Alfred Morris says next year will be ‘even better’


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In his first season in Washington, Alfred Morris broke the franchise rushing record and helped the Skins win their first NFC East title in more than a decade.

His second season, he said, will be better.

“The cohesiveness we had, the foundation we laid this season, I mean, the sky’s the limit,” Morris recently told Fox 5 during a lengthy sit-down interview. “I’m so excited for next year. I’m already ready for next year, just the things we were able to accomplish this year, and I know it’s gonna be even better next year.”

Better how?

“How can I top this? I don’t know,” he said. “I’m just gonna work hard, and just come back and try to do even better next year, maybe set the bar a little higher with the rushing record, maybe even chase somebody else’s record. We’ll see what happens, but it’s always team first for me. So I’m just gonna be better and try to better those around me and try to come back a better teammate.”

(I’m having trouble getting the video in here; PART I is here, and PART II is here.)

Over the course of 15 minutes, Morris promised that his home-run celebration will continue into the future, and that he will not be replacing his car during the offseason.

“It’s not much, but it’s mine,” he said. “It has a lot of sentimental value to me now. I love that car. A lot of people do stories and stuff on it, and they probably think, ‘Oh, he’s just talking.’ No, when I say I’m gonna keep that car, I’m serious. I’m keeping that car. That’s my baby. I love that car. Eventually I will get another car, but it’s gonna be my secondary car. The Bentley’s always gonna be the first car, the primary car, no matter what.”

Teammates, he said, assumed he would try to drive the car down to Florida for the offseason, and were telling him he’d never make it.

“And I was like, ‘Don’t make me prove a point,’ ” Morris recalled. “Because my baby is durable, and she’ll make it down to Florida. It definitely is a reflection of who I am: dependable, humble, down to earth, not flashy at all. It fits me perfectly…It’s all manual. A little extra exercise never hurt anybody. So I don’t have a radio in it, I don’t have speakers. I thought about putting some in one time, but I was like, ‘Nah.’ I kind of just ride to my thoughts. I might sing a song or something if it do get too quiet, but I like riding in silence, so it works out perfectly.”

And while Morris didn’t talk about RGIII’s health, if you can believe that, he did talk about their relationship.

“It was like the perfect relationship,” he said. “I don’t think you could get a better [duo than by] coupling us together. Never in a million years I would have thought that he would be my quarterback, but him being the quarterback definitely helped take pressure off me and it helped take pressure off him. It was perfect. We fell into the perfect position together. And we were able to be pretty successful this year, and as rookies help lead our team to the postseason.”

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

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