Running back Alfred Morris, the Redskins sixth-round pick out of Florida Atlantic, could be the right guy in the right place.Morris said he was shocked when the phone rang during the draft and the Redskins head coach was on the other end.He said, This is Mike Shanahan, welcome to the Redskins, said Morris, who grew up a Redskins fan. I was like, wow! It kind of floored be but I was excited, I told him thank you, thank you and ended up talking to running backs coach Bobby Turner.It wasnt the first time that Morris had talked to Shanahan. He was a member of the South team at the Senior Bowl, the squad coached by the Redskins staff. Morris was a bit puzzled by Shanahans demeanor on the practice field. He was just kind of quiet the whole time, he just walked around.Morris found out during last weekends rookie minicamp that he was seeing Shanahans normal practice-field manner. He is normally seen around the middle of the field observing the offense and the defense.Morris believes that he is well prepared to play in Shanahans offense. His coach at FAU was Howard Schnellenberger and he was not one to get caught up in the trend towards the spread offense.He was a big I-formation guy, Morris said of Schnellenberger, who has been around so long he was the head coach of the Colts the year after they traded away Johnny Unitas. Ive been in the I formation, it helped me with my blocking skills, just running between the tackles . . . I definitely helped me transition over.Morris said that he is well aware of Shanahans history of taking running backs late in the draft and turning them into highly productive players. But hes not thinking about that right now.It just goes to show, he saw something in me that others didnt, he said. He was taking a chance on me and I definitely didnt want to disappoint him.
Morris could be the right player in the right place
May 9, 2012, 10:48 am