2013 Stats: 276 attempts, 1,275 rushing yards and 7 touchdowns
Projected 2014 Stats: 265 attempts, 1,200 rushing yards and 9 touchdowns
It's fair to wonder how the absence of Mike Shanahan will affect the production of running back Alfred Morris.
In the zone-blocking scheme that Shanahan employed, Morris rushed for 2,888 yards and scored 20 touchdowns in two seasons. Will things change under Gruden?
When asked in January by CSN Washington's Rich Tandler if he prefers a zone or power scheme, Gruden gave an answer that seemed to lean toward both:
I think they're in the top 10 the last couple years, so they have a system in place that's very good. They're an outside zone blocking team that can do inside zone. I like the power plays. I like the gap blocking plays. So there's a little bit of everything.
I don't think any offense in the NFL anymore is just, 'We are this.' I think we have to adhere to what we have offensively, talent-wise.
Rotoworld's Evan Silva thinks Morris could take a step back in Gruden's offense, via CSN Washington's Ben Standig:
Gruden's background is a little bit scary for the future prospects of Alfred Morris. Gruden adheres to a pass-centric philosophy and Morris struggles in the passing game. I don't want to minimize the impact the Shanahans' zone scheme had on Morris' production.
Losing them and their run-based style of offense can only hurt the Redskins' early-down back.
The Redskins will surely address the offensive line in next week’s NFL draft. It’s also possible that they add another change-of-pace back to compete with Roy Helu and Chris Thompson. Morris will still be an integral part of the offense in 2014, but right now it’s too early to know if his workload will be comparable to that of the past two seasons.