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Shanahan Leans On Oklahoma Experience

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 15, 2013 – 11:35 am

(Via PhiladelphiaEagles.com)

(Via philadelphiaeagles.com)

The NFL is a copycat league. One does it and pretty soon everyone is.

In 2013, offensive wizards are incorporating flashy packages that spread out defenses and cater to the skillsets of duel-threat quarterbacks.

For head coach Mike Shanahan it’s a back to the future sort of thing. No he doesn’t drive a DeLoriean with scissor doors around the Ashburn area and he doesn’t have a flux capacitor, but he does have experience in this whole option thing dating back to his days under legendary coach Barry Switzer in 1975.

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The Only Option On Sunday: Read-Option

Posted by Stephen Czarda on September 26, 2013 – 2:16 pm

(AP Image)

(AP Image)

Unlike the Wildcat craze that swept through the National Football League a few years ago and then disappeared back into the wild, the read-option appears to be a more permanent fixture in playbooks.

When the Raiders tapped former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor to be the starter, they tinkered their offense to suit his physical traits—6-6 and reported 4.3 speed.

The Raiders inserted foundational aspects of the scheme into their playbook and going into Sunday’s game, Pryor (198 rushing yards) and Darren McFadden (186 rushing yards) have dumbfounded opponents through the first three weeks.

Before they ever unveiled their new offensive preference though, they spent countless hours dissecting the Redskins offense’s success last season and realized just how potent the attack can be when executed to the utmost.

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Paulsen: New Offense Was ‘Culture Shock’

Posted by Andrew Walker on December 7, 2012 – 10:46 am

(AP photo)

(AP photo)

When the Washington Redskins took quarterback Robert Griffin III as the second overall pick in the NFL Draft, it was announced almost immediately that the incoming rookie was going to be the starter for the 2012 season.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan immediately began the tedious task of figuring out how to form their offense around Griffin III’s talents, which, of course, include a big, accurate arm with the ability to stretch the field with his legs.

About seven-and-a-half months later, the Redskins own one of the top offensive attacks in football. Defensive coordinators cringe as they try to prepare their teams for what’s to come.

But the success wasn’t a given simply by drafting Griffin III. The Washington coaching staff also had make sure the 10 other guys on the field knew how to play their parts to add their brand to what’s now a well-oiled machine.

One of those key contributors to the offensive rejuvenation has been third-year tight end Logan Paulsen, who was thrust into the starter role Week 8 after a season-ending injury to Fred Davis Week 7 against the New York Giants. Paulsen prides himself on coming to the park each day around 6:30 a.m. and leaving no earlier than 6 p.m, and this “gym rat” persona has allowed Paulsen to continue his personal goals of becoming a better all-around tight end  — not coincidentally, he’s in the midst of a career year in Washington.

Paulsen was a guest yesterday on Sports Illustrated columnist Peter King’s Week 14 NFL Podcast(24:52-43:50), and discussed in great detail exactly how the Redskins’ “East Coast” offense has changed and how his teammates have adjusted — and continue to adjust — each week since Griffin III’s arrival.

Paulsen told King that the introduction of the new packages to the offense was at first mind-blowing.

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