Can Washington Redskins' OL Deliver in 2014?

By Jason Bailey
Redskins Offensive Line
Ron Chenoy-USA Today Sports

Did anybody happen to — oh, I don’t know — notice the collective mechanics, intelligence, poise and execution of the Little Giants’ offensive line in Warner Brothers’ 1994 family sports comedy film? That was a Pee Wee league offensive line. Yes. I’m glad you noticed. Your vision is about as good as it ever was. Why do I ask? Oh. I mean. No reason in particular. I just thought there might be a small chance that the Washington Redskins‘ offensive line would want to invest extensive hours this off-season studying that film so as to up their game and fortify the pass protection that went AWOL last season.

You’re really going to stand there and draft a comparison between the Redskins’ offensive line production last season and a kids sports comedy film produced 20 years ago? Oh, that’s very unfair.

I am in complete concurrence with your evaluation. It’s really not fair. Not fair at all. I really shouldn’t knock the Little Giants that much. Let’s give credit where credit’s due. During its playing days, the fictional youth football program was in a league all by itself. The Little Giants’ pass protection and zone-blocking cohesion were decades ahead of the incompetent burgundy and gold.

Washington’s offense definitely made an amusing impression on the league last season — one they would do well not to mulligan. The unit averaged 20.9 points per game — good for 23rd in the NFL. Not something to smile about. The front four’s pass protection permitted disabled, frightened and immobile sophomore signal caller Robert Griffin III an unsettling two seconds to dispatch the football before second-rate defensive fronts unloaded on him with the unsuppressed power of a battering ram. Rival defenses had the rehabilitating NFL sophomore for breakfast, mercilessly pounding him to the turf 43 times last fall.

This is not a frivolous technicality. It is an age-old migraine that needs to be addressed. Not at the front office’s earliest convenience, but as an extenuating personnel issue that requires priority attention and palpable results. If Washington’s GM and coaching staff neglect to deliver, their upscale signal caller may want to consider filing for worker’s comp before breaking his first huddle this season.

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