For a team that is second in the league with 166.3 rushing yards per game, it is surprising that you never hear Chris Foerster's name called. Most people don't even know who he is. So I'll fill you in on a little secret. He is the brain behind the Redskins offensive line that gives Robert Griffin III terrific pass protection and Rookie running back Alfred Morris gaping holes to run through.
Through eight games this season, the Redskins have totaled 1330 rushing yards, 717 of which belong to Morris. Last year we saw very similar success in Washington's run game. It didn't matter who they had running the ball for them. Whether it was Roy Helu, Evan Royster, Tim Hightower, or Ryan Torain, the Redskins did a great job running the ball. Not too shabby for a team that was always playing catchup.
The leading rusher last year, Roy Helu, had 640 rushing yards. Morris has already surpassed that mark and we are only halfway through the season.
Sure you can say Griffin's multi-threat ability takes the focus off the running backs and opens up holes for them, but credit should be given where it is deserved.
Coach Foerster has lined up the same five guys to the line every Sunday: Trent Williams at left tackle, Kory Lichtensteiger at left guard, Will Montgomery at center, Chris Chester at right guard, and Tyler Polumbus at right tackle.
Lichtensteiger's 2011 season was ended abruptly in the sixth week of the season with a torn right ACL. He missed the entire preseason this year, but has made an inspiring impact up front for the Skins.
Williams has done a terrific job redeeming himself for his off-field shenanigans that resulted in a suspension that ended his 2011 season.
Also, right tackle Tyler Polumbus has been more than a surprise guarding the edge for Griffin and Morris.
Obviously there is still plenty of work that needs to be done to get Washington in the playoff mix, but getting good protection from the offensive line is a great place for them to start.