What makes Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris so great is not that he is a tremendous talent, although that certainly is awesome, but rather the fact that he knows he has a long ways to go in order to be a great football player.
A majority of rookies or young players that have a successful season early on in their career allow their accomplishments to go straight to their head. Instead of working on getting better they believe they have already reached the top of the mountain, even though they have a long way to go.
Morris rushed for 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns on 335 carries during the regular season. He also hauled in 11 receptions for 77 yards. He was effective in Washington’s playoff loss in which he rushed 16 times for a game-high 80 yards.
Those numbers are outstanding for a rookie, especially when the city’s spotlight was on the team’s quarterback. However, Morris refused to allow anyone to give him too much praise because he knew he could do so much better. Not to mention, there have been so many talented rookies who fell off in their second year in the league due to a sophomore slump.
“I don’t have the sense that I made it, even though I did make it. Last year is in the past, that doesn’t mean anything anymore,” Morris said, according to CBSSports.com. “Now it’s, what are you going to do this next year? How are you going to improve off last year? Are you going to have a slump? Are you going to get that complacency and lose it? No, I hold myself to a high standard, and I know I’d be disappointed in myself if something like that happens.”
Morris believes he could have accumulated more yards on the ground if he would have improved his cuts and stayed more patient when running. He plans to allow his offensive line to work in front of him to open up holes for him to burst through instead of trying to create plays on his own. By becoming more of a team player he knows he will improve his game greatly, which will allow the Redskins to be more successful.