Why the Zone-Running Game Can Make Washington Redskins a Playoff Team in 2012

September 8, 2012   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If Mike Shanahan emphasizes his famous zone-running game as the focal point of his offense this season, the Redskins can be a playoff team.
This is a theory expounded on by this author before, but the preseason performances of Alfred Morris and Roy Helu have added weight to that original view. Even the Redskins' regular-season schedule, along with growing defensive trends in the NFL, point to the zone-running game as the team's best route to success in 2012.
Despite his noted history working with stellar quarterbacks, the zone-rushing scheme is the most famous staple of the Shanahan system. It has been successfully adopted around the league and continues to dominate defenses.
The Seattle Seahawks run a version of it that has helped reignite the career of Marshawn Lynch, producing a 1,200-yard season from the bulldozing runner. Long-time Shanahan assistant Gary Kubiak took the scheme with him to the Houston Texans where it has helped produce several exciting runners....

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