They’re two reasons why the Redskins can feel good entering the offseason, even as they need to make a decision on quarterback Kirk Cousins. And even as they must not only find a defensive coordinator but revamp that unit overall.
Even so, the Redskins’ offensive line provides a strong building block for whomever plays quarterback next season. Part of that stems from Scherff and Moses, who have started 33 consecutive games alongside each other, including one in the postseason.
What I like: Both are smart and work hard. It’s why Scherff was drafted fifth overall; it’s why Moses went from a third-round pick in 2014 to a legitimate starter a year later. During his rookie camp, Moses clearly had a lot of work to do -- he’s a big man who needed to learn how to handle NFL pass-rushers. Sometimes his stance and technique would get out of whack. When he returned for his second year, Moses was much better. Some of it was natural growth; some of it was because of Moses. As a rookie, coaches loved how fast he picked up whatever they told him and how quickly he learned from mistakes.
“Whether it was picking up blitzes or seeing defenses rotating and just studying and becoming a true student of the game,” Moses said. “From my rookie year to now, it’s been light-years different.”
That, combined with his length, have made him an excellent right tackle. Both he and Scherff are mature young men who take a certain approach to the game, the sort that will keep players around a long time. They study; they work hard.
“I tell him all the time, he thinks I’m playing, but I’m like, ‘Dude, you do all the work; I’m just a body standing beside you,’” Moses said. “From year one his rookie year and my second year -- my first year starting -- we’ve grown tremendously over the years. To have someone like that, it’s a blessing. He’s a good guy on and off field.”
They even talked about going ice fishing together at some point this offseason (Scherff’s idea).
“Me and you on the ice together might be dangerous,” Moses said he told Scherff.
Regardless of any offseason activities, one reason the Redskins drafted Scherff fifth overall two years ago stemmed from his mindset and attitude; he fit the culture Washington wanted to build. It’s one the Redskins still are developing. But they don’t have to worry about this pairing.
If Spencer Long keeps developing at center, then it’s easy to see four-fifths of the line being together for the next several years. The only question mark would be left guard. Of course, this also depends on the team working out contract extensions with Long and Moses after next season. As of now, there has been no movement in that direction with Moses, but he certainly fits the mold of players they want to keep.
For a change, the Redskins do not enter the offseason with a lot of questions along the line. Yes, they can improve. But they have the parts.