The Washington Redskins hired Bobby Turner as the assistant head coach in charge of running backs Thursday.
Head Coach Mike Shanahan knows Turner very well. They worked together for 14 seasons with the Denver Broncos.
Since Turner arrived in Denver in 1995, the Broncos have had the most rushing yards of any team in the National Football League.
Shanahan had high praise for Turner.
“Not many coaches can match the success that Bobby has had over the years," Shanahan said. "He is one of the top coaches in the NFL and, more importantly, a great person. We are excited to have him on the staff here in Washington. He will play a major role in the development of our offense.”
To put the Redskins' running game problems into perspective, Clinton Portis led the team in rushing with just 494 yards in the 2009 season. Portis did miss half the season and went on the injured reserve list.
Whether or not Portis returns next season, fans shouldn't have to worry about the running game anymore. Six different running backs rushed for at least 1,000 yards in a season, including Portis, Tatum Bell, Terrell Davis, Reuben Droughns, Mike Anderson and Olandis Gary.
If there's one thing the Denver Broncos know how to do, it's run the football, and that's just what the Redskins did when they were winning Super Bowls.