Not long after the Dallas Cowboys signed running back Alfred Morris, owner and general manager Jerry Jones came out and said that while he and the team were thrilled with their new runner, he doesn’t see Morris getting as many carries as Darren McFadden—making it clear that, for now anyway, McFadden is the No. 1 and Morris the No. 2.
Longtime Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann would disagree with that notion.
In an appearance on 105.3-FM The Fan’s “Shan & RJ” show this week, Theismann unleashed a flurry of praise for Morris, and explained why he believes the longtime Redskin should be the lead back for the Cowboys in 2016.
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“… I think it would be good for Darren McFadden to be honest with you,” Theismann said, per the Dallas Morning News. “To be a back who could carry 8-10 times a game. I do believe that Alfred could be and should be the workhorse. Alfred would serve the purpose, and I think serve it very well, to be a first- and second-down back. He's gonna pick up short yardage and goal line for you. He's not gonna break an 80-yarder, but he's gonna get you enough 15s to be able to feel like it's a great contribution to your football team. Besides the fact of what he can do after contact, he does not put the ball on the ground. He does not have a history of fumbling. He does make people miss. He always finishes going forward. He's much more powerful than people give him credit for.
“He has a running style a little like Emmitt. They're both not the tallest of guys, but they're very elusive when it comes to getting through the line of scrimmage. And they're very difficult to bring down when you have them in one-on-one situations. That's where the comparison lies when you talk about Alfred and one of the greatest running backs that's ever put on a uniform.”