ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden promised to self-scout all areas of his team's operation trying to figure out a way to squeeze out more success. One conclusion: The Redskins are not going to make any changes in their running backs rotation.
“You’re going to see them both play a lot,” Gruden said. “They’re both going to get their touches.”
Gruden's larger point was that he's not going to just blame the running backs and view using one more than the other as the solution to fix their woes. The blocking hasn't always helped, among other factors.
But Gruden's comments aren't surprising, given that neither back has taken control of the job. Morris, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, has struggled in 2015. He’s averaging a career-low 3.32 yards per carry. In the last three games he has averaged 1.64 yards per carry. In each of his first three seasons, Morris averaged better than 5.0 yards per carry on runs to the outside. He’s down to 4.0 yards on such runs this season.
But Jones' numbers aren’t eye-popping, either. The coaches want him to do a better job of showing patience through the hole and not bouncing it wide so often. In Jones’ last three games, he’s averaged 2.20 yards per carry and carries a 3.95 average overall. With Morris’ contract up after the season, Jones, a rookie third-round pick, is viewed as the future. But he still needs to do more in the present.
Both have their strengths; both have their struggles. So it makes sense that both will continue to split the load.