Here is what you need to know on this Sunday, one week before the Redskins open their 2012 NFL season against the Saints.
Redskins aren’t the only team with O-line issues
In today’s Sunday Blitz on the National Football Post, Dan Pompei discusses the state of offensive line play in the today’s NFL.
As I went through my tour of training camps, it struck me how one theme was constant wherever I went: offensive line play is a concern. Every team had some sort of issue up front on offense. I don’t believe there is a coaching staff in the league that is completely comfortable with its offensive line.
There is no question line play has deteriorated in recent years. Neither individual linemen nor offensive line units are what they used to be.
Pompei quotes Mike Shanahan one position that has been a sore spot for the Redskins for a number of years.
“Everybody says we don’t have a good right tackle,” said Shanahan. “I say show me who does?”
One interesting reason for offensive line issues cited in the article is the lack of continuity. Only two NFL teams are expected to start the same five players in the same five offensive line positions this year as they did last year.
Other factors cited were the use of the spread offense by so many college programs, leading to linemen coming into the league who have never had to hold a block for more than a second or two, and the shortened offseason program, which leads to poor technique.
No media availability today.
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