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Newbie Here: How's The Offensive Line?

I followed your Redskins during the Jason Campbell era (if you look at my handle it is easy to guess why) and though Campbell wasn't exactly a franchise player - though I maintain that he would have been a lot better had Joe Gibbs stuck around - I had the opinion that no QB but an Aaron Rodgers-type All Pro could succeed with that offensive line. Now that you guys have another QB that I have a rooting interest in with Robert Griffin III (what can I say, he went to Baylor and I am Baptist) I wonder to what degree the offensive line has improved.

I see that Trent Williams, former #4 overall pick, is your LT. Would you say that he has panned out?

Jammal Brown was a good player for the Saints at RT. Is he effective for you guys?

I noticed that the 'Skins brought in Demetrius Bell - who has great upside - for a free agency visit but could not agree with him on a contract. As he is an OT, is it because the Redskins are dissatisfied with Williams or Brown?

Will Montgomery, based on the 4 year $12 million contract he just signed, would appear to be an average player; not a liability but not a positive either. The same appears true of Chris Chester: I like that Baltimore drafted him in the 2nd round, but there is the fact that the Ravens didn't see fit to keep him or seem to miss him (though to be honest Baltimore has a great line and cap problems). Kory Lichtensteiger: a $1.26 million, 4th round tender guy. Appears to be about what most teams have holding down at least one guard spot.

On the surface, it looks like it is a collection of average-to-good players but no great ones, and nowhere near the sieve disaster area that got Patrick Ramsey, Mark Brunell and Campbell pummeled. But on the other hand, the Redskins QBs were sacked 41 times, and the Redskins were 25th in the NFL in rushing. Of course, the guys that the OL was blocking for weren't exactly great, BUT the Redskins seem to be in real need of a true center (which they do not seem to have) and a Pro Bowl guard. (Or a Pro Bowl center and a much better guard.)

Based on what I saw of him at Baylor, Robert Griffin III doesn't need a great offensive line to be effective, just a good one. However, the 'Skins appear to be two starters on that line short of "good." Am I way off base here?

(P.S. I watched a lot of Colts games due to the area of the country that I live in. Pierre Garcon is a great pickup, as he is perfect for Shanahan's system, and being a 25 year old from a small college, there is the potential for him to get A LOT better.)

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