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Rinehart Lands Starting Guard Job

In the end, they just couldn't contain "The Rhino."

Second-year guard Chad Rinehart today emerged as the winner in the battle to replace injured right guard Randy Thomas, edging out third-year guard-center Will Montgomery. Rinehart will make his first career appearance and start Sunday against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.

"Rhino," Coach Jim Zorn announced into a microphone after practice at Redskins Park. "I told both those guys this morning. Had 'em both in my office and they're good. ... He's going to be our starter and he's not going to look behind his back. He's going to go."

Rinehart, a third-round draft pick in 2008, started two games in the preseason and took all the first-team reps in the offseason while Thomas -- who was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list Tuesday because of a triceps injury suffered against the St. Louis Rams -- recovered from neck and knee surgeries.

"I just feel like I've been consistent all the way through and they know what to expect from me going into the game," Rinehart said. "I'm definitely real excited to do it. It's been a lifelong dream to play in the NFL. I'm only guaranteed one start. I'm going to have to give it my all in this start."


After Thomas was lost for the season, I was told Rinehart would start on the right side with tackle third-year tackle Stephon Heyer, but then Zorn decided to conduct an audition for the job. Montgomery filled in for Thomas against the Rams and was relatively effective under the circumstances, which helped his standing with the coaches.

Despite never having played in a regular-season game, Rinehart won over Zorn with his offseason and preseason experience with the starters and his performance in practice this week. Also, Montgomery is the primary backup for center Casey Rabach and the guard spots.

"He's a guy I've got to have at center and guard," Zorn said of Montgomery. "That was part of the conversation as we went along."

Heyer is 25 and has started only 15 games in his career. Rinehart is 24 and has been active in only three regular-season games. The Redskins will be very young and inexperienced on the right side of their line.

"I can't be concerned about it because these guys have really proved they're capable of playing," Zorn said. "I think we're going to get better and better as we go along. Now, this first game is going to be a real indoctrination to Chad. ... This something he's excited about and he'll get indoctrinated very quickly."

By Jason Reid  |  September 25, 2009; 2:48 PM ET
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Comments

Not exactly "breaking" news huh.

Kudos to Zorn for making it a competition.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | September 25, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey at least we got younger. Who knows with the experience he is getting may save us from having to revamp the entire oline. He was a third round pick so we have to see what he can do.

Posted by: smooth72510 | September 25, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

5 hours later. Don't understand what took so long to post this!

Posted by: jm220 | September 25, 2009 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Guess we will get an update on CP around 6. lol

Posted by: jm220 | September 25, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

"Cl - The '91 SB Skins had the 3 WR AND 3 RBS. It wasn't JUST the passing. The 3 RBs (Byner/Irvins/Riggs) got over 2,000 yards that year. And 21 TDs.

Eat it!

Posted by: 4thFloor

Eat what, my point wasn't that running the ball was bad, just that the cliche of smashmouth run first mentality did not even hold true in our last SB team....which was the greatest show on turf Rams offense 8 tears before the rams used it...

whateves you are just trying to pick fake fights anyway but you should know your stuff at least. The 1991 Skins absolutely were a pass driven team, with a dynamic back in Byner and a when need smash mouth in Riggs....

Posted by: chrislarry | September 25, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: chrislarry | September 25, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

few posts back he mused on the inherent silliness of sports call in radio. 4th conflated that into his grand illumiatiesq conspiracy theory that the media wants to drop an atom bomb on redskins park.

Posted by: chrislarry | September 25, 2009 2:41 PM

I wouldn't put it past the media. If it's a slow news day....Bombing Redskins Park with an A-Bomb would make plenty of news....In turn they can sale advertising space on the blog....Which would get like 2 million page views....

Ching Ching Ching!

But my original point was The (local) Media complained about the (local) Media.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 25, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Montgomery? We probably need a new center dude. And unlike Jansen you seemed willing to try anything to play. You seem like a pretty smart guy Va Tech and all. Centers are typically the smart ones. Seems like a calling to me?

Posted by: periculum | September 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

So excited for Rhino... this is your moment, big fella. Get after it!

