No Doubts For Alfred Morris After Early Fumbles
The running back fumbled on his first carry Monday against the Eagles and couldn’t handle a pitch in the end zone later in the first quarter, leading to a safety.
BY ZAC BOYER
ASHBURN – Alfred Morris said his spirits never sank Monday night after he fumbled the ball and then bobbled a pitch in the end zone that ended up as a safety.
“It was a rough start,” Morris said. “Most people get in the tank, but I didn’t get in the tank and it helped having the coaches and teammates rallying around me, surrounding me, like, ‘It’s OK, we got a lot more game to be played.’ For them to support you, to have your back after you make a mistake like that, that’s huge. That’s characteristic of the type of team that we have.”
Morris finished with just 45 rushing yards on 12 carries in the Redskins’ 33-27 loss to the Eagles, though he gained a measure of redemption late in the third quarter by running five yards for a touchdown. He fumbled the ball only four times last season, losing three of them.
The second-year running back said it helped that he was able to stay in the game and had the confidence of the coaching staff to continue running the ball.
“You know, they could have easily pulled me,” Morris said. “But it also goes to show just the faith, the trust that the coaches have in me. It definitely makes me feel better. It’s bittersweet, but I think that makes me better to know that they are behind me even though I started off rough like that.”
The Redskins struggled as a whole in the run game, gaining only 74 yards between Morris, Roy Helu and Robert Griffin III. Only once did they run for fewer than 120 yards last season, gaining only 86 against Pittsburgh in Week 8.
“The positive we can take from that is that we played like the type of offense we was able to play late in the third quarter and well into the fourth quarter,” Morris said. “We finally got in a rhythm, we finally got in sync, knocked the rust off and we were fine. The defense had one heck of a game. Kind of focus on the positive. You dwell on the negative, too, and grow from it, go out this week in practice and try to transfer it over to our next game, which is Green Bay.”