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Grossman signs, battles Beck for Skins' QB job

Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:38 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2011 11:40 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

One of the least surprising moves of free agency was the Redskins' decision to jettison quarterback Donovan McNabb after just one season in Washington. Despite a new head coach and general manager, the Skins still appeared to be the same slapstick (unintentional) comedy act when it came to roster building.

Mike Shanahan unceremoniously benched McNabb for Rex Grossman midway through the 2010 season (good news, however: Shanahan proclaimed last month that "I love Donovan McNabb," so there's that), and Washington's other backup, John Beck, appeared to win the job by default.

Well, Grossman, a free-agent until Tuesday, has signed a one-year deal to return to the Redskins. And now the biggest storyline in Washington will be which player, with seven starts between them in the last six seasons and a combined career passer rating that averages in the mid-60s, wins the starting quarterback gig.

“This is all I can ask for: an offense I love, a bunch of players I think are really good,” Grossman said on his first day back at Redskins Park. “I’m excited about this team, this offense and my opportunity.”

Washington's coaches have stressed that the QB job is wide open, even if it seemed that Beck was anointed the starter during the offseason.

“They all got a good opportunity,” offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said, according to the Washington Post. “Whenever you don’t have a designated starter, you got a lot of competition.”

Maybe that's a shot at McNabb (Shanahan was rumored not to be much of a fan) or maybe it's the realization that the team's going into the season with either Beck or Grossman as their starting QB. It can't be a comforting thought for supporters who have endured more than should be expected of any fan base not located in Detroit during those heady Matt Millen days. Upside: Grossman and Beck both sound like they want the job. It's not much but, well, it's something.

“I want to be able to do the second half of the Cowboys game throughout 16 weeks and on through the playoffs as well,” Grossman said of a half in which he was 18-of-30 passing for 214 yards and three touchdowns. “That’s my challenge: to be consistently great.”

And while Beck has just four starts in his four-year NFL career, the last coming during his rookies season in 2007, he exudes confidence.

“I know where I stand, and I know how I’m viewed,” he says, according to Yahoo.com. “But I feel differently about myself. I know the questions are justified. I haven’t thrown a lot of passes. I have to prove to everyone what I can do. … Coach Shanahan is giving me my chance. That’s all I’ve been asking for in this league – a real chance.”

However the rest of training camp and the preseason play out, there's a very good chance that the Redskins' will begin the season with a 30-year-old under center. All that's left to sort out is if it will be a former first-round pick who has underachieved for most of his career, or a former second-rounder who has yet to win an NFL game.

If nothing else, it should give some indication of what the Redskins coaches thought of McNabb.

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Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:46 am
 

Grossman signs, battles Beck for Skins' QB job

This is bad. Beck vs Grossman? I don't think either QB is a starting NFL QB. You get rid of McNAbb for this? WoW. Tell me Im crazy but the skins might not win a game this year. Who RB? Torain and Barber? And at WR..well I cant name one. TE Cooley? This team sucks



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:29 am
 

Skins on Fire!

Grossman v. Beck?  It could be a long year for the redskins.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:58 am
 

Grossman signs, battles Beck for Skins' QB job

"Despite a new head coach and general manager, the Skins still appeared to be the same slapstick (unintentional) comedy act when it came to roster building."

Mike Shanahan is the still the head coach of the team like he was last season before and Bruce Allen has been the GM of the team since 2009. 

It's obvious that Wilson was "recycling" an old article from a few years ago and did not bother to check if the material lifted/borrowed is still relevant to today's situtation.  




You should learn reading comprehension skills, he is clearly referring to the first year when they made horrible trades for Donovan McNabb and had Larry Johnson and Willie Parker on the roster.

You tried to insult the guy and you end up looking like a fool, talk about the irony.



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 8:09 am
 

Grossman signs, battles Beck for Skins' QB job

The journalistic credo is "always check you facts" before any article...not that anyone really cares. The Redskins offensive line has to be good for Rex Grossman or John Beck to shine. I think Grossman has the edge there because at least he took the Bears to the superbowl, and Beck hasn't started a game in quite a while.

Don't know why everyone is bashing Rex...he can be very good, and very bad. If he eliminates the very bad, he will be a decent QB. The next question is who does he have to throw to? An aging Santana Moss and Chris Cooley? Who else? Just wondering...



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:14 am
 

Grossman signs, battles Beck for Skins' QB job

That guy is still on a roster in spite of people like you and all the haters in the media.  Who's the last qb to take your Bears to the SuperBowl? 

Those offenses he led in Chcago were bereft of talent (quick, name one of the great wr's he played with up there).  He's been through a revolving door of offenses, coordinators, qb coaches, play callers, etc that would leave any normal person's head spinning.  In Washington he has a coaching staff who likes him and he'll get to play in the same offense with the same coordinator and play caller for the third straignt year.  If that very large and very mediocre collection of wr's and rb's comes through for Rex, he could put up pro bowl numbers this year. 



Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 6:18 am
 

Grossman signs, battles Beck for Skins' QB job

Grossman battles Beck?????  Grossman couldn't battle himself out of a paper bag.  Seeing the quotes by Rex gives me chills....I remember too clearly that kind of talk in Chicago.  How this guy is still on an NFL roster is puzzling...let alone "battling" for a starting job.....if he is first string the skins are dead in the water.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:29 am
 

Grossman signs, battles Beck for Skins' QB job

Ryan Wilson must be the latest lowly intern cbssports has hired because this article is filled with errors.


"Despite a new head coach and general manager, the Skins still appeared to be the same slapstick (unintentional) comedy act when it came to roster building."

Mike Shanahan is the still the head coach of the team like he was last season before and Bruce Allen has been the GM of the team since 2009. 

It's obvious that Wilson was "recycling" an old article from a few years ago and did not bother to check if the material lifted/borrowed is still relevant to today's situtation.  


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