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Alfred Morris Leads NFL In 20+ Runs

Posted by Stephen Czarda on November 20, 2013 – 12:41 pm

(AP Image)

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“I’m not getting complacent; complacency is death. he said emphatically. “When you get to that point where you feel like you can’t get any better, that’s when your decline is going to start. I’m trying to become a better me. I’m trying to become Alfred 2.0, Alfred 3.0, Alfred 4.0. Every day I’m trying to become better in some way.

A sophomore slump? I don’t see it happening. I’m going to bust my butt this offseason. I’ve got to get better. I can’t be satisfied with a year when, as a lot of people say, you’re only as good as your last performance.”

That was Alfred Morris in March, just two months removed from a season where he soared to the top of the franchise record books, surpassing greats like John Riggins and Clinton Portis in the process.

A sophomore who plays in a zone-blocking scheme and far outplayed expectations Year One, though? Oh yeah he’s doomed.

It was great while it lasted.


Having a chance to take over the rushing lead by week’s end, Morris has done something this season that he didn’t last—having defenses worry about the long run.

Through 11 weeks of the season, the second-year star leads the league in 20-plus-yard runs with nine.

Last season, Morris recorded nine runs of two first downs length on 335 carries. He achieved the mark this season on only 181 carries.

–32 yards vs. Green Bay

–32 yards vs. Green Bay

–30-yard touchdown vs. Detroit

–45-yard touchdown vs. Dallas

–21 yards vs. Chicago

–27 yards vs. Denver

–26 yards vs. San Diego

–26 yards vs. Minnesota

–22 yards vs. Philadelphia

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