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Redskins will go with the hot hand at running back

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Now we know why Evan Royster doesn’t believe his eyes when they see that the depth chart has his name at the top of it.

Even with Tim Hightower gone, the Redskins have three running backs who can get the job done.  (Which explains why Hightower is gone.)

So with Royster and Roy Helu and Alfred Morris on the roster, who will be the lead dog?  It depends.

“I’m comfortable with all three,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday.  “There is no set philosophy.”

This means that it can be any, some, or all of them who gets the bulk of the carries in a given game, based on which guy gets hot.  Or, eventually which guy gets injured.

One guy who will do some running that they don’t want to see injured is quarterback Robert Griffin III.  Shanahan said he “holds his breath” every time Griffin runs.  That said, Shanahan wants Griffin to be willing to run.

But presumably not more than the tailback who has the hot hand.

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17 Responses to “Redskins will go with the hot hand at running back”
  1. kingjm says: Sep 6, 2012 4:11 PM

    Shanahan: Fantasy enemy #1

  2. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 6, 2012 4:11 PM

    Three headed monster attack, fast WRs, fierce defense + Phenomal QB + The Shanahans = Redskins NFC East Champions and playoff birth.

  3. nineroutsider says: Sep 6, 2012 4:14 PM

    Sorry to go here, but I had Morris on my fantasy team and I dropped him for Ogletree, just to take a flier on a guy that may have a great year. I just can’t play Shanahan RB roulette with my fantasy team, but that doesn’t mean it won’t work for the Skins.

  4. insidej0b says: Sep 6, 2012 4:16 PM

    The Saints are going to literally pound Griffin till his dreads fall out. Who cares who’s running the ball? 44-10. Saints.

  5. sun602 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:22 PM

    Pretty sure “The Shanahans” are a negative, not a positive.

  6. flannlv says: Sep 6, 2012 4:26 PM

    The skins should be worried about who is playing safety. Both starting safeties are out. Not a good combination against the Saints. Skins aren’t going to be running the ball playing catch up.

  7. marygratton18 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:27 PM

    Wish they also had more “big butts” to go with on the O-Line to protect their new, shiny QB toy.

  8. bolts11 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:33 PM

    Would Jr be an offensive coordinator if he had a different last name?

  9. firesnyder says: Sep 6, 2012 4:47 PM

    The hot hand, and the guy they protected by not playing in the last preseason game, is “ALF”. I’m betting Alf gets the majority of the carries.

    However, this could very well be a situation where they start with Alf and give him 5 carries. If he sucks, then Helu gets a shot. I like our flexibility at RB.

    As a skins fan though, I’m pretty worried about playing the *pissed off* Saints in the Superdome. All that Roger Goodel anger could come out on us…. blech!! On the other hand, if we win under these conditions, skys the limit.

  10. marygratton18 says: Sep 6, 2012 4:57 PM

    Wasn’t Shanny Jr. an OC for the Texans before pops brought him to the Skins?

  11. thompgk says: Sep 6, 2012 5:13 PM

    Is there a team with worse skill position players in the past 10 years as the Redskins?

    I mean, they are genuinely excited about Pierre Garcon and these no-name scrubs at RB.

  12. armorgan67 says: Sep 6, 2012 5:38 PM

    Yes Kyle was the OC down in Houston. Had his dad not gotten the Redskins job he’d probably still be in Houston. Remember offense was not the Texans’ problem. Although some complained about his play calling the defense was the problem. Kyle said that he wanted the chance to coach with his dad .

  13. pastorbobs says: Sep 6, 2012 5:38 PM

    The skins will be able to run the ball against the Saints D. They weren’t good against the run with all of their pieces. Now they are missing some and the LB’s they have are playing hurt. If the Skins can finish drives, and slow down Brees somewhat they have a chance to win this game.

  14. rg3enoughsaid says: Sep 6, 2012 6:36 PM

    I agree with flannlv… our suspended/banged up secondary is in trouble VS Brees… there will be no time to run the ball against the Saints

  15. skinsandstars says: Sep 6, 2012 6:42 PM

    Undrafted not undefeated.

  16. humboldt420 says: Sep 6, 2012 6:49 PM

    Throughout the years, Mike Shanahan and his coaching staff have been able to churn out no-name 1,000-yard rushers.

    With the current crop of runners the Redskins have, replicating the feat will be a challenge for Shanahan and Co.

    It will be difficult, but it certainly can be done, especially with Robert Griffin III’s ability to scramble himself.

    If RGIII is as good as advertised on game days, defenses will have to key on him as a runner and that could open things up for Washington running backs.

  17. jwreck says: Sep 6, 2012 10:14 PM

    flannlv says: Sep 6, 2012 4:26 PM

    The skins should be worried about who is playing safety. Both starting safeties are out. Not a good combination against the Saints. Skins aren’t going to be running the ball playing catch up.
    Not a bad point, but the Skins were missing both starting safeties for all but three games last year, and only won one of those. This is going to be a brutal matchup for Washington, but there’s no reason to count them out just because of their issues in the secondary.

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