Redskins' run game thriving for many reasons

Posted Oct. 05, 2012 @ 10:55 a.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Redskins have found answers at running back and quarterback that have made their rushing attack one of the most potent in the NFL.

Rookie RB Alfred Morris is not fast by any definition, but he presses the hole very well, doesn’t get taken down for losses often and can churn out yards after contact. Rookie QB Robert Griffin III clearly is an X-factor to this mix, able to break off long scrambles (he’s averaging more than 10 runs per game) at a clip of 5.7 yards per carry.

The guys picking up the yards are pretty obvious. But the ones who are clearing the holes might not be.

A first, big reason is OLT Trent Williams. He missed time against the Bengals in Week Three and appeared doubtful to go in Week Four against the Buccaneers, but he mustered through and played a big game in the victory. His leg injury clearly affected him, and Williams’ performance was not perfect. But he has been the Redskins’ best run blocker this season, able to clear holes in the team’s cutback scheme.

Another blocker up front who deserves mention is C Will Montgomery. He quietly has done a nice job, getting out on defenders in space and opening creases in the zone series. He’s not dominant, but Montgomery has done a nice job.

You also can’t overlook the blocking of the wide receivers outside and of TE Fred Davis. Head coach Mike Shanahan has singled out the performance of the wideouts taking pride in their blocking, and it has sprung some longer runs that has kept the Redskins’ yards-per-run average high. And Davis, once chided for his lack of blocking prowess, has come a long way in this department.