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Saturday, December 29, 2012
Opposing Voice: Mike Shanahan finds another RB

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- So much of the talk about Sunday’s game against Washington has focused on whether the Cowboys can slow down Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, and with good reason.

But if they don’t slow down running back Alfred Morris, it won’t matter.

DeMarcus Ware went so far as to say stopping Morris is the key to a Dallas victory because of how Mike Shanahan uses the run to set up the pass.

It’s been a formula that Shanahan has used for a long time. He seems to be able to find runners where nobody else can.

Morris was a sixth-round pick in this year's draft. With 1,413 yards rushing, Morris is the fifth rookie under Shanahan to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season, joining Terrell Davis, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson and Clinton Portis.

The comparisons to Davis, who led Shanahan’s Broncos to two Super Bowls, have been inevitable.

“I really hate to talk about, you know, when they talk about Terrell Davis and there’s a guy that just accomplished so much, the reason we did win two Super Bowls,” Shanahan said. “I’d hate to put that type of comparison (out there) already, but he is a really talented guy and he’s going to be at the top of his game for a long time.”