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Posted at 11:04 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Redskins off-season: offensive needs

By Rick Maese

In case you haven't caught up with our three-part series on the Redskins off-season -- what the team achieved in 2010 and what it needs in 2011, check it out.

Part 1: offense

Part 2: defense

Part 3: coaching staff and team culture

In Part 1, we dissected the offense. Here's a position-by-position breakdown on who started in 2010 and who might be the starter next season.

2010 week 1 quarterback

Donovan McNabb: It's likely the Redskins will open 2011 with their third Week 1 starting quarterback in as many seasons. They could target a quarterback with their first pick of April's draft, the 10th overall.

Possible 2011 starter: Rex Grossman.

Week 1 running back:

Clinton Portis: Portis has finished each of the last two seasons on injured reserve. He'll be 30 by time the 2011 season starts, and unless he wants to renegotiate his contract, it's doubtful he'll be a Redskin again. Ryan Torain is a younger, cheaper and possibly more effective option.

Possible 2011 starter: Torain.

Week 1 fullback

Mike Sellers: Despite Sellers's career-high 224 yards on 20 catches, the Redskins might want to get younger at fullback. Sellers will be 36 at the start of next season. Coaches have been impressed with converted linebacker Darrel Young.

Possible 2011 starter: Young

Week 1 wide receiver

Santana Moss: Moss saw a resurgence in 2010, posting 93 catches, a career high, for 1,115 yards. Moss should be an unrestricted free agent, but he likes the offense and wants to return.

Possible 2011 starter: Moss.

Week 1 wide receiver

Joey Galloway: The 39-year-old Galloway started only four games before losing his job. He was released in November. Anthony Armstrong had 871 receiving yards, despite starting only 11 games.

Possible 2011 starter: Armstrong.

Week 1 tight end

Chris Cooley: Cooley, a seven-year veteran, is as consistent as they come and proved to be an important part of the Shanahans' offense. He finished second among all tight ends with 77 catches and 849 yards. Fred Davis is a reliable backup but doesn't seem to be a threat to take Cooley's job.

Possible 2011 starter: Cooley.

Week 1 left tackle

Trent Williams: The first-round pick in 2010 had an up-and-down rookie season, but shows promise. He can improve against the run and will only benefit from a second season in the zone-blocking scheme.

Possible 2011 starter: Williams.

Week 1 left guard

Derrick Dockery: After starting the first two weeks of the season, Dockery was on the active roster only once in the final 12 games. Kory Lichtensteiger started the final 12 games and improved as the season progressed.

Possible 2011 starter: Lichtensteiger.

Week 1 center:

Casey Rabach: A steady presence in the middle of the Redskins' line for six seasons, Rabach has started 111 of the past 112 games. But coaches might be curious to see what Lichtensteiger or Will Montgomery can do.

Possible 2011 starter: Rabach.

Week 1 right guard

Artis Hicks: Hicks lost his job to Montgomery in November. Montgomery seemed to improve with more reps but coaches might also look to free agency.

Possible 2011 starter: Montgomery.

Week 1 right tackle

Jammal Brown: Adjusting to a new position and coming off a 2009 season lost to injury, Brown was slow to adjust and never fully regained his Pro Bowl ability. But he felt healthier as the season wore on and coaches noticed significant progress. As a free agent, he might try to find a team that would allow him to play left tackle. Barring that, he could be a Redskin again next season.

Possible 2011 starter: Brown.

By Rick Maese  | January 7, 2011; 11:04 AM ET
 
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Comments

Excellent! Finally an Executive Summary of the videos that I don't watch!

Posted by: PlayAction | January 7, 2011 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Fate only gives a generation about 2, maybe 3 really good quarterbacks every 10 or 15 years. Those Qb's are Manning and Brady for this generation, maybe Brees if he wins another title or 2.

Is Bradford the start of the next generation? Maybe Luck? I don't know, but obviously one of this franchises BIGGEST problems is not being able to bring in an ELITE, GREAT, GOOD, or even HALF-WAY-DECENT QB.

If Luck is the man, we should trade the kitchen sink to get him. If he really is gonna be ELITE, then he'll find a way to get it done no matter what talent is around him.

It's gonna take at least 2 years to get the peices of the 3-4 defense in place anyway, maybe that long to put an decent OLine together. Even if it's not Luck, let's say it's Devlin from Delaware, I don't care, just grab a young guy and start him from day 1, we'll be contenders in a few years, that's if Danny Boy has learned ANYTHING at all and grew some patience!

SAVE THE DOLPHINS!!!

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:28 AM | Report abuse

See, if we had traded Fred Davis for that Swedish kicker Hamm Sandvitch, none of this would have happened!

SAVE THE MONKEYS!!!

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:31 AM | Report abuse

And remember JUST SAY NO to a qb in the early rounds.

