Mike Clay of Pro Football Focus, who breaks down NFL plays and trends as well as anyone out there, threw out the following question his morning on his Twitter account:
The answer was Mike Shanahan.
Yes, the Mike Shahanan famous for his ability to pull 1,000-yard rushers out of thin air, the one who helped popularize the zone blocking scheme. That guy.
A look at the raw stats for the 2010 Redskins and the 2008 Broncos shows 1225 passes thrown and 738 rush attempts. Doing the math, this comes to Shanahan's teams throwing the ball 62.4 percent of the time.
But Clay also counts sacks and quarterback scrambles as passes for the purposes of figuring out what coach calls the highest percentage of passes. That is how Shanahan's number rises to 66 percent.
The head coach whose teams have called the fewest passes in the past three years is Rex Ryan. His two Jets teams have passed just 47 percent of the time. The Redskins probably don't want to be living in that neighborhood but 66 percent probably is too high. Something around 60 percent would be a good balance especially given that John Beck or Rex Grossman is likely to be throwing those passes.