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Fan Mailbag: Who Starts At Linebacker In a 3-4?


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: If the Redskins switch to a 3-4, will Rocky McIntosh move inside? If McIntosh stays outside, what will happen with Andre Carter?

-- Jesus C.

Gary: This was cleared up during mini-camp. In a 3-4, McIntosh would play inside linebacker next to London Fletcher. Carter, who continues to rehab from biceps surgery, would line up on the outside. It's a change in role for Carter, but he is still expected to rush the passer. He was an outside linebacker in San Francisco when the 49ers used a 3-4 in 2005, so he has experience at linebacker. Even though he prefers defensive end, coaches are going to put him in position to maximize his unique athleticism and skill set.

Question: Hey Gary, with Andre Carter and Jeremy Jarmon switching to linebackers (in a 3-4 alignment), and the Redskins drafting Perry Riley as well, it seems we are "ready for battle" with our linebackers. Who do you see panning out as our starters, though? Thanks!

-- Stephen B.

Gary: It's a little early to anoint starters, but it's probably safe to assume that Carter and Brian Orakpo would start at outside linebacker and Rocky McIntosh and London Fletcher would start on the inside in a 3-4. Once Jarmon is fully recovered from his knee ligament injury, he is expected to join Lorenzo Alexander and Chris Wilson in competing for playing time at outside linebacker. Riley joins H.B. Blades, Chris Draft and Robert Henson competing for playing time at inside linebacker.

Question: Gary, I wanted to know if the Redskins had any plans to overhaul their uniforms for the future?

-- Phillip M.

Gary: Bruce Allen indicated there could be a change in the works during an ESPN 980 radio interview last week. He said he was looking at gold pants in his office at the time of his interview. A combination of white and burgundy jerseys with gold pants, similar to what was worn in the 1970s? Allen declined to get into specifics. "I'm very proud of our team colors, and you will see our team colors on display," he said. Stay tuned!

Question: Gary, I am very excited about the signing of running back Keiland Williams out of LSU. I attended high school with him at Hargrave Military Academy and I know what he can do. Where does he fit in? Does he have a chance to make the final roster?

-- Kevin C.

Gary: Williams has a chance, but he has to be considered a long shot given that the Redskins have Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker on the roster. At LSU, Williams was mostly a backup--he started three games in his college career--but he managed to post 1,699 rushing yards and 77 touchdowns. His senior season was cut short by two games after suffering a fractured ankle. Williams should target the practice squad as a rookie. Even that might be difficult with Ryan Torain, another young running back, on the roster as well.

Question: Why won't the Redskins sign T.O.?

-- Marcus H.

Gary: I believe the Redskins could use a wide receiver with Terrell Owens' size and skill set, but he brings too much baggage at this point of his career. The drama that would ensue with a Donovan McNabb-Owens pairing would be a huge distraction for a team trying to reestablish itself. For now, the Redskins hope that Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly continue to develop behind Santana Moss. The team has also signed Joey Galloway, Bobby Wade and Roydell Williams, so there is veteran depth at the position now.

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