Redskins Alfred Morris On His 2nd Season And RG3
Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris spoke to the media Thursday afternoon about what he expects from this season and the big shadow cast by Robert Griffin III.
On topping his production from last season:
You can always top production. It comes down to willingness and, I guess, how bad you want it in a sense. I always hold myself at a higher standard and I love a challenge. Its going to be tough to do that, but it is definitely not impossible to do. I trained very hard this offseason. I made sure I was in tip-top shape conditioning-wise. I fine-tuned the little things that just help my game even more for this upcoming season now just to help me get an extra edge on the competition.
On if he lost weight:
No, I actually gained weight. I carry it good, so you cant tell.
On if he has been working on catching passes out of the backfield:
Definitely. Everybody wants the ball so, I mean, it sounds selfish but its true. The more you can do, the better your chances are to actually be able to help your team. Last year, why I only got like seven catches, I have no clue. Ive definitely been working a lot this offseason, just building trust with the quarterbacks and coaches just to let them know, Hey, I can catch. So Ive been very good this offseason OTAs, minicamp, I did well. Hopefully during camp I can just continue to build off that, and hopefully it will translate on game day.
On if there is a difference in his mental approach this camp compared to a year ago:
I dont approach it any different. I mean, Ive got a year under my belt. I learned a lot. Im more comfortable with the offense and what the coaches are trying to get done with their schemes. I mean, Im a lot more comfortable than last year. But I still come in, in my mind, Im still not the starting running back. They drafted two guys. We have a lot of competition with [Roy] Helu [Jr.], [Evan] Royster and Keiland Williams. Competition only makes us better, so we are all competing against each other. But to me, Im not the starter. I still have that mindset as if I havent made it yet. I know it sounds clich to say that but, thats just the way I approach everything. Its a business. You never know what can happen, so Im always trying to find way to better me. Im always trying to find ways to continue to outwork everyone.
On what ways he can improve his game:
Like we said earlier, just make myself more versatile. Making sure I can get involved in the passing game instead of coming out on third downs a lot and they have a third down running back. I can just stay in the game, and do the screens and run the different pass plays they have. Things like that and just working on the little things like my tracks. Other little things that I noticed last year watching last years film, I was like, Man, I could do that so much better. So just fine-tuning those little things that I overlooked last year.
On if another year in the offense helps him mentally:
It does a lot it all comes down to how comfortable you are with the new thing. Every time you learn something new, you kind of dont know it youre unsure. But once you learn it and get comfortable, it makes it that much easier. You can tell if you watch some of our earlier film then towards the end of the season, we were a lot more comfortable doing it. Getting the feel with Robert [Griffin III], getting the feel with the O-line and how they were blocking, with DY [fullback Darrel Young], and other things just makes you that much more comfortable it makes it a lot easier than it was when we first put it in last year.
On his 1991 Mazda:
Actually, Mazda has her [the car]. Shes getting refurb Mazda is going to make her like new, like she came off the floor on 91. They actually just took it, so were going to switch cars while theyre doing it. They said it would take about 68 weeks to do it, but theyre going to totally refurbish it, so Im happy about that Theyre just [refurbishing] it so that it can run for about 20 more years.
On if he has spoken to veteran running backs about defenses who will now adjust to him:
No, not from vets, but I have talked to some of them about just making your body last and not taking unnecessary hits, going down instead of fighting for the extra yard. I can take one or two extra hits off you, and sometimes fighting for those extra yards, you get that hit and then youve got a bruised rib or youve got this. It will actually keep you off the field. Its kind of hard for me because every play is my last play thats the way I look at it, and thats the way I play. The next play isnt promised to me, so Im going to go out there and lead. Its kind of hard for me to say, I dont want to fight for that extra yard. Adjusting to that is going to be a little tough, but I havent talked to anybody about defenses knowing who I am. Last year I was a mystery, but this year everyone knows the type of back I am this year. I, myself, know that its going to be tough, and Ive dealt with that, whether it was in high school or college. I know this is a lot more talented level, but at the same time, its still the same. I know theyre going to know it now, and like I said: I love a challenge. Its going to make it harder, but, I mean, know its possible, so Im not worried at all.
On his arrangement with Mazda to refurbish his car:
My agents worked all that out; they just let me know They approached them. Mazda was everywhere because of my car, so it was kind of giving them free publicity in a sense. I think they [Mazda] kind of hinted at saying something about, Oh, well fix your car up. They went from there and they worked out a deal. So it worked out, and Im going to get my baby back on the road so Im excited about that.
On what his car will be like after the refurbishment:
Its not like Pimp My Ride or anything like that [laughter]. Im not into that type of stuff anyways. Its just kind of I just had a crack on my dash, so fixing things like that. They made sure the engine was in tip-top condition. Maybe if the transmission is not so good, rebuilding the transmission. Just making sure that it can run 20 more years so that I dont have to worry about it, Oh, I dont know if I want to put it on the road. It might break down and Ill be stranded. Just to get that worry out of the way, theyre going to refurb, and they might update it a bit, maybe put a navigation system or something in it. But nothing like big rims and fish tanks in the back.
On the stories about his car and adjusting to life as a famous athlete:
I did not even know there was a story written about that car. I was just driving my car and somebody took notice and it just went from there. I wasnt looking for any publicity off of it. I really love that car. It was my first car. Its always going to have sentimental value to me. Its just kind of a part of it.
On his initial impressions of Richmond and the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center:
I havent seen much, but, I mean, its nice. We had a good crowd come out today. Everyone was so lively, so I loved that. It was a walkthrough and they were cheering like it was a playoff game and I was like, Yeah, I like this. I like Richmond. We havent ventured off much. Eventually I do want to kind of get around and just see the city because I have never been to Richmond before. It is a new land for me, I do not mind exploring a little.
On if he is content with being in the shadow of quarterback Robert Griffin III:
Oh yeah, I definitely am. It sounds kind of selfish to say Im glad he gets all the attention. I dont have to worry about it. At the same time, I am the type of guy to just show up and do my job People try to say, Oh, youre popular. Youre a celebrity. Youre famous. Im not. Im just Alfred. I just play on a stage, kind of get seen a lot. Im not into all this stuff the signing autographs, all that not because Im not a bad person, I dont want to be like, Oh, Im not signing that trying to be snobby. Its just that I dont play for that. I play because I love the game. Ive been playing since I was five years old; actually, Ive been playing since before then. I started playing organized football when I was five years old when I was first able to. I just love the game and the reason I wanted to play in the NFL was because I wanted to play against the best of the best and be successful doing it. But thats why I dont play. I dont play for fame. I dont play for money. I dont play for any of that stuff. I play because I really love it. And all that stuff, I accept it because its part of it. So I accept that. It comes with it. But, I mean, Robert gets all the attention, but I love it. Its kind of hilarious. I can be in the middle of signing and they go, Oh, theres Robert! and take off running, and Im like, Oh, youre welcome! OK, bye! So I dont mind it at all. Im enjoying it.
On if he has any individual goals for this season:
No. I dont worry about stats. The only stats I really look at is wins and losses. I mean, it sounds clich but its the truth. You know, even after games they go, Do you want to see the stat sheet? Im like, No. Just did we win or did we lose? Thats the only thing I care about. A lot of people, they dont realize that when you put team first anyway, individual accolades will come. Individual stats will come. I definitely dont focus on that. A win for me this year? If we go past the first round of the playoffs, thatll be a win. Thatll be a successful season for me. So, thats what Im focused on team. It sounds clich but its the truth.
Source: Washington Redskins Media