RICHMOND—Trent Williams is one of four Redskins offensive linemen who started every game of the past two years. A fifth, Tyler Polumbus, has started 31 of the 32 games.
The band has been broken up. Center Will Montgomery has been released, Kory Lichtensteiger has been moved from left guard to center and free agent Shawn Lauvao will play left guard. Only the right side, with Chris Chester at guard and Polumbus at tackle, remains intact.
Williams, who has been to the last two Pro Bowls and is one of the team captains, thinks that the Redskins will be just fine after the shuffle.
“I think it’s a great group,” he said. “We only added one new guy, but Shawn is a vet, so he doesn’t have that learning curve a lot of the new guys have. The more we play together, the better off we will be. Obviously, we’ve got to get that cohesiveness down. Obviously, I think, playing together on the O-line, you need a little time to build that chemistry and I think we’re coming along fine.”
After the two years of continuity, this year’s shakeup could be just the beginning. Polumbus is a free agent after this season and Chester could well fall victim to age (he’ll be 32 before the 2015 season) and money ($4.8 million cap number in ’15).
In preparation the team drafted tackle Morgan Moses and guard Spencer Long in the third round. It looks like Long still has a lot of work to do and Moses has even further to go.
Since the replacements aren’t ready, the line remains 60 percent intact from last year. But it is likely to be a very different story when the 2015 season rolls around.