Offensive coordinator Scott Turner was surprised when he looked at the stats from the Washington Commanders' 32-21 win over the Philadelphia Eagles. The 49 rushing attempts did not shock him; he knew he was being "stubborn" calling run plays on Monday night. But he did not expect the workload to lean so heavily in Brian Robinson's favor.
Robinson carried the ball 26 times for 86 yards -- both career highs -- a touchdown. It was certainly the most productive day the rookie has had in his young career, and Turner could not be happier that Robinson took advantage of the opportunity.
"I think as he keeps running the ball the way he does, I think his vision will keep getting better and better and you're gonna see some bigger runs come out of that," Turner said.
There was nothing flashy about the way Robinson ran the ball. His average for the game was just 3.3 yards per attempt, and his longest run was 11 yards, although the fact that he bulldozed through three defenders on his way to putting the Commanders inside the 5-yard line did make the run even more impressive. His runs, however, were no less impactful. He converted three of the team's 12 third downs, and his second effort on his one-yard touchdown gave Washington the lead in the second quarter.
Turner had spoken to his offense about being physical and setting the tone for the entire game. Robinson was the focal point of that philosophy.
"He really led the charge with that, so that was good to see," Turner said.
Robinson only had one run that resulted in negative yardage, and Turner credits that to Robinson's ability to keep moving forward, regardless of how many defenders are in front of him.
"I think he'd had some lost yards in previous games and we didn't want to get behind the sticks on those guys," Turner said. "They have a really good pass rush. Obviously, they had the sack fumble early, which is what we were trying to avoid. We got that out of the way. Those are the types of situations we didn't want them to be able to tee off on us and that was our plan and our players did an outstanding job of executing it."
Robinson was part of the winning formula against the Eagles, and it appears that he could have even more opportunities against the Houston Texans, who give up the most rushing yards in the NFL.
Here's a morning roundup of what the local and national media have to say about the Washington Commanders on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. All reports, rumors and conjecture are a reflection of the media conversation and are not endorsed or confirmed by the Washington Commanders.
The reports and deals expressed in this article have not been confirmed by Washington, nor do they reflect any insider information from anyone in the front office.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier writes about the viral Commanders' song.
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras writes about the latest updates on Chase Young.
- ESPN's John Keim writes about Taylor Heinicke buying Air Jordans for teammates after Washington's win against the Eagles.
- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey writes about Terry McLaurin's success against slant routes.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about the Commanders being focused on preventing a letdown against the Texans.
- ESPN's John Keim writes about Taylor Heinicke starting against the Texans in Week 11.
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Chase Young's status for this Sunday.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier analyzes why Washington has been generating turnovers recently.
- The Washington Post's Nicki Jhabvala writes about Ron Rivera's comments on the Commanders' quarterback situation.
- The Washington Post's Sam Fortier explains how the off the offense woke up against the Eagles.
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras writes about Ron Rivera's decision at quarterback.
- The Washington Times' Matthew Paras writes about what an upset win over the Eagles means for the Commanders.
- NBC Sports Washington's Peter Hailey writes about Ron Rivera's next goal being to bring Washington "back down to Earth."
- NBC Sports Washington's Ethan Cadeaux writes about Terry McLaurin reminding people why he's among the game's elite receivers.
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