Never buying into the hype of one of the most eye-opening rookie performances in NFL history, Washington Redskins running back
A workhorse back who is able to carry a full load when his number is called, Morris set the franchise’s single season record for most rushing yards in 2012.
After a tumultuous opening game against the Philadelphia Eagles where he had the ball jarred from his possession on the first offensive play of the season, Morris has since rebounded for 180 yards, a touchdown and no fumbles in the last two games.
The problem, however, is that his chances at being the focal point of an offense that led the league in rushing last season have been mitigated by deficits too large to overcome.
For Morris though, he doesn’t worry about the number of carries he’ll receive or at what point in the game he’ll get them. All he is worried about is winning.
“I don’t care about carries, I just want to win to be honest,” Morris said. Lately we’ve been playing behind so we have to pass the ball, [but] I don’t care about carries.
“Each week I feel like I’m getting better and better. It’s not really carries; it’s just going out there and getting snaps in live game time situation. I’m getting quite a few snaps. It may not be carries but I’m still in there on passing downs [and] I’m still in there blocking.”
The numbers prove that regardless of how many carries he gets, he’ll be one of the most effective at his position.
In games where he gets 20 or more carries he averages 4.8 yards per carry. In games where he doesn’t, he averages more than five.
Entering Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, the Redskins are three games under .500 for the first time since last November.
Washington rallied out of the NFC East basement after the Bye Week and constructed an improbable seven-game winning streak after being written off.
Now in a similar predicament, Morris said he detests losing; just wanting to do whatever he can to help prevent another loss.
If he executes what he is asked to do and his teammates do the same, they will finally have the recipe for a victory.
“It comes down to execution, focus and how bad to we really want it.” Morris said. “It’s solely dependent on the guys in this locker room so we just have to stick together as a family and go out there and work for each other.
“It takes all 11 of us doing our job and if one person isn’t doing their job it makes a difference of being a big play or a loss so we all just have to go out there each play, each day and be all 11 together. We all have a job to do so we all have to go out there and do it.”
Whether he gets 10 carries or 30 on Sunday, Morris said there is only one stat he’s worried about once the final whistle blows.
“A lot of people, they don’t realize that when you put team first anyway, individual accolades will come. Individual stats will come. The only stats I really look at is wins and losses.”