Redskins still trying to get everyone on same page of offensive playbook
Nearly at the midway point of the season, the slogan for the Redskins' offense might as well be "a work in progress." Entering Sunday's game at Detroit, coaches still think they're getting there.
The offense that the Redskins installed in training camp is more complex and more intensive than what the team trots out each Sunday, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said.
"We scaled back every game plan," he explained. "When you go into training camp or OTAs, you are trying to put in your entire system. Each week is a whole new game plan. You build from that library that you put in.
"We come in here on Monday and Tuesday, and by the time the players get here on Wednesday, they have a game plan. It is not always just your mass libraries. It is narrowed down and isolated based on what the defense is doing."
The Redskins are averaging 333 yards per game, ranked 18th in the NFL. They're facing a defense that ranked No. 26 overall and 27 against the run.
Shanahan said coaches simplify the game plan to prepare for a specific opponent, not because the offense is too complicated to execute. The offense's bigger problem is one of consistency, Shanahan said.
"It is not necessarily the game plan as it is isolating what we have practiced and getting our guys to work better together and moving together," he said. "You go into a game, defenses are moving on you, you get some stuff you don't expect in practice and you have to remember that your guys haven't been playing together that long. They can't all adjust to it the same. One guy might adjust to it and two guys next to him don't -- when it is like, that you need all 11 guys to adjust and move together."
| October 29, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
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