Hightower An Asset In Game-Planning

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Another game for the Redskins, and another opportunity for an offseason addition to spill the beans on their former team.

So far head coach Mike Shanahan said that running back Tim Hightower has been an asset in the game-planning.  Although the team has reviewed everything from Week 1, Hightower has been able to reveal things that don’t show up on film.

“You get a little more relevant to the person than you do about the X’s and O’s,” he said.  “Like Barry [Cofield] last week, we get into detail about the players about their personality, work habits, strengths and weaknesses – things along those lines.”

Not only has Hightower been an asset in the film room, but Shanahan has been very pleased with his effort on the gridiron as well.

“I like what I’ve seen,” he said, reviewing the trade.  “You don’t know for sure if a running back’s a three-down back or if he can handle the blitz, run the football or catch the ball. What I’ve seen since he’s been here is he can do all three so that was a good addition to our football team.”

During six quarters of preseason action, Hightower ran the ball 25 times for 170 yards.  Last Sunday alone, he ran a career-high 25 times for 72 yards.  After reviewing the tape, Shanahan knows that they were very close to breaking loose.

“I just know if you run the ball 25-30 times a game that eventually those plays will break,” he said.  “We had three, four, five situations where those runs could have gone another 50-60 yards and, if you do, everyone is bragging on the running game.”

“Those runs will come in time.”

Hopefully one will come against Hightower’s former team on Sunday.

Check out Shanahan’s full press conference below:
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