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Analyzing the O-Line

It's days like these when I sometimes wonder why every local paper has to have its own Redskins coverage team; why we couldn't just pool resources, and use the extra man power to play golf.

Richmond Times-Dispatch: "Bugel found offensive line to be offensive"

Washington Times: "Line's showing upsets Bugel"

Examiner: "Line's troubles a cause for concern"

AP: "Redskins concerned over offensive line"

Washington Post: "Redskins put it on the line"

Virginian-Pilot: "Line's ragged play, additional injuries raise concerns for Skins"

I read all those; you shouldn't bother. They're all basically the same, except Jason LaCanfora's is better than the rest. The point is, for an especially unique look at the offensive line issue, go to Post Game Heroes's post game breakdown, which was modeled after the work done by Bog friend Brian Cook at mgoblog. The line's man-by-man performance is analyzed for every first-half play; every formation and play call is included. It's a task that must have required more patience than putting a screaming five-month old to bed.

Now I don't know the author's football background, and his name is Dillweed, but for the record he's come to an opposite conclusion of everyone else, including the coaching staff: that Wade actually played ok, and that Jansen was actually the worst performer of the bunch. Anyhow, Dillweed has promised to do this all season.

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 14, 2007; 3:42 PM ET
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So what qualifations do Dillweed possess that should make me trust his assessment? Anyone can chart plays and give an opinion. But do they have the quantity and quality of understanding to give an accurate assessment? The internet is great technology but, man, it sure does give power to any old Joe Schmoe.

Posted by: FW | August 14, 2007 4:18 PM | Report abuse

And what qualifies you, FW, to be a douche? Dillweed is a fan and he wants to share his opinion. No one's forcing you to take everything that he says as the law of the land.

Posted by: Jacobin | August 14, 2007 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the line is just really, really that bad.

Similar to win someone wins the Super Bowl, that tends to be a story most papers would like to cover.

Posted by: | August 15, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

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