1. Jerry Gray.
Sounds as if the Lions will interview Gray in Ashburn. We're not expecting him to get the Detroit job, not with many attractive and bigger-name candidates out there. But Gray has good qualities and would be attractive to the Lions as a defensive coordinator. He's also friends with GM Martin Mayhew. Gray deserves to be more than just a secondary coach.
2. More secondary.
Carlos Rogers' annoyance is very real. He wants to stay here and his words Monday about not being a backup, etc., were not just from the emotion of one game. It's consistent with what he said leading up to the game, too. It hasn't changed one bit. The Redskins could have their corner combo in place for the next five years with Rogers and DeAngelo Hall. But if they bring back Springs, don't be surprised if Rogers pursues a trade. He hasn't said that, but it's not a stretch. He knows his next contract will set him up for a while so to enter that as a third corner is not what he wants. Of course, the Redskins aren't set up to please Rogers. But he was having a terrific year, marred only by dropped interceptions.
3. Jason Campbell.
He couldn't understand why Jim Zorn would even need to endorse him for next season. But there is still doubt about him. One player wondered if Colt Brennan would be the starter in two years, saying he ju st has something about him that makes you feel confident big plays will follow. But another vet said he liked Campbell's intangibles. And even the player who liked Colt two weeks earlier said Campbell was not the problem with the offense.
4. Offensive talent.
It's clear the Redskins need a major upgrade on offense. No play from scrimmage went more than 29 yards in the final seven games. That … is … terrible. I don't know that another year with Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas will help that much. Thomas still looked raw by season's end; he's a speed guy who never ran past anyone. And Kelly's knees worried some in the organization before the draft (it's why some hoped the team would draft end Phillip Merling or Jerod Mayo). For the most part they're slow at receiver, aside from Santana Moss.
If several of the older players do get released, it'll change the atmosphere in the locker room without a doubt. The past four years have been, by far, the best locker room I've covered since landing on the Redskins beat in 1994. Very professional and respectful. Outside of Brandon Lloyd, there were few knuckleheads, if any. So be careful when wanting certain guys to exit. This group largely was brought in by Joe Gibbs. Will Vinny and Dan follow his blueprint or will they look for their own sort of guy? This group works hard and never quit on each other or the season. They played ha rd at the end not for Zorn, but for themselves. It's who they are. They haven't won so changes are necessary, but it comes with a price.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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