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Shanahan's running game hasn't shown up in Washington

No one is doubting Clinton Portis’ effort this year.  His pass blocking is among the league’s best as always.  Heck, he even showed restraint on the radio Tuesday.

Unfortunately, he still looks well past his prime running the football.

Rick Maese of the Washington Post has a strong piece looking at the struggles of the Redskins running game as a whole.  Mike Shanahan’s vaunted scheme has created only 107 yards in 40 attempts through two games, which is worst in the NFL.

With a 17-point lead on Sunday, the Redskins called only seven runs after halftime.  You can’t blame Shanahan for the play-calling either.  Donovan McNabb was rolling, and Washington picked up only 18 yards on 17 rushing attempts.

Portis’ burst appears a little better this year, but he has yet to be productive. Backup Larry Johnson is an afterthought with five carries.  (For two yards.)

The Redskins defense is talented enough to keep them in the mix in a watered-down NFC East.  But Mike Shanahan needs to help the running game look like his old Broncos teams rather than Kyle Shanahan’s ’09 Texans.  If not, the Redskins can expect to blow more leads.

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43 Responses to “Shanahan's running game hasn't shown up in Washington”
  1. ButchD says: Sep 21, 2010 3:03 PM

    and it wont show up until D.C. rises about 5000 or so feet above sea level

  2. ijr213 says: Sep 21, 2010 3:08 PM

    Step 1: Trade Albert Haynesworth for Marshawn Lynch straight up
    Step 2: Instill the fear of god in Marshawn
    Step 3: Dominate

  3. Wolframpau says: Sep 21, 2010 3:10 PM

    C’mon Mastermind! Give us some Keiland Williams already. What do you have to lose??!!

  4. CremeBrunell says: Sep 21, 2010 3:11 PM

    Haha ButchD that’s good. Why is Larry Johnson still in the NFL? I’d rather have Drew Bledsoe as running back at this point.

  5. Jobin says: Sep 21, 2010 3:13 PM

    It’a brand new scheme, people are talking like they have been running this offense for years or something. Not to mention that they have 3 new starters on the O-Line. Give them some time to become cohesive and during the interim if Donovan wants to throw for 400 yards I’ll take that.

  6. robert ethen says: Sep 21, 2010 3:13 PM

    They’re scurrying around like rats in a maze.

  7. Xpensive Wino says: Sep 21, 2010 3:15 PM

    Shanahan has already gotten rid of Portis once and that’s when he was in his prime!
    Shanahan will hang Portis’ crap on a hook on skid row like Mickey did to Rocky’s if he doesn’t pick up his game here quick.
    And they thought Larry Johnson was better than LaDell Betts? Can you imagine how bad Willie Parker must have looked????

  8. maverickjcw says: Sep 21, 2010 3:17 PM

    Portis is an imposture. ONE (that’s right one because there are so many) of the biggest mistakes the skins made was trading a consistent pro bowler in Champ Bailey for the OVERRATED Portis.

  9. technoboy says: Sep 21, 2010 3:17 PM

    Facing the Rams this week will fix the running game. 😦
    Sadly a Ram’s Fan….

  10. Poopstain_Chuck says: Sep 21, 2010 3:19 PM

    “Watered down” NFC East? Are you serious?

  11. Babie Hoodie says: Sep 21, 2010 3:21 PM

    That’s because Shanahan wasn’t the master behind Denver’s succesful running game.
    The real wizard behind the zone blocking scheme was a man by the name of Rick Dennison, who just happens to now be the guy helping Arian Foster run for 200+ yards with the Houston Texans.
    Do some research PFT.

  12. lox bageltas says: Sep 21, 2010 3:21 PM

    It’s going to take a year or two. They just don’t have the talent they need on the o-line yet. Casey Rabach is getting destroyed; everyone but Trent Williams (who looks great) is going to need to be replaced in the next 1-2 years.

  13. Skinbin says: Sep 21, 2010 3:23 PM

    Portis has been DONE for two years, Won’t win with him!!!

