You always find out something interesting when you check out Redskins Rewind on CSN Washington. My man Ryan O’Halloran does a great job of breaking down what happened during the game.
The highlight of the article is the snap counts and I immediately check out how much the running backs played.
After the Dolphins game, I read a lot of tweets from people who were upset that Roy Helu was “benched” in favor of Ryan Torain. They felt that Helu deserved to start after producing 145 yards of offense against the 49ers a week earlier.
True, Torain did start. But he played 23 of the 54 offensive snaps while the “benched” Helu played 31.
To be sure, it may not have played out that way if, say, the Redskins had been able to punch the ball into the end zone to take the lead early in the fourth quarter. Had that happened, it probably would have been a heavy dose of Torain in the last few series.
As it was, Rex Grossman threw an interception, the Dolphins drove for a touchdown to take a two-score lead and the Redskins were in passing mode the rest of the way. Torain did not play in the final four offensive series. Helu played on third downs throughout the game and most of the third and fourth quarters.
We will see how the running back rotation shakes out with the addition of Tashard Choice, who should be healthy enough to play. It seems likely that Helu will see a lot of time in passing situations and will continue to get his share of rushing attempts as well.