Monday, November 15, 2010

McNabb Extended.....Can We Start Building That O-line Now?

With the reports that Donovan McNabb has been given a 5 year, 78 million dollar extension with 40 million guaranteed. So now that McNabb isn't going to be one and done in DC it's time to focus on the O-line. The Detroit game was a perfect example of what's going on. The interior line was shredded by rookie DT Ndamukong Suh and veteran  DE Kyle Vanden Bosch.

It has been hard to watch this sometimes as McNabb, much like Jason Campbell is getting hit almost as soon as the ball is snapped. This is never good for young QBs trying to develop or aging QBs that have a history of missing a few games a year due towards injury. Skins need at least 3-4 new starters on the line and they need they sooner than later.  Artis Hicks has struggled in his pass protection. Jammal Brown can't stay healthy/never has been healthy and may not be a long term solution for any team. Casey Rabach just struggles. Watch the failed stretch plays and notice that the initial breakdown takes place many times in the gap between the LG and the C. Kory Lichtesteiger has also struggled but I hear he may be better as a center than a guard. Derrick Dockery will be gone by the end of the season, he doesn't fit the scheme. As for depth, it's limited. Will Montgomery and Stephon Heyer are okay in a pinch and surprisingly Heyer has looked better this year than he did in 2009 (not saying much he had a very bad 2009). Selvish Capers and Erik Cook have yet to show that they will be anything more than depth.

This is simple. Remember how the Redskins won their 3 SB trophies and went to 4 SB's in the 80's and 90's? They did it with The Hogs. The QBs, RBs they were interchangeable. It was the O-line and the men that made that unit up that dominated football. You've got your franchise QB now Skins, just don't forget the O-line so McNabb can make the plays that he's getting paid to make.

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