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If the new coach is unproven, so is starting quarterback Jason Campbell, who will be playing under his third offensive coordinator (Sherman Smith, with a helping hand from Zorn) in four years.

Campbell is one of five key players returning from major injuries - offensive linemen Jon Jansen and Randy Thomas, defensive back Carlos Rogers and linebacker Rocky McIntosh are the others - and you never know how quickly such people will recover. All in all, it could be a difficult summer and fall for the almighty Redskins and their fans.

Nonetheless, mania time is approaching again. In the capital of the free world this fall, even John McCain and Barack Obama could become afterthoughts among those who paint their faces burgundy and gold.