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Turner Has Great History With Running Backs


From 1995-2008, Bobby Turner coached the Denver Broncos running backs to 1,000-yard seasons year after year.

Terrell Davis. Mike Anderson. Olandis Gary. Clinton Portis. Reuben Droughns. Tatum Bell.

Through the years, it was perceived that the Broncos' success in the ground game was due to their offensive system.

Turner, now the assistant head coach/running backs for the Redskins, said it was more a combination of factors.

"It was the system, the coaching and the players," he said. "It involved not only the offensive line, but also the tight ends and receivers blocking on the second and third levels. And the running back is critical. His greatest asset is his vision, his eyes."

Turner discussed the Redskins' running backs during an exclusive interview with Larry Michael for "Inside the Redskins."

The interview is re-broadcast on the Feb. 16 edition of "Redskins Nation" on Comcast SportsNet and on

Turner said one of the keys to his success has been letting running backs grow into their roles and establish themselves in the NFL.

Turner was asked about Portis, who ended last season on the Redskins' injured reserve list after suffering a concussion in Week 9.

Turner coached Portis in 2002-03 before the Broncos traded him to Washington.

"Oh, he definitely has something left," Turner said. "We were excited about Clinton when we drafted him. I've looked at a bunch of his games, pretty close to every one...and he definitely has something left."

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