So much has changed in the years since, it's hard to remember just how dynamic the RG3-led Redskins offense of 2012 looked. Washington brought the read-option to the NFL on a wide scale, and with it, flipped defenses upside down. The architect of that offensive revolution? Kyle Shanahan.
Make no mistake - what Robert Griffin III and the Redskins did in 2012 was revolutionary. Sure, some teams would occasionally employ read-option looks in the NFL, but Shanahan created an entire scheme that paralyzed defenses with Griffin's running ability, and opened up the play-action pass in a way not seen since his father Mike Shanahan changed John Elway's Denver offense's in the late 1990s with bootlegs and outside zone run plans. As electric as RG3 looked as a rookie, hardly any of it would have been possible without Kyle Shanahan's creativity.
We all know what happened after - RG3 vs the Shanahans and the ensuing meltdown of 2013. Fast forward to Week 5 of 2015, and none of that matters now, as the Redskins defense will face an offense led by Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta. The Falcons, oh by the way, look great. Off to a 4-0 start and fresh of scoring nearly 50 points in a win over Houston, Shanahan has QB Matt Ryan and WR Julio Jones playing the best football of their careers. Moreso, much like he did with Alfred Morris, Shanahan is turning little-known Devonta Freeman into a fantasy football force.
So we asked the Junkies to think back on Kyle Shanahan, and the guys stated what is becoming very clear: Soon, Shanahan will be a head coach. How soon? John "Cakes" Auville said as soon as next year, and even suggested that the Dolphins should hire him. Miami just fired Joe Philbin, and will almost certainly be looking for a new coach this offseason. Another landing spot Cakes mentioned, the Detroit Lions, would have plenty of offensive weapons in Calvin Johnson and the sometimes erratic Matthew Stafford. Jason "Lurch" Bishop didn't give exact landing spots for Shanahan, but said firmly, "he will be a head coach." Check out the full video above.
It's crazy to think three years ago the groundwork was set for Shanahan to succeed his father and take over the Redskins. Time flies. While the Redskins are obviously now off the table, Shanahan's stock is rising. Where will he land next? And will it be as a head coach? Let us know what you think in the comments.