O-line manhandled by Ravens in scrimmage
Based on a scrimmage against the Ravens, the Redskins' O-line didn't appear to be any better than last year's unit.
Updated: August 11, 2005, 1:50 PM ETBy Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com
BALTIMORE -- Here are five observations on the Washington Redskins, based on their Aug. 6 scrimmage with the Baltimore Ravens:
1.Yo, attention Redskins offensive linemen. Here's an important public service announcement: That newfangled pass rush the Ravens' defense was using Saturday afternoon is known as a blitz. Comes from the German for blitzkrieg and, from the looks of it, the Redskins' blockers certainly regarded the all-out attack on the pocket as if it was something totally foreign to them. In one 12-play stretch, embattled quarterback Patrick Ramsey was "sacked" (hard not to use the quotation marks when it required just a love-tap on the quarterback to halt the play) four times, including two by cornerback Deion Sanders. We're talking Deion Sanders here, folks, whose 13-year career includes just one sack, and who is more accustomed to knocking down passes than the guys who throw them. The Redskins' line might try looking up the word "flummoxed" -- the unit won't need a German dictionary for that one, because it's the verb that most aptly describes what occurred in the scrimmage. Granted, starting left tackle Chris Samuels did not play in the "live" part of the two-hour combined workout, and that probably had some effect on the overall performance of the unit. But right tackle Jon Jansen, who missed the 2004 season with an Achilles injury, was back. And the blocking unit, which must have been working on some new protections as part of the much-needed offensive makeover, was supposed to be better in 2005.