A lot of the work from the draft went into snagging arguably the best quarterback in the pool — Robert Griffin, III. So we expected that with this selection, surely Brucey would wheel and deal for more protection. We knew it really couldn’t happen too much in the draft. But nothing really happened in free agency either.
Yes, last year the focus was fixing the defense. And they’re not all there either. There’s a gaping hole in the secondary. With no smothering corner like the guy Shanford and Son allowed to slip away to go out west, most of the responsibility to take a receiver out of the game shifted on to DeAngelo Hall. That experiment didn’t exactly work out. He’s not a bad player, but he’s not the type of player to smother someone and make their stats irrelevant. Neither is Josh Wilson or Kevin Barnes. They all thrive off of that “guy” who can make a wideout disappear.
If that’s not a big enough problem, there’s always the offensive line (heck, it’s been an issue for the last two decades). Trent Williams is back, vowing to “do better.” Hope he holds that promise, we sure do need him. Kory Lichtensteiger is back and healthy, which is great news. No one really realized how important he was until he went down (which seems to be a trend with all of Washington sports… don’t know what you got till it’s gone, right?). Will Montgomery signed a new contract to get him back on the squad. So you can pretty much say with confidence that the guy making snaps and the blind side is covered. But what about the “open” side (is that what it’s called)?
All of our quarterbacks are right handed guys which means if (or when) the guys on the right side get blown by or trucked, all three of them will be in a position to look directly at these monster defensive ends barreling down on them at full speed. Chester will be back… and familiarity is good, but is Big Mo Hurt a better guard? And let’s not get started on Jammal Brown. Yes, once upon a time he was a pro-bowler, but the past few years have been flooded with one injury after another.
Sidebar: Why does it seem like guys are healthy and prosperous until they get here, then they stay hurt??? (I guess that’s another blog for me to write)
Point is, there’s a ton of uncertainty on that right side. Maybe that’s why Pop Shanford deemed RGIII the starter. We all know that Rex isn’t a big time scrambler. And when he does, he pretty much never makes a good decision with the ball. Let’s hope with these guys drafted that some real depth is brought to this group of men paid to protect the guy we bet the farm for. Lord knows, if something happens to No. 10, that front five will NEVER hear the end of it.
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