Mike Shanahan on Marshawn Lynch: ‘He’s always been one of my favorite players’

Marshawn Lynch

Mike Shanahan has a pretty good running back in rookie Alfred Morris, who ran for 200 yards and three touchdowns in the Redskins’ victory over the Cowboys on Sunday night that allowed Washington to clinch the NFC East title.

But the Redskins’ coach also is watching another back he likes this week as he prepares his team for Sunday’s Wild Card playoff game against the Seahawks at FedExField: The Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch.

“He’s always been one of my favorite players, because you just can’t tackle him,” Shanahan said this morning during a conference-call interview. “He’s everything that you look for in a running back. I’ve watched film over a number of years and you’re mad that he’s not on your football team because he can do things most people can’t do.

“So I’ve always been a big fan of his.”

Morris and Lynch finished No. 2 and No. 3 in the League in rushing behind the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson – Morris with 1,613 yards, and 13 rushing TDs; Lynch with 1,590, and 11 rushing TDs.

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