You want proof of how well the Redskins offense — particularly its running game — has been this season?
ESPN.com NFC East blogger Dan Graziano today released his weekly All-NFC East Team, and the Redskins now occupy the spots at quarterback, running back, left tackle, center and right guard.
And those are those five of the eight Redskins on the list this week.
First, here’s all of the Redskins on this week’s ESPN.com All-NFC East Team, which is not a week-by-week evaluation, but a reflection of an entire season’s body of work:
Quarterback: Robert Griffin III
Running back: Alfred Morris
Left tackle: Trent Williams
Center: Will Montgomery
Right guard: Chris Chester
Cornerback: Josh Wilson
Punter: Sav Rocca
Punt returner: Brandon Banks
Notable additions: Chester — who appears on the list for the first time this season — and Wilson and Banks, who have been on and off the list several times already this year.
Big props to Chester, who is obviously having a great season so far this year. His improvement is certainly noteworthy.
Notable exclusions: Outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and fullback Darrel Young.
This is the first week all season that Kerrigan has not been one of the two listed outside linebackers on the All-NFC East Team. Graziano explained why he went with the Dallas Cowboys’ Anthony Spencer (also a Purdue product) instead:
“Kerrigan was one of the best defensive players in the league in September. He was not the same player in November, and Spencer has played at an extremely high level. He still doesn’t get as much pressure on the quarterback as you’d like your 3-4 outside linebackers to get, but he’s a wonder in the run game. And with [Sean] Lee out, especially, that’s invaluable.”
I know that Kerrigan has been working hard to study what he was doing in the first month of the season that made him so dominant. You can see it paid off last Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Kerrigan had a sack to go with four tackles and a nice pass breakup against Ben Roethlisberger. I’d say Kerrigan’s absence from the All-NFC East Team won’t be permanent.
As for Young, I’ve been making a case for his selection for the past three weeks, when Graziano instead went with New York Giants fullback Henry Hynoski. Graziano also explained why he’s been going with Hynoski lately:
“Washington’s Darrel Young was a fixture at the fullback spot last year and early this year, but what Hynoski is doing as a blocker in New York is on another level. He and [Martellus] Bennett have been huge in the run game … .”
I still don’t buy it. Sure, Hynoski is a good blocker, but he’s otherwise a non-factor in the Giants’ offense. Young, meanwhile, is a good blocker and his versatility makes him a triple-threat in the Redskins’ East Coast offense — rushing, blocking and pass catching.
What do you think?
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