The Redskins made two moves last week that were the first steps in the rebuilding of the offensive line, which was one of the worst units on the team this past season. One was hiring OL coach Chris Foerster, who, like Mike Shanahan, is a proponent of zone- and cut-blocking schemes. The other was more quiet but quite telling. The team signed OG-C Kory Lichtensteiger, a 2008 fourth-round pick of Shanahan's in Denver who did not play last season. Although Lichtensteiger might not be a long-term solution at any of the interior positions, he's a striking example of what the new Redskins will favor in their linemen. The zone schemes favor quickness inside over mass, meaning a 290-pound center or sub-300-pound guard has a chance to excel in this system. The Redskins almost certainly can find players to fit this mold throughout the draft, as several interior players figure to project well to this type of scheme.
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