A week or two ago, I wrote a post about how RG3 has revolutionized the Redskins. But, being a DC native, I realized I had missed one huge key player that has contributed tons to this run.
The story starts in 2011, when the Redskins traded Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings for a sixth round draft pick in 2012, and a conditional one in 2013. After picking RG3, a guard, a linebacker and another guard, the Redskins had the 173rd pick. Now, Mike Shanahan is usually a picky one about running backs, and the Redskins hadn’t had a really good one in a while. He took Alfred Morris, and the day before the season opener, he was announced as the starting running back.
The last “elite” running back in DC was Clinton Portis, but he was easily hurt, and at times could be, a plain jerk. This rookie we have here is the complete opposite, and broke his record for single season rushing yards as a redskin in his rookie season. About himself, he says:
“I’ll never be a star. I’ll always just be Alfred,” said the 5-foot-9, 218-pound Morris, an anonymous sixth-round draft pick from Florida Atlantic. “When I came in, nobody knew who I was. I wouldn’t ever change. I couldn’t change even if I tried.” – Washington Post, Thomas Boswell. Even though he has enough money to buy a new one, he drives a 1991 Mazda 626, which he refuses to give up, and nicknamed “Bentley”, which he drove from his home in Boca Raton, FL to DC.
But on many teams, a star is what he would be. He has run for 1,613 yards, only second to Adrian Peterson. He can run far after the first hit and finished third in missed tackles, only behind elite company in Marshawn Lynch and Adrian Peterson.
But the element he adds to the redskins offense other than his runs sets up touchdowns. Many times, RG3 will fake the handoff, and it’s nearly impossible to tell if it’s going to Morris or Griffin. That confuses defenders, giving RG3 the split second he needs to run or throw.
The Seahawks are going to focus on Morris this afternoon. But because of the fake, it completely changes “Lockdown” to “Wait – did he just run?”.
This season has been RG3 city in DC, and Morris likes it that way. Whatever he wants. But I wish he got some more attention, because without him – they almost positively wouldn’t have made the playoffs.