Offensive line’s progress stems from foundation Redskins laid last year

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The line hasn’t always dominated, though. Strong rushing performances against Arizona and St. Louis are balanced by games against New York and Dallas in which the Redskins‘ running backs averaged less than 3.0 yards per carry.

New York and Dallas have strong, athletic defensive linemen and linebackers. And because they are divisional opponents, they could be viewed as the standard the Redskins‘ line must overcome.

“It’s not good enough to go every other game against real heavy rush defenses to have a bad game and rely all on the pass, so we’re going to have to keep working on that,” Lichtensteiger said. “The Giants were committed to stopping the run, but I think at this point everybody is going to be committed to stopping the run. It’s up to the coaches to keep them off balance and for us to execute.”

For now, progress continues to be incremental. For example, Foerster has Lichtensteiger working on footwork details.

“You see if your second step gets down quicker, how much better you’re going to help the center,” Foerster said. “It’s a matter of inches.”

Inches that could mean major gains for the team as a whole.

“For four games in we’re starting to get there, but we’ve got a long way to go,” Foerster said. “Each guy has things he needs to work on, things as a group we need to get better at. It’s just a process.”

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