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The coach says he and the front office will take a fresh look at all aspects of the team.


Date published: 1/2/2007

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Two years ago, the Redskins failed to re-sign linebacker Antonio Pierce, and Pierce went on to flourish with the Giants. And after last season, safety Ryan Clark--who had developed good chemistry playing alongside Sean Taylor--left to sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

This past season, the Redskins' corps of linebackers was nondescript, and free-agent signee Adam Archuleta was a bust at safety, as he lost his starting job near midseason. Gibbs yesterday defended the team's efforts to re-sign key players.

"In every single one of those cases where we let someone leave, we were [aggressively pursuing them], Gibbs said. "We went after them."

Notes:

When asked if Archuleta would return next season, Gibbs responded: "I think right now, yeah." But the coach's other statements about the situation with Archuleta weren't quite as optimistic.

"I hope it winds up being a good thing in the end for however we can work this thing out," he said. "It would be a good finish to a tough start."

Gibbs said that wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, who caught just 23 passes this year, is "somebody that can add a lot to the Redskins and has a bright future here."

Gibbs said 36-year-old backup quarterback Mark Brunell could have offseason shoulder surgery, but added that he would like Brunell to return as the backup next season.

"We had a good, long talk and it was very positive," Gibbs said. "We clearly like Mark a lot."

Gibbs hinted that Shaun Suisham would enter 2007 as the team's kicker. Suisham was signed in early December and converted eight of nine field goals and 14 of 14 extra points.

To reach ADAM HIMMELSBACH: 540/374-5442
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