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Redskins' coaches plan self-evaluation before making offseason roster decisions
Offensive coaches also will be responsible for reviewing the Redskins' defensive players, and the defensive coaches will study the offensive players. Each coach will go through all 16 Redskins games, and make an unbiased assessment.
"He'll write up each one of those players as he sees them, without getting into personalities," Shanahan said. "He'll grade those players. We'll do that with all the different positions."
The coordinators will similarly study their counterparts on the other side of the ball. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will review the Redskins' defense as though he were preparing to play against the unit. And defensive coordinator Jim Haslett will do the same. "Different ways that they would attack," Mike Shanahan said, "looking at the strengths and weaknesses as they see them as coordinators."
That process will take a couple of weeks. Only then will the coaching staff turn its attention to studying all the unrestricted free agents who could hit the market later this year. And then in February, they'll start researching some of the players who will be available in April's NFL draft.
By that point, the Redskins surely will have an idea of what they'll do with McNabb, Haynesworth and several other question marks that dot their depth chart. In the midst of that research, coaches will decide whether there's a space for Haynesworth on the roster, whether McNabb will remain a Redskin throughout the offseason and whether Rex Grossman did enough in his three-game audition to earn a new contract.
"I feel like I have another level that I can reach, and I believe [coaches] think that, too," Grossman said Monday. "So we'll see. We'll see what happens."
About the only likelihood for Washington players is that there will be plenty of changes before they report back to Redskins Park.
Haynesworth declined to comment on his situation on Monday. He is due $5.4 million for 2011, but the money is not guaranteed. NFL sources with knowledge of the situation have indicated that the Redskins are highly unlikely to simply cut him, so the Redskins could spend some of the early part of the offseason determining whether they could trade Haynesworth for a draft pick.
"Moving forward, I don't know what happens," said defensive end Vonnie Holliday, among Haynesworth's closest friends on the team. "But I hope that he uses this as some type of motivation - if he's here, or wherever he is - to take it to that next level and to play, and he learns and grows from this."
"I think there has to be some closure to the situation. . . . They [have to] have an opportunity to talk things out," Holliday said. ". . . With the suspension, they didn't get a chance to talk or communicate exactly what they were both feeling, and the reasons why, and hopefully they'll come to some conclusion after this meeting."