Posted by: NateinthePDX | September 25, 2009 3:05 PM | Report abuse

"Cl - The '91 SB Skins had the 3 WR AND 3 RBS. It wasn't JUST the passing. The 3 RBs (Byner/Irvins/Riggs) got over 2,000 yards that year. And 21 TDs."

Uh guys? Jim Lachey at left tackle. Joe Jacoby at right tackle? Russ Grimm at guard? Other questions?

Posted by: periculum | September 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If Rhino pans out and W. Montgomery can push for the starting center job next year (just a thought) we have a real opportunity to get young all accross the line. Assuming we draft a one or two more starting caliber Tackles.

One can wish...

Posted by: Devo2 | September 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If Rhino pans out and W. Montgomery can push for the starting center job next year (just a thought) we have a real opportunity to get young all accross the line. Assuming we draft one or two more starting caliber Tackles.

One can wish...

Posted by: Devo2 | September 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If Rhino pans out and W. Montgomery can push for the starting center job next year (just a thought) we have a real opportunity to get young all accross the line. Assuming we draft one or two more starting caliber Tackles.

One can wish...

Posted by: Devo2 | September 25, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

If Rhino pans out and W. Montgomery can push for the starting center job next year (just a thought) we have a real opportunity to get young all accross the line. Assuming we draft a one or two more starting caliber Tackles.

Seems like it worked in Pittsburgh? And Buffalo has now followed suit with some success? Makes sense to me.

Posted by: periculum | September 25, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Yaaaay!!!

Posted by: skinfanman | September 25, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Guess we will get an update on CP around 6. lol
Posted by: jm220
Come on you know better, this is not the blog for updates, this is where we get to complain, come up with crazy ideas and lose work productivity

Posted by: connskins | September 25, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Devo2, make three wishes and it might come true!

Posted by: chrislarry | September 25, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

The pressure to beat the Lions is there for the Redskins. But you couldn't tell by the mood at practice this morning. Redskins coach Jim Zorn had the music blaring once again, and the players were moving with an excited energy.
Today, September 25, 2009, 2 hours ago

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 25, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Devo2, you just used up your 3 wishes. So much for world peace, like such as.

Posted by: Original_etrod | September 25, 2009 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Guess we will get an update on CP around 6. lol

Posted by: jm220 | September 25, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

This blog isn't old. These are rollover post. They're still good.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 25, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

nate, agreed, hopefully RT has a talk with Rhino, tells him to play with ferocity and violence...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 25, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

We may be hitting the free agent market for OL help.

http://www.kffl.com/static/nfl/features/freeagents/fa.php?option=OL&y=2010

Posted by: skinfanman | September 25, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Eat what, my point wasn't that running the ball was bad, just that the cliche of smashmouth run first mentality did not even hold true in our last SB team....which was the greatest show on turf Rams offense 8 tears before the rams used it...

whateves you are just trying to pick fake fights anyway but you should know your stuff at least. The 1991 Skins absolutely were a pass driven team, with a dynamic back in Byner and a when need smash mouth in Riggs....

Posted by: chrislarry | September 25, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Cl - My point to your point is the '91 team was neither a passing team nor a running team. They were a dominant team that can do whateves.

But whateves to ur whateves cuz you know it's hard to unvalidate my point.

That being said....it's still not to late to enjoy this very long ride to the promise land (though I do like Dealer's theory of Portis all of sudden having bad ankles)...

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 25, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

FF Hamsters week 2 update

Zornskins coming off a huge week in week 1 ran into psps's Alpa Chino team. Courtesy of marion barber, Zorny held a slim 5 point lead into Monday, the game rested on the hit and miss shoulders of Joseph Addai. Addai missed and Zornskins goes to 2-0, with a 2 point win, 74-72.

Meanwhile, My Cal Salmon team, the leagues second best team in week 1, got destroyed Dealer, 146-66. In small part, this was because of massive letdowns across the board for me, but mostly courtesy of Frank Gore's 48 points and Ronnie Brown's 26.

Sween and Stweengs took care of KoolAid, 87-68, behind Colston and Ryan. For KoolAid, the usually nasty Brady had only 6 points. Both guys had a goose egg in their lineups -- as Welker and Tomlinson both sat their respective games.

