The 2011 Washington Redskins: Breaking Down the Future for Running Backs

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The 2011 Washington Redskins: Breaking Down the Future for Running Backs
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In an odd way, Mike Shanahan is a perfect fit for the Redskins. Not only does he bring championship pedigree and leadership to the team, he also brings the one thing the team needs a commitment to: the running game.

The three Super Bowl wins for the Washington Redskins have all flowed through the running game. Likewise, Mike Shanahan is renowned for the zone blocking scheme and his ability to plug in any running back into it and get them 1,000 rushing yard. Terrell Davis is the most famous of these running backs, but the Redskins' own Clinton Portis is also a product of this system.

Seeing the running game work as well as it has this season is a pleasing site for a team that fielded great running backs like John Riggins and Larry Brown, and you have to believe that if the Redskins win a Super Bowl again, it'll be because of the running mentality.

The running back situation looks a lot clearer than the quarterback situation at this point in the season, but it's never too early to take a look at the future and what the Redskins may do next year.

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