  14. AlphaQ2 says: Sep 21, 2010 3:26 PM

    Xpensive Wino,
    Ladell Betts is a free agent since being cut by the Saints. Shanahan knows that a 30 year old coming off of ACL surgery is probably not the direction you want to head.
    I like that idea somebody posted above about Beast Mode. Give them Fat Al and be done with it.

  15. AlphaQ2 says: Sep 21, 2010 3:35 PM

    ijr213 says:
    September 21, 2010 3:08 PM
    Step 1: Trade Albert Haynesworth for Marshawn Lynch straight up
    Step 2: Instill the fear of god in Marshawn
    Step 3: Dominate
    Step 3: cut LJ
    Step 4: Acitivate Brandon Banks for punt returns
    Step 5: Dominate

  16. longestlegs says: Sep 21, 2010 3:51 PM

    Does Marshawn Lynch actually call himself Beast Mode? Eeeeeeesh.
    That’s worse than Calvin Johnson calling himself Megatron.

  17. longestlegs says: Sep 21, 2010 3:54 PM

    Portis was so done two years ago he only rushed for over 1400 yards and 9 TDs. What a scrub!

  18. boysroll says: Sep 21, 2010 3:56 PM

    hilarious. Worst running attack in the nfl and worst defense statistically in the nfl. This team has disaster written all over it and with the schedule will be lucky to win 4 games from here on out.
    At least my boys are number 4 in the nfl and top 10 defense so fix an issue or two we will get rolling.
    what really has changed with the 4skin org really? I bet the Rams take them this weekend at home as bad as that defense is. 600 yds in total offense by the texans. is this pop warner football? lmfao.

  19. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Sep 21, 2010 4:12 PM

    Let’s face facts: not much of anything has shown up around Shanny since he lost Elway/Terrell Davis et al.
    Just lots of bluster, ego, “mastermind” crap. And now he’s 0-2, blustering around and around. Tugging Danny Snyder is happy? He’ll, Jim Zorn coulda gone 0-2!
    I take no solice: shamnys replacement in Denver is sooo arrogant he makes Shanny look almost humble

  20. BigMikeSkinsFan says: Sep 21, 2010 4:15 PM

    Rosenthal’s journalistic skills havent shown up either.
    Its a whole new scheme in DC for blocking, at least 2 new OL with one being a rookie and a new offensive system.
    whoever said Portis was an “imposture” is obviously the smartest man alive. way to prove your true idiocy within the first sentence of your post.
    lynch for haynesworth straight up? hahahahahaha

  21. stevemcguigan says: Sep 21, 2010 4:15 PM

    Westbrook. Should have picked up Westbrook.

  22. boysrollsmokespole says: Sep 21, 2010 4:16 PM

    Casey Rabach looks like a full back he spends so much time in the backfield. He should of been gone a couple years ago along with Portis.
    To give Portis his due, he is a beast blocking. We need continuity along the line and a back that isnt way over the hill.

  23. Pockets Straight says: Sep 21, 2010 4:21 PM

    @boysroll What the hell are you talking about?
    Cowboys are ranked 26th in offensive points/game in the NFL (Redskins are 14th)
    BTW, Cowboys only have 16 yards/game rushing more than the Skins. So don’t pretend like you guys are dominating the NFL on the run.
    Also, top 10 defense? No, Cowboys are 19th in defensive points per game (Redskins are 16th, and we’ve played the #1 Ranked team. You have played 16th and 15th ranked teams)
    The only thing the Cowboys are ranked 4th in is the NFC East.

  24. Pockets Straight says: Sep 21, 2010 4:22 PM

    @iusedtobeteddybayer, 1-1 not 0-2. And 1st in the NFC East.

  25. sevenwords says: Sep 21, 2010 4:28 PM

    Albert doesn’t want to play in a 3-4 defence which is what the Bills run now.

  26. Simon12345 says: Sep 21, 2010 4:35 PM

    @ boysroll — shut up, your team is 0-2, you suck LMFAO

  27. filthymcnasty says: Sep 21, 2010 4:41 PM

    Give it another week.

