Posted July 30, 2012 on AP on Fox
Mike Shanahan made his name on the ground. During his 14 years coaching in Denver, the Broncos led the NFL in rushing while featuring six backs who gained at least 1,000 yards in a season. Not coincidentally, Denver won two Super Bowls, made the playoffs six times and enjoyed nine winning seasons. That kind of success has been much more elusive for Shanahan in Washington. The Redskins were 30th in rushing in 2010 and 25th in 2011. Their top two backs didn't total 1,000 yards in either season, with the team finishing 11-21. So for all the hype about rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, the Redskins aren't likely to make a quantum leap in 2012 unless they get their running game going. Veteran Tim Hightower was the starter when he tore his left ACL in Week 7 last year. Roy Helu took over and ran for 100 yards in three straight games before getting banged up. Fellow rookie Evan Royster stepped in and gained 100 yards in each of the final two contests. So who's going to start this...
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