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Rinehart Gets Chance to Step Up

With starting right guard Randy Thomas slowed because of a sore knee, expect to see a lot of second-year guard Chad Rinehart during Saturday's intra-squad scrimmage at Redskins Park.

The Skins won't take any unnecessary chances with Thomas, who is coming off offseason surgery again (he had vertebrae work done this time) and has been bothered by his knee problem in camp. I figured Rinehart and other backups on the depth chart would get a lot of snaps regardless of Thomas's status because that's how things work at this time of the year. But with the team continuing to exercise caution with Thomas, Rinehart should play an even bigger role for the offense.

As a rookie last season, Rinehart struggled in the preseason and lost his confidence. Coach Jim Zorn told me Rinehart is much improved and offensive line coach Joe Bugel feels similarly. I guess we'll see.

By Jason Reid  |  August 6, 2009; 5:52 AM ET
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It damn sure is First thing in the morning

Posted by: scampbell1975 | August 6, 2009 5:57 AM | Report abuse

As a rookie last season, Rinehart struggled in the preseason and lost his confidence. Coach Jim Zorn told me Rinehart is much improved and offensive line coach Joe Bugel feels similarly. I guess we'll see.

By Jason Reid | August 6, 2009; 5:52 AM ET

He'll be Mr. Confidence after he pancakes Haynesworth a few times in the intrasquad scrimmage. Whose job is it to convince Haynesworth to take a couple of flops to help Chad?

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 6, 2009 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Chad-

You're good enough, you're smart enough and, dog gone it, people like you!

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 6, 2009 6:50 AM | Report abuse

The Unexpected O-Line?:

Samuels--lt
Dockery--lg
Rabach--c
Rhinehart--rg
Bridges--rt
Davis--te


Using Davis as a blocking tight end allows Cooley to be moved around at h-back/slot/flexed end.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 6, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Chad-

You're good enough, you're smart enough and, dog gone it, people like you!

Posted by: Original_etrod


Classic

Posted by: jm220 | August 6, 2009 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Motivation expert needed:

Plan A: convince Haynesworth to take a couple of flops

Plan B: You're good enough, you're smart enough and people like you!

Plan C: Sue the bum and get his signing bonus back.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 6, 2009 7:21 AM | Report abuse

The way Bugel talked in his interview, you'd think every offensive lineman in camp was capable of starting. The truth lies somewhere deeper and darker than that. The word is Rhinehart has come a long way and Thomas is coming back slowly from injury. Maybe it is time for the changing of the guard (pun intended). I am still not sold on Bridges. Bridges has been a solid player but is he still a solid player? I don't know that I have seen enough in camp to tell me he is the answer. This is why I think the team should still be looking for offensive tackles. I'm not sure big Mike is going to make the final cut and Heyer is starting to get the "injury prone" label. He had not outright won the job before he hurt his knee. Then there's Bridges. Bridges is a better guard than tackle and if he ends up being at tackle we'll know the team has trouble at right tackle. Last but not least is Samuels. Samuels is irreplaceable - if he goes down with injury (God forbid) there's not a stud waiting in the wings to take the job. To think that Heyer is the backup left tackle when he is having trouble winning the starting job at right tackle is not an encouraging thought.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 6, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Was there a zj sighting up here recently?? Man I've missed that guy....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 6, 2009 8:09 AM | Report abuse

Chad-

You're good enough, you're smart enough and, dog gone it, people like you!

Posted by: Original_etrod

And I should know - After all I AM a US Senator!!

Posted by: thinker11 | August 6, 2009 8:13 AM | Report abuse

By the skin of your teeth, Stu.

lol

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 6, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

From the Times, qouting Buges:

On LT Chris Samuels: "He's had a great camp. He went to Phoenix at about 330 pounds and he's about 309 or 305. He's moving like a cat. He really has a set pattern and every day he gets better and better. My biggest concern is just not wearing him out, not overdoing it."


*On reserve RG Chad Rinehart: "Night and day. Last year he was just a young rookie [who was] star struck. Now he went back home and got on the weights and he gained some real solid weight. He's becoming a pretty good hitter in there. I was totally surprised how he came back and how he's competed out there."

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 6, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Was there a zj sighting up here recently?? Man I've missed that guy....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 6, 2009 8:09 AM

Judging from his post, he's missed you even more. Until yesterday. Yesterday he hit you.

Posted by: talent_evaluator | August 6, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

Chad-

You're good enough, you're smart enough and, dog gone it, people like you!

Posted by: Original_etrod | August 6, 2009 6:50 AM | Report abuse


Thanks, Mr. Senator.

Posted by: p1funk | August 6, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: TWISI | August 6, 2009 8:34 AM | Report abuse

So R Thomas suddenly discovers his "sore knee" during 2-a-days. Non-story. He'll be well rested for the opener, and Chad will get some reps. The real story will be how much better Colt Brennan looks this preseason. I can see the awkward sideline shot of Campbell now -- watching the future of the team without him.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 6, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

people fail to remember that Rinehart looked good last year at guard....he struggled when then tried him on the edge and he lost confidence.

Posted by: guinness4health | August 6, 2009 8:35 AM | Report abuse

I only remember Rhinehart looking "inactive".

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 6, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

To think that Heyer is the backup left tackle when he is having trouble winning the starting job at right tackle is not an encouraging thought.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | August 6, 2009 7:37 AM | Report abuse

Heyer is an adequate backup left or right tackle. It's not like any team can afford two starting caliber LTs. However, Heyer should be at the peak of his ability in his third year. He has the opportunity to show he's improved enough to be a starting RT for the Skins.

I hope he succeeds because the Skins roster only has M. Williams, D. Clark, and S. Burely as potential starting tackles. I have a feeling this will be sorted out by the Ravens game...

Posted by: siris | August 6, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Say, I haven't heard many comments about the offensive line. Anybody worried about that area?

Just kidding.

What about those linebackers? Do we have any this season, or have we just decided to go with Fletcher and seven D-linemen?

Posted by: Samson151 | August 6, 2009 9:07 AM | Report abuse

I agree with many of the comments that's "it's still early" and understand RT's play could be more of a 'cagey veteran' listening to his body and "restin up" during a long, grueling, boring summer camp.

With that being said, I sincerely hope that Coach Bugel isn't sippin' on the koolaid over there. Once a man's 'wheels' start wearing down, it just becomes smoke and mirrors.

Posted by: BigDeck | August 6, 2009 9:49 AM | Report abuse

"The real story will be how much better Colt Brennan looks this preseason. I can see the awkward sideline shot of Campbell now -- watching the future of the team without him. Posted by: Kenbeatrizz"

At which point you'll yell out: "Colt Brennan, You're Next!!!"

Posted by: Samson151 | August 6, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

If the Redskins think Stephon Heyer is a starting tackle, please see the game film of last years Raven game when he was shoved into the back field several times by Terrel Suggs. It was no contest! And Mike Williams? Please. This issue will rear its ugly head in preseason and continue throughtout the season again

Posted by: MDZ28driver | August 6, 2009 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Common Guys,

Why all you panicing so much. Let's wait till couple of pre-season games then we will worry about it. At this point everyone has a chance to get to that Lambardi Trophie...

Posted by: capitolteacher | August 6, 2009 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Common Guys,

Why all you panicing so much. Let's wait till couple of pre-season games then we will worry about it. At this point everyone has a chance to get to that Lambardi Trophie...


Posted by: capitolteacher | August 6, 2009 2:33 PM

What is it that you teach exactly...misspelling 101?

Posted by: tripz | August 6, 2009 6:10 PM | Report abuse

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