Skin Patrol's post about Montgomery and Golston inspired me to take an honest and unbiased (yeah, right) look at our starting defensive line.
With Jason Taylor, I argue the Redskins are the wealthiest team at DE in the league. Before you laugh, consider this. we have the NFL's sack leader and most dominant active DL of the last decade on one end, and Andre Carter on the other end. Our starters may be the best tandem of DE starters in the NFL now. Impressive.
In addition, the services of Chris Wilson remain underrated. I've also heard good things about our 7th-rounder, Rob Jackson. Erasmus James could be a tremendous spark off the bench. If he's healthy, he's solid. Demetric Evans often fills in admirably as well. We have four sturdy backups at DE. Wilson and Evans currently project as the next two in line, but James could really end up working out for the Redskins. He's shown his skill before, but he's been injured for so long that people forget how solid he was when he played.
At DT, we also look great. Cornelius Griffin will finally be free from double-teams (what, are people really going to single-cover Carter and Taylor? nope!) and have an easier time clogging the middle. Redskins fans know how important and talented he is when he's in there. It's like a totally different DL when he plays. In addition, the services of Golston and Montgomery are invaluable. Both have their assets -- Golston seems a little more agile and a better tackler, but Montgomery seems to take up more space and be more of a presence when he's inside -- which can allow for the ends or LB's to get to the QB. And don't forget, Evans has logged time at DT as well. (Is Boschetti still the 4th DT?)
Just imagine this set on a 3rd down. DE -- Taylor and Wilson, DT -- Griffin and Montgomery, and 2 OLB's who sneak up and play on the line -- Washington and Carter (remember, he played OLB for 2 years). With Fletcher in the middle and our secondary playing close to the line to delay the WR's from running their routes, can anyone actually complete a pass on third down?
With Golston and Montgomery, they each have different skill sets. The benefit of having two guys like that is that they are always fresh. They can spell each other and Griffin. Meanwhile, Taylor and Carter now dominate third down and give the Redskins defense a new dimension. Having an elite defensive line and pass-rush is crucial in today's game. It's the way you win Super Bowls -- just ask the Giants, Colts, Patriots, etc. And now, guess what? The Redskins have one.