The Redskins have a problem. Oh, they’re used to that. But not to this kind of problem.
They have two good running backs and just one football.
Alfred Morris rushed for 121 yards in season opener against a tough Miami Dolphins. Today Morris broke off a 35-yard run on his second carry of the game. He gained just 25 more yards the rest of day.
But it didn’t matter because Matt Jones had the hot hand. The rookie rumbled for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Redskins’ 24-17 win.
So who gets the ball?
As long as they win it doesn’t seem to matter to anybody.
"We don't care. The only thing that matters around here is winning. The last two years we've had seven wins," Morris said. "I don't care who's getting the stats.”
Gruden said it isn’t necessarily up to him who plays during the course of a game.
“Our plan is to keep both backs fresh,” he said. “I intend on them both getting plenty of touches. [Running back coach] Randy Jordan does a great job with the substitution pattern. I don’t really care who is in there. They’re both very, very good football players as long as they are fresh.”
And it apparently is up to Jordan to make sure that they stay fresh and to make sure the offense has the back it needs in the lineup to keep the offense humming.
Again, a good problem to have.