O-Line Passes One Big Test
The organization breathed a collective sigh of relief when the first-team offense completed its two series Thursday night in a 23-0 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
The team's main goal, many in the organization told me, simply was to get quarterback Jason Campbell through his outing without being hit often.
With an offensive line that has struggled in pass protection throughout training camp, the Redskins had modest goals for the preseason opener. The reality is that Coach Jim Zorn didn't know what to expect from the line, especially considering that the first-team unit hadn't had many reps together because of injuries. Only three quarterbacks were sacked more last season than Campbell, so when Zorn told me he "was really happy with our pass pro," I knew he was serious.
Second-year guard Chad Rinehart was high on the list of young players who helped themselves in the scrimmage. He started in place of right guard Randy Thomas and fared well in pass protection at the position (not so well when he was shifted to tackle late in the game).
"I liked what I saw," Zorn said. "I saw a young guy who really has improved in our
program from last year, and he just looks confident and ready" to contribute.
Zorn is scheduled to rap with the media at 12:25 today at Redskins Park. I'm eager to hear him elaborate on last night's game. Later.