Butz for Utz took on Coproliths and got doubled up, 120-60. Its rare that a blowout depends on just one guy, but Chris Johnson had 59 points all by himself for Copro.

E Funk All Stars took on Suzanne's Trippin Billies and the Texan used her Texans. 34 from Matt Schaub against the Titans was big, but Funk, also had the Titan defense, a miserable -6.

cL's F Bombers used the hit parade of Rivers to Sproles to move to 2-0 with a win over 4th's Realskin, 106-77. While cL was solid throughout the lineup, 5 Realskins had 5 guys with 5 or fewer points.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 25, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

In the RI Peeps league, the action was scintillating.

The Buffaloes of Houston (are there really buffaloes in Houston, and if so, is the 'e' really necessary?) moved to 1-1 with a 63-52 win over Future Winners. This game turned on the 33 points Houston got from his 3 players in the Oak/KC game. Meanwhile, Future had quiet games from Brady and Fitzgerald, while only 1 player, Mike Bell of the Saints, got Future double digits.

Noone from Tampa won his 2nd straight with a monster win, 128-84, over the Jackalopes. Frank Gore's 42 points was huge, but Rivers pitched in with 24 and only one player had less than 8 points for Tampa.

In a battle of teams seeking their first win, 4-12 rode 29 points from Andre Johnson and solid contributions from across his team to top the East Coast Shaft, 96-72.

My Futaleufu Swimmers defeated Alex's Zombie Hord, 114-90. For the Swimmers, it was both feast and famine. Aaron Rodgers was mediocre, his prime target, Greg Jennings was shut out and the Ravens defense provided all of 1 point. But Chris Johnson feasted for a staggering 51 points. Alex had 4 players with 15 or more point, but his bottom 3 players totaled -1 point.

For the Steers and Fins, it was all about good eating. Colston led the Steers with 21 and Ryan had 18. The Fins, trailing by 29 going into Monday Night, had Peyton and Ronnie Brown trying to close the gap. They did more than close the gap, combining for nearly 50 points and 112-93 win for the Fins.

Another Monday game decider took place between Nate and South Hill Skulls. Skulls took a 7 point lead into the game, but Nate had the combo of Addai and Reggie Wayne. Apparently, its not over until the Germans bomb Pearl Harbor, or something like. Wayne and Addai managed just 6 pints between them and Nate lost, 74-73. But Nate shouldn't feel too bad -- if he'd scored 1more point, he'd have still lost the tie breaker

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 25, 2009 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Agree Nate... Get Some, Rhino!

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 25, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Now JReid is complaining that our right side of the line is 25 and 24. Who wouldve thunk it, complaining because the line is young.

Posted by: GreatOne1 | September 25, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I have a fortune cookie here and i have not opened it yet and I think it will tell us what will happen this season...

here we go...

"With a little more hard workyour creatlivty takes you to great heights"

Not bad...either we will have a great year, or I will be an astronaut after all.

Posted by: CheyenneWY | September 25, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I'll say this - I think at least having a competition instead of handing the job to Vinny's guy is a step in the right direction for this organization. It certainly can't hurt Rhino's confidence to know he earned the job and its much fairer to Montgomery, who performed well in an emergency situation last week.

This team better spend its first three picks on O-linemen next year. Samuels days on the left side are probably numbered. I think one more season after this one max and then they need to move him to the right to prolong his career.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | September 25, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

final score predictions?

38 - 15 Skins!

Posted by: CheyenneWY | September 25, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

***Repost***

Sally Jenkins = ol' Susan Boyle lookin' broad.

When she writes something without a negative bias slant (like her face), holla at me.

Speakin' of holla...

Ayo 4th, anytime you wanna cross them waters, homie, anytime. No need to fret over VA police, except Fairfax County, Arlington County, and Prince William County...

VA does have some bama police, I can't even lie.

BUT, they don't have s*** on PG police, and especially DC police.

If you, and especially you 4th, got hem'd up in VA it was because 1) You can't drive or 2) you were stopped for DWB.

