LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06: Alfred Morris #46 of the Washington Redskins carries the ball in the first quarter of their NFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Redskins running back Alfred Morris may have been overlooked in the 2012 NFL draft but the Bears coaches like the former 6th round draft pick a lot.
"He's everyone's back," Bears head coach Marc Trestman said. "You're always rooting for, as a fan, a guy who's finally made it to the league... He's everybody's dream come true in terms of playing in the league."
Trestman said he won't be rooting for Morris Sunday when his Bears try to plug him at FedEx Field, however.
Morris' 1,613 yards last season ranks as the third most prolific by a rookie in league history.
Matt Forte of the Bears ranks 7th among NFL running backs, Morris' 377 yards on 72 carries isn't far behind ranked 11th overall.
"He's big, he's strong, he's physical, he's fast, he's relentless, he's hungry," Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said, saying Morris sees the hole and presses the hole making the cuts needed.
While the Bears defense is ranked 12th in stopping the run, they have given up big games to Adrian Peterson (100 yards), Reggie Bush (139 yards) and Brandon Jacobs (106 yards).
The return of Stephen Paea from turf toe Sunday will help.
Stopping the run they insist is not a problem.
"I'm pretty sure we had two games where we struggled stopping the run," linebacker Lance Briggs argued. "But in a lot of the games this year we have stopped the run, its one of the things we have done decently."