Its funny Andrews dad Ollie told a bunch of WV alumni that his boy would be staying but everyone just though it was proper "dad" talk for a kid in college. Still his decision dosent suprise me that much. This just makes it dumber for us to get a QB as the value in this class just took a serious hit.

Posted by: Stu27 | January 7, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Stu27 | January 7, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

See, if we had traded Fred Davis for that Swedish kicker Hamm Sandvitch, none of this would have happened!

SAVE THE MONKEYS!!!

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Is Bradford the start of the next generation? Maybe Luck? I don't know, but obviously one of this franchises BIGGEST problems is not being able to bring in an ELITE, GREAT, GOOD, or even HALF-WAY-DECENT QB.

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:13 AM

What you're describing is a sympton. One of this franchise's biggest problems is really the lack of continuity. Every new coach wants to bring in THEIR guy, so no QB gets developed over period of time like the upper tier QBs do. Our franchise has lost the patience to develop its own coaches and QBs.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

For all the people slurping on Pouncey, please raise your hand if you've actually seen a Florida Gators' football game that he played in.


Posted by: MistaMoe | January 6, 2011 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Raising Hand.

He did struggle a little early on with his snaps, but he was moving from G to C. During the Bowl game there were "errant snaps", however when you look at the snaps that looked bad, they hit the QB in the hand.

I would love to get him and get that light weight Rabach out of the starting line up. Too many times Rabach was just thoroughly abused by NT's we played.

I hope Rabach is not starting as center next year.

If we dont get Pouncey, we need to focus on our O-line and D-line.

Love Nick Fairley, just a mean nasty dude, perfect for a D-lineman. I dont see him falling out of the top 5 though, especially if he plays well in the Nat'l Championship.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | January 7, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

no QB gets developed over period of time like the upper tier QBs do. Our franchise has lost the patience to develop its own coaches and QBs.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 11:34 AM |

This is BS. The 'Skins made a major effort to develop Jason Campbell. Even brought Zorn in specifically because of his reputation for developing QBs. Just because you try to develop a guy doesn't mean he'll become "an upper tier QB." John Clayton ranks Campbell as the #22 QB and sees only a 10 percent chance that he'll become upper tier. But you can't blame the 'Skins for that.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 7, 2011 11:40 AM | Report abuse

thanks for posting this, i know now who started for the redskins this year

Posted by: rc2223 | January 7, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Week 1 center:

Casey Rabach: A steady speed bump in the middle of the Redskins' line for six seasons, Rabach has landed on his back in 111 of the past 112 games. But coaches might be curious to see if Lichtensteiger could actually suck as bad in the position.

Possible 2011 starter: Montgomery or a rookie/free agent to be named.
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Fixed it.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | January 7, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

we need to focus on our O-line and D-line.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | January 7, 2011 11:36 AM

+1 no idea who but thats where I think they should focus as well.

Posted by: skinswest | January 7, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

See, if we had traded Fred Davis for that Swedish kicker Hamm Sandvitch, none of this would have happened!

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:33 AM | Report abuse

--

God knows we tried. We even offered to package Haynesworth and Dockery into the deal -- thinking it might help move the conversation along and gain us some traction.

But despite the fact we were offering them Sleepy, Grumpy and Doc -- we soon discovered that all the Swedes really wanted was some sack time with Snow White.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 7, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

This is BS. The 'Skins made a major effort to develop Jason Campbell. Even brought Zorn in specifically because of his reputation for developing QBs. Just because you try to develop a guy doesn't mean he'll become "an upper tier QB." John Clayton ranks Campbell as the #22 QB and sees only a 10 percent chance that he'll become upper tier. But you can't blame the 'Skins for that.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 7, 2011 11:40 AM

Campbell is the closest the team has come to developing a QB since Gibbs 1.0.... unfortunately, their were glaring deficiencies all over the field that are now more readily apparent.

I won't blame the franchise for Gibbs 2.0 deciding the leave, but the results were the same... new regime, new QBs, and no continuity.

Campbell will have opportunities to prove Clayton wrong, but that's besides the point. Campbell is not providing anything to the team in exchange for the 1st round pick Joe Gibbs spent on him.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Is Bradford the start of the next generation? Maybe Luck? I don't know, but obviously one of this franchises BIGGEST problems is not being able to bring in an ELITE, GREAT, GOOD, or even HALF-WAY-DECENT QB.

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:13 AM

What you're describing is a sympton. One of this franchise's biggest problems is really the lack of continuity. Every new coach wants to bring in THEIR guy, so no QB gets developed over period of time like the upper tier QBs do. Our franchise has lost the patience to develop its own coaches and QBs.


Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 11:34 AM | Report abuse

Well, I don't know what a sympton is, but I do agree about the lack of patience at Redskins Park. But those coaches that were in here made bad decisions. They could have brought in better QB's, but they didn't.

