The NFL is entrenched in tradition, but offensive innovation lurks. A few years ago, the Dolphins brought back the Wildcat and rode it to a playoff berth. This year, the pistol came back into vogue thanks to a couple of dynamic quarterbacks.
Kyle Shanahan tailored Washington’s offense around their star rookie, Robert Griffin III, and he has thrived as a result. Griffin rewarded his fantasy owners for taking a chance on him by becoming a top five fantasy quarterback, following Cam Newton’s rookie act up with a splendid sequel.
Alfred Morris was also a big beneficiary, leading all rookies in rushing as a result.
The pistol has also been a part of Russell Wilson’s second-half emergence as he was a top five quarterback over the final eight weeks of the season.
Is the pistol another fad like the Wildcat, or will defenses continue to be stymied by the read-option?