These are some stats I was looking at from FootballOutsiders in anticipation of starting another thread.on the perception of the OL vs. the reality.
•Power Success: Percentage of runs on third or fourth down, two yards or less to go, that achieved a first down or touchdown. Also includes runs on first-and-goal or second-and-goal from the two-yard line or closer. This is the only statistic on this page that includes quarterbacks.
Redskins Rank: 27 Raw number:50%
•Stuffed: Percentage of runs where the running back is tackled at or behind the line of scrimmage. Since being stuffed is bad, teams are ranked from stuffed least often (#1) to most often (#32).
Redskins rank: 16 Raw number 18%
With only a "good" OL, two yards on 3rd down or 4th down is almost a given (26 out 32 teams are better than 50% succes rates). The Skins rank 27th of 32 teams in those same situations at exactly 50%. On the "stuffed" stat, the Skins hit the NFL Average right on the nose with roughly 1 out of 5 being the stat for the Skins. With the Skins, again, the lack of an offensive line that, according to the stats is at best average or at worst, abysmal, third down and short for the Skins is not going to be a running play because you can't depend on the OL to open the hole. Make an offense one-sided in any given situation and the defense is going to have the advantage.