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In 2011, will Redskins need defensive substitutions?

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The Washington Post's LaVar Arrington, Rick Maese, Dan Steinberg and Jonathan Forsythe look back at the Redskins' 6-10 season and preview what promises to be a very busy offseason for Mike Shanahan.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011; 11:51 PM

A look at who started for the Redskins in Week 1 of this past season, and who might man those positions next season:

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LEFT DEFENSIVE END

Adam Carriker: A first-round bust with St. Louis, Carriker revived his career after his trade to the Redskins in April. He played his best in the final two games. If the Redskins fail to sign someone more talented, Carriker could fill the role adequately.

Possible 2011 starter: Carriker.

NOSE TACKLE

Maake Kemoeatu: The hard-working Kemoeatu impressed coaches while rehabbing from an Achilles' tendon injury that sidelined him for the entire 2009 season. But he rarely displayed his pre-injury form and ended the season on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. Nose tackle is the most important position in the 3-4, and the Redskins need an impact player there.

Possible 2011 starter: Unknown.

RIGHT DEFENSIVE END

Kedric Golston: If the dependable Golston is a backup, you've got a very good 3-4 defense. Unfortunately for the Redskins, Golston started the first 13 games. He is scheduled to undergo hernia surgery and is likely to be a free agent.

Possible 2011 starter: Unknown.

LEFT OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

Andre Carter: It was clear that the successful 4-3 defensive end was a bad fit as a linebacker in the 3-4. The Redskins must pay Carter a $4.075 million bonus this offseason to retain his rights. Carter should plan on becoming a free agent.


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