ASHBURN, VA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, Sean McVay of the Washington Redskins poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images)Sean McVay (credit: NFL via Getty Images)
McVay, just 27, coached with Gruden in Tampa (under Jon Gruden), and in the UFL when Jay was the head coach and general manager of the now defunct Florida Tuskers.
“If they don’t know Sean they need to know him,” said Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen, calling into 106.7 The Fan’s Grant and Danny Thursday. “And I think they will know him obviously if he’s going to be the new OC, because he’s such a … I think he’s a brilliant football mind.”
“He’s young, but he sees the game in a very adult, very mature way,” Paulsen said. “What I mean by that is he sees it in terms of the big picture. He sees it like an OC, and that’s something that he’s always prided himself on and he’s always worked towards, and I think he’s achieved. He’s a brilliant football mind, he works extremely hard to understand the game, and I think he’s a great hire. He’s gonna be a great fit.”
While Paulsen himself has never put up Pro Bowl-caliber numbers, he is a highly intelligent, cerebral tight end, and has already spent plenty of time watching the Bengals offense.
Asked if he saw any similarities between Gruden’s offense in Cincinnati and what the Redskins have been working with in D.C., Paulsen indicated the two schemes are closer than they farther apart.
“I think having some West Coast offense in his background, a lot of those concepts carry over, and those are concepts that are kind of the foundation of our shorter passing game,” Paulsen said.
“Some of our deeper stuff, like the deep ins and like in terms of the dropback passing is very similar,” he continued. “So just from like a straight dropback passing game, how we run. Obviously I don’t know how he coaches the concepts. I’m just talking about Jay, but just from aesthetics, it looks the same and I think there’s a lot of carryover in that respect.”
“And then the running game, they run a little bit more inside zone than we run, but it is a zone-blocking scheme,” Paulsen added. “They do some different stuff in terms of their personnel groupings and stuff like that, but ultimately it’s more similar than dissimilar, in my opinion, and having seen it from far away.”