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Theismann prefers Grossman over Beck

Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:55 pm
Theismann thinks Grossman gives the Redskins the best chance to win. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The Redskins won three of four games to begin the season, all with Rex Grossman under center. The former first-round pick would start just once more, a four-pick effort against the Eagles in Week 6, before head coach Mike Shanahan replaced him with John Beck, who last started an NFL game in 2007.

Predictably, the results have been laughable; Washington's 0-2 with Beck under center and this does not sit well with former 'Skins quarterback and Super Bowl champ Joe Theismann.

“I just don’t agree with the decision to start John Beck,” Theismann said before the Redskins played the Panthers two weeks ago.

And those sentiments haven't changed. Appearing on Mike Wise's radio show Thursday, Theismann shared his thoughts on Beck (via the Sports Bog's Dan Steinberg).

“I think John’s inexperience has shown a little bit. John hasn’t played a lot of football; Rex has played a lot more football and I think is a little bit more comfortable with what they want to try and do.

“Remember, Rex, this is his third year in the system. He’s made some decisions that have hurt him. Some of the interceptions are not his fault and some of them are. That’s all shared. It’s like the 10 sacks last week against Buffalo. I think John has to shoulder responsibility for five of them, and the job up front by the offensive line and tight ends and route runners have to shoulder some responsibility."

It's worth pointing out that 'Skins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan brought Grossman to the Redskins from the Texans where they worked together. That said, we're still talking about Rex Grossman.

And that leads us to this: despite Theismann's arm-waving, there isn't much difference between the two quarterbacks this season.

* Completion percentage: Grossman - 55.8; Beck - 58.8
* TD per pass attempt: Grossman - 3.6%; Beck - 1.2%
* INT per pass attempt: Grossman - 5.5%; Beck - 3.5%
* Passer rating: Grossman - 66.5; Beck - 69.9

According to Football Outiders' quarterback efficiency metric, Grossman ranks 29th behind Sam Bradford and Kyle Orton. Beck ranks 37th, ahead of only Tim Tebow and Blaine Gabbert (among QBs with at least 60 pass attempts through Week 8).

The San Francisco 49ers look to continue their impressive run as they travel to FedEx field to face off against the Washington Redskins on Sunday. Who will come out on top? Jason Horowitz and's Pat Kirwan break down this game.

So, yeah, if you're Shanahan, it doesn't really matter who you play. Just close your eyes and pick one because the outcome probably won't change.

Washington hosts San Francisco Sunday and if Beck gets off to another slow start Theismann thinks Rex should replace him (because, really, nothing screams consistency like swapping QBs ever few weeks).

“...If John struggles in this game, I think Mike’s almost obligated to go back to Rex," he told Wise. "You thought that John Beck would bring you some more versatility, you thought that he would bring you a little more [mobility to] the quarterback position, but it hasn’t really worked out that way with all the injuries.”

Ah, yes, the injuries. Cueing Grantland's Bill Barnwell:

"Washington is more susceptible to injuries than the average team because the depth behind their starters is so bad. Their 3-1 start before the bye, no surprise, was as a very healthy football team! Since then, injuries have riddled the offense, which is now down six of its expected starters from before the season."

It's almost as if Vinny Cerrato's ghost continues to haunt Redskins Park.

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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 11:25 am

Theismann prefers Grossman over Beck

LOVE Joe Theismann ... he always has opinions !!!

As a Redskin fan, I prefer Coaches & Personnel Evaluators that do not actually believe that either Grossman or Beck were capable of succeeding in the NFL.  What a load of crap fans were sold about these two middling QBs and their ability to "run the system".

I understand and endorse the draft day strategy of trading the 10th pick to gain many additional picks ... Kerrigan, Helu, and Hankerson seem to have futures.  But to NOT use one of those 12 draft picks on a QB?  C'mon man.

Probably still smarting from the McNabb fiasco last year.  Must have been gun shy on draft day (or do we trust the Megaminds to evaluate and pick QB's?).

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 10:33 am

Theismann prefers Grossman over Beck

I prefer vomit over sh*t as well.

Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 6:58 am

Theismann prefers Grossman over Beck

Things have changed dramatically in DC since 3-1, the Redskins have lost Moss & Hightower. Like McNabb last season, when the best offensive players don't play what else is there, the Redskins aren't deep at any position. A coach that hooks the QB and the Redskins have an identity crisis. LOL, McNabb was the scapegoat in 2010, Grossman was a hero and now he's a backup and it took all of a few games in 2010 and the first 5 of 2011. Shanahan might be doing all he can do to survive in DC too, considering he's been dealt what he has. The Redskins are one of the 32 best teams in the world for football, but top 12 of that matters for 16 games and after that it's single elimination. I think some fans lose sight of that with blanket comments like the NFL stinks or whatever other sport sucks (NBA) when there is a lockout. Anyway, the Redskins will wind up in last place of the NFC East.

Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 1:37 am

Theismann prefers Grossman over Beck

I always wondered what had happened to Joe Theismann.  The last I had ever seen or heard of him was the night they showed about 45 camera angles after L.T. snapped his leg.

Every time I see a former player commenting on what a team should or shouldn't be doing, I think to myself "who cares".  After all, Joe Gibbs was Joe's coach back then, but he sure isn't the head coach for the Redskins now. 

Who cares?  Joe, go back into oblivion and take Namath with you. 

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