A look at how the Redskins stack up at running back this year.
I wrote about Robert Griffin III's first interception of camp in an earlier post, but coach Jay Gruden cleared up even more on the play. First: It's a pick in training camp and a learning opportunity. So I'm not trying to go overboard, but to explain. So here's Gruden's explanation: The defense disguised its coverage well and ended up in a cover-2 shell with corner DeAngelo Hall on the outside. The first mistake was Griffin leaving his primary target too soon (tight end Jordan Reed). He then threw to DeSean Jackson, who had stopped his route, allowing Hall to jump in for the pick. Gruden said the key for Griffin was "to stick with the No. 1 progression and everything would have been fine."
They like that he leaves them alone. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden said he hired his coaches for a reason; he needs to let them coach. It's a philosophy the coaches embrace and one the players like as well.
Still, Roberts is the early choice. Roberts’ speed entices the Redskins. And even if he plays a lot in three-receiver sets, Gruden said that wouldn’t necessarily impact his role as a returner. The only way that might change is if something happens to one of the starters.
Training camps under Mike Shanahan were not exactly Camp Cupcake but there were any comments or complaints that camp was too physical either. If Gruden's comments on Saturday are any indication, the contact will pick up for the Redskins compared to the last four years. "I just like the competition," he said. "I think it's very important for the defense to give the offense the best look possible and vice versa. We can't do that if we are just muddling around playing buddy football." You have to respect a coach who hates "buddy football".