With a record of 10-6, the Washington Redskins haven’t experienced this type of success in quite some time. The Redskins are currently the fourth seed in the NFC playoffs, scheduled to host the Seattle Seahawks in the second NFC Wild Card game. Most fans agree that the play of sensational rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III was instrumental to Washington’s success.
However, it’s been the contributions of rookie running back Alfred Morris that were really instrumental to Washington’s success in 2012. This isn’t to take away from the brilliant season enjoyed by Griffin III, who is the undisputed leader of the Redskins as a 22 year old rookie. If Griffin III is a sleek Maserati representing the Washington offense, then Morris is the engine that makes it go.
Morris started all 16 games for Washington in 2012, and finished second in the NFL in rushing yards with 1,613. He has been a consistent performer that has taken much of the pressure off Griffin III, gaining positive yardage in the running game. Washington’s red zone offense doesn’t suffer when Morris carries the ball, as two of his 13 rushing touchdowns came from over 20 yards.
Morris is the Redskins’ Most Valuable Player because his production did not decline when Griffin III missed one game due to a right knee injury. When Griffin III returned to action Week 16 against the Philadelphia Eagles, he didn’t have the same running burst he displayed before his injury. The man known as “RG3” contributed greatly to Washington’s top ranked rushing offense. Therefore, a decrease in production running the ball should have been expected.
Morris had other ideas. Rookie quarterback Kirk Cousins started in place of Griffin III Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns. Cousins was aided on the ground by Morris, who gained 87 yards and two rushing touchdowns in Washington’s 38-21 victory. Morris has been a reliable player on offense that opens up the passing game for whoever’s playing quarterback for Washington. Simply put, the Redskins wouldn’t be in their current position without Morris. This is why he’s the Redskins’ Most Valuable Player.