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O-line showing signs of trouble

Aug 1, 2009, 4:50 PM EDT

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Randy Thomas

Randy Thomas

The Washington Redskins offensive line is off to a slow start.

According to John Pappas at WarpathConfidential.com, the Redskins O-line has lived down to expectations so far in training camp. The defensive front is looking like the ’85 Bears unit in practice. That wouldn’t be so disturbing, says Pappas, but the likes of Chris Wilson and Lorenzo Alexander are playing wrecking balls against a unit that isn’t functioning well at all.

Of course, this is not a shocking development. The team has neglected to plan succession for a unit that is showing its age. Sure, Derrick Dockery fell into their laps after Buffalo cut him (ouch, that must hurt) but that was reacting, not planning.

It is early. There still is time for them to get their feet under them and hit their stride. But it gets late early in the NFL. Pappas suggests that the Redskins should start to scan the waiver wire for help if the situation doesn’t improve quickly. I’m not sure if that would help but if the offense has any hope of improving on its mediocre showing in 2008 something will have to happen.

  1. ben - Aug 1, 2009 at 9:46 PM

    The shorter fields for the offense that should come from an imprtoved defense will not matter if it is all three and outs.

  2. Dan - Aug 2, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    I had to laugh when reading a recent transcript from Snyder’s radio interview about his take on the offense. He is more than “confident” that the offense is going to “blossom” this year and they will make the difference in our getting to the post-season. But, how? What exactly did we do on the most troubling side of the football this past off-season? Hmmm. Nothing.

    Based off the performance of the o-line last year, Jason Campbell is setup to fail and Clinton Portis will once again be searching for holes in closed gaps.

  3. fastwb - Aug 3, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    The only thing giving me hope here is my faith in Joe Bugel’s ability to get guys to reach their potential. Sure, that doesn’t help if the height of their ability sucks. We don’t know that for sure yet. He has a bunch of guys with NFL regular season experience. Let’s see what he can do. I also doubt the older guys have seen a lot of reps yet as I’m sure they are going to be both cautious with them and anxious to see what the younger guys have to offer.

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