Redskins fans and Robert Griffin's fantasy owners from 2013 probably want to forget about everything Mike Shanahan following last year's fiasco. Jay Gruden is in as the new head coach. Sean McVay is in as the new offensive coordinator. But when people watch the Redskins this season, they will see something that should remind them of Shanahan:
The offense. Griffin said so.
"I think having two years' experience running an offense, a pro-level offense, West Coast type, this is very similar," Griffin told the Washington Post. "So it's not been as tough as you might think. But all the concepts translate over. They might be called something different. But the reads are similar. It's just about the philosophy of the coach. Jay has a little bit different philosophy."
The most obvious differences on the field will be the reduction in zone-read runs, and more passes overall. The Redskins are still going to give the ball to Alfred Morris plenty, but Gruden is a throw-first coach, and the Redskins are stocked with quality targets on the outside.
Although Griffin won't run as often, he is not Jake Locker; he is an accurate passer who should be able to do just fine in fantasy even if he hangs in the pocket much more often this season. Two other things in Griffin's favor are his health, and the fact that the Redskins' defense, while not as embarrassing as last year's unit, should remain far from elite. Among the QBs ranked in the lower half of the top 10, Griffin is my favorite grab.