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Need to Know: Five questions–What’s next for the Redskins?

Dec 30, 2013, 4:58 AM EDT

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Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 29, 251 days before the opening Sunday of the 2014 NFL season.

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According to multiple reports, Mike Shanahan will be fired this morning when he meets with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Although that will be the end for Shanahan, it will be the beginning the process to rebuild the power structure at Redskins Park. As soon as that starts, there will be more questions than answers. Here’s a look at five of them:

1. Do all of the assistant coaches go? It seems likely that coordinators Kyle Shanahan, Jim Haslett (who reportedly has an expiring contract) and Keith Burns will be let go. It’s also seems likely that longtime Shanahan associates like Bob Slowick and Bobby Turner will be fired. But the Redskins might hold on to some guys like tight ends coach Sean McVay to see if the new head coach might want to keep them on.

2. What will the power structure be? Firing Shanahan opens up two jobs as he served as coach and general manager with final say over all football operations. Will a new coach get those powers, too? Or will the team go to the more traditional structure with a coach making the on-field decisions with a general manager handling the draft and free agency?

3. Who will emerge as the leading candidates for the head coaching and, if they go that way, GM jobs? This, of course, will be the question that gets the most attention. Plenty of time will be spent on that in the coming days.

4. What role will Bruce Allen play? Although Allen holds the title of general manager he doesn’t have the personnel acumen needed to conduct the draft, free agency, etc. It is widely assumed that Allen will get a new title, perhaps team president, and continue in his current role. But that is just speculation, we don’t know for sure.

5. What scheme will the new coaching staff run? A 3-4 defensive alignment or a 4-3? Zone blocking for the run or power blocking? Pass-oriented or run first? That will go a long way towards determining what players stay or go and what kind of players they will look for in the draft and in free agency.

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Stat of the day

—The Redskins set franchise single-season record for both pass attempts (611) and completions (355). Both marks were set in the 2010 season, when the Redskins went 6-10. Obviously these are records that you do not necessarily want to break.

Timeline

Days until: NFL free agency 71; 2014 NFL Draft 129; 2014 Opening Sunday 251

Today’s schedule: Player availability as they clean out their lockers 9; other events TBD

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  1. Lee Hernly - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    If the Redskins were smart, they’d 1) hire a competent GM and 2) hire Bill O’Brien away from Penn State. IMHO, that guy can REALLY Coach.

  2. kenlinkins - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    To quote Phil Robertson: ” HE GONE”! and I do like the idea of Bill O’Brien on the short list, I would also look at James Franklin (once an asst. at Maryland now HC at Vandy). Trying to find the next great NFL Head Coach out of College is a big gamble but with the right General Manager in place to keep cost under control and limit mistakes in the Draft, it has the highest pay off (as long as they have coached in the NFL at some point and have a good understanding of the pro game). I do not want someone who has been out of coaching for 2 to 5 years coming back and trying to feed his Ego, even if he has coached (or even won) in a Super Bowl. Hire your new GM and then allow the GM to hire his coach (and I hope it is someone like James Franklin and not Bill C or Jon G).

  3. rhinochaserdesign - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    “Although Allen holds the title of general manager he doesn’t have the personnel acumen needed to conduct the draft, free agency, etc. …”

    Allen just announced to have final say on Redskins personnel.

    uh-oh

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