For the record, I am not anti-Morris. I'm just having a tough time seeing that he "cemented" anything yesterday. His performance did blow me away like Griffin's (granted, Griffin's was over the top of the top). He was a "solid" back to me and "solid" doesn't leave the other guys out of the running to be a starter. At least in my mind.
can you say he cemented the right to start next week against the rams?
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A week into last season both Helu and Royster had solid availability too, Diesel. Just sayin'.
And yeah, Mike, I will give you making him the starter this next week against the Rams. He didn't do anything to loose the starting job as far as I am concerned. All I am saying is I didn't see anything special about what he did yesterday.
our other backs from last season have had durability issues. Morris may be a guy that we can ride for the inside game and then work Helu in on third down and passing downs as an 'umbrella' back to utilize his speed.
Don't get hung up on the word 'cements.' That's the reporter's word not the coach's. I just read it as he earned the right to start the next game, nothing more.
Directly from Shanahan's mouth:
Originally Posted by Mike Shanahan
I’d say we go with anybody. I say that because I don’t want the opposition to know, but Alfred right now is our starting running back. I thought he did a very good job. He had two or three runs in there that a lot of people can’t make. We’re going to substitute him when he gets tired. Or like you mentioned, maybe he’s not playing well, maybe he doesn’t have a hot hand, but right now, what I’ve seen in preseason and what I’ve seen through the first game, he will be our starting running back. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have a lot of belief in [Roy] Helu [Jr.] or [Evan] Royster.
He'll start and play whomever he thinks has the hot hand or will do the best. Nobody is locked in.
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Tough down hill runner
Takes multiple hits to take him to the ground
Turns loss/no gain into positive yardage
Scored 2 touchdowns (who gives a flying **** how long the runs were)
All in his 1st game, after being a long shot to even make an NFL roster
What a bum. He's stealing carries from Banks.
Cut his ass.
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