"If they want to be out there more, they need to separate themselves and show that they're obviously better than the other guy and we'll keep them out there more," Shanahan said Thursday, per Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer.
Ben Tate and rookies Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell have mixed and matched carries all season for a ground game that ranks sixth in the NFL at 133.5 yards per outing. Tate (69 carries for 279 yards) leads the way, but West (59-243) and Crowell (51-255) were a big part of Cleveland's bulldozing approach when the veteran was sidelined with a knee injury.
After serving as Towson's bell cow last season en route to 2,509 rushing yards and 41 scores, West acknowledged this week that sharing duties has been "a little bit" of a culture shock.
"Yeah, I'm coming from college getting about 25 carries a game and just being the guy and putting the team on my shoulders," West said. "Then coming here and just getting limited reps, it's hard, but I can transition to anything, overcome anything."