Most teams have one coach call the offensive plays. On many teams, that person is the offensive coordinator. On others, the head coach calls the plays. In Denver and Green Bay, it seems fairly obvious that Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers call the plays. In Washington, however, the roles are not as clearly defined.
While it's certainly not unusual for a head coach and offensive coordinator to work together to formulate the play-calling game plan, Redskins coach Jay Gruden shares the play-calling duties with offensive coordinator Sean McVay, a system both coaches like.
"We’re very close mentally to thinking alike," Gruden said Tuesday. "When we put together a game plan and you have your third down situations, you can almost call them together."
The coach continued: "It’s very important for us to be on the same page when we install and call plays. But we’ll both have input on game day like we do every game. Whether he calls 50 percent, I call 50 percent, he calls 80 percent or 20 doesn’t matter as long as we agree during the week."
Though only 29 years old, many view McVay as a football wunderkind. He has been in the game his whole life, and it's clear the strong relationship he has with players on the practice field. Gruden trusts him, too.
"I feel very confident in him calling plays and obviously I feel confident in me calling plays," Gruden said.
Does the Redskins system make sense? Should they streamline the duties to McVay, allowing Gruden to focus on running the whole team? Let us know what you think in the comments.