How the Hiring of Jay Gruden Affects the Draft

| January 11, 2014 | 8 Comments

While it was a known and foregone conclusion that Mike Shanahan was to be fired, the question became to who would become the new coach of the Washington Redskins. Once it was announced that Jay Gruden would be the new head coach the main question became this; “What will happen to our draft and off-season plans now” Well Gruden was able to help us quell any questions we had about the defense. The 3-4 Defense is going to stay, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we see more 4-3 looks similar to the 4-3 Over looks that Wade Phillips have made very effective in the NFL.

 

The bigger question though comes to the Offensive side of the football and what will happen under Gruden. When looking at Cincinnati likes to do, there are a few things we can surmise that Gruden will want to have with the offense in Washington. The main one is obviously more weapons at the WR position. Just for giggles here are the receptions numbers between the various WR’s for the Cincinnati Bengals.

 

AJ Green 98 Receptions

Marvin Jones 51 Receptions

Mohamed Sanu 47 Receptions

 

Between the top 3 receivers you can notice that they look to get the ball to the #1 Receiver a ton in Green, but also look to spread it out throughout the various different playmakers they have. If you include RB’s and TE’s, the Bengals had 5 different players have over 40 receptions. For comparisons sakes the Redskins only had 3 players. So what can we look to expect? The Redskins will do anything possible to add more WR’s who are strong and physical to make plays for RG3 and the offense.

 

As just noted, the Bengals also drafted strong and physical receivers both at the TE position and the WR position. The starters for Cincinnati at the WR positions average 6 feet 2 inches tall. Currently the Redskins don’t really have that height and physicality to the WR position and Gruden will ensure that it is fixed and added to.

 

The real change that will be seen is obviously throughout the OL. There’s a bit of a common misconception with Jay Gruden that I want to start to dispel some. Gruden ran a mix of zone scheme, but also power blocking schemes as well. In a nutshell you can call it a power zone scheme where you have guys who can execute both the zone blocking concepts, but also line up man on man and make plays. Trent right now is probably the only one who can play in the scheme moving forward from the current OL, but I wont rule any of the reserve linemen out because we haven’t truly gotten a chance to evaluate them in game situations in the regular season.

 

So to surmise it all, what’s going to happen to the draft plans? Well look for Gruden to start to make it a point to add a new dimension to the offense. It’s not just the need for playmakers, but also the need to make a philosophical change with the whole Offense. There are pieces to work with here, but also there are things that need to be fixed before this offense can reach the potential that it can.  The Defense will be added to most definitely both in FA and the draft. Look for these changes to be more gradual than just overnight changes. Gruden knows he has a few years to play with in rebuilding up the team and if the FA and Draft are done correctly he will be able to oversee hopefully a drastic and positive impact on the overall team

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John W
John W

Great writeup!!! would like to see more of this on the site. We got a new regine in place and it would be awesome to see more FA and Draft candidates that could wear the burgundy and gold

Panamamike
Panamamike

We had the smallest O line in the NFL for 3 seasons. kory L  290, Monty 308, Polumbus 300. Chester had a bad year but he was a top 10 guard in 2012(Pro Football Weekly) While Kory was next to the bottom, Polumbus has been near the bottom every year. I really don't think QBs care how much $ a lineman makes. I think we should cut everyone on that line except Trent  JD land Chester. I love people saying "Compton can start" or "Gettis can start" or "LeRibeus could start". These guys couldn't beat out the worst group of O linemen in the NFL. LeRibeus would have been cut in training camp if Management didn't need to save face for drafting the lazy fool. Anyway I agree that one of the KC guards should be a free agent target along with a tackle.

Lenny
Lenny

Don't forget we only have six draft choices. Have to make them count.

Avbanig
Avbanig

Just for Giggles...

If the Hankerson had stayed healthy, and Morgan had been played by the Shanahan's the Redskins would have had 5 receivers over 40 receptions. Just saying.

I fully expect us to sign a FA wr and draft a bigger stronger guy to develop: Kelvin Benjamin, Brandon Coleman, Donte Moncrief and L'Damian Washington are probably on their radar screen.

I fully expect us to get a few new OL, 4 new starters though? I'm not so sure.

I hope they can sign Andre Collins and Mike Pollak to be their new starting right side. I think the Redskins current OL (except for Chester) are kept as reserves and to compete for reserve roster spots.

LeRibeus actually may fit Grudens scheme better than he did Shanahans. I'd look out for him as a surprise starter at RG.

We could also draft an OL or two.

It will be interesting as we also could use an upgrade or 2 along the DL, a new ILB to replace Fletch, a new starting Cb or nickel cb depending on if they re-sign Hall and if they think Amerson can start, and I think try need a new starting FS

Avbanig
Avbanig

I realize we were light in the pants but you said they were midgets, and they're not midgets they're normal height or taller than most OL but our OL just aren't big fatties.

Panamamike
Panamamike

@AvbanigWhy Chester? He had a bad year but his bad year is better than tne best year of the other 3. I'd keep him because he can play Guard and Cente and dump all the midgets that shanny brought in.

Avbanig
Avbanig

Also, don't forget that if Jordan Reed had stayed healthy and started all 16 games or even just 14, he likely would have caught 80-90 balls, 900-1000 yds and 5+ tds

Avbanig
Avbanig

Watch the tape, Chester was one of the worst guards in the NFL. He really regressed this year and was often responsible for the big hits Griffin took while standing in the pocket.

He's also our second highest paid offensive lineman behind Trent, and because of that he's held to a higher standard than Monty, Kory L and Polumbus in my eyes.

If we're paying a guard 4.3 million a year, he should be playing like a pro bowler - not one of the worst guards in the NFL.

We can cut him with no dead money and go out and sign us a younger guard like Jon Asomough, Geoff Schwartz or most likely Mike Pollak from Cincinnati.

I'm not sure who the midgets are, but all the OL Shanahan drafted or signed in his 4 years are 6'2 to 6'5, so I hardly call them midgets and Polumbus is 6'8. I had no clue that midgets were 6'8 lol!

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