Mark Schlereth earned three Super Bowl rings, so he knows offensive line play.
The former guard for both Washington (1989-94) and Denver (1995-2000) was a guest on the “Take Command” Podcast Thursday with host Craig Hoffman.
Schlereth was a starter for Washington’s 1991 Super Bowl championship team and Denver’s in 1997 and 1998.
Part of the Fox Broadcasting team that will be calling the game Sunday at FedEx Field between the visiting Cardinals and the Commanders, Schlereth feels this game is big. “Welcome back to the National Football League to the Commanders,” expressed Schlereth. “We missed you. Glad to have you back.”
Schlereth stated so many walked away in disgust when Daniel Snyder was the owner. “Washington was one of the crown jewels in the league,” said Schlereth. “I couldn’t be more happier for the franchise and excited to call the game.”
One of the big concerns for Washington fans has been the play of the offensive line. Schlereth really likes what he has seen from LG Saahdiq Charles thus far in the preseason.
Saahdiq is a full grown ass man,” expressed Schlereth. “That dude is a powerful individual. He put on a preseason master class in dominating the line of scrimmage.”
Sam Cosmi moving inside to guard is not working as well thus far, according to Schlereth. He feels the games happen faster inside, and Cosmi has had some struggles.
But he added he does see the offensive line jelling together. He sees the potential and feels Eric Bieniemy is a student of the game and is ready to take on the challenge of being the coordinator entirely in charge of the offense.
How about the Cardinals offense? Schlereth certainly did not hold back.
“Arizona is trying to reintroduce themselves to the NFL with a natural, legitimate NFL system. That is going to take some time.”
“I call it the allusion of competitiveness. They would give you the illusion they were a competitive football team. They’re garbage. They didn’t do anything to me that is endemic to winning in the NFL.”
“Defensively, they are really talented. They play really hard. They flew around in the preseason. They played hard. They will give you a full day’s work on the defensive side of the ball.”
“I don’t think they are going to be 0-17, like everybody thinks. But they lack some talent at the quarterback position, to be frank. They don’t have a tight end that can block anybody.”
“They’ve got a lot of work in front of them. But I don’t think they are going to be the rollover everybody thinks they are going to be.”