But it wasn’t all on Cousins. There were bad routes; play calls that didn’t work (one defensive coach for another team brought this up); and an inconsistent running game. It wasn’t any one thing that caused Washington to stumble in the red zone. It was a combination of factors.
So, really, the positive tone stems from Snyder’s involvement. And part of that goes back to the early days when Snyder was tight with Robert Griffin III, even going to him first in the locker room after Cousins replaced him for the Cleveland game. Those sort of things stick with a guy. When that same guy then expresses, over and over, his confidence and love? That sticks, too. Cousins recently told Redskins play-by-play host Larry Michael that Snyder "has done a great job this offseason communicating with me."
Gruden explained that the Redskins are focused on teaching Doctson to play the "Z" receiver position. Considering he played in just two games as a rookie and caught only two balls, much of Doctson's work this offseason is like beginning from square one. The Z receiver usually plays on the strong side of the field off the line of scrimmage, with the "X" working alone on the other side of the offense.
The Redskins ranked among the worst 10 teams in the NFL at stopping the run in 2016, and much of the offseason was spent working to revamp their defensive line to change those stats. Well, the organization will know early if they did enough to impact change.
“That’s a good question,” he said. “I think I’m still learning what they can and can’t do. Jordan hasn’t been here and he’s obviously a big part of what we do offensively. Once Jordan gets back here next week, we’ll start to implement him more in the game plan.”