If I Was The Owner Of The Washington Redskins, I Would... (Part Two)
Now I've got to bring in the players that will fit the coaches and their schemes that I previously brought in. Meaning a strong balanced offense featuring a down the field passing game and the switch to a 3-4 defense.
Here it goes:
Jason Campbell becomes a free agent after this season and I am going to show him all the money he wants, then slap him in the face with it and then kick him out the door.
Now I go out and draft a franchise quarterback. Sam Bradford (OU), Colt McCoy (TEX), and Tony Pike (CINN) would be my top guys, with Jimmy Clausen (ND), Jake Locker (WAS), and Jevan Snead (MISS) as secondary options.
I will hold on to Todd Collins who will serve as a valuable mentor, and once again let him and Colt Brennan fight for the backup job.
As much as I am losing faith in Clinton Portis, with John Ramsdell as offensive coordinator I'm hoping he could help save Portis a bit by relieving with him guys like Anthony Alridge and Marcus Mason.
That said, I do what I can to shop around Ladell Betts and get what I can for him. Now I have a four running backs, Clinton Portis is still the main guy, but Anthony Alridge will be the game changing scat back, with Marcus Mason seen in short yard situations.
Rock Cartwright will continue to be the special teams captain, but not necessarily the returner anymore.
Santana Moss has provided us with big plays over the year, but he doesn't make my cut. He is a diva and provides no leadership for this team.
Now I don't necessarily trust Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas as the number one and two receivers, so I look at the free agents and really consider Vincent Jackson with connections to new offensive coordinator John Ramsdell.
If Jackson gets resigned by San Diego, or the asking price is too much then I will shift my attention to Kevin Walter, who is the consummate professional who would provide great leadership and hands.
Antwaan Randle El will stay on the team as the possible slot receiver but will certainly not be the punt returner. Instead I'm going to look at the draft for a late round pick like Trindon Holiday (LSU) or Brandon Banks (KSU).
No changes needed here really. Chris Cooley is one of the best in the NFL, and Fred Davis is emerging as a valid threat once he learns to protect the ball.
Todd Yoder is the third string tight end, and deserves to get re-signed only because Chris Cooley would probably be highly upset if he was let go.
Oh boy, will this be tough.
Stephon Heyer, Mike Williams, D'Anthony Batiste, and Will Montgomery will all be free agents. I will re-sign just Mike Williams and Will Montgomery, so they will join Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery, Casey Rabach, Chad Rinehart, and Edwin Williams.
I hope Randy Thomas will call it a career. He is a great professional, but the injury he suffered and his age just don't make him a part of the future. So now I have holes to fill at RT and RG.
First I try to acquire two first round picks, preferably both within the first 15 picks—one for the franchise quarterback and the other for the offensive line. Then I'd use our second round pick on the next offensive lineman.
As far as top prospects go I would look at tackles Russell Okung (OKSU), Trent Williams (OU), Charles Brown (USC), and Ciron Black (LSU). At guard I would consider Mike Iuptai (ID), Jon Asamoah (ILL), and Mike Pouncey (FLA).
I would give both rookies the chance to start as long as they don't lose it in the offseason.
As far as free agents are concerned I would only consider Jahri Evans, Marcus McNeill, and Jared Gaither, but all of them are more likely to be re-signed by their current team.
From the looks of it early on in this season, the Albert Haynesworth effect hasn't exactly panned out.
So how would I fix it? With the 3-4 defense coming to D.C. with the help of Bowles and Butler.
First off, four free agents to consider letting go or re-signing are Philip Daniels, Anthony Montgomery, Kedric Golston, and Lorenzo Alexander. I re-sign Anthony Montgomery who is the bigger bodied of the group and could be in the NT rotation with Haynesworth and Griffin.
I also re-sign Lorenzo Alexander who is a hard worker and could fit in at any position on the defensive line.
Andre Carter, Brian Orakpo, and Chris Wilson should flourish in this system as they would see time at OLB and DE.
To address the hole at DE I look at some young guys who can play physical against the run. Looking at the 4-5 round for guys like C.J. Wilson (ECU), Brandon Deaderick (AL), and Lawrence Wilson (OSU).
With the switch to a 3-4 defense, linebacker depth is key. Therefore so is re-signing Rocky McIntosh. But still I would look at a free agent to play next to London Fletcher, so I look at D'Qwell Jackson who hopefully will want out of Cleveland, a team which is in certainly a more dire situation than the Redskins.
I also look at Gary Brackett, Larry Foote, and Omar Gaither. Again Andre Carter, Brian Orakpo, and Chris Wilson will provide depth at this position as well.
No doubt DeAngelo Hall has been our most productive cornerback since he came from Oakland close to a year ago.
But Carlos Rogers has quietly become at times an elite shutdown cornerback and now becomes a free agent. I would do whatever I could to re-sign him, because after Hall we have nothing.
Fred Smoot I would show the door. To replace him I look at free agents Marlin Jackson, Richard Marshall, and Fabian Washington.
We've drafted two corners in the past two seasons, but none have panned out. I do like Stephan Virgil (VT) and Chris Hawkins (LSU) as potential mid-round picks.
Reed Doughty has been a pleasant surprise so far this season, but after the season I would let him go. LaRon Landry, I hate to say, is becoming slightly overrated, but I blame it more on the current defensive philosophy.
Chris Horton can make plays if given the opportunity, and Kareem Moore can be a solid backup.
I would try to bring in former Redskin Ryan Clark, who is a veteran of the 3-4 defense with Pittsburgh. I felt we should have never let him go, but now we need him back to mentor these young safeties we have.
Both Shaun Suisham and Hunter Smith are free agents, and both I don't re-sign. I would have considered re-signing Smith, but the groin injury worries me too much. I'm not going to mess with rookie kickers, so I'm going straight to free agency and getting whoever I can not named Shaun Suisham.
Now that I've brought in a new front office and coaches, and got some quality players, I'm going to back off and let the people I hired do their jobs, something Dan Snyder could have done.
That concludes this series of what I would do If I was the owner of the Washington Redskins. I know this article is just one big fantasy, but a guy could only dream of something like this.
If one of these moves is done by the Redskins this offseason I will forever be in bliss.
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