Originally Posted by Kilyin
Shannahan has definitely designed his offense around RG3. He never ran all these college option plays prior to this season. I've watched a lot of Redskins games and he has most definitely switched up (modified) his scheme. Whether you want to credit him or Kyle, there's really no denying that.
Originally Posted by Chocolate Lab
Your first paragraph contradicts your second one. When has Shanahan ever run that read option before this year? Never. Why do you think he suddenly did that?
Good coaches may not "switch up their schemes entirely", but they absolutely adjust their play calls to fit their personnel. That's coaching 101.
Shanahan is still running his WCO plays but in order to help his 1st year rookie he took pages out of the Baylor playbook and used them in his own. That is good coaching, to get your QB comfortable in the new scheme. You run some bread and butter plays he ran at Baylor.
I guess I said it wrong, but in the long term Shanahan will use that option read less and less when defenses start to counter it and RG3 takes some serious blows.
Look at how Cam Newton has faired in year 2 of that type of offense.
"It's little bit like the description of pornography from years back. It's hard to define it. But you know what it is at the end of it. It's hard to define it. I think you know who is more physical. Often times you see that in the fourth quarter. A lot of time the team on the other side feels it. We pride ourselves on being a physical football team. It's important to us. It's an important time of the year to lay that foundation." - Coach Garrett