Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris is being honored this week after rushing for a career high 120-yards, on 22 carries in the team’s 27-23 loss against the New York Giants. This is the first major publicity given to a guy who has dominated the league so far.
Robert Griffin’s stellar play this season has inherently relegated Alfred Morris to second fiddle. If the Redskins had average quarterback play this season, Morris would be in position to seize rookie of the year honors. And he would be the talk of the National Football League.
Morris was the 173rd player taken in the 2012 draft, but as of now he sits ranked 2nd in the league for rushing with 658-yards. The only rusher who has fared better than Morris is Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster, who has rushed for only 1-yard more than Morris after 7-weeks.
Alfred Morris has been the key to the Redskins league leading rushing attack, as the team has averaged 177.7 rushing yards per game. Washington’s offense is breaking all kinds of team records this year, including rushing for 1,244 yards after only 7-weeks. The previous high was set by the 1984 team that rushed for 1,235 after 7-weeks.
Alfred Morris has surprised NFL defenses with his immense power, and traditionally requires a plethora of defenders to get him to the ground. Morris has displayed excellent vision and a great feel for Mike Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme, and has been able to identify cut-back lanes on the regular.
When Morris gets into the open field, he has been able to show the fan base a few Chris Johnson like moves, as he can alter his game from power to finesse pretty quickly. Morris will never be mistaken for a speed rusher, but he has been able to show bursts of speed when needed.
This award couldn’t have been given to a better guy, as Morris has demonstrated great character this season, and is the exact type of player that Coach Shanahan wants to build this team on.
Mike Shanahan took some time to talk about the side of Morris that people don’t always get to see. “I could tell right from the beginning that Alfred was a genuine guy, exceptionally hard worker. No nonsense. He wants to go out there and perform the best job he can do possibly for the team. He puts the team first. He could care less about any accolades or things along those lines. He just wants to go out there and perform at a very high level and that’s what he’s doing. He’s a fun guy to be around.”
Congratulations are in order for Alfred Morris, who has been a key contributor in the Redskins dynamic offense. Without Morris, Griffin’s success wouldn’t be what is today. The FedEx faithful should have a dynamic running back for years to come.
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