What are the needs on offense?

What are the needs on offense?
December 2, 2011, 5:16 pm
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By Rich TandlerWith the championship competition phase of Redskins 2011 season essentially over, we have been looking forward to 2012 and beyond to see what building blocks the Redskins have in place.Last week we looked at the offense (wide receivertight end, running backs, offensive line) with the exception of the quarterback position, which well do in a moment here. Before moving on to talk about the future building blocks on defense, were going to summarize the offense and see what the Redskins will need to look for on that side of the ball going forward.Before that, however, we can dispense with the quarterback position very quickly by saying that there is no quarterback of the future currently on the roster. Rex Grossman has been playing better since he was un-benched but the most he will be here is the bridge to the next guy. Mike Shanahan really wanted to see what he had in John Beck and it took him three games to find out that Beck doesnt seem to have what it takes. Jonathan Crompton is on the practice squad and that probably is his ceiling.Needless to say, quarterback tops the Redskins needs list.Here how we broke down the other positions (note that out refers to players who may be with the Redskins in 2012 but who are unlikely to be around in 2013 and beyond):Running backKey starters: None
Marginaldepth players: Tim Hightower, Roy Helu, Darrel Young
Out by 2013: Ryan Torain, Mike SellersOffensive lineKey starters: Trent Williams, Chris Chester
Marginaldepth players: Kory Lichtensteiger, Will Montgomery, Maurice Hurt, Tyler Polumbus, Willie Smith
Out: Erik Cook, Jammal Brown, Sean LocklearWide receivertight endKey starters: Fred Davis (pictured), Leonard Hankerson
Marginaldepth players: David Anderson, Niles Paul, Terrence Austin, Santana Moss, Logan Paulsen, Chris Cooley, Anthony Armstrong
Out: Donte Stallworth, Jabar GaffneyI wrote this before Helus performance in Seattle last Sunday so I might be tempted to nudge him up into the key starter category at running back. Although one solid performance does not mean he is a long-term solution for the purposes of taking a look here well say that the Redskins are set at running back for the next few years with Helu with the understanding that Helu is not yet a proven commidity. We did the same with Hankerson based on his last game before going on IR.So here are the starting positions that the Redskins are likely to need to address in free agency or in the draft.QuarterbackLeft guardCenterRight tackleFullbackWide receiver (2)The reason that there are two wide receivers listed is that the Redskins, like most teams, line up with 3-4 wide receivers so frequently that you have to have at least three who are of starting caliber.Davis is an unresticed free agent but there seems to be a good chance that the Redskins will be able to keep him.That is a pretty extensive list. Keep in mind that some of the marginaldepth players could develop into long-term solutions. In particular, its not hard to see Niles Paul developing into a solid third wide receiver and if Kory Lichtensteiger recovers from his knee injury he could be the left guard for several years to come.And all teams, even the best of them, have some positions that are be filled with just a guy. A good offensive coordinator can scheme around a weak link or two.Still, there is a lot of work to be done. It is doubtful that they will be able to get themselves set everywhere in one offseason. But it needs to start at quarterback.What do you think the Redskins' needs are? Who are the keepers and who should be replaced? Let us know in the comments.