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QB job still up for grabs in Washington

Posted on: August 26, 2011 11:29 am

Posted by Ryan Wilson

When head coach Mike Shanahan benched Donovan McNabb last season for Rex Grossman, it seemed like the latest chapter in the unintentional comedy stylings of an organization that had been on the wrong side of seemingly every personnel decision in the Dan Snyder era. The faces change, yes, but the story remains the same.

Or so the thinking went.

And while it's way too early to make any grand proclamations about the 2011 season, we feel comfortable enough with what we've seen from Grossman and John Beck to say this: the Skins' quarterbacks aren't that bad. Soft bigotry of low expectations? Perhaps, but we are talking about the Redskins. Yes, that phrase was coined in Washington, and while it wasn't originally intended for the Skins it might as have been.

But as Shanahan begins his second season as the head coach (and his son, Kyle, as the offensive coordinator), the offense looks like something more than a hastily assembled pick-up squad. And we can't stress this enough: they're doing it with Grossman and Beck, one a former first-round pick destined for the life of a backup, and the other a guy who last started an NFL game in 2007 -- four of them, all losses.

So after Grossman made easy work of the Steelers in Week 1 of the preseason, Beck showed well against the Colts in Week 2, and both held their own against the Ravens Thursday night, the starting quarterback situation remains … up in the air. At least to hear Shanahan tell it.

“I’m going to evaluate them all the way through camp, all the way through the last preseason game, possibly up to the day before we play the Giants,” said Shanahan, according to, after the Redskins lost, 34-31, to the Ravens. “It all depends on if someone separates themselves.”

"If someone separates themselves" isn't always a positive. It could be the case that two prospective quarterbacks are playing so poorly that a coach is praying one can achieve mediocrity in time for the season. Grossman and Beck present the Redskins with a good problem: two guys playing well, moving the chains and, ultimately, scoring points. Of course, there's always the fear that Grossman reverts to the player we've come to know from his inconsistent days in Chicago. And Beck, despite a four-year NFL career, has next to no actual game experience.

Also not helping: the Skins play in the NFC East, the division the Eagles are predestined to win according to oracle and backup quarterback Vince Young.

But this is the preseason, where every team still has visions of the playoffs, and hopes haven't yet been crushed by the stark reality of the regular season. And for two Redskins' quarterbacks, that means trying to earn the starting nod.

“I do know both of us feel pretty good about what we’ve done,” Beck said. “I’ve tried to do everything I can. Is it enough? That’s hard to say, because I’m not making the decision.”

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QB job still up for grabs in Washington

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Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 6:53 pm

QB job still up for grabs in Washington

Rex Grossman and John Beck have both made good impressions on their coaches in my opinion.  From a Bears fan experience, Rex can show some flashes of a starting QB and tons of blinks of being a back-up.  Lets remember that Rex was the QB for the Bears the year they went to the Superbowl.  However, I think we all know that the Bears' defense was the reason they made it to the Superbowl.  As for John Beck, I do not know much about him other than he has started 4 regular season games and lost all four.  To his credit though, he was on a very bad team that season. 

From what I hear in the articles that come out of the DC/Maryland area, the job belongs to John Beck.  John Beck would have to do awful and Rex would have to be exceptional.  I'm not sure if all the stars in the universe will align togther for Rex to start at QB.  I say give John Beck the job because he has a stronger arm, he is taller, and you don't really know what you are going to get out of him so I think that is to the Redskins' advantage. 

We'll see what the coaches think shortly. 


Since: Aug 27, 2011
Posted on: August 27, 2011 1:50 pm

QB job still up for grabs in Washington

Can everybody in the greater virginia area say. Last Place. Again !!!!

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:44 pm

QB job still up for grabs in Washington

The skin's are much better this year with the "rapid release" both of these guys have...  Plus they seem to know the overall concept of the offense..  Much better than last year...  I wonder if McNabb will wear the wristband in Minn this year??.. He wouldn't here in Wash last year.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:02 pm

QB job still up for grabs in Washington

For the Redskins to leave themselves with these two as their options is a joke.  Neither one is an NFL starter.  This will turn out just like the Cardinals' QB situation last year.  They will end up playing musical chairs all season with all of the unqualified QB candidates they have on the roster, with disastrous results.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 10:16 am

QB job still up for grabs in Washington

After watching the game against Baltimore, I don't know how anyone could suggest that Beck should start over Grossman. Against the Ravens first string D and against heavy pressure, Grossman stood in the pocket and delivered some on-point passes in TINY windows that many pro qb's couldn't even make.  His footwork was good and he didn't make any mistakes. His accuracy downfield was great all night. Beck played against the backup D, and dink and dunked to wide open recievers. Nothing special there, in fact, a couple of his wide open passes had to be scraped off of the ground by the wideout's. To your claim that Grossman dink and dunked tells me that you DID NOT watch this game or you would know this to be far from the truth as many of his passes were far downfield and on point (yes even the 30+ yard TD throw that a reciever dropped in the end zone). Your claim of Grossman's dink and dunk may be stemming from a few screens that beat the blitz but a real football player and fan knows that when facing a heavy blitz screen passes if executed well are the perfect answer to a blitz, and Grossman executed them well. Grossman should be the starter on day one without a doubt, and his disection of 2 of the league's top D's (starting D's not backups) in Pitt and Balt should be enough proof along with how accurate and mistake free he has been.

Since: Jan 16, 2007
Posted on: August 27, 2011 12:02 am

QB job still up for grabs in Washington

As a long-term Skins fan I cannot feel good about grossman. Sooner or later the choke rex will show up. I really believe that Shanny has already decided to go with Beck..I really do, but he needs to say he's considering both to keep the pressure on. If he just names Beck the starter then the pressure's off, then both will have less incentive to improve. I'll bet yall a million space bucks that Beck is the starter, unless of course he totally melts down and throws 4 pics next week. The NFC east will be a tighter race this year because the skins will be improved and throw a few suprises in there. 9-7 could win the division this year. That first pass...timing lob for 35 yards that Beck made vs Ravens I don't think Grossman could have done it...i just don't. Groosman did some drive dink and doink but the receivers were wide open and he wasn't pressured too much either. Grossman starting 1st week against Giants D = loss IMO.

Since: Jan 21, 2008
Posted on: August 26, 2011 10:46 pm

QB job still up for grabs in Washington

Really,  The Skins?  Does it even matter?  This is a non-story

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