Offseason team needs: Redskins

I assume this is fairly self-explanatory, but the greener the box is, the less of need it is, the redder the box, the bigger the need. Got it? OK, good.

One of my favorite posts ever was written by Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog.  After the Skins benched Rex Grossman during the season, Dan took a look back at the Skins’ starting QB’s since 2000:

Somebody actually made a Patrick Ramsey figure? Seriously?

Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Jeff George, Jeff George, Brad Johnson, Jeff George, Jeff George, Brad Johnson.

Jeff George, Jeff George, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks, Tony Banks.

Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerffel, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Shane Matthews, Danny Wuerffel, Danny Wuerffel, Danny Wuerffel, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey.

Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Tim Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck, Tim Hasselbeck.

Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey, Patrick Ramsey.

Patrick Ramsey, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell.

Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Mark Brunell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell.

Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Todd Collins, Todd Collins, Todd Collins.

Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell.

Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell, Jason Campbell.

Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman.

Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman, Rex Grossman.

John Beck.

The ONLY priority for the Skins this offseason is to fix the QB position, whether that means trading a bundle of picks to move up and select Robert Griffin III out of Baylor, or signing… uh… you know.  Or the other guy.  Or the combination of the other guy and using a later draft pick on one of the other guys.  I think all the scenarios have pretty much all been talked out by now.  Whatever route they go, they better be right.  Mike Shanahan is entering Year 3 of his tenure, and so far, he only has 11 wins to show for his efforts.  If he doesn’t start winning… now… or at least show some serious strides with a promising rookie QB in 2012, he may not be around for years 4 and 5.  The Skins have to find a way to get a legitimate QB.  Everything else is secondary.

With that out of the way, let’s review the rest of the Skins’ needs:

OFFENSE

Hopefully, the solid Kory Lichtensteiger can make a full recovery, but he's a major injury concern for 2012.

OL (almost across the board): I felt that Trent Williams improved quite a bit from Year 1 to Year 2, and can still be a really good LT in the NFL.  He’s only 23 years old, although an immature 23.  There isn’t much of a need at LT, in my opinion, at least for now.  If there’s a guy sitting there at 6 that the Skins’ scouts fall in love with, maybe you draft that guy with the intent of moving Williams over to RT?  That’s the only way I see LT being addressed.  The other Skins’ offensive lineman that I like as a player is Kory Lichtensteiger.  Unfortunately, he tore both his ACL and MCL in a loss to the Eagles in Week 6 last season.  If you’re the Redskins, you better have a better plan in place than “I hope he’s OK by Week 1 next year,” which he likely won’t be.  Expect them to address that spot.  Otherwise, free agent Will Montgomery is “just a guy,” as is Chris Chester (although a highly paid one), and Jammal Brown is probably done-zo in D.C.  The Skins could use help almost across the board here.

WR: I should be clear here.  I actually like some of the Skins’ receivers, but most teams these days have a stud WR.  Some have two.  The Skins have a bunch of good role players at WR and even a few starting quality types, but nothing that is going to make opposing defensive coordinators lose sleep.  They need that guy that can be the centerpiece, with the existing mix of polished vets (Santana Moss, Jabar Gaffney) and youth with upside (Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul) as surrounding pieces.

DEFENSE

CB: The Skins, in my opinion, would be crazy not to rid themselves of DeAngelo Hall’s terrible contract (2012: $6 million, 2013: $7.5 million, 2014: $9 million), as they can do so with little cap repercussions.  I see the Skins’ corner situation more as an “opportunity” and than a true “need.”  There are plenty of corners available in free agency this season, from Brandon Carr to Brent Grimes to Cortland Finnegan.  They have a chance to upgrade that spot while actually shedding dollars off their cap.

S: With the Skins likely to use the franchise tag on TE Fred Davis, LaRon Landry will probably be heading elsewhere in 2012.  I remember back in the preseason, I kept seeing the same guy around the ball over and over again.  Turns out that guy was DeJon Gomes.  Unfortunately, Gomes struggled in the meaningful games when he had opportunities in 2011.  I’m not sure he’s the answer to step right in as a starter, and I know for sure that Reed Doughty isn’t the answer.  The potential loss of Landry opens up a gaping hole at safety, and one they’re used to, as Landry hasn’t been able to stay on the field.  On the other side, Oshiomogho Atogwe still has some skills, but he’s aging, often banged up, and in decline.

ILB: If the Skins can re-sign London Fletcher, one spot is filled for the next couple years, but the Skins still probably need to fill in some youth behind the soon-to-be 37 year old great. If Fletcher bolts, ILB becomes a gaping hole.  The Skins benched Rocky McIntosh in-season, and Perry Riley played well enough to get a shot at starting in 2012.  Not to mention, there was this report about Rocky:

Keyaron Fox is decent in terms of depth, but he’s a free agent.  They’ll need to either re-sign Fox, or bring in another piece for depth.

DE: I gave it a yellow, but there’s not much of need here.  Just worth noting that Adam Carriker is a free agent.  The Skins are set with Stephen Bowen on the other side.  They’ll also have 2011 2nd round pick Jarvis Jenkins returning from injury this season.

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  7. RogerPodacter says:

    will they spend their money to bring in some FA OL? or will they spend a lot of draft picks to get a young, but inexperienced OL? i suspect that they will get a top tier QB this offseason (either draft or FA), but the OL will be holding the offense as a whole back from being very productive.

    1. CarverM says:

      With I think nearly $50 million in cap space, I see no reason for this to be true.

  8. Roy says:

    Really, though, circling back to the opening of the piece, it’s all about QB this year. The other needs are not half so pressing. I mean, if you live with D Hall or J Brown another year that’s not going to make you or break you as a team. But if you live with the current QBs you might as well stay in the dressing room. Luckily Shanahan’s no dope. My only fear is the temptation of another stopgap QB as opposed to drafting or signing a real team leader and star…

  9. smutsboy says:

    Good recap. I agree on OL. TW is good for now, hopefully Licht can get healthy at some point. The rest of the line needs serious upgrade.

    QB and OL should be the only things the team focuses on.

    Too many resources over the past 12 years have been devoted to defense and WR.

    1. CarverM says:

      It’s about time they devoted some real resources to the OL. More than just a single 1st round pick or signing some journeyman cast-off. I’d be thrilled if we spent more than one pick in the first 4 rounds and signed a legit, young(ish) lineman in free agency.

  10. brisulph says:

    Any word on whether he rigged up a snoring machine and recording to answer any knocks at the door?

    1. smutsboy says:

      haha

  11. Turd.Ferguson says:

    Jam Jax to DC?

    1. Nah, Shanny likes quick, nimble offensive linemen, just like Mudd. But an interesting thought.

      1. Steve D. says:

        Jam Jax to Dallas?

        1. Hmm, maybe. Anyone would be a fairly significant upgrade over Costa.

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