The Washington Redskins' biggest rushing day since Super Bowl XXII was rewarded Tuesday when tackle Jim Lachey became the second lineman in history to win NFC offensive player of the week honors.
The NFL has given the award for six years and the only other lineman to win it was Brad Benson of the New York Giants, who won in 1986 after a victory over the Redskins.
Lachey, seemingly headed for his second Pro Bowl (1987 was his first), said he accepted the award on behalf of his teammates on the line who helped the Redskins rush for 222 yards, including 157 by Earnest Byner, during a 42-20 victory over Miami Sunday.
"It's nice," Lachey said. "It's not very often an offensive lineman gets it. I don't know the criteria, but it's nice. I felt we had a good game. It's more of a total offensive-line award and the whole offensive line played well.
"One guy can't go out and block well to run for the type yards we did. I was lucky enough to get the award, but it should be for the whole offensive line."
The award is even more impressive because Lachey was facing Jeff Cross, who entered the game with 10 sacks. This week, Lachey goes against Chicago sackmaster Richard Dent.
"It doesn't get easier any week," Lachey said.
It's Gouveia's Turn
Kurt Gouveia has quietly moved in front of Greg Manusky as the Redskins' starting middle linebacker. Changes are hard to detect at that position, especially since Manusky and Gouveia alternate on running and passing downs anyway.
But after starting the first nine games, Manusky was injured against Philadelphia. He moved back into the starting lineup for one game, but has been replaced by Gouveia the last two.
"It started when Manusky got hurt," linebacker coach Larry Peccatiello said. "We did it that way and haven't changed it. Those two guys are so interchangeable it really doesn't matter who starts."