Strategy And Personnel

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After trying to fix a defense that had ranked 31st last year by adding free agents Barry Cofield, Stephen Bowen, Josh Wilson and Oshiomogho Atogwe and drafting Ryan Kerrigan in the first round, the Redskins are expected to overhaul the offense this offseason.

Upgrading at quarterback is the top priority, but the offensive line is full of questions with left tackle Trent Williams one failed drug test from a year-long suspension, left guard Kory Lichtensteiger coming off a torn ACL, center Will Montgomery a free agent and right tackle Jammal Brown, an oft-injured, aging, high-priced risk.


Quarterback: Rex Grossman (5-8, 25 turnovers, 72.4 passer rating) shouldn't be a starter. Backup John Beck (0-3, five turnovers, 72.1 rating) is an even worse option.

Offensive line: When right guard Chris Chester, a so-so free agent signee, is your most reliable starter, there's much work to be done.

Safety: LaRon Landry is very talented but the free agent missed 17 of the past 25 games with a chronic left Achilles injury and other related health woes. Oshiomogho Atogwe wasn't the force he was expected to be when he signed as a free agent last March while Reed Doughty should be a backup and fifth-rounder DeJon Gomes wasn't ready to start.

OLB Brian Orakpo (left pectoral/shoulder) and RB Roy Helu (toe, knee) ended the season banged up, but there was no expectation that either would need surgery. The same goes for WR Leonard Hankerson, who missed the final seven games with a torn hip labrum. SS LaRon Landry is still mulling whether to have the recommended left Achilles surgery that cut his 2010 season short and hampered his 2011 campaign but which he declined to have last winter. DEs Kedric Golston and Jarvis Jenkins, G Kory Lichtensteiger and RB Tim Hightower are all rehabbing from ACL surgeries. TE Chris Cooley said that the left knee that ended his season after five games is doing well. CB Phillip Buchanon (shoulder), who played in just one game, and DE Chris Baker (hip), who was hurt in his first practice, don't figure to return.

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