Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's influence was felt from the moment he arrived at Flowery Branch. The team made a wholesale commitment to zone blocking this off-season in an effort to reinvigorate a nearly nonexistent running game. That's a substantial commitment, one the Falcons wouldn't undertake without really believing in Shanahan's system.
18) Kyle Shanahan, offensive coordinator, Atlanta Falcons: The creative play caller is one of the best teachers of the stretch-bootleg combination (outside-zone run complemented by the bootleg passing game), but it is his ability to meld collegiate concepts with traditional NFL schemes that has made him a hot commodity in league circles.
It's good to see any member of the Falcons organization in a top twenty ranking, even if it means absolutely nothing. Shanahan does rank two spots behind former Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. The author of the rankings, Bucky Brooks, is probably a bit too generous in his assessment of Koetter's running game acumen, calling him a "crafty run game specialist."