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http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/playoffs05/insider/columns/story?columnist=theismann_joe&id=2294143 full article

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The Redskins obviously need to start looking at finding ways to improve their offense. They had the worst offense of the final eight despite having a key nucleus of Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis and Santana Moss. That nucleus is good enough for next season, but they need to add another receiver to the mix to stop teams from double covering Moss.

The Skins are playing excellent defense and the organization ensured continuity in terms of the scheme by retaining defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. Although they will probably add and subtract some players on their defense, it's imperative the Redskins keep their scheme intact because it works exceptionally well and it makes sure that the defense won't have to learn a new scheme next season. It's very difficult for a veteran team to have to learn a scheme during training camp because that takes time away from practice. They should get another cornerback in the draft or through free agency so they can play a more aggressive version of Williams' scheme next season.

On special teams, they need to find a kicker who can kick off for them, because right now they are giving opposing teams great field position. That was obvious during their game against the Seattle Seahawks, where they consistently gave the Hawks good field position because they couldn't pin them with their kicks.

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Bravo. Finally someone in the media realized that our specialists were killing us in 2005. Frost was among the least productive punters in the NFC and Hall consistently got off short kicks giving teams starting field position outside the 30.

The special teams COVERAGE units did a great job in 2005, the best results we have had in a number of years.

But we do need to re-evaluate the specialists, including the returners.

If Tupa can come back healthy at 40 I think he will reclaim the punting job, where he finished #2 in the NFC in 2004.

I think we should bring back Nick Novak and perhaps another younger kicker to compete with John Hall over the course of an entire offseason.

As far as Antonio Brown goes, he did help us win the Arizona game and for that I will always be grateful :)

But after that 91 yard return, he did little to help the team the next 4-5 games.

Against the Bucs and Seattle we got zippo out of our return game.

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Frost sucked in Cleveland before we got him. Frost sucked in Washington while we had him. No doubt, Frost will continue to suck wherever he goes next.

Let someone else wince ever time he runs out on the field - I can't handle any more 14 yard punts with a playoff game on the line.

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I agree with all that Theismann said.

However, I also think that -- and god bless Ray Brown, I don't take anything away from that man -- one thing that Joe missed was our lack of depth on the offensive line. I think bulldog pointed this out in a different thread, but it was woeful that we threw Cory Raymer in the guard position against Seattle. That we didn't have a serviceable backup to plug in along the line is a position of weakness; of all the spots to have depth, line should be top priority.

We have better line play against Seattle, and maybe the outcome is different.

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i think we need to find a agressive corner too. Springs looked pretty old by the end of the yr getting injuried in 3 out of the last 4 games.

He did not play in some key games. Denver, and maybe a few more. We need another young corner to go with and Springs, and that can start when Springs gets hurt so Walt Harris can never see the feild

I think Rogers will be the number one corner next yr. He started to look lock down by the end of the yr

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the need to put an injured Raymer in there at guard in a playoff game is directly linked to the organization's failure to develop younger talent. the two guys we drafted in 2004, Wilson and Molinaro, were supposed to be depth players we could bring along. instead we cut Wilson in camp and Molinaro was made inactive most of the season.

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I agree with all that Theismann said.

However, I also think that -- and god bless Ray Brown, I don't take anything away from that man -- one thing that Joe missed was our lack of depth on the offensive line. I think bulldog pointed this out in a different thread, but it was woeful that we threw Cory Raymer in the guard position against Seattle. That we didn't have a serviceable backup to plug in along the line is a position of weakness; of all the spots to have depth, line should be top priority.

We have better line play against Seattle, and maybe the outcome is different.

What was fascinating to me about using Raymer was that we didn't use Molinaro. Yes, I know Molinaro is a tackle, but you're telling me that decrepit Cory Raymer is a better option at RG than Molinaro?

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Bravo. Finally someone in the media realized that our specialists were killing us in 2005. Frost was among the least productive punters in the NFC and Hall consistently got off short kicks giving teams starting field position outside the 30.

The special teams COVERAGE units did a great job in 2005, the best results we have had in a number of years.

But we do need to re-evaluate the specialists, including the returners.

If Tupa can come back healthy at 40 I think he will reclaim the punting job, where he finished #2 in the NFC in 2004.

