Code Red(skins): The Fire Sale That Will Save Washington's Future

Matthew BrownCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2009

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 18:  Washington Redskins head coach Jim Zorn watches from the sideline as his team loses to the Kansas Chiefs October 18, 2009 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The Chiefs won the game 14-6.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

It is well documented that the Redskins have just completed the softest six-game start to a season in the history of the NFL. In the process, they handed four teams their first wins of the season, and only New York has managed to add more than one more.

Something is wrong in Washington.

The finger pointing rages on as the coaches and players struggle to fix the innumerable problems plaguing this team. While the real problem is still "unknown," Jim Zorn is taking the brunt of the blame.

Following the loss to Kansas City, Jim Zorn was stripped of his offensive play-calling duties and pushed ever closer to the door. Resident senior citizen Sherman Lewis will take over for the offense effective immediately.

All of this being said, the coaches are only able to do so much with the players on the Redskins roster.

No one is going to dispute the fact that Zorn is out of his element as an offensive coordinator and head coach. But far too many people stand too staunchly in support of the players on the team.

With everything that has happened this season, whether it be coaching issues or failing to make trades for better players or turning in another sub-par draft class, the Redskins need to solve the problems they have.

Assuming Daniel Snyder gives Vinny Cerrato and Jim Zorn the boot in favor of a real general manager and coach, there are a lot of options the Redskins can take to bring in some much needed players.

Aside from a few select players on the team, no one is safe from the trading block as far as I am concerned.

Clinton Portis could bring in a second-round pick, at best. Antwan Randle El, optimistically, could be worth a third-round pick. Cornelius Griffin could fetch a late third-, early fourth-round pick.

From that trio alone, the Redskins could potentially bring in several key players if there is a proven talent evaluator in the front office.

As much as Redskins fans may want to at this point, there is no moving Albert Haynesworth out of Washington until his contract is up or he gets released at some point. But to be honest, all the trips to the sideline aside, Haynesworth is playing pretty well for the defense right now.

I am not a certified football genius, nor do I claim to be, but the Redskins would do well to get as much as they can in return for what little players they have that are actually movable.

It doesn't have to be a player for pick trade in every situation. It is just as fruitful to trade for a young player that would go a long way toward building from the ground up, which is exactly what the Redskins need to do.

Ironically, though, a ground up rebuild has to start from the top.

Daniel Snyder will have to part ways with his puppet of a Vice President of Football Operations in Cerrato. After that, he will have to seek out a credible and proven GM, and let him find a head coach for this team.

Preferably a head coach with some sort of experience, whether as a head coach or a coordinator.

There are plenty of names floating around without coaching jobs right now, but the key will be finding which one gives the Redskins the best chance to truly rebuild the team the way it should be.

The season isn't even half over and the Redskins already need to focus on the future. It would go a long way to have a plan in place now so there aren't any offseason surprises that force the team to settle on an unproven coach.

No one wants a repeat of the offseason following the 2007-2008 season.

I am going to miss a lot of players when they are gone, but if it goes toward building a solid team for the future, I can live with the loss.