Week 6, 2009. This is the beggining of the pipeline to Washington. Jim Zorn's job is in serious trouble, and a loss to another "loser" would just about push Daniel Snyder over the edge. Enter Kansas City.
I remember wondering if Zorn would come on as our OC and how lucky we would be if he did. Here we are a little under two years later and we've managed to get him in a much better capacity, focusing entirely on what he does best; Fixing the Quarterback.
Jim Zorn's two year tenure with the Redskins would come to an end that season. Left behind was a mess of players that he inherited from Joe Gibbs. While he didn't necessarily draft many of the players he coached, he did make a solid connection with them.
It's hard to say whether Zorn was a popular guy in the locker room with the Redskins, with how little player reaction there is. But I'm guessing he's a good guy given how adamant Joe Flacco was about keeping him in Baltimore. Also it's hard to say how much a position coach has a say in who we bring on, we've never brought in a single Gary Gibbs product, and he was once a defensive coordinator.
Under Jim Zorn, Moss had his third and fourth best seasons of his entire career. To say that was because of Zorn is a stretch, but Zorn did oversee the offense, so in the very least Zorn must be impressed with Moss. Moss brings a very potent speed threat to the table, and has shown the ability to stretch the field despite never having another threat across him other than Chris Cooley at TE and Clinton Portis at RB.
Moss' likelihood of staying in Washington is very, very, small seeing as he got cut from the team rather than serving his entire contract. Meanwhile the need for a deep threat Wide Receiver is pretty evident in Kansas City. With a deep threat, players like Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Tony Moeaki, and Dexter McCluster's play could get to the next level.
A Moss signing wouldn't cost much and could net us great value. A player like Moss is set to decline at this age, but if we could get two years out of him, it would be enough for Haley to find and groom the future of that position for the Chiefs, sort of how he's using Thomas Jones.
Carlos Rogers had solid years under Zorn. He was a legitimate corner for Washington. The reason why he's on the free market is because of frequent injuries.
Considering how thin Washington's secondary is, there's a good possibility that Rogers is retained. Then again, there's just as much a chance that he's shown the door, because Mike Shannahan is pretty much insane. There isn't much of a need for a starting caliber CB in Kansas City but there's a good argument that we need better depth.
A Rogers signing in KC probably takes Travis Daniels out of the mix. Rogers is unreliable for a whole season, but I'd be completely fine with him spot starting for 4-6 games should a starter sustain a serious injury. Also Rogers' size would help when Chargers week rolls around, his size and speed would help Brandon Carr out a lot.
Rocky McIntosh, ILB
Once a solid OLB in the 4-3, McIntosh's transition to the 3-4 ILB position did not go very well. It wasn't so much that his production fell off as much as he just looked lost in the new scheme. This could partially be because of the coaching staff, trying to implement a defensive scheme they had never run in the past. McIntosh, despite all this was able to post 110 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble. McIntosh, while not particularly solid in pass coverage, can dominate at the line of scrimmage. He's a strong linebacker with size to take on Full Backs. McIntosh brings a lot of ability as a rush Nickel OLB as well.
The Redskins are in chaos mode, Mike Shannahan tried a win now approach and discovered why that's not the "norm" in the NFL, as the whole thing backfired on him. I'd lean toward believing he'd want to leave Washington. He's looking at 30 in two years and is in his prime right now, a rebuilding act that got set back a whole year may not be where he wants to be.
The chances the Chiefs bring in McIntosh are probably slim. McIntosh would be much too expensive to sit behind Derrick Johnson. He has the girth and athleticism to switch over to the strong side but I'm not sure how attractive that would be for a free agent in his situation. McIntosh will probably look for a 4-3 team that will get him back in his natural position.
H.B Blades, ILB
How's this for a guy you've never heard of? Blades has secretly been a guy I've wanted since I started researching Zorn guys. Blades is very raw, and was thought of highly by Jim Zorn in Washington. Blades is a guy that could eventually turn into a starter but for now is solid depth at very nice price for any team. Where Blades makes his money is on special teams coverage.
Blades may stay in Washington for stability, while he's someone you want on your team he's not necessarily the most popular linebacker in the NFL. I'm sure Washington believes in him more than another squad will. Then again; Mike Shannahan and Dan Snyder, you never know.
An H.B Blades signing in Kansas City would be just about perfect. Just think Corey Mays but younger and better, with a much higher ceiling. He'd sit behind Belcher and provide a solid rotational presence, while helping Terrance Copper turn our Special Teams coverage into an elite unit.
Phillip Buchanon , CB
He has all the ability in the world but just isn't a football player. He could be had for depth at Nickel but only at a veterans minimum.
Will Montgomery, IL
Basically the zone blocking version of Rudy Niswanger. You can swing him around the interior line but he'll never be a solid starter in the NFL.
Reed Doughty, S
Terrible in coverage, but is decent depth as he can play both S positions, not well, but well enough.
Stephon Heyer, OT