Nobody ever said that Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was on the Christmas card list of fantasy football owners. Never has a coach changed his mind and backtracked on who his starting running back is than Shanahan, causing many to actually have a name for his actions.
Well, the frustrating coach is at it again.
The Redskins have a solid running back in Tim Hightower, who is capable of putting up some big yardage games on the ground, scoring from close to the goal line, as well as catching some passes. The team also has Roy Helu, who also got the chance to prove his worth last season when Hightower went down for the season. Either one could be a fantasy football star for any given team entering this season.
But that would make things too simple.
It was reported that Evan Royster actually got the very first snaps when training camp opened, so what first seemed like a typical two headed monster turned into a three headed beast just like that.
And then, even more Shanahanigans.
The Redskins are at least kicking the tires on signing a pair of more veteran running backs. Washington has at least explored the possibility of adding either Cedric Benson or Ryan Grant, who are both still capable of being productive backs in this league, especially when healthy or not suspended. But does the team really need either one of these backs?
Unless Shanahan is simply further looking to add to the confusion of his backfield, the answer is probably no.
Hightower is coming back from a torn ACL last season, so it is understandable if they want some insurance for him going forward. But Helu seemed like he could carry the load, and Royster is also reaping the praise of the coaching staff.
With rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who showed he loves to run when necessary, is adding a player who has too many off the field run-ins or a player who has struggled to remain healthy or consistent really what the team needs with the season just over a month away?
Only Shanahan would think so. He loves to stockpile running backs like the New England Patriots hold onto and acquire tight ends.