Key Issues for Offensive Mastermind Al Saunders

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Fifty-nine-year-old Al Saunders is now the man in charge of the mix on offense. (Gerald Herbert - AP)

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

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1. TOTAL CONTROL

Can Coach Gibbs Learn a New Trick?

When Joe Gibbs presented Al Saunders with the keys to the Redskins' offense, it was a stunning move. While offensive masterminds such as Mike Holmgren have ceded autonomy to a defensive coach, Gibbs and Saunders are both schooled in offense. Will Gibbs, who built a career on offensive ingenuity, be tempted to use his veto power?

2. KEEPING EVERYONE HAPPY

Will Harmony Run Aground?

The focal point of a Saunders offense is the running game -- just ask Priest Holmes or Larry Johnson. Clinton Portis will be happy, but Antwaan Randle-El and Brandon Lloyd signed big free agent contracts and will want the ball. So will Santana Moss. And don't forget Chris Cooley.

3. THE CAMPBELL FACTOR

Will Brunell Hear Footsteps?

Patrick Ramsey is gone. Mark Brunell will be 36 in September. The Redskins moved aggressively to draft Jason Campbell two years ago. During the offseason and minicamp, both Saunders and Gibbs said Campbell will see enough action to prove what he can do.


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