Alfred Morris rushed for 66 yards on nine carries in the first half of Sunday’s 45-21 loss in Denver. Despite that early success, the Redskins running back only gained 27 yards on seven carries the rest of the way.
On Monday, Morris said he understood the play-calling strategy and isn’t the type of player who would go to Robert Griffin III or offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and demand more touches.
“We got behind on the scoreboard, and you’ve got to throw the ball,” Morris said. “You can’t keep running the ball.”
Asked about demanding the ball, Morris said: “You’ve got to have some kind of cojones to do something like that. I feel like when you demand stuff like that, the exact opposite that’s going to happen. If I’m a quarterback, and the receiver’s like,'Give me the ball,' I’m like, 'I’m not throwing to him.' I think that’s the worst thing you can do.”
He added: “Up 21-7 you want to put the game away. All you had to do was put the pedal to the medal. But we weren’t able to do that.”
Morris, a self-described workhorse back, is on pace for 247 carries this season. As a rookie last season, he had 335 carries en route to 1,613 yards.
Through seven games, Morris has yet to get 20 carries in a game.
“I could care less about getting the ball,” Morris said. “All I care about is winning. I tell you all that every week, and it’s the truth. I’m not just saying that because it sounds good. I don’t care if we’re running the ball, passing the ball, if they just need another block. All I care about is winning.”
Morris continued: “If they give me the ball, I’m happy for that and I’m going to do all I can to help my team win. But I’m not going to complain if I’m not getting the ball. I could care less. The only thing I care about is winning. I would never do anything like ‘give me the ball’ or anything.”