Redskins seek consistency in run game

Posted Nov. 18, 2011 @ 3:09 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

When asked about his heyday running the football in Denver, Mike Shanahan said he envisioned the Redskins being able to recreate his efforts there when the Broncos were routinely one of the best running teams in the NFL. But so far in Washington, that has not come close to happening. One legitimate reason for the shortcoming in that department has been a bevy of injuries. Losing OLG Kory Lichtensteiger, TE-FB Chris Cooley and RB Tim Hightower has hurt; that's their top run-blocking offensive lineman and tight end and their starting back, and the replacements have struggled, especially TE Fred Davis, whose strength clearly is receiving. Roy Helu, a natural one-cut runner, hasn't been able to get to the second level because of the blocking, and Ryan Torain has been hesitant since the Rams game because he so often is being hit in the backfield. When given clear lanes, both are good at picking up extra yards on their own, Helu with speed and Torain with power.