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Need to Know: Redskins’ top five areas of need

Dec 10, 2013, 6:15 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Tuesday, December 10, five days before the Washington Redskins visit the Atlanta Falcons.

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Whether the Redskins have a new coaching staff or not, there are some positions on the field that will be in need of upgrades via free agency or the draft. Here are my top five, in no particular order. Chime in with yours in the comments.

1. Offensive line—I could have made this a real easy post and just listed left guard, center, right guard, and right tackle as four of the positions of need. The reasoning here is very simple; if the coach is benching the franchise quarterback because he can’t be protected, it’s time to get a new line.

2. Inside/middle linebacker—I’m working on the assumption here that London Fletcher is retired or not resigned by the team. There is nobody groomed to replace him. Even if the team goes to a 4-3 scheme, Perry Riley may not be suited for middle linebacker duty.

3. Safety—If there is one area that Redskins fans would like to see a new coaching regime fix it’s this one. It’s been a problem area since that awful day in 2007 when Sean Taylor died.

4. Wide receiver—Part of the development of Griffin is on him. Part of it is on the team to get him additional legitimate weapons and a second wide receiver would help him out a lot.

5. Punter and kicker—Mike Shanahan said yesterday that both Sav Rocca and Kai Forbath are “struggling” and most fans and any new coaching staff that might come in would almost certainly agree.

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  1. sonnyg9 - Dec 10, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    1. A legit GM who can assess player and coaching talent.
    2. A head coach who isn’t insecure, can assemble a talented staff, can motivate his players, can make half time adjustments, and doesn’t feel the need to employ family members.
    3. A college scouting department that can i.d. talent outside of the first round of the draft.
    4. A stadium manager that’s smart enough to buy some salt.
    5. An owner smart enough to regonize he does more damage than good and that is willing to hire and empower a GM to run the show.

  2. manchild157 - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Seeing as we won’t have an unlimited amount of cap money, this is my list.
    1- 4 oline pieces that are legit starters that without a doubt makes everyone but TW a backup. Would like to keep those backups as depth until we can hopefully replace them or some of the younger guys push them out.
    2- Safety – maybe 2. lose Merriweather, keep Doughty.
    3-2 cornerbacks
    4-Definitely a punter. Kicker is pretty accurate, he worked on leg strength during off season…needs to stay in weight room to consistently boot it out of endzone.
    5-Special team players…a return man and a few pieces that want to play special teams

    • manchild157 - Dec 10, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      Even though our run game is good( except against the Chiefs) our oline is a sieve. Bad olines make Qbs and receivers look worse than they are because obviously the Qb doesn’t have time to check down and the receivers need to go through their routes to get separation.

  3. internetcareer - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    it is incredible anybody can list top 5 area of needs on the Redskins without beginning by list the number ONE need as a SPECIAL TEAMS COACH. That area of the team is actually losing games. Number 2 would be a right tackle…and number 3 would be a right guard. Then comes a FREE SAFETY and number 5 is a new defensive coach…. one who
    actually understands the concept that playing off 10 yards is a free ticket to completed passes.

    • Rich Tandler - Dec 10, 2013 at 1:53 PM

      It’s incredible anyone can read the article and make a comment like that. The lead clearly states that the list deals with “positions on the field”.

      Feel free to discuss what you want to but no need to take a shot like that.

  4. hailyeah1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    yep i agree five areas of need but on a side note you need coaches that can mold the players into solid units .
    haselett and his defensive coaches have not done that and special teams are a joke .

    • manchild157 - Dec 11, 2013 at 9:44 AM

      Hail Hailyeah1- As far as STs coach Burns goes- He must have some god awful teaching skills because the players seem to have turned a deaf ear to his instruction. Maybe he’s afraid to get in their face and chew them out or possibly he doesn’t carry an authoritative personna or possibly he stinks that bad on ST concept that they are not buying into his scheme. I would have expected improvement by game 4 but it never came. These guys are professional athletes who seem as though they aren’t buying in.

  5. arbano1 - Dec 11, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    The top five areas of need are Special Teams, Defense, Offense, Coaching Staff and Ownership. That pretty much covers it, don’t you think?

  6. kenlinkins - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    My plan for 2014: 1. Tag Orakpo as LB ($9.5 Million) then have him play DE in 4-3 on passing downs (also re-sign Riley ($4 million a year/ 4years). 2. Trade up to get a DT in draft who can pass rush (RaShade Hagemen or kid from Ohio State) our 2nd and 4th would do it. 3. Trade Cousins for a first round pick. There are 5 teams in the top 9 in draft who are looking for a QB, this saves them 2 years of development work. Use that pick to land another CB, also resign D. Hall ($5.5 million per year/3 years). 4. O-Line help, find out if LeRibues can play or cut him free, sign Free Agent RT and C (Too Many too list here, but we have money) 5. Try and sign Free Agent Jairus Byrd (Safety) if we can not, use 3rd round pick if value at FS/SS is there). While I agree both Punter and place kicker could use up grades, I would not be to concerned there, but I would use rest of draft picks looking for LB, DB types to play Special Teams (make sure they can tackle is the key). I know this leaves a big hole at WR, but I just do not know how to fix that and repair the defense at the same time. Any Help on the plan would be welcomed.

  7. rcjur - Dec 23, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    What the Redskins need to do first let go of Shanahan. Too many losing seasons since he was hired. Shanahan is a poor evaluator of talent and he picked these players. Get rid of Def. Coordinator, ST Coach and the Offensive Coordinator. I hope team can keep Raheem Morris and maybe consider him for head coach if you can’t get John Gruden. At least get a coach that will get the best out of his player’s and be a motivator. As for the current player’s on the team, the team should FINALLY say goodbye to all of these player’s who some has given us heart on field but all have made us less than average and many been around a year or two too long. They include on defense Wilson, Doughty, Golston, Biggers. Resign Hall and have Merriwether be a backup S. Offense rid Polumbus, Rocca, Morgan, Paul and Moss. Say goodbye to Bowen and Carriker. Resign Hall, Orakpo and have Merriwether be a backup Saftey on the team for one season. Get either a 1st Round or high 2nd Round pick for QB Cousins and with those 2 picks draft a Sean Taylor like Safety and a stud DT. Team should switch back to 4-3 defense and with extra money in FA add a DE, CB, LT and LB. With rest of draft get a Guard, Center, DT, CB and Safety. As for WR Skins can go with Garcon, Briscoe (capable to be #2), Hankerson and Robinson next season along with a healthy TE Reed, core should be fine. I would consider making a push for Texan WR Johnson to add with these WR’s. Archives

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