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Fan Mailbag: Haynesworth On Offense?


Wondering about a player's status? Trying to recall a past game? Want some insight on the Redskins?'s Gary Fitzgerald opens up the mailbag on Tuesday and answers fan questions.

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Question: It's time we start to think outside the box. For example, several times we have failed to score from the 1-yard line. My idea would be to go with a three wide receiver set to spread out the defense and then bring in Albert Haynesworth, i.e. William "The Refrigerator" Perry, to lead block for Clinton Portis. The defense has to stack the box to try to stop it, and if they don't, no one can stop Haynesworth from getting at least a 1-yard push. What do you think?

-- Andre D.

Gary: Ever since the Redskins signed Haynesworth last March, this idea has been percolating among fans. Why not use Haynesworth in some kind of "Refrigerator" role on offense? Makes sense, but it may not be practical. "I think he has enough on the defensive line to keep him busy," Jim Zorn said last week. "It's just not as easy as it sounds. We can do one play, but we're trying to get some sense of consistency [on offense]. To switch it up and do things like's fun, and it seems like it's going to work, but when the intensity level is so high on the goal line, it's hard. It's really hard to get that choreographed in just a couple days. So I would not do that. I would want to work on it."

Question: Thanks for answering my question last week. My question this week is with the success of the current offensive line combination, if for the remainder of the season the Redskins stick with this combination and they excel, do you still see them targeting offensive line in the draft?

-- Jamel J.

Gary: The offensive line was solid in the Redskins' 27-17 win over the Broncos and I believe Levi Jones has a real opportunity to win a job here long-term. Ultimately, this is a unit that needs an infusion of young, elite-level talent. The Redskins have multiple needs heading into next year's draft. It's uncertain if Chris Samuels and Randy Thomas will be back next year, so drafting one of the elite offensive tackles next year would be a prudent move.

Question: Why do the Redskins coaches seem to think more highly of Quinton Ganther than they did of Marcus Mason and Anthony Alridge? How come they brought back Ganther instead of Mason or Alridge?

-- Brandon O.

Gary: Ganther has more NFL experience as a special teams player than both Mason and Alridge. Last year, Ganther played in 13 games for the Tennessee Titans and posted five special teams tackles. Both Mason and Alridge flashed as running backs during preseason, but they could never establish themselves on Danny Smith's coverage units. Ganther played for Redskins offensive coordinator Sherman Smith in Tennessee, so he was a known quantity and someone Smith felt could help the team. Based on Ganther's showing in the win over Denver, he is off to a decent start.

Question: I sure would like to see the Redskins draft that running back from Clemson, C.J. Spiller. He's super fast, a game breaker every time he touches the ball. Do you think the Redskins are looking at him?

-- Ken B.

Gary: At this point of the college football season, Redskins scouts are evaluating all of the draft prospects. It's safe to say Spiller, a senior for the Tigers, is one of them. Longtime readers of the Fan Mailbag know that I have advocated the Redskins adding more speed to the offense, and in particular at the running back position. Spiller would fit the bill. As a running back, receiver and kick returner, he has at least one 60-yard play in seven games this season. Spiller holds the ACC record for all-purpose yards and has emerged as a late-season Heisman candidate. The only question is how high Spiller goes in the draft.

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