPN 980 that it's not true that Washington's offense next season will be similar to how it was in 2012, according to the Washington Post.
Wide receiver DeSean Jackson recently said on ESPN 980 that the Redskins' 2015 offense will contain "some interesting things" and some things "kind of similar to how [Robert Griffin III] did when it was 2012 and the success he had there."
2012 was Griffin's rookie year, when he threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns and ran for another 815 yards and seven touchdowns. Gruden was asked about Jackson's comments and whether there will be a return to more read-option elements in 2015.
"No, that’s not true," Gruden said. "Well, first of all we did some of the read option [in 2014]. That’s the reason I kept Sean McVay and some of the staff that I kept from the year before, because I wanted to keep some of that element as part of his game, because he’s good at that. But there also comes a point in time when we have to teach the quarterback position how to drop back and throw, and he’ll get better at that stuff."
Gruden said that there will be a read-option element "sprinkled in here and there," but that Washington has to be smart about the fact that Griffin was injured the last three years.
Washington finished 4–12 last season in its first season under Gruden.
- Molly Geary