  28. Skins1970 says: Sep 21, 2010 4:51 PM

    The only thing holding back the Skins is the running game. Larry Johnson should have been cut right after the game Sunday. I say trade Big Al to Buffalo for Marshawn Lynch. The only Lynch needs is to get out of Buffalo once he does he will suddenly be a good RB again. The only team in more disarray then Buffalo is Dallas but that’s no surprise.

  29. isonic1 says: Sep 21, 2010 4:51 PM

    WOW! boysroll came out of hiding. You really need to look at your pathetic team before commenting anyone else’s. I embarrassed for you.

  30. TheClaimer says: Sep 21, 2010 5:04 PM

    Hey Research master! Alex Gibbs and his cut blocking schemes were responsible for Shannies run success in Denver as WELL as the altitude.
    As far as trades Vincent Jackson for Haynesworth makes more sense. Lynch will be a free agent next season. Activating Banks for punt/kick return teams makes sense to me. Portis IS the BEST pass protection back IN THE LEAGUE. He knocks a guy a year OUT COLD. Ask Keith “wannabe Gladiator” Brookings if Portis can block. The run game will get rolling this week against a soft Rams line as opposed to a SOLID D line in the Texans. Hail to old D.C.

  31. fifthorkid says: Sep 21, 2010 5:15 PM

    @boysroll – One word – Scoreboard
    @maverickjcw – I believe the word you want is “imposter”. Imposture – Is that because Portis doesnt stand up straight?

  32. Lwood says: Sep 21, 2010 5:16 PM

    You fans are boneheads, new coach, new this, new OL, look at the crappy Bears, they’ve done it with a much more complicated Offense and Inadequate General Managing and Head Coaching….stop bitching until your the worst in the league!

  33. el_dude00 says: Sep 21, 2010 5:17 PM

    Zone blocking o-lines were not built in a day.

  34. smootysmoot says: Sep 21, 2010 5:27 PM

    Hahahahaha. ur dumbass comes on here all the time talking out ur ass and u r never right. Ur team is 0-2 and looks to be headed to 0-3. Dude, seriously, STFU. U r TOOL!!!!! Ur ignorant ass and simple mind r good for a good laugh.

  35. the immortal SCURDS says: Sep 21, 2010 5:29 PM

    d’uh, do ya think its because mcnabb is there?

  36. Matt Cribbin says: Sep 21, 2010 5:33 PM

    boysroll, lets see how the Cowgirls do against the Texans this weekend. Where as the Redskins had them licked but let it slip. The Cowgirls will get beat like a red headed step child. True test of who’s better, other than the fact the Redskins already beat the Cowgirls you anus.

  37. smootysmoot says: Sep 21, 2010 5:44 PM

    Redskins r 1-1 idiot. Way to look stupid.

  38. smiley says: Sep 21, 2010 5:53 PM

    Who are the Cowgirls two losses? Oh yeah…..Hail beatch!!

  39. JoeSchmoe says: Sep 21, 2010 6:13 PM

    Some day, once Arian Foster runs for 2000 yards, they’re realize it wasn’t Shanny who had the formula for RB success, it was that one guy HC’n in Houston now!

  40. pelion_panther says: Sep 21, 2010 6:26 PM

    Sometimes…reading these…comments….makes….my head…hurt…

  41. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Sep 21, 2010 7:12 PM

    Wow. I got it wrong. You’re right. At 1-1, they’re sure to make the Super Bowl. Not.
    And Rick Dennison couldn’t hold Alec Gibb’s jock.

  42. smootysmoot says: Sep 21, 2010 8:26 PM

    It’s ok little buddy, it’s not ur fault u have a simple mind. Also, maybe watch Football or even ESPN before u comment again.

  43. TheClaimer says: Sep 22, 2010 7:13 PM

    # JoeSchmoe says: September 21, 2010 6:13 PM
    Some day, once Arian Foster runs for 2000 yards, they’re realize it wasn’t Shanny who had the formula for RB success, it was that one guy HC’n in Houston now!
    UMMMM Last I checked the HC in Houston LAST YEAR WAS SHANAHAN??!! Your name fits

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