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Reality: The Redskins running backs aren't running the ball enough.
We all knew that when Robert Griffin III came to Washington, he would take off and run quite a few times. Now, the perception says that the Redskins aren't running the ball enough, but that couldn't be further from the truth.
The Redskins have rushed the ball 106 times, which is the second-most in the NFL (only behind Houston's 117).
Griffin, on the other hand, has nearly a third of those carries with a total of 32. The Redskins feature back, Alfred Morris, doesn't even have twice that amount with only 61.
Running backs were meant to take a pounding, but a quarterback (yes, even Griffin) taking that kind of punishment can only be a bad thing. Not saying that I don't appreciate what Griffin does with his feet, because it has made the Redskins offense better ten-fold. They are currently the highest scoring team in the league for crying out loud! When's the last time we could say that?
Washington can't depend on just Griffin as the primary rushing threat, and it needs to start planning around Alfred Morris, who has shown he's more than able to carry the load and be productive, averaging 4.3 yards a clip.
A balanced running game will help keep the pressure off of Griffin, but that may be easier said than done with the offensive line being one of the biggest weak spots the Redskins have. If they are able to open up some holes, that will just make them that much more dangerous.
If defenses have to plan around Morris as much as Griffin, that will open him up for runs on bootlegs for RG3 where he can get to the sideline and not take a huge hit (although the sideline hasn't been much of a safety spot for RG3).
We'll see if the Shanahan's gameplan will change in the coming weeks, but they may want to take a serious look at their running back, who has been rather good this season.