Dr. Jeckyll and Mr Hyde: How the 'Skins Hope to Balance an Uneven O-Line in '09

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Dr. Jeckyll and Mr Hyde: How the 'Skins Hope to Balance an Uneven O-Line in '09
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During the first half of the Redskins' 2008 campaign, the offensive line was one of the team’s greatest strengths as the team jumped out to a 6-2 record. However, during the second half of the season, the line’s age and lack of depth was exposed as the team stumbled to a 2-6 finish.

Running Back Clinton Portis averaged 118 ypg during the first half of the season and was in strong consideration for many post-season accolades. While Portis did finish the year with a Pro Bowl selection, his production took a drastic dip in the second half of the season.

The Redskins finished the season 2-6 and missed the playoffs. Portis averaged 68 ypg over that span. Anyone who was watching the games could see what the problem was. The Redskins' O-Line was aging right before your eyes.

The holes that were gaping earlier in the year simply were not there for Portis to run through late in the season. This lack of production on the ground affected every other part of the 'Skins play last season.

Quarterback Jason Campbell’s completion percentage fell from 65.9 in the first half of the season to 59.2 in the second half. The number of times he was sacked rose from 16 in the first half of the season to 22 in the second half. In fact, his numbers across the board were worse in the second half of the season.

With such an uneven 2008 campaign, the O-Line has many questions to answer heading into 2009. This offseason has seen the Redskins ignore the line during the draft while opting to rather address the need through free agency.

Here are some of the biggest concerns ‘Skins fans should have about the line in the upcoming season.

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