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Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:06 am
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By Josh Katzowitz

With the disastrous season experienced by the Redskins after playing quarterbacks Rex Grossman and John Beck and the fact that coach Mike Shanahan, at one point, believed in one or both of them to be his franchise quarterback, it makes perfect sense that Washington would be scouting quarterbacks at this week’s Senior Bowl.

Shanahan said as much when, while talking to Rapid Reporter Larry Holder, he said, “I think everyone wants a franchise quarterback. If you don’t have a franchise quarterback and you say you’re not looking for one, then you usually won’t be working for very long. Everybody wants that guy. People that usually do have that guy are consistently winning.”

What to do with Washington's QBs?
So, yeah, based on those remarks, Beck and Grossman should be worried about their future employment, especially with the news reported by NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, who writes that “execs I talk to expect Washington to make a move for St. Louis' No. 2 overall slot in the draft, and select whichever quarterback doesn't go first overall (at this point, it looks like [Robert] Griffin).”

For now, it seems almost guaranteed that the Colts will take Stanford’s Andrew Luck with the No. 1 pick in April’s draft, but Indianapolis would be well served to explore the possibilities of taking the former Baylor quarterback.

The Redskins, who have the No. 6 pick, would have to put together quite a package to wrestle the No. 2 selection away from the Rams, who already have a franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford.

As CBSSports.com’s Ryan Wilson pointed out a week ago the Browns, who have the No. 4 pick, also could be interested in cutting a deal with St. Louis for the right to take whichever quarterback the Colts don’t select.

As NFL.com’s Steve Wyche wrote, "Several teams are going to try and move up to get Griffin but the Browns have the most ammo -- the fourth overall pick and a late first-rounder or high picks in later rounds. Cleveland needs Griffin -- and wants him, according to league sources -- and the Rams will still get their man."

If the Redskins can’t get Griffin, perhaps they’d be better served to grab Matt Flynn. But they also should take caution when signing a backup quarterback who’s put together only a few impressive performances. The Cardinals tried that last year with Kevin Kolb, and you saw just how poorly that move went.

Whichever way the Redskins decide, some kind of