Redskins offensive line coach Joe Bugel talked a few minutes ago following the team’s morning walk-through/special teams practice. The full squad hits the field at 1:30.
Bugel gave the starting o-line a passing grade through two games. Jason Campbell hasn’t been sacked in 14 drop-backs.
“They’ve been really good,” Bugel said of LT Chris Samuels, LG Derrick Dockery, C Casey Rabach, RG Randy Thomas and RT Stephon Heyer. “They’re molding together. They’ve got great chemistry. If we can keep that bunch healthy, I think we’ll have a very very good offensive line.”
The line has been intact after some injuries. Early in camp, all but Dockery missed at least one practice. But Thomas has held up well after sitting out the Baltimore game.
“That first group is communicating and have a great respect for each other,” Bugel said. “I’m proud of them because we’ve played two excellent defenses. We had major guys coming off injury. We had to really watch Randy and now, he’s back where he was 4-5 years ago. He has that kind of wallop.”
Bugel said he wasn’t surprised the Redskins’ defense was ahead of the offense in camp — the offense simply had more guys coming off surgeries.
“It was some time but it helped the young guys develop,” he said. “I know the young guys were star struck but that’s going to happen. It takes a little bit of time. There was never a panic. Once we got them together, it was a matter of keeping them together.”
Bugel joked that some of the young linemen’s eyes were so wide against Baltimore, it seemed like they wanted Ray Lewis’ autograph.
As for keeping the starters healthy, Samuels and Thomas took it easy on the second session of a two-a-day and Bugel said they’ll be monitored.
“We’re not stupid — you have to get ready for Sundays and all the violent contact is just about over,” he said. “Whenever they want to rest, they say, ‘Hey Buges.’ We have a great realtionship as far as that goes.”
— Ryan O’Halloran