Less Than 15 Pre-Shanahan Players Remain on the Redskins Roster
And it may be even fewer of them by the time the 2012 season starts. Of the players that were associated with the Redskins in one form or another, prior to January 2010 are:
- Anthony Armstrong
- Chris Wilson (left in 2010, came back last month)
- Leigh Torrence
- Darrel Young
- Graham Gano
- Lorenzo Alexander
- Kevin Barnes
- Chris Cooley
- Fred Davis
- Reed Doughty
- London Fletcher
- Kedric Golston
- DeAngelo Hall
- Rob Jackson
- Will Montgomery
- Santana Moss
- Brian Orakpo
And all signs are pointing to roughly half of these players being gone before the roster is finalized. It's truly a sign that Shanahan is rebuilding this team more in his image and this year's drafting and free-agency proves that there's still work to be done.
It's a good thing really. With the system that Shanahan employs, he needs specific types of players, guys who fit the mold he's working with. You can't force a square peg into a round hole, so Shanhan and Bruce Allen have been working to find the round pegs.
It promises to be an interesting season for Washington, given the strength of their schedule and the promise of a rookie phenom quarterback. Let's just hope that the pieces and parts can come together in time to see some real success on the field this year. Injuries will play a large part in any success they may hope to achieve, particularly when they haven't built a whole lot of quality depth at some key positions.
The offensive line is still a work in progress, and the defensive secondary is suspect at best.
DeAngelo Hall isn't really the answer at Cornerback, but he's what they've got to work with right now. Hopefully Defensive Coordinator Jim Haslett can get Hall to play a little tighter coverage this season instead of giving a 10 - 15 yard cushion to the receiver before the ball is even snapped.