Monday night’s season opener didn’t go as planned for the Washington Redskins. It was supposed to mark the triumphant return of Robert Griffin III and the Redskins were projected to roll over the 2012 last place Philadelphia Eagles. What unfolded on the field, was something that very few saw coming.
Everyone is talking about RG3′s rustiness on Tuesday morning, but if you’re a Skins’ fan, you should probably be a little more concerned with the play of Alfred Morris. The second-year running back was projected to pick up right where he left off last season, but that wasn’t the case at all. Morris had a terrible sophomore season debut, only amassing 45 yards on 12 carries. While his yardage total is concerning in itself, the real story was Morris’ hands, or lackthereof. He fumbled twice on Monday night and both miscues led to points for the Eagles.
His first fumble was just simply inexcusable. The handoff from RG3 was right where it needed to be and Morris just coughed it up. Seconds later, Michael Vick found Desean Jackson on a 25-yard strike that gave all the momentum back to Philly. Later in quarter, a pitch right from Griffin to Morris went horribly awry and the end result was a safety and more points for the Eagles. Sloppy, is the only word to describe the running back’s play on Monday night.
For a guy that only fumbled three times all of last year, this is a terrible way for him to start his second season. Griffin is going to get back in the swing of things in no time and his MNF performance should definitely be filed in the category of rustiness. With Morris, fans will have to hope his lack of sure-handedness won’t become a lingering mental issue.