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Morning Manny: Spencer Long Has Been An Upgrade At Center

The Redskins have been a better offense with Spencer Long at center.

Manny Benton often tweets random thoughts regarding the Washington Redskins at random times of the day that typically bring interesting dialog. Now from Monday through Thursday at around 9 a.m., you can find those Twitter-sized thoughts in "Morning Manny." Complete with explanations! 

 

The Redskins have been better with Spencer Long at center
I felt back in training camp that Spencer Long would be the best option for the Redskins at Center. He did absolutely nothing in preseason to change that thought. Yet, the Redskins still opted to start veteran Center Kory Lichtensteiger over Long. It's my understanding that the team felt more comfortable with Kory because of his experience and scheme knowledge. However, since Lichtensteiger went down with his injury, the difference has been extremely evident. The Redskins are a better offense with Spencer Long at center. 
In three games with Kory Lichtenstieger, the team rushed for only 227 yards. As you know, the team rushed for 230 yards alone against the Eagles. But the grand total of rushing yards with Spencer Long starting at center the past three games is 435 yards. Say what you may, but the evidence of an upgrade has been clear to see on film. 

Long's power at the point of attack and athleticism has been an upgrade in both the pass and run game. He's done a nice job opening lanes up the middle. Not to mention, he is very good at rolling out and blocking in the screen game. His strength has meshed well with the rest of the line. Its harmonious. He's doing all this with little experience at the position, so you know he has upside in that regard. Without a doubt, Long is flashing longevity at the center position. 

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