No, not black (that's only in Fredrick and Montgomery County) but Driving While Bamafied

Say 4th, don't you hail from Montgomery County?

Posted by: RedDMV | September 25, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I'll say this - I think at least having a competition instead of handing the job to Vinny's guy is a step in the right direction for this organization. It certainly can't hurt Rhino's confidence to know he earned the job and its much fairer to Montgomery, who performed well in an emergency situation last week.

This team better spend its first three picks on O-linemen next year. Samuels days on the left side are probably numbered. I think one more season after this one max and then they need to move him to the right to prolong his career.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | September 25, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I'd take a RB in the second round. Take the best OT left in the first and a guard/center in the 4th.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 25, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thought... Pick up LaGarrett Blount from Oregon in the 4th round next year. He's a beast who got suspended because the NCAA overreacted. He is a 1st round talent. With him as the power back and Aldridge as the quick guy...who knows, we might be able to run right next year

Posted by: ronjon629 | September 25, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

I grew up in District heights (PG County)

Those cops were a bit squirrely

Posted by: CheyenneWY | September 25, 2009 3:28 PM | Report abuse

Now JReid is complaining that our right side of the line is 25 and 24. Who wouldve thunk it, complaining because the line is young.

Posted by: GreatOne1 | September 25, 2009 3:19 PM

I failed to read that! Hilarious.

But the Media and RI HAmsters still can't understand why the team always talks up the Media is hating on them. The can't win for nothing. THe Oline is too old/too young. We need more options @ RB/We have too many RBs. ARE shouldn't be our#2/ARE is the best WR...

I can pick apart the media talking out of both sides of there mouuth all day...

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 25, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thought... Pick up LaGarrett Blount from Oregon in the 4th round next year. He's a beast who got suspended because the NCAA overreacted. He is a 1st round talent. With him as the power back and Aldridge as the quick guy...who knows, we might be able to run right next year

Posted by: ronjon629

Or he'd beat down the opposition, literally. As long as he doesn't Michael Westbrook a teammate.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | September 25, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

beeps

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | September 25, 2009 3:31 PM | Report abuse

Pick up LaGarrett Blount from Oregon in the 4th round next year. He's a beast who got suspended because the NCAA overreacted. He is a 1st round talent. With him as the power back and Aldridge as the quick guy...who knows, we might be able to run right next year

Posted by: ronjon629


So he can wild out and steal on one of the Eagles, Cowboys, or Giants?

Posted by: RedDMV | September 25, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Say 4th, don't you hail from Montgomery County?

Posted by: RedDMV | September 25, 2009 3:23 PM

MY High School Years...Yup...

Before & After that, DC (Uptown). I've lived in PG County since 2005/6

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 25, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Solution to lack of TD production:

Force all players to dump their stock in Papa John's Pizza.

More TDs = More Free Toppings = Less Profit for shareholders.

(Clearly Hunter Smith is the only current player who currently owns no PJ stock.)

Posted by: JohnnyRyde | September 25, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

4th, that ain't the mouth the media has been talking out of.

So you just a DM'er. You need to get some 'V' in your life, ya dig?

Virginia is on the come up. I wish that they would make the DMV one city.

I think no one could f with us, 'cept NYC and LA.

Posted by: RedDMV | September 25, 2009 3:39 PM | Report abuse

If Rhino pans out and W. Montgomery can push for the starting center job next year (just a thought) we have a real opportunity to get young all accross the line. Assuming we draft a one or two more starting caliber Tackles.

Seems like it worked in Pittsburgh? And Buffalo has now followed suit with some success? Makes sense to me.


Posted by: periculum | September 25, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Because it makes perfect sense means it probably won't happen with this organization. It makes too much sense and it does not cost $100m. Not Sexy enough for this team

Posted by: Ejayraptor | September 25, 2009 3:45 PM | Report abuse

inexperienced? has to start getting it somewhere, why not here then, he can goto buffalo, make a crap load, come back in a few years and false start his way into our hearts with goodwill stories and average play that is rewarded with above average $$$, oh wait This is about Rhino... i heard this song before...

Posted by: Burrasta1 | September 25, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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