After leading the NFL in rushing in 2012 and finishing in fifth place last season, Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said there’s no reason to make major changes to the team’s running philosophies heading into the 2014 season.
But as the first-year head coach reviews film of his new team’s offense from the past couple years, he said switching from generally smaller, quicker offensive linemen to a bigger, beefier version might be best, overall, for the entire unit.
So far through the free agency period, the Redskins have begun to put that plan into place.
On March 12, the team signed guard
Gruden – who confirmed that
“You know, everybody talks about our line getting ‘pushed back,’ so to speak, and it could be true,” Gruden said. “Most linemen do get pushed back on 3rd and 12. You know, we’ve got to do a better job on 1st and 10 and 2nd and 8 and 2nd and 7.”
But Gruden also sees plenty of talent left over from last year’s offensive line, led by Pro Bowl left tackle
“He’s big,” Gruden said. “Those big, huge, athletic guys are hard to find.”
Gruden also complimented right tackle
“We have some other guys that can come in and compete there on our roster,” Gruden said. “Obviously you would love to have Pro Bowlers across the land … but we are always looking to improve.”