The simplest explanation for the success of the Washington Redskins’ offensive line is that the group looks much better than it actually is because of star rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
“Man, Robert is so dynamic, so incredible, yeah, our whole team is better because of him,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “But if you haven’t noticed, Robert doesn’t block for himself.” True. Griffin isn’t a solo artist. Even he needs help. And Griffin is getting some from an effective unit on one of the NFL’s hottest teams.
It’s time to give Washington’s low-profile blockers — Williams, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger, center Will Montgomery, right guard Chris Chester and right tackle Tyler Polumbus — their due.
The offensive line has helped keep Griffin upright while also consistently providing lanes for hard-charging rookie running back Alfred Morris. Washington has the top rushing offense in the league, and strong line play has been a big part of the Redskins’ current three-game winning streak, during which they have evened their record and emerged as playoff contenders.