I have been about as critical as it comes when discussing the play of the Skins o-line this season so it is a surprise to me that I’m writing this but I was pleased and impressed with their play vs the Titans…..
Facing the Titans defense was definitely no easy task they are successful at putting pressure on the quarterback (27 sacks going in to the game) and creating turnovers (14 interceptions going in to the game). What has been the Redskins biggest problem? Buying Donovan McNabb time to allow the plays to develop.
Well despite a depleted line that consisted of injuries to starting right guard Artis Hicks (out all game) and starting center Casey Rabach (went out in the first quarter) the line played the best it has all season. Washington moved the ball (465 yards on offense), converted on third downs (8 of 16) despite going in to the game with a rating of 22% on third down conversions and they kept the Titans offense off the field (40:09 time of possession).
Two of the Skins lineman that I have been the harshest to this season have been starting center Casey Rabach and offensive tackle Stephon Heyer.
Rabach has been horrible this season often getting beat at the line allowing defenders to walk right past him but when Will Montgomery stepped in it was easy to notice the Skins were not having those same problems. Montgomery is much younger and was more physical than Rabach. Montgomery had an outstanding game which is something I cant even remember the last time I said about Rabach.
Stephon Heyer who has been playing left tackle has been a weak spot at tackle and was getting beat on a regular basis. When Montgomery slid over from guard to center it made it so the Skins had to put Heyer in at right guard and you know what? He looked good there. To me if you have been playing horrible you dont actually own a position they called Heyer a tackle but on the field he just looked like some guy thrown in there at tackle at guard though he actually looked like he fit.
An o-line is about chemistry and production and with Montgomery at center and Heyer at right guard the line looked to have been working well and the offense came up with results because of it. I say stick with the hot hand and bench Rabach for Montgomery and move Heyer to right guard at least long enough to see what you have with that line in place.