Robert Griffin is obviously a talented rookie quarterback, but he might not reach his potential as a rookie because of how bad the Redskins’ offensive line is. Anyone who has watched their preseason games can see it. The Redskins were given more bad news when they found out that right tackle Jammal Brown would need surgery to repair a torn ligament in his hip. Brown has been dealing with hip problems dating back to 2009. They cost him all of the 2009 season and caused him to really struggle in both 2010 and 2011.
For some reason, the Redskins gave the injury prone tackle a lucrative 5 year, 27.5 million dollar deal to be their right tackle after he struggled in 2010 and it has not paid off. Last season, he allowed 9 sacks, 5 quarterback hits, and 29 quarterback pressures, while committing 4 penalties and struggling as a run blocker in essentially 11 ½ games. For his efforts, he was ProFootballFocus’ 59th ranked offensive tackle out of 73.
The timetable on Brown’s surgery is about 4-6 weeks, so he’ll start the season on the PUP, but, given his history, it’s fair to wonder if we’ll see him at all this season. Owed a non-guaranteed 3.5 million in 2013, his age 32 season, Brown might not be back after the season if he can’t get healthy. In his absence, Tyler Polumbus has been practicing as the first team right tackle. He will continue in that role once the games count, but he’s struggled. The veteran journeyman was also horrific in just 4 starts last year (1 at left guard, 3 at right tackle), allowing 1 sack, 4 quarterback hits, and 11 quarterback pressures, while failing miserably as a run blocker.
The Redskins have plenty of problems up front. Left guard Kory Lichtensteiger is still no sure thing for week 1 after tearing his ACL and MCL last season. In his absence, Maurice Hurt was horrific last season and has continued to be so this preseason. Right tackle Chris Chester wasn’t much better last year, especially as a run blocker where he graded out as ProFootballFocus’ worst at his position. Unfortunately for them, he’s not hurt. Meanwhile, center Will Montgomery is a mediocre player. The lone bright spot is talented young left tackle Trent Williams. They’ll have to address this area in the offseason. Robert Griffin is mobile, but, like any young quarterback, you still need to protect him.
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