Fixing the Washington Redskins

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This has been a nightmare season for the Washington Redskins. But honestly, it’s been a nightmare for the better part of a decade. The team can’t stop losing, the players don’t trust the front office and fans are calling for the owner to sell the team.

But don’t worry Redskins fans, I’m here to help by showing you what the future could look like. I’ll go over the whole offseason plan, including the general manager and head coach positions, a free agency plan, and a special kind of mock draft.

Next up: the Miami Dolphins. But for now, let’s start fixing the Washington Redskins.

Head Coach and General Manager:

General Manager: Fire Bruce Allen

The culture of the Redskins is not good, and culture starts at the top. Many fans have been calling for Owner Daniel Snyder to sell the team, but that’s not realistic. The next best thing is to bring in a new GM.

Two potential GM candidates that are known for acquiring talent not only on the field, but also in the front office are Mike Borgonzi from the Chiefs and Eliot Wolf from the Browns. Both candidates currently work under two of the best GMs in the NFL right now, Chris Ballard on the Chiefs and John Dorsey on the Browns. Wolf’s father built the Brett Favre Packers and was suspected to take over in Green Bay before going to Cleveland last year.

Head Coach: Hire Matt Rhule, Ron Rivera, or Mike McCarthy

The Redskins parted ways with Head Coach Jay Gruden midway through the season and interim Head Coach Bill Callahan doesn’t look like a permanent mainstay at the helm. Partnering with a new GM, the Redskins need to find someone who can really establish a good culture. Oklahoma Head Coach Lincoln Riley wont go to the Redskins, but Baylor Head Coach Matt Rhule might. I would covet him, as he’s been turning around every organization he’s touched. He’s a guy who receives high respect from his players and can build a high-character locker room.

If not Rhule, recently fired Panthers’ Head Coach Ron Rivera should be next on the list. Rivera is the definition of a culture building guy, coming from a military background and playing linebacker for the Chicago Bears. Rivera would be able to step in and immediately improve the culture in Washington.

If they can’t get Rhule, I would try to coax Mike McCarthy to Washington. This isn’t as clear a hire, as McCarthy isn’t exactly known for establishing culture, but he would really help rookie QB Dwayne Haskins in his development.

Cut:

Trent Williams, OT

This isn’t a cut, but the Redskins need to trade OT Trent Williams. This saga has been going on since last year, but the bottom line is that Williams does not want to be in Washington because he does not trust the medical staff. He will not return, so the Redskins need to get something for him. It blows my mind that they didn’t try to trade him before the season, or even at the trade deadline, as his value is now much lower than it was before. The Redskins probably won’t get anything higher than a second round pick, when it was reported that the Browns offered them a first round pick earlier this year.

Josh Norman, CB

Norman isn’t even playing anymore, and has been a borderline healthy scratch for games. The Redskins can save $12.5 million if they move on from him after this season. This is a major no-brainer.

Resign:

Brandon Scherff, OG

Scherff, a first round pick in 2015, is their best offensive lineman, outside of Trent Williams. He should’ve already been signed to an extension, but that needs to be their biggest priority this offseason. Teams are built in the trenches, and an offensive line is either a young QB’s best friend, or worst enemy.

Adrian Peterson, RB

I don’t think Peterson is ready to retire, and he’s still running the ball well. He definitely needs to be used in a rotational situation, he can’t carry the workload as a featured back anymore. Hopefully RB Derrius Guice can shake off his many knee injuries and make a come back next season, and this pairing can continue to do well.

– Donald Penn, OT

Penn is reaching an older age, but he’s still a viable starter in the NFL. If the Redskins finally move on from Trent Williams, Penn could start at left tackle next season.

Chris Odom, Edge

Odom is on the bottom end of the rotation of edge rushers in Washington, but he’s put together enough good plays that he needs to be resigned this offseason.

Free Agency:

The biggest problem for Washington is free agency is, once again, culture. Even if the Redskins bring in a new GM and a culture-setting coach like Matt Rhule, the perception of this team won’t change that quickly. It will still be a tougher sell to come to Washington, therefore, free agency expectations have to be tempered.

I’ve broken down the potential free agent targets into tiers. Tier 1 is a group of players that are top talent, but unlikely to sign with the Redskins. Tier 2 is a list of players that I would spend top dollar on. Tier 3 is filled with players that aren’t at the top and I wouldn’t break the bank for, but I would still make a priority in bringing to Washington.

Tier 1:

Amari Cooper, WR
Chris Harris, CB
Byron Jones, CB

Tier 2:

Kyle Van Noy, LB
Jack Conklin, OT
Trae Waynes, CB
Marcus Peters, CB
Austin Hooper, TE
Andrus Peat, OG
Bruce Irvin, LB
– Bryan Bulaga, OT
Hunter Henry, TE

Tier 3:

Jimmy Smith, CB
Danny Trevathan, LB
Eli Apple, CB
– Anthony Costanzo, OT
Jason Verrett, CB
Kenyan Drake, RB
Kendall Fuller, CB
Andrew Sendejo, S
Bradley Roby, CB
Darron Lee, LB
Vonn Bell, S
Mackensie Alexander, CB
Eric Ebron, TE
– Daryl Williams, OT
Logan Ryan, CB
Jimmie Ward, S
– Nick Kwiatkowski, LB
Jack Doyle, TE
Kamalei Correa, LB

Draft:

First round: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama

The Redskins are currently in line for the third pick in the draft. It appears the Bengals will be picking first and they will select LSU QB Joe Burrow, and the Giants are currently sitting at the second spot, and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young looks like the likely pick.

Jeudy is my second best player in this draft class and looks like he’ll be a very good receiver in the NFL. Rookie sensation WR Terry McLaurin has been a revelation for the Redskins, but they need more talent out wide. Jeudy is reminiscent of Odell Beckham Jr. and is the best route runner in this class, something a young QB can benefit a lot from.

Third and Fourth Round: Offensive Lineman and Cornerback

The Redskins don’t have a second round pick after trading up last year to select Mississippi State’s edge rusher Montez Sweat. After taking the best player available in round one, they need to address their two weakest positions with their next two picks.

Offensive Linemen:

Calvin Throckmorton, Oregon
Shane Lemieux, Oregon
Lucas Niang, TCU
Yasir Durant, Missouri
Ben Bredeson, Michigan
Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame

Cornerback:

Bryce Hall, Virginia
Shaun Wade, Ohio State
Myles Bryant, Washington
Jaylon Johnson, Utah
Shyheim Carter, Alabama
Lavert Hill, Michigan

Fifth and Seventh (two picks) Rounds: Linebacker, Running Back, Defensive Lineman, Safety, Tight End

The Redskins traded their sixth round pick to the Broncos for QB Case Keenum. This roster has so many weak spots that they can’t really go wrong with the positions they look at with these last three picks. However, these positions are arguably their weakest (in order from weakest to strongest).

Linebacker:

Joe Bachie, Michigan State
Jeffrey McCulloch, Texas
Paddy Fisher, Northwestern

Running Back:

Lamical Perine, Florida
Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
Joshua Kelley, UCLA

Defensive Lineman:

Tyler Clark, Georgia
Darrion Daniels, Nebraska
Marlon Tuipulotu, USC

Safety:

– Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
Alohi Gilman, Notre Dame
Tanner Muse, Clemson

Tight End:

Harrison Bryant, Florida Atlantic
Luke Farrell, Ohio State
– Adam Trautman, Dayton

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