Alfred Morris on NFL Debut: “We came to win. That was huge on that stage and in the Saints backyard.”September 11, 2012 – 9:30 am by Steven Cuce
It may have been a surprise that the Washington Redskins didn’t name Roy Helu their starting running back over the weekend, but Alfred Morris proved himself worthy on Sunday. The rookie running back made his NFL debut against the Saints, rushing for 96 yards and two touchdowns.
Morris, an undrafted rookie from Florida Atlantic University, helped the Redskins pull off a stunning upset win over the Saints, 40-32. The Robert Griffin III era in Washington has started off with a bang and his starting running back believes this is only the beginning.
Alfred Morris joined ESPN 980 in D.C. on The Sports Fix to discuss his first NFL game in New Orleans, being told that he would be the starting running back for the Redskins this past Sunday, the Washington Redskins offense coming together in Week 1, the Redskins offense still needing some improvement and the locker room message after beating the Saints this past Sunday.
What was your first NFL game at New Orleans like and to perform and get the win?
“It was great. Definitely a hostile environment. We was able to get up on them early and to make the crowd a non-factor in a sense, but it was definitely a sight and definitely went out there and had fun. I always do.”
How did you find out you were starting? What was that process like?
“My coach told me Saturday at the team meeting. He said, ‘You are going to be starting. Are you ready?’ I was like yes sir. He was like, ‘You deserved it.’ I thanked him for it.”
Did you guys know it was possible that you would be rolling out such a great offense with Robert Griffin III in the regular season?
“Oh yeah definitely. That’s our quarterback. We definitely believe in him. We know what we are capable of and nobody gave us any praise about it. They were definitely on Robert Griffin III for I guess…his performance wasn’t even that good, but he’s a big player and quarterback. He’s definitely poised and he handled himself very good in the game, but like I said we knew what we were capable of doing and we definitely went out there and were firing on all cylinders. We was able to get up on the Saints in their own backyard, which is huge and definitely like I said made the crowd a non-factor.”
The Redskins offense played well on Sunday, but were there plays missed out there?
“Definitely. I’m pretty sure there was a lot of…not a lot of plays, but there definitely was some plays missed. We could have had a big game, but Robert Griffin III played it safe. The wide receivers are awesome. They definitely created separation, which is big, especially on this level because everyone is fast and you have to be able to create separation and to get open. Like I said we felt like we probably have left some plays out there, but our playbook is always evolving and we do have set things, but our coaches are always game planning for the opponent we play and always adapting and adding little changes to our offense. We always adapting and that is the big thing about winning. Just being able to adapt and overcome the defense and the schemes they throw at you.”
Was there a message in the locker room the team had after the game?
“We definitely have to keep working hard and continue. It’s only one game. It does count, but it’s only one game. We got a long road ahead of us and pretty much what we said before the game and after the game is we didn’t come here just to play. We didn’t come here to just show up and to play good. We came to win and that’s exactly what we did. That was huge on that stage and in the Saints backyard.”