It’s hard to believe the league doesn’t respect Washington Redskins Running Back Alfred Morris.
Then again, it’s a lonely world at the top.
“You know, he’s done such a great job the numbers speak for themself. He’s got time for that. He’s going to be successful for a long time,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said while addressing the media Thursday. ” I think people appreciate what he’s done, and how well he’s helped our offense. You gotta have a back like him to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. He’s playing at a very high level. ”
Shanahan didn’t say “yes” or “no”, but I know he feels the same as I do: No, he doesn’t get the respect he deserves.A sixth-round draft pick out of Florida Atlantic, Morris already has more than 1,400 yards and has set a franchise record for a rookie year. But I think that’s it – It’s a franchise thing, not a league thing.
Wait a minute, it is a “league thing”. Aren’t the Redskins No.1 in rushing this year? I believe so. The league’s outlook on rookies like Morris are the same: He’s new. Good, but new. Shanahan’s response was more like, “We’re not concerned about that. We’re playing for the division title next week and he’ll be there because he’s a major part of it. I agree.
I think Morris has earned the respect of his peers in the NFC East, rushing for more than 100 yards against both the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. Outside the division he’s kept a fairly good pace: Of course every game wasn’t a 100-yard game but then again, neither was last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. He rushed for 91 yards in that game, if you want to split hairs.
People, it comes down to this: He’s with the Redskins, not the Cowboys, not the New England Patriots. If he was with one of those teams he’d be plastered all over your TV. Documentaries would have been done by now. It’s a small price to pay if you want to play where people need and respect you. London Fletcher knows all about that.
Respect is something Morris has with or without league recognition. He’s worked hard enough to reach that level.