According to ELIAS, the Washington Redskins rookie combo of Alfred Morris and Robert Griffin III have a chance to break the NFL rookie rushing record this year:
Elias: Redskins Alfred Morris & RG3 have combined for 1,820 rush yards, 153 shy of ’79 Cardinals record for most combined rookie rush yards.
Just think about that for a second. That is not just a franchise record, that is an NFL record that has stood for 34 years and looks to be attainable by the next game, and if not then certainly before the season ends. The fact that the Redskins have these two young players who are able to contribute so heavily in the offense just by themselves is amazing to think about as a fan. Assuming health, these guys are going to be the backbone of this Skins offense for many years to come, and I for one couldn’t be more ecstatic about putting the keys to this team in there hand.
Thinking about the future is a great deal more exciting for Redskins Nation than before Griffin and Morris were part of the team. These two are going to be wreaking havoc on the NFC East for a long time.
They have already been breaking both franchise and NFL rookie records, and with 4 regular season games left, there are a few more that are attainable.
In addition to more than likely breaking the NFL record for most combined rookie rushing yards, Griffin and Morris have already become the first team in NFL history to have a rookie 2,000 yard passer and a rookie 1,000 yard rusher in the same season (according to @NFLhistory). In fact if Griffin III averages 71.5 rushing yards (probably unlikely) over his next 4 games, he will accomplish the feat single handedly.
During last night’s game, Alfred Morris set the Redskins rookie rushing record which was previously held by Reggie Brookes with 1,063 yards in the 1993 season. He is currently averaging 92.2 yards per game, and with 4 games left that would put him on pace to finish just under 1,500 yard rushing at 1,474.
In fact, it may be a tough task, but it isn’t out of the question that Morris could break the single season franchise rushing record that is currently being help by Clinton Portis and his 1,516 yards. Morris already has 1,106 rushing yards, and with 4 games to go would need to average 102.5 yards per game to get to that 1,516 number. He would have to increase his YPG by 10.3 in order to get there. The way he has been running, hitting defenders almost as hard as he is hitting holes, that number could be in reach. Just the fact that he has that record within reaching distance with a franchise that has had such great runners — Portis, Stephen Davis, John Riggins, and Terry Allen for example — is a testament to how good of a season Morris is having.
Robert Griffin III set a record of his own during last night’s game, surpassing Cam Newton’s rookie QB rushing record of 706 yards in a single season. Griffin currently sits at 714 rushing yards on the season, and with an average of 59.5 yards per game is on pace for 952 yards. Again, it is not inconceivable to see him break off a few long scrambles that could possibly get him to the 1,000 yard mark.
He also has a shot to set several Redskins rookie QB records, and possibly some NFL rookie records as well. Here are the current rookie QB records:
Records from Redskins.com
Highest Rookie Passer Rating: Griffin’s current passer rating is 104.4, on pace to not only crush Jason Campbell’s rookie franchise record, but set the NFL rookie record passing Ben Roethlisberger.
Most Passes Completed By Rookie: At 218 completed passes, RGIII already has set the franchise rookie record. He is on pace to finish with about 290 completions, which would fall short of Sam Bradford’s 354.
Highest Completion % By Rookie: Here we see Jason Campbell and Ben Roethlisberger again. At 67.1 completion percentage, Robert is on pace to set the Redskins rookie QB record and if it held at the current number, again set another NFL rookie QB record.
Most Yards Gained By Rookie: Griffin has already set this Redskins rookie record as he currently has 3,374 yards gained (2,660 passing and 714 rushing). With his current passing and rushing averages, RGIII is on pace to finish with 4,500 total yards which would set another NFL rookie QB record.
Highest Average Gain By Rookie: At 8.19 yard per attempt, Robert Griffin is on pace to set another Redskins rookie QB record, but would fall short of the NFL record of 9.41.
Most Touchdown Passes By Rookie: Another Redskins rookie record in the bag, Griffin has 17 touchdown passes on the year surpassing the previous record of 14. Believe it or not, the NFL rookie record set by Peyton Manning of 26 is within reach. Griffin would have to thrown 9 passes over the next 4 games to tie that record, or throw 10 in that same time span to break it.
When this season is over, we are going to see many new Redskins rookie records, and a good chance some NFL rookie records at that. It is a great time to be a Redskins fan, and the future is looking bright.
But I am sure Morris and Griffin would tell you it isn’t about individual achievements and records, it is about the team playing together and winning. That is the best thing about these two young fellas. They have all the talent and skill in the world, but more importantly have the team-first attitude and the mental makeup to lead this team into the future.