FEDEX FIELD - Dolphins prized free agent acquisition Ndamukong Suh looked like trouble for Washington going into Sunday's game. The standout defensive tackle was primed for a matchup against rookie Brandon Scherff, and expectations were for a big day from Suh. Only things didn't quite go that way.
For the bulk of the game, Scherff handled Suh, keeping the defensive tackle away from QB Kirk Cousins and moving the line well in the run game. The Dolphins accumlated just one sack in the game, and the Redskins were able to run the ball throughout, gaining more than 160 yards on the ground.
"I thought we did pretty well up front," Scherff said after the game, a 17-10 Redskins loss. "There's always room for improvement."
Asked specially about matching up with Suh, the rookie from Iowa gave the smart answer.
"You know he's a great player."
While Suh is great, on Sunday, Scherff more than held his own. Now it's obvious that the rookie got some help going against Suh, but even the Miami defender had high marks for Scherff. Both Scherff and Suh said that Redskins offensive line coach Bill Callahan had a tremendous impact on the game, both with his preparation and technique.
"He has a great coach over there," Suh said, going on to call Callahan an "offensive line guru" and that Scherff is "in good hands."
Suh's familiarity with Callahan dates back to his college days, where the coach recruited the player to Nebraska. The coach must have remembered something about Suh's play, as he devised a scheme to neutralize the four time Pro Bowler that focused on chop blocks.
"Coach [Callahan] gave us a plan and we went out and executed," Redskins tackle Morgan Moses said. "He happened to be in the position where we could get some cuts on him, try to slow him down a little bit. We executed it."
Moses and Scherff came into the Dolphins game a serious question mark, a right side of the offensive line that looked bad at times in the preseason and combined had hardly any NFL experience. In their first test - a tough one - the young duo played well.
"I think for the most part Morgan Moses and Brandon [Scherff], in their first game together, I'm happy with the way they played," Washington coach Jay Gruden said. "Hate to lose at home, but if we're going to take some positives, I'm happy with the way our offensive line played."