With former QB now Skins head coach Jim Zorn bringing a new look to Washington, one thing that it appears he will be bringing with him is a new look to the offense, that sorely needs to open up in 2008. When Zorn was hired to be the offensive coordinator before he was elevated to head coach, there was already talk of having more three and four wide out looks, which will do nothing more than mean that the players already in the Nations Capital are going to have to step it up.
What it also means is that the team is going to look long and hard at adding receivers through either free agency or the draft. There was a lot of buzz last week about the team looking to add unhappy Bengals wide out Chad Johnson, who right away would add a ton of firepower to the Skins passing game. Then late in the week Marvin Lewis and Cincy came out and said that Johnson was not going to be going anywhere, meaning the Skins will have to go to plan B.
While the draft has some players in it that will help, there are a few players in free agency that could help the Skins right away. One is Cards receiver Bryant Johnson, who will be a free agent at the end of the month. Johnson has shown flares of being a pretty good wide out when called upon due to injury, and many think that he could have a big season should he get picked up and end up in the right system. That system could very well be in D.C.
Then there is Seattle pass catcher D.J. Hackett, who is also in need to greener pastures than Seattle. Hackett’s big issue is staying on the field, as health for him has been a big concern during his NFL career, but if he can stay healthy, it looks as if he can be a guy that could make plays, and could thrive in a system like the one that Zorn is talking about putting into place.
So while the Skins have options, look for them to make it a priority to get their pass catching core up to snuff so that when 2008 opens, the team will be able to incorporate more three and four wide out sets for new coach Zorn and the system that they will put in place next season.