Going into the season the O-line was a huge concern. For the first month or so, the unit was kind of surprising all of us by playing way above expectations.
However, I have noticed over the past few weeks, the pass blocking has seemed to get worse each week. Against Carolina RGIII seemed to be on the run after dropping back a lot. It led to the break down of a lot of plays way too early out of desperation by RGIII to get out of dodge.
I am wondering if the pistol formation and bait & switch offense that was confusing defenses earlier in the season was a big part of why the pass blocking was so successful. It had defenders on their toes, not sure what was coming on each play. It was slowing down their reaction time, instead of attacking at the snap of the ball, they had to almost wait to see where the ball was going.
This aspect has seemed to been slowly going away. Defense are no longer waiting, they are attacking again.
Without the "What the heck is coming our way now" affect, our O-line is being forced to actually man-up and block defenders, confident defenders, defenders that are not sitting back and waiting. It is now becoming YOU VS ME based on strength, speed, & technique. Besides Trent Williams, I am not sure if any of our current O-line starters can get the job done without that element to the offense that was there early in the season.