The Playoffs Haven't Even Started and the Skins Are into the Off-Season

Josh McCainSenior Writer IJanuary 6, 2010

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 13:  Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Denver Broncos against the Houston Texans during the NFL game against the at  Reliant Stadium on December 13, 2007 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B.  Shea/Getty Images)
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Well now that the regular season—and the Redskin's season—is over, Dan Snyder's real championship begins.

Already he's made a big splash (though expected) and has signed coach Mike Shanahan to try and steer the ship back on a championship course.

With Shanahan we can expect his son to come in to help run the offense, which I am fine with.  It's not like this will be his son's first time doing this.  He is currently the offensive coordinator in Houston after all. 

Also, the Redskins can expect to have a completely new defensive staff.

Now the question comes, what to do with the players?

First off, if this team is serious about rebuilding they need to cut the fat where they can.  If they can trade away or just dump a high-salary, low-producing player , then they need to do so.

There is a knee jerk reaction for this team to draft a quarterback, which may or may not be the best course of action.  I think Shanahan needs to fairly evaluate Jason Campbell and figure out if he can build an offense around him.

Even if the Skins do use the fourth pick on a QB, either Campbell or Todd Collins needs to be retained so the new kid isn't thrown into the fire too quickly—especially if it's Sam Bradford.

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First priority needs to the the O-Line.  I think quarterbacks like Mary Rypien and an aging Doug Williams are perfect examples of what you can get out of an average quarterback when they have protection.

Everyday it looks as if the NFL is getting closer and closer to an uncapped year for the 2010-2011 season.

I know part of Dan Snyder is licking his chops to spend away and get a Super Bowl that year (and part of me wants to encourage that because how nice would it be to win a Super Bowl in Dallas).

I would ask him to restrain from opening up his Scrooge McDuck vault and actually use that opportunity to save some money. 

If there is no cap, there is no penalty for releasing and trading players.  Dump or trade Albert Haynesworth.  I think he's made a difference on the defensive front, but unless he averages 25 sacks a season, he isn't worth the money we're paying him—not to mention he's only playing about 60 percent of the snaps.

If Snyder wants to be elite like the Colts or the Patriots, he needs to save money and invest what money he spends wisely. 

This team needs to find ways to trade for draft picks and build up a franchise of younger guys and stop spending tons of money on veterans who are looking for that big pay day and aren't 100 percent interested in playing football once they've gotten it.

<cough, Deion, cough, Bruce Smith>  Sorry about that. Does anyone have some Halls?

So with all of the change coming to D.C., I think the best idea for the new general manager, Bruce Allen, and the new coach would be to take their time and not make hasty "quick fix" decisions.

After all that's what got this team this low to begin with. 

We'll get there Skins fans, we've just got to have patience.  It may take four or five seasons, but if the team spends wisely and builds through the draft, a return to the 80's isn't that far fetched.