Chris Foerster should be proud of the way his line has exceeded expectations.
No one expected the offensive line to do much this year, which helped Foerster out a lot. Jammal Brown failed to recover from his hip injury that has plagued him since he arrived, so Tyler Polumbus was starting in his place.
Rookies Adam Gettis and Josh LeRibeus were considered projects when they were drafted, so they haven’t seen a lot of the field this year. LeRibeus has been inactive every week, which seems like a wasted third-round pick. Maybe he’s getting better every week and will make some plays next year, but for now he represents a missed opportunity.
How much of this drafting was recommended by Foerster is uncertain, but it’s probably safe to assume that he was at least consulted about it, so he can share some of the blame.
In fairness to him, he mentioned in a Q&A with The Washington Times that both Gettis and LeRibeus have “got a long ways to go,” but that also makes the reach for LeRibeus in the third round all the more mystifying.
Leaving aside the questionable drafting, the offensive line has exceeded all expectations this season. Some of that is a result of Griffin’s ability to extend the play with his feet, but they’ve been solid all year, particularly in run support.
Polumbus has been very patchy at right tackle, but Trent Williams on the other side has made up for it. It was always going to be so important for Griffin to get good protection on his blind side this year and Williams has done exactly that.
Watching Williams push Jason Pierre-Paul into the backfield and then pancake him is one of my favorite moments of the year.
In a season full of surprises, the offensive line has been a very pleasant one. If Foerster takes some of the blame for the drafting of LeRibeus, he should get all the credit for the performance of the rest of the unit. He can rest easy at night after the season is over, knowing that he got the best out of what he had to work with.