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Rinehart-Montgomery Race Too Close to Call

Things might not be looking good for "The Rhino" after all.

Coach Jim Zorn said he would wait until after practice Friday to name a starter at right guard, indicating the battle to replace the injured Randy Thomas still is too close to call between my guy, second-year guard Chad Rinehart, and third-year guard-center Will Montgomery. Zorn said both players are battling, working hard, yada, yada, yada.

"There's not a whole lot of difference," offensive line coach Joe Bugel said. "They're both tough guys, both very smart football players. You could flip a coin and I don't think you'd go wrong with either one."

The bottom line is Rinehart was a third-round draft choice in 2008, started two games in the preseason and took all the first team reps in the offseason while Thomas recovered from multiple surgeries. Vinny Cerrato, Washington's executive vice president of football operations, is high on Rinehart.

The plan, from what I've been told, was for Rinehart to replace Thomas in the starting lineup in 2010. But if he can't beat out Montgomery, a seventh-round draft pick in 2006 out of Virginia Tech, I wonder if that indicates anything about how the coaching staff views his long-term potential.

Montgomery helped himself, Zorn said, with a steady performance in relief of Thomas, who tore his triceps in the second quarter of the 9-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams at FedEx Field.

Zorn said he would consult with Bugel and offensive coordinator Sherman Smith before making a decision. Of course, this week's starter could be replaced next week or next month. Regardless of who wins the job, Bugel said, both will play. Zorn seemed to indicate otherwise.

By Jason Reid  |  September 24, 2009; 2:44 PM ET
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Comments

Correction: Buges meant to say,

"I don't think you could go RIGHT with either one".

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 24, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Or left for that matter. Ba-dum-ching.

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 24, 2009 2:49 PM | Report abuse

Correction: Buges meant to say,

"I don't think you could go RIGHT with either one".

Posted by: Rypien11 | September 24, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Well, we couldn't run right with Thomas so not much has changed.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | September 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I posted this elsewhere, but wanted to spread the word that the WaPo's former Skins blogger, Jason La Canfora, is picking the Lions on NFL.com. More reason to hate that guy...

Posted by: NickFairfax | September 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I see that "Vinny Cerrato is high on Rinehart"...

So what else is he high on, to have almost completely ignored the O-line this last offseason, even in the later rounds of the draft?

Posted by: chasgiffen | September 24, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I posted this elsewhere, but wanted to spread the word that the WaPo's former Skins blogger, Jason La Canfora, is picking the Lions on NFL.com. More reason to hate that guy...

Posted by: NickFairfax | September 24, 2009 2:51 PM | Report abuse

A lot of the brain dead national media is trying to sound like they are smart by picking the Lions. Peter King is picking them as well which shows how alot of these Football Writers and Analysts are sheep who don't know anymore than us. Even with the Skins problems this season, Detroit won't find a way to start winning games until late in the season when injuries have taken a real effect on all the NFL teams. The big issue with this game compared to our first two games is that we are facing a rookie in his 3rd start compared to seasoned QB's like Manning and Bulger.

Posted by: moseley_brian | September 24, 2009 2:59 PM | Report abuse

I posted this elsewhere, but wanted to spread the word that the WaPo's former Skins blogger, Jason La Canfora, is picking the Lions on NFL.com. More reason to hate that guy...

Posted by: NickFairfax

You can't hate the man for having an opinion. Although if he is saying it out of spite (which is a possibility) then am drinking the haterade.

Posted by: NFeKPo | September 24, 2009 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Lots of people are picking the Lions, we simply NEVER score and detroit has looked competitive on offense this season.

Dont forget we had to pull out a Santana Moss punt return to beat them last year.

Laughable (beats cryin) that Rinehart cant beat out Montgomery. 2008 draft class will go down as the worst in Skins history and the reason Vinny finally loses his job.

Posted by: divi3 | September 24, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Montgomery helped himself, Zorn said, with a steady performance in relief of Thomas, who tore his triceps in the second quarter of the 9-7 victory over the St. Louis Rams at FedEx Field.

Yeah especially when he got steamrolled on the would be Moss TD bomb.

STILL THINK its Rhino and this is all an elaborate keep everybody competing and preparing all week while not letting young Rhino get all bunged up over his impending debut.

Posted by: SkinsfaninKaneohe | September 24, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

was playing madden last night and I was checking the ratings on monty and rhino. Rhino is a little bigger, stronger, faster, quicker of a slightly better athelete.

Monty had a better overall rating and better awareness. He's 2 years older and has 2 years more experience. I played Monty.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | September 24, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Bugel has coached some of the best offensive lineman in the game, I think it says a lot about the talent that they taking a hard look at who to play in the upcoming game. But as JReid pointed out it very clear is that both will play this season. And I don't agree that Rino is a bust, or somehow we are in trouble with Montgomery. Both played well in the preseason and Montgomery looked good last week (Rabach didn't even notice he was in there until the third or fourth play).

It's game 3 against the Lions...no reason to declare the season a bust, or the O-line a failure. We heard all these reports from camp how bad they were, and then preseason they turned out to be pretty damn good.

Posted by: VAfootball | September 24, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

good call Skinsfaninkaneohe. I'm in agreement with you.

Posted by: ZardsFan1 | September 24, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

The best we can hope out of Rinehart or Montgomery is "serviceable."

the bright side being, both are probably better than how Randy Thomas was going to perform this year given the littany of injuries he was trying to overcome.

Posted by: divi3 | September 24, 2009 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Scouts Inc is also picking the Lions to win it. JLA is not alone on that front unfortunately.

Posted by: m1ke3i6 | September 24, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Well JASON REID, I'm in the MONTGOMERY camp. Dude's playing out of position at RG and still neck-and-neck with CHIN-WHISKERS RINEHART for the starting job? Says more about WIL's versatility and ability and less about CHAD's if you ask me.

Posted by: glawrence007 | September 24, 2009 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Let Montgomery rotate with Rabach at center. Big Mike Williams should rotate with Rinehart at right guard.

Posted by: coparker5 | September 24, 2009 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Where is Pete Kendall?

Posted by: m1ke3i6 | September 24, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Put Rinehart's big ugly ass out there. Tell him to mean mug the other team.

Posted by: VegasJim | September 24, 2009 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Zorny loses this game its coitans.

Posted by: periculum | September 24, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Coitans?

Fugedaboudit.

Da Skins ain't losin' to no OH -n- 19 bunch a silva panted panzies, gotit?

Da D alone is gonna outscowe dat monstrasidy dey call an Offense, see?

I tink.

Posted by: Thinker_ | September 25, 2009 4:01 AM | Report abuse

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