The Redskins had a very unimpressive season last year, and the future looks really bleak for the next few seasons in my opinion. They switched to a 3-4 defense, and that was a big time failure. They really don’t have the personnel to run the defense successfully; it’s going to take some time to get all of that personnel on the team.
Donovan McNabb was supposed to hold down the starting quarterback position for the next few seasons, but that doesn’t seem likely now. He was benched in favor of Rex Grossman, and it’s very likely that he won’t be back next year. This means the Redskins will likely target a franchise quarterback early in the draft.
Ryan Torain will most likely enter the season as the starter, as I don’t expect the Redskins to bring Clinton Portis back. Torain has some good ability, but he also has some injury concerns, so the Redskins need to find a compliment for him this offseason. Santana Moss is a true No. 1 receiver, but he is a free agent, and I’m not sure that he will be back next season. The rest of the receivers on the roster leave something to be desired, so the Redskins will need to find a new receiver regardless of whether or not Moss is back.
Chris Cooley is an above average tight end, and Fred Davis gives the Redskins a nice backup at that position. The offensive tackle positions are set, with Trent Williams and Jamaal Brown likely to hold those positions down for the next few seasons. Kory Lichtensteiger is solid at one guard, but the other guard position is far from settled. Casey Rabach is okay at center, but he is getting older and a long term replacement needs to be found.
The 3-4 defense didn’t work out so well in its first season, and the problems begin with the line. Adam Carriker had a very solid season last year, and was one of the few bright spots on the defense. Kedric Golston and Phillip Daniels aren’t ideal starters at the other spot, so the Redskins should look for an upgrade over them.
Albert Haynesworth didn’t want anything to do with playing the nose tackle position, despite how much money he was being paid. He is a locker room cancer, and the Redskins badly need to find him a new home, which means they also will need to find a new nose tackle.
Brian Orakpo is a Pro Bowl player at outside linebacker, and is one of the best young pass rushers in the league. The other outside spot was held down by Lorenzo Alexander, who is a solid player, but the Redskins need to find another impact pass rusher. London Fletcher made the Pro Bowl last season, and he is a great team leader. Rocky McIntosh is a solid player at the other inside linebacker spot, forming a solid tandem with Fletcher.
The secondary is a solid unit, beginning with DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers at cornerback. They are solid starters, and Phillip Buchannon is a decent nickelback. LaRon Landry and O.J. Atogwe will form one of the better starting safety combos in all of the NFL.