The Playbook

The Playbook

Mike Shanahan's offense in Denver was consistenly among the league's elite, helping the Broncos win two Super Bowls. These examples should give you some insight into his thinking as he tries to reinvigorate the Redskins.
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When you have a good thing going, don't get away from it

Mike Shanahan has long been known as one of the NFL's most aggressive play-callers. A good example is this one — called the Keeper X-Post — that he used in Super Bowl XXXIII after his assistants told him that the receiver could get open on a post pattern. It went for an 80-yard touchdown. Redskins fans will find out quickly that Shanahan doesn't leave arrows in his quiver — when he spots tendencies to exploit, he goes after them. A deep post on first-and-10, deep in your own territory, against a blitzing defense? That's a high-risk situation, but in Shanahan's mind, the potential rewards make rolling the dice worth it.
— Doug Farrar

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