I think we should bring back Nick Novak and perhaps another younger kicker to compete with John Hall over the course of an entire offseason.

As far as Antonio Brown goes, he did help us win the Arizona game and for that I will always be grateful :)

But after that 91 yard return, he did little to help the team the next 4-5 games.

Against the Bucs and Seattle we got zippo out of our return game.

I agree with every word you said. We do need another P, K and PR; Betts has done a good job as our KR . . . if he returns.

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We need depth on the O line, another WR that can actually catch a ball, depth at DB, and at least one good, pass rushing DE.

All of these problem can be and should be addressed this offseason. If Lavar restructers his contract, we could be sitting sweet come September.

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the need to put an injured Raymer in there at guard in a playoff game is directly linked to the organization's failure to develop younger talent. the two guys we drafted in 2004, Wilson and Molinaro, were supposed to be depth players we could bring along. instead we cut Wilson in camp and Molinaro was made inactive most of the season.

Agreed. I think it's fairly obvious we need to rebuild depth in the secondary as well as the offensive and defensive lines.

Excellent points Bulldog. Mark Wilson was a huge disappointment considering he was a pretty decent tackle in Cali. He even started against Pittsburgh last year.

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the need to put an injured Raymer in there at guard in a playoff game is directly linked to the organization's failure to develop younger talent. the two guys we drafted in 2004, Wilson and Molinaro, were supposed to be depth players we could bring along. instead we cut Wilson in camp and Molinaro was made inactive most of the season.

I missed this post the first time.

Let's not forget that both Wilson and Molinaro were essentially hires by Joe Bugel who personally scouted them. Joe's a great o-line coach, but we may want to leave o-line scouting to Cerrato and his crew who, for all the criticism they received, managed to assemble Samuels, Dockery, Thomas, and - depending upon how you look at who made the call - Rabach.

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What was fascinating to me about using Raymer was that we didn't use Molinaro. Yes, I know Molinaro is a tackle, but you're telling me that decrepit Cory Raymer is a better option at RG than Molinaro?
again, it is a sign that Molinaro is not prepared to be an NFL contributor.

Well, although I tend to agree, another concept here is Gibbs' penchant for using veterans, particularly in playoff scenarios. One contributing factor could simply be Molinaro's inexperience.

That doesn't explain away the regular season inactives, however. But I'm still willing to be the optimist on Molinaro and hope he gives us something in the future.

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"the need to put an injured Raymer in there at guard in a playoff game is directly linked to the organization's failure to develop younger talent. the two guys we drafted in 2004, Wilson and Molinaro, were supposed to be depth players we could bring along. instead we cut Wilson in camp and Molinaro was made inactive most of the season."

bingo! it all gets back to personnel/roster management. we're only starting to right a seriously out of whack problem.

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Everyone refused to touch the negative JG stuff..lol..depth at WR or O line is needed but we have too much talent to be playing O like we did down the strectch in the most important games(Philly,Tampa,Seattle). That's one of the things I got from reading Joe's quote

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Everyone refused to touch the negative JG stuff..lol..depth at WR or O line is needed but we have too much talent to be playing O like we did down the strectch in the most important games(Philly,Tampa,Seattle). That's one of the things I got from reading Joe's quote

Who was refusing to "touch the negative JG stuff", whatever that means?

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Frost sucked in Cleveland before we got him. Frost sucked in Washington while we had him. No doubt, Frost will continue to suck wherever he goes next.

Let someone else wince ever time he runs out on the field - I can't handle any more 14 yard punts with a playoff game on the line.

I liked that young fella we had in preseason oh what was his name.. Groom wasn't it? I thought he should have gotten the job over Frost, but you know how Joe Gibbs loves him veterans.

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I liked that young fella we had in preseason oh what was his name.. Groom wasn't it? I thought he should have gotten the job over Frost, but you know how Joe Gibbs loves him veterans.

I agree. You can't coach a big leg, and Groom has that while Frost does not. Besides, Frost was obtained supposedly for his reliability and accuracy as a punter, but I saw as much inconsistency from him as anyone we'd had in recent years.

I'd love to develop a punter like Groom and have him for a long time.

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