Redskins Quarter Season Review – Five hard truths

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3. Scherff, Lauvao and Moses have been pleasant surprises

Sep 13, 2015; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins (8) looks over the line of scrimmage against the Miami Dolphins during the first half at FedEx Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

On the offensive line, the real surprise is how good Lauvao, Scherff and Moses have been. They’re been far from perfect mind you, but they represent a clear improvement from the offensive lines in the Redskins‘ recent past.

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How much of this is Bill Callahan is a good question. Considering his track record, it’s not much of a stretch to say that he’s done well in fixing the problems that both came into the league with-Moses especially.

The biggest story is Shawn Lauvao: Callahan’s preferred power running scheme was a career reviving match for the free agent bust from a year ago. Lauvao’s strengths were maximized and his faults were hidden pretty well.

When Spencer Long came into replace him, the Redskins reverted back to their zone blocking scheme and saw their success in the running game melt away even against the Eagles‘ poor defensive front.

Morgan Moses has one problem to keep working on: he gets flagged too much. This might be a feature of him being told to block at all costs, leading him to clutch and grab but he’s also been flagged for at least one personal foul. He needs to calm down his aggression.

Brandon Scherff has looked completely natural at right guard so far this season, rarely drawing flags and rarely getting beat by his assignment. The only place he’s struggled has been when facing a DT who he can’t just power out of the way.  

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