Recently completing his second season as the Redskins' offensive coordinator, Sean McVay recently discussed the team's potential playbook changes to further the unit's growth.
At just 30 years old, Sean McVay is one of the youngest coordinators in the NFL right now.
After quickly working his way up the Washington Redskins' coaching ranks after being hired as an offensive assistant in 2010, McVay was promoted to the offensive coordinator position before the 2014 season.
Like the entire team, McVay admitted he had his struggles in 2014. And, like the entire team in 2015, McVay found better success running a very potent offense, as Kirk Cousins set Redskins single-season passing records while Jordan Reed, Pierre Garçon, DeSean Jackson and Jamison Crowder presented matchup difficulties all over the field.
While the Redskins will surely want to not only replicate their success from 2015 but grow upon it, there will be some necessary changes that come.
That includes culling through the playbook and making possibly tweaks to their calls.
"You try to keep some consistency and some continuity in terms of what you want to be identity-wise, but certainly that's always going to adjust based on your personnel," McVay said. "I think the best coaches around the league do a great job fitting their schemes to their personnel and that's something we always strive to do here as well. So I think based on who are in some of those crucial and critical positions might affect what we look like, but we will still have our core plays that make up our identity offensively."
While McVay calls the plays for the offense with input from Redskins head coach Jay Gruden and the offensive assistants, when it came down to excelling last season, the offensive coordinator said it was all about the players.
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"I thought the players did a great job executing and when you get more plays, you feel like you have a better chance to get into a better rhythm, and I think it took all 11 on offense," McVay said. "I thought our offensive line did a great job protecting, guys were doing a great job on the perimeter separating. The backs, when they were used as receivers, did a great job catching the football or if they were used in protection, so I thought our success throwing the football was a credit to all 11 and our coaching staff doing a great job getting those guys ready week in and week out."
This week, the Redskins' coaching and scouting staffs will head to Indianapolis for the annual NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Between now and then — and even well after the conclusion of the event — McVay and the offensive coaches will be working together to strengthen a unit that was among the best in the NFL last season.
"Right now there's a lot of different things going on, as we're getting ready for free agency, we're going to go to the Combine (this) week, and then we're also kind of splitting it up," McVay said. "Where in the afternoons we're evaluating our schemes and looking at what we did last year and some things we can do better, some things we want to continue to do a nice job with and that's an exciting process for us as we gear towards next year."