2011 Washington Redskins: What Can Be Done to Improve the Offensive Line?

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2011 Washington Redskins: What Can Be Done to Improve the Offensive Line?
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Redskins fans everywhere rejoiced when the Redskins selected Trent Williams fourth-overall in the 2010, after not selecting an offensive linemen in the first round since Chris Samuels was drafted in 2000.

The Redskins offensive line has been one of the most regularly maligned parts of the team for a long time. Most people will tell you that it doesn't matter who the quarterback is, no one could succeed behind the Redskins offensive line—a hodgepodge of free agents that couldn't cut it with other teams and late-round busts who somehow made it it to the starting roster.

For a team that was once home to the legendary Hogs, bad offensive line play seems almost like blasphemy. But much has changed since then, and the Redskins have struggled for years. A lot of that struggle could be directly attributed to the offensive line.

A switch from Joe Gibbs more power-based scheme to the West Coast Offense Jim Zorn tried to install didn't help matters. Mike Shanahan's biggest task upon becoming the Redskins head coach, in many people's eyes, was rebuilding the offensive line.

The sad part? 2010 might've been an above-average year for the o-line, as compared to the past two seasons.

No one is going to claim that it was good, but at times it was at least decent, and seemed to finally start to come together more towards the end of the season as guys got healthier and more comfortable. Still, the Redskins offensive line must get better if they want to have any amount of success going forward, especially if they draft a new young quarterback and develop him. Quarterbacks who are drafted and put behind bad offensive lines are usually quarterbacks who are ruined in their first year.

Just ask Rex Grossman.

With that in mind, let's take a look at who the Redskins have on their offensive line, and how they can improve.

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