Mock Offseason from Skinsfan36
One of our members decided to do a mock offseason for the Redskins. Below is what he came up with:
2014 Mock Offseason: Jay Gruden as Next Head Coach
With the season down to four games left and the Redskins eliminated from playoff contention, I decided to do a mock offseason situation with Allen staying at GM, or AJ Smith stepping into the role, then hiring Jay Gruden as the next head coach. Gruden in this scenario hires someone like Sean McDermott as his Defensive Coordinator (change to a 43). Gruden runs a ZBS about 90% of the time and will help RG3 develop as a pocket passer. What I like and what I’m sure Redskins fans will like is that Gruden gets the most out of his offensive talent. Expect to see swing passes to Helu and Thompson, and Reed lining up everywhere creating mismatches. I’m sure we will upgrade WR and O-line coaches which is a must. McDermott will run an aggressive defense that will cause turnovers. It will be a big upgrade from Haslett (well what wouldn’t be, right?). I think they can find a special teams coach at Target in the electronics department that would be better than Keith Burns. This mock has cuts, re-signings (and non re signings) and a mock draft.
Caps numbers/savings taken from Sportrac and guesses on contracts:
Projected 2014 cap is an estimated $123 million. Currently the offseason cap space for the Redskins is about 33 million. This is a lot of cap room and an ideal situation for a fresh start. More will be cleared up with cuts.
Free agents to let walk: Morgan, Davis (writing is on the wall), Grossman (Gruden won’t want him here), Moss (thanks for the good years–time to hang up the cleats), Worthington (34 player), London (time to hang up the cleats well before 2013, truthfully), Tapp (probably signs one year deal elsewhere), Bryan Kehl (player coming off ACL), Josh Wilson(very awful), Biggers (awful), Doughty (new staff doesnt keep), Merriweather (replaced by Thomas returning), Briscoe, Hall (try to resign, but I think he goes elsewhere).
Free agents Redskins will resign: Aldrick Robinson (ERFA tender–455k), Perry Riley (3 years, 6 million–moves to Sam Backer), Chris Baker (1 year, 850k–he’s played well enough for camp invite, Rob Jackson (2 years, 1.8 million–Mcdermott moves him around to make plays), Nick Barnett (1 year, 940k–mike linebacker position until rookie ready to take over, Brian Orakpo (3 years, 16 million–doesn’t get what he wants, stays in D.C. After these re-signings the Redskins are about 25 million under cap.
Players cut: Sav Rocca (900k–he’s just not been good), Adam Carriker (void 4.7million–may never be able to return), Tanard Jackson (not really counting on cap–must I explain?), Chris Chester (3 million–this was a horrible contract), Tyler Polumbus (900k–he shouldnt be on any NFL roster), Kory Lichtensteiger (2 million–can go start his new career as a mime). Bowen survives cuts because his contract was restructured badly. Will Montgomery may get cut in camp after Gettis beats him out. Players like Nick Williams and Maurice Hurt (cheap contract players) will be brought to camp and then most likely cut.
Pre free agency cap room: roughly 9 million back (unsure on how Carriker contract is structured), so that brings the cap space to about 34 million again.
Now to the free agent signings: CB Aqib Talib (3 years, 22 million), FS Jarius Byrd (5 years, 34 million), Punter Chris Kluwe (2 years, 3 million), ILB Dj Williams (2 years, 2 million), OLB Vincent Rey (3 years, 4 million), DT Vance Walker (1 year, 750k), CB Tim Jennings (3 years, 9 million), SS Corey Lynch (1 year, 850k), OG Jason Spitz (2 years, 4 million), OG Geoff Schwartz (3 years, 10 million), WR Golden Tate (5 years, 20 million), RT Anthony Collins (3 years, 8 million).
So to recap this free agent haul, there are three big splashes at huge holes, then there are solid value signings that fill needs or band-aid them until they can get replaced by younger talent. Talib and Byrd will lock down number one corner and FS (gaping hole since Sean Taylor passed, R.I.P). Tate provides a great compliment to Garcon and a huge upgrade over Morgan. Jennings will provide an upgrade on Wilson. Collins will play right tackle as he was swing tackle for Gruden in Cincinatti. Spitz and Schwartz will man the guard positions. Gettis will challenge Spitz and/or Montgomery at center. Lynch, Walker, and Williams are all depth guys. Rey has been playing very well filling in for Rey Maluguga and could push to start on outside.
Now onto the 2014 draft:
2nd: WR Kelvin Benjamin, FSU. 6′5 with speed–something Redskins have never had. Number 1 potential.
3th: ILB Yamin Smallwood, Uconn. Rock solid mike backer in the making.
4th: G/C Weston Richberg, Colorado State. Diamond in the rough that has started at center for three years and could play some guard too.
5th: WR Jeremy Gallon, Michigan. Scrappy WR who can make plays, play in slot and stretch field. Gruden can use him like he uses baby hawk now (remember him destroying Crawford last year?).
6th: DT Bruce Gaston, Purdue. Another productive purdue DT.
7th: OT Billy Turner, North Dakota State. Developmental tackle.
UDFA: developmental QB, any linebackers and o-linemen with upside.
So here’s how the roster shapes up:
QB: RG3, Cousins, vet or developmental guy
RB: Morris, Helu, Thompson, Young
WR: Coleman, Tate, Garcon, Gallon, Hankerson, Robinson
TE: Reed, Paulsen, Paul or UDFA
OT: Williams, Collins, Compton, Turner (PS to start year)
OG: Spitz, Schwartz, Gettis, Leribus or UDFA
OC: Richberg, Montgomery
DE: Kerrigan, Orakpo, Brandon Jenkins, Bowen
DT: Coefield, Jarvis Jenkins, Walker, Gaston
SLB: Riley, Jackson
ILB: Smallwood, Barnett, Williams (play some OLB)
WLB: Rey, Robinson
CB: Talib, Amerson, Jennings, Crawford, Minnifield
FS: Byrd, Rambo
SS: Thomas, Lynch, Robinson (for teams)
Pretty big turnover with some younger guys kept to see if the new staff can make something out of them. The offense gets a huge revamp with new starters at both guards, right tackle and center. Wide reciever gets three new players as Hank and Aldrick become trade bait in the final year of their contracts. The defense starts a complete overhaul and gets a top 3 FS and a number one corner while getting rid of Wilson altogether. McDermott could move Jenkins or Bowen outside on run downs. Skins may struggle a bit vs run when Rak/Kerrigan are on the field. The defense should improve to formidable middle of the pack. I think that is awesome considering the weekly dumpster fire we’ve been used to the last four seasons. The DL, OLB and TE (behind Reed) will need upgrades next year but they can get by for now.They can also look for cuts to bolster these positions. The special teams gets Crawford back to return kicks. Gallon could also be an option there. All these moves will get the team in right direction. There’s still some holes but Shanahan really didn’t create a good roster. What do you think? What would you change?