Kyle Shanahan is at it again.
Shanahan's scheme was so successful that football's éminence grise, John Madden, deemed RGIII the "best player in the league" in the former Baylor star's first professional game. The Redskins would ultimately lead the league in yards per play (6.2), yards per pass attempt (8.3) and yards per rush (5.2).
Griffin would go on to capture Offensive Rookie of the Year honors as a reward for the best rookie season by a quarterback in league history.
Hoyer is now doing his best Schaub impression, repeatedly running play-action to take advantage of linebackers stepping toward the line of scrimmage and leaving open windows at the second level of defense.
That was not a one-game aberration. Hoyer has 26 passes that have gone for at least 20 yards or a touchdown this season. Only one of them has come out of a formation with Hoyer under center and no variation of play-action.
Hoyer's 138.9 passer rating out of play-action leads the NFL, per Pro Football Focus. His 12.0 yards per attempt out of play-action is second only to Kirk Cousins' 13.0.
For contrast, Hoyer is averaging 5.4 more yards per attempt on play-action. His passer rating is 55.0 points higher. His touchdown-to-interception ratio is 5:0 on play-action compared to 2:1 on other throws.