By Eric Schmidt

You most likely couldn’t get a car loan at a Buy Here-Pay Here car lot this season if you listed your occupation as starting running back for the Washington Redskins. Under head coach Mike Shanahan, the Washington Redskins have switched starting rushers seemingly every week-creating a very unstable work environment. However, the venerable coach told reporters that he is 100% certain of the starter for the Washington Redskins backfield in the next game.

Rookie Roy Helu will be named the starter. Of course, that means nothing about how long Helu will actually stay in the game. The Redskins have juxtaposed Helu around Tim Hightower, Ryan Torain and even Dallas Cowboys castoff, Tashard Choice, now with the Buffalo Bills.

Coming out of preseason, I thought the rookie runner out of the University of Nebraska should have been named the starter all along. He fits the one-cut, one-gap zone blocking scheme which Shanahan made famous in Denver. While Helu didn’t receive many carries early on in the season, he now has 47 carries for the month of November, posting an impressive 225 yards and an average yard per carry of 4.8 yards.

What is even more impressive, Helu managed to post a 108-yard effort against the Seattle Seahawks in Seattle Sunday, a tough team to run the ball on at home.Shanahan told reporters regarding Helu, “He’s out starter for sure. You could see some elusiveness, power, some speed. That’s what you look for in a running back”.

So, for now, Helu is the starter. That could change by Saturday morning. Someone tell Roy not to head out and buy a car this week.





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