In 2011, there were 35 blocked FGs/PATs in the NFL. The Redskins accounted for 6 of them. In other words, they were on the wrong end of 17% of the NFL’s blocked FGs/PATs last year. In fact, one in every 8.2 FG attempts were blocked! This season, they had a couple punts blocked in the first two weeks, but have otherwise been vastly improved in their kick protection teams.
Two of those six blocked kicks last season came courtesy of Seahawks DT Red Bryant, who had 4 on the season in 2011, and one a couple weeks ago against the 49ers, which led to a TD return.
A quick look at his blocks against the Skins last season:
On this block, the Seahawks’ FG block team attacks the same spot a number of other teams attacked in 2011, the RG. Note that the line of scrimmage is the 5 yard line:
And note the push that Bryant gets:
Who’s the Redskin laying flat on his back at the 9 yard line? That would be #63 Will Montgomery. This simply can’t happen:
Later in the game, Bryant blocked a PAT. Note that on the PAT of course, they lined up at the 2:
Bryant gets penetration to almost the 6, and makes the block:
And who missed the block again? Yep, Will Montgomery.
It should be noted that Will Montgomery still lines in the same spot on the line on the FG protection team. Here are Bryant’s two blocks on video: