Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (above, on the ground with the football) is supposed to be the heart and soul of the Redskins’ offense. With apologies to talented quarterback Robert Griffin III, Morris is being counted on to keep Washington’s offense afloat while Griffin III gets reacquainted with the offense. The Redskins’ Week 1 showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles, a team Washington swept convincingly last season, was supposed to provide the backdrop for the Redskins to continue their offensive efficiency.
Instead, Morris let his team down. He lost a fumble on Washington’s first offensive play of 2013, and he fumbled again on the Redskins’ next possession. Morris’ fumbles led to nine points for Philadelphia in the Eagles’ 33-27 victory over Washington. Factor in Morris’ paltry total of 45 total yards rushing, and it’s easy to determine that he did not provide the efficiency Washington needed to support Griffin III and the offense.
Morris needs to be the player that gained 1,613 rushing yards last season. He is a tough, downhill runner that earns tough yards and first downs for the Redskins. Simply put, he is the anchor of Washington’s running game. Of course, those things mean nothing if you can’t hold onto the ball. Griffin III is expected to be rusty, considering he missed the entire 2013 preseason while recovering from his torn right ACL injury. No one cares about that now. Redskins’ fans expect whoever is out there on offense to remain efficient and win games.
Morris isn’t the main reason why Washington lost against Philadelphia. However, his early fumbles neutralized his superb rushing ability and became the catalyst for the Eagles to emerge victorious. He did score a rushing touchdown against the Eagles, but by that time, the Redskins were in a hole too deep to dig out of.
There’s no time to lament that now, because Washington’s schedule doesn’t get any easier. They will face the Green Bay Packers and their incomparable quarterback, Aaron Rodgers, in storied Lambeau Field. Beating the perennial Super Bowl contending Packers on their home field is a daunting enough task. The Redskins will need Morris to put his disastrous game against Philadelphia behind him and return to his rookie form if the Redskins are to upset Green Bay on their home turf. If Morris can do that, Washington will have a chance.