Redskins running back Alfred Morris has a rookie season to remember. And now he wants to forget it.
“I keep that drive,” Morris recently told the Pensacola News Journal. “I don’t have the sense that I made it, even though I did make it. Last year is in the past, that doesn’t mean anything anymore.”
It’s the right attitude. While many still apply the “what have you done for me lately?” cliché to the NFL, Morris realizes that “lately” doesn’t matter.
“[W]hat are you going to do this next year?” Morris said. “How are you going to improve off last year? Are you going to have a slump? Are you going to get that complacency and lose it? No, I hold myself to a high standard, and I know I’d be disappointed in myself if something like that happens.”
It’s easy to assume he’s motivated by being overlooked until round six of the 2012 draft. It appears that his motivation comes from keeping what he now has.
“It’s such a blessing to go out there and do something, do what you love,” Morris said. “So many people wish they were in our shoes, so I definitely don’t take it for granted. I knew it wasn’t easy to get there, and there’s so many people who want these jobs.”
Two of those people were drafted by the Redskins this year — Chris Thompson in round five and Jawan Jamison in round seven. If Morris slips at all, coach Mike Shanahan will have other guys ready to take away touches.
Don’t bet on Morris slipping.