SAVE THE OPPOSSUMS!!!!

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Why are so many peeps clammoring for a GREAT quarterback?

I want a quaterback who can handle an offense efficiently...an offensive line and running back that can grind down the clock...and a defense that can take the ball away and make crucial stops...thats what wins consistantly and wins championships.

I didn't expect Campbell to be an ELITE or GREAT quarterback...but I thought he would be THAT quarterback.

I don't want the redskins to be THAT team that the season is over week two when their GREAT quarterback tears his ACL.

Posted by: PlayAction | January 7, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

No results found for sympton:

Did you mean symptom?

Posted by: PlayAction | January 7, 2011 11:55 AM | Report abuse

thanks for posting this, i know now who started for the redskins this year

Posted by: rc2223 | January 7, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I think this was posted for guys like you and PlayAction cause you didn't watch any of the games this year.

SAVE THE 3-LEGGED DOGS!!!

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:56 AM | Report abuse

But despite the fact we were offering them Sleepy, Grumpy and Doc -- we soon discovered that all the Swedes really wanted was some sack time with Snow White.

Posted by: Vic1 | January 7, 2011 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Very funny Vic, good one!!!

SAVE THE PEDOFILES!!!!

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

PlayAction, yes symptom.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if there will be more interest in AH from other teams than originally thought. I know Denver sports radio keeps talking him up as a possible addition to there woeful d-line. Maybe snooker Elway into giving us a 3rd or 4th rounder.

Posted by: skinswest | January 7, 2011 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Week 1 center:

Casey Rabach: A steady speed bump in the middle of the Redskins' line for six seasons, Rabach has landed on his back in 111 of the past 112 games. But coaches might be curious to see if Lichtensteiger could actually suck as bad in the position.

Possible 2011 starter: Montgomery or a rookie/free agent to be named.
-------------------------------------------
Fixed it.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | January 7, 2011 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I'm thinking Lichtensteiger would probably move to C, and keep Mont at OG. Still need a FA for other G.

Posted by: frediefritz | January 7, 2011 12:03 PM | Report abuse

But those coaches that were in here made bad decisions. They could have brought in better QB's, but they didn't.

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:51 AM


Almost every head coach Snyder has brought in was supposed to be a QB expert: Spurrier, Gibbs, Zorn, and now Shanahan.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 12:05 PM | Report abuse

I think this was posted for guys like you and PlayAction cause you didn't watch any of the games this year.

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 11:56 AM

Hey I watched 14.5 games...I just don't remember any of them...so this post really came in handy.

Posted by: PlayAction | January 7, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

We need to be realistic and understand that this is a crappy football team. No QB would be good here. We made a few nice moves but we are still pretty far away. We still need help along the interior line and we still need a true legit #1 WR. There still is too much pressure up the middle and not enough room for a QB to step into his throws. We also don't have WRs that can win a jump ball or be trusted to catch in traffic. Moss is just too small and nobody else can get open or outposition a defender. I think we still need to continue rebuilding the offense for another year or two and if a QB falls into our laps then we take him. If not use the pick on some other position of need.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 7, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

PlayAction, yes symptom.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 11:59 AM

Monk was confused...just trying to help out.

There's lots of words I have to look up on here...especially from beep-beep's comments.

Posted by: PlayAction | January 7, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

if bmw recovers from blood clots, he could be the starting rg...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 7, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Campbell is the closest the team has come to developing a QB since Gibbs 1.0.... unfortunately, their were glaring deficiencies all over the field that are now more readily apparent.

I won't blame the franchise for Gibbs 2.0 deciding the leave, but the results were the same... new regime, new QBs, and no continuity.

Campbell will have opportunities to prove Clayton wrong, but that's besides the point. Campbell is not providing anything to the team in exchange for the 1st round pick Joe Gibbs spent on him.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 11:48 AM
-----------------------------------------
Let's just rewrite history and forget all about Heath Shuler, Gus Frerotte, Patrick Ramsey, and Colt Brennan. Those guys were given their chances - both with the Redskins and other teams - and they never made it as starters. The simple fact is sometimes you have to pull the plug on a development project when you don't see any progress being made. You can't make some players develop just by keeping them around.

Having said that, I would like to see the team be a little more ambitious in shaking the trees for quarterbacks. I would like to see at least two undrafted free agents come in this year. I wonder if Shanahan would have held onto Chase Daniel had he been here when Chase was...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | January 7, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Why are so many peeps clammoring for a GREAT quarterback?

I want a quaterback who can handle an offense efficiently...an offensive line and running back that can grind down the clock...and a defense that can take the ball away and make crucial stops...thats what wins consistantly and wins championships.

I didn't expect Campbell to be an ELITE or GREAT quarterback...but I thought he would be THAT quarterback.

I don't want the redskins to be THAT team that the season is over week two when their GREAT quarterback tears his ACL.

Posted by: PlayAction | January 7, 2011 11:52 AM | Report abuse

should we avoid greatness at all positions for fear of injury to them as well or are you just advocating not trading the farm for a great QB

Posted by: hcic55 | January 7, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

if bmw recovers from blood clots, he could be the starting rg...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 7, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

IF...remember he basically hasn't played for 3 years. And look how JBrown struggled after being out for 1 year. I think we need to sign a FA OG.

We have plenty of cap space, assuming there is a cap, to fill our most pressing needs...OG, WR, NT, OLB, FS. That is doable. Then we use draft for BPA.

Posted by: frediefritz | January 7, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | January 7, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

There are an awful lot of Big physical leaping WRs in this draft. It just might be the deepest position this draft.

AJ Green
Julio Jones
Justin Blackmon
M Floyd
Terrance Tolliver
Titus Young
Jon Baldwin
Torey Smith

Just some of the bigger names.
I really wish we had more draft picks. All efforts need to be focused on attaining more picks.

Posted by: Stu27 | January 7, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Bring Back Thiesman, I'm sure his leg is healed by now!

SAVE THE 3-TOED SLOTH!!!

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 12:18 PM | Report abuse

are you just advocating not trading the farm for a great QB

Posted by: hcic55 | January 7, 2011 12:18 PM

Yes...I would take a great offensive line over a great quarterback any day...if we have a great offensive line...then you could put monk811 back there...and voila...championship!

Posted by: PlayAction | January 7, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Beeps

Posted by: PlayAction | January 7, 2011 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Let's just rewrite history and forget all about Heath Shuler, Gus Frerotte, Patrick Ramsey, and Colt Brennan...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | January 7, 2011 12:13 PM

Skins fans are obsessed with QBs! You can't overlook the lack of continuity the coaching changes bring, either.

1. Heath Schuler predates Dan Snyder, and he was a bust. Plain and simple.
2. Gus Frerotte predates Dan Snyder, and did well as a 7th round pick. Started 3 years.
3. Patrick Ramsey was drafted during Spurrier's tenure, and Gibbs brought in his own guy.
4. Colt Brennan, part of Vinny's fabled class of 2008, was released by the new regime along with Jason Campbell.

These guys are not particularly good examples of the team developing QBs, and you had to go all the way back to 1994-98 to dig up Schuler and Frerrote.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | January 7, 2011 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Shannys wouldnt even allow Dockery to dress. There is no way that BMW is anywhere near their plans. Opposite of what they want out of an olineman.

Posted by: Stu27 | January 7, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

Yes...I would take a great offensive line over a great quarterback any day...if we have a great offensive line...then you could put monk811 back there...and voila...championship!

Posted by: PlayAction | January 7, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Don't know if that's a compliment or not, but I'll take it!!!

SAVE THE GERBILS!!!

Posted by: monk811 | January 7, 2011 12:35 PM | Report abuse

What in the world was the point of this post? That the guys who started the last game of the season are "possibly" starters in 2011? Somebody please tell the Post I could have written this for them for free from the comfort of my couch.

Posted by: jva1 | January 7, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Skins fans are obsessed with QBs! You can't overlook the lack of continuity the coaching changes bring, either.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 12:33 PM | Report abuse
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Gus 'Head Butt' Frerotte was dropped for Trent Green, who was dropped for Brad Johnson, who was dropped for Jeff George, who was dropped for Tony Banks, who was dropped for Patrick Ramsey, who was dropped for Shane Matthews/Danny Wuerfel/Rob Johnson/Mark Brunnel, who was dropped for Jason Campbell, who was dropped for McNabb, who will be dropped after next season for the flavor of the month.

You are right that DC is so obsessed with getting the 'guy', but wouldn't know the 'guy' if he bit them in the man sack.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | January 7, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Julio Jones Julio Jones Julio Jones

Posted by: wewbank1 | January 9, 2011 1:41 PM | Report abuse

no QB gets developed over period of time like the upper tier QBs do. Our franchise has lost the patience to develop its own coaches and QBs.

Posted by: Alan4 | January 7, 2011 11:34 AM |

This is BS. The 'Skins made a major effort to develop Jason Campbell. Even brought Zorn in specifically because of his reputation for developing QBs. Just because you try to develop a guy doesn't mean he'll become "an upper tier QB." John Clayton ranks Campbell as the #22 QB and sees only a 10 percent chance that he'll become upper tier. But you can't blame the 'Skins for that.

Posted by: beep-beep | January 7, 2011 11:40 AM |

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Yeah, you were a Campbell scapegoater. Now I remember.

You don't change offensive systems every year when you're developing a QB. Or maybe you do, if you're an idiot.

Let's try to keep the lying to your normal minimum, shall we?

Posted by: Thinker_ | January 10, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

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