Shanahan's transformation ...
Did not begin with the drafting of Robert Griffin III. He was part of the transformation, the critical part, but not THE transformation.
To me, the transformation into forming the team we see today started back in the last fall of 2011 when Mike Shanahan had had enough and decided to embark on the youth movement for this franchise. He infused players like Leonard Hankerson and Perry Riley into the lineup. Leaving guys like Otogwe and Rocky McIntosh go to allow others, like Riley, more suited for the Halsettt defense, to play. Leave guys like Phillip Buchanan, Chris Cooley (at least in the off-season), Dante Stallworth, HB Blades, Sean Locklear, Roydell Williams, off the roster and adding instead draft picks and unsigned rookei to replace them and to learn the system.
It was that point, where Mike Shanahan decided he had had enough of veterans holding spots over young players that were ready, was the beginning of the Redskins transformation.
This team has a Nationals feel too it. Young roster, built around amazing young talent, that could be set to compete for at least the next five years. Gotta finally love it.