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Alfred Morris ran his way to offensive player of the week

Washington Redskins' Morris drags Dallas Cowboys' Lissemore during their NFL football game in Landover AP

It’s fair to say that the 2012 draft worked out well for the Washington Redskins.

You’ve probably heard a little bit about quarterback Robert Griffin III by now, but the second overall pick hasn’t been the only first-year player to light things up on offense. Running back Alfred Morris turned in a tremendous season after being selected in the sixth round and his final game of the regular season was good enough to land him NFC offensive rookie of the month honors.

Morris ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday night’s NFC East-clinching 28-18 victory over the Cowboys. Two of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter as the Redskins were trying to hold off Dallas and return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007. The grand finale left Morris with 1,613 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season, results that shouldn’t be lost in all the RG3 love when talking about Washington’s change of fortunes in the second half this season.

Morris and Griffin are the first rookie running back/quarterback tandem to win offensive player of the week in the same season.

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  1. commonsensedude says: Jan 2, 2013 9:56 AM

    Morris reminds me a lot of Riggo. His performance in the Dallas game was amazing. Dallas could see he was going to get the ball. Us fans could see he was going to get the ball. The announcers could see he was going to get the ball. Stevie Wonder could see he was going to get the ball. But nobody could do anything about it.
    This young man is a beast. And what’s even more impressive is that he’s a beast who is a really, really nice, level-headed, mature young man. Shanahan struck gold with this guy

  2. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 2, 2013 10:01 AM

    Best RB in professional football today and a great person. Just another legendary RB in Redskin history with names like Brown, Riggins, Davis, Portis etc.

  3. logicalvoicesays says: Jan 2, 2013 10:02 AM

    Meant to say Bobby Mitchell instead of Brown.

  4. coolzog says: Jan 2, 2013 10:22 AM

    Morris is good, but Peterson topped off arguably the best season of football by a RB with 199 yards amd 2 touchdowns against a better team…

  5. hushbrother says: Jan 2, 2013 10:24 AM

    Over Adrian Peterson?

  6. trollhammer20 says: Jan 2, 2013 10:34 AM

    Shanahan excelled at getting production out of RBs in Denver, and he’s taken that same blocking scheme to Washington. Not taking anything away from Morris, who is clearly taking advantage of the opportunity given to him, but think back to Mike Anderson, Terrell Davis, Reuben Dreughns, Olandis Gary, Clinton Portis, and Tatum Bell…all backs who had over 1000 yards for Shanahan when he was in Denver.

  7. fnds says: Jan 2, 2013 10:38 AM

    By the way, he is the second leading rusher this season, yet just an alternate on the Pro Bowl. What a joke, the Pro Bowl I mean.

  8. vikings1976 says: Jan 2, 2013 10:48 AM

    That’s a Redskins fan for you. Claiming they have “the best RB in football” off of a player who has played one year.

    I guess Morris will be the new numerator next year.

    2007 Tomlinson>Peterson
    2008 Deangelo Williams>Peterson
    2009 Chris Johnson>Peterson
    2010 Ray Rice>Peterson
    2011 Arian Foster>Peterson

    And there it is……..2012 Alfred Morris>Peterson.

  9. alphalol says: Jan 2, 2013 10:56 AM

    Although I think it is too soon to call Morris the best back in football, he is certainly not getting the attention that he has earned with his efforts this year. Comparing him to AP is a little extreme, but I would argue he is just as capable as Beast Mode (conveniently they face each other this week).

    My only wonder is how this Frank Gore made the vote over this kid. Then again, that’s what makes football so great. The rise of the no name players. The question remains, regardless of what happens the rest of this year, does Shanny have his new Terrell Davis? Time will tell. Excited to watch this kid develop his career.

    HTTR!

  10. nolanwiffle says: Jan 2, 2013 11:07 AM

    You had it right the first time. Mitchell was a flanker.

    Larry Brown is the greatest running back in Redskins history and deserves to be in the HOF.

  11. jicjak says: Jan 2, 2013 11:11 AM

    After AP he and Lynch are the best RBs in the league.

  12. terpfan76 says: Jan 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    Shanahan excelled at getting production out of RBs in Denver, and he’s taken that same blocking scheme to Washington. Not taking anything away from Morris, who is clearly taking advantage of the opportunity given to him, but think back to Mike Anderson, Terrell Davis, Reuben Dreughns, Olandis Gary, Clinton Portis, and Tatum Bell…all backs who had over 1000 yards for Shanahan when he was in Denver.

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    Only Portis and Davis were ever considered true top notch rbs. Morris is approaching that level already. Peterson is clearly the best back in the NFL right now which is amazing considering the injury he’s coming off, but don’t sleep on Morris. He’s not going to beat you with the homerun, he’ll beat you with a bunch of 10 and 20 yard runs. Always falls forward.

  13. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 2, 2013 11:26 AM

    When did AP ever have a big game against the Redskins? They’ve played each other 3-4 times, he hasnt been so great against Washington… But dont feel bad Viking fans, Dallas fans feel your pain- DeMarcus Ware has never had a big game vs. Washington either…just saying

  14. linemanguy74 says: Jan 2, 2013 11:57 AM

    Interesting that top 3 running backs in rushing yards in NFC are in playoffs and top 3 QB in yardage are not

  15. firesnyder says: Jan 2, 2013 1:14 PM

    I love that Morris still drives a beater to work every day. The other day a reporter asked him if he feels like a star. He scoffed and said “I’m not a star and I’ll never be one. I’m just Alfred Morris.”

    Love this guy.

  16. q1ller says: Jan 2, 2013 1:30 PM

    Morris > Peterson? Let’s get real!

    Morris gets to play with RG3 drawing almost all of the attention, while AP plays with Christian Ponder (a guy who had 3 games with total passing yardage totaling in the 50 to 60 yard range). Oh, and AP still outgained Morris by 500 yards.

    I have to say, Redskins and Steelers fans are the biggest morons posting on this site.

  17. coolzog says: Jan 2, 2013 1:52 PM

    “When did AP ever have a big game against the Redskins? They’ve played each other 3-4 times, he hasnt been so great against Washington…”

    Well it’s not like he’s gotten great workload against the Skins seeing as how he was injured in 2 of the 4 games he’s played against them.

    He averages only 11 carries a game against them, but yet still got about 5.4 yards per touch (carries + receptions), which is pretty good for a RB.

    Then again, when he dominates the rest of the league, I don’t see how that even matters that much. Alfred Morris could be the next Olandis Gary or Reuben Droughns. If the Redskins were smart they’d trade him for a hall of famer like Champ Bailey instead of the other way around.

  18. billyjsunday69 says: Jan 2, 2013 3:43 PM

    When the powers that be calibrate on field performance vs pay, how much of a bump up will Morris receive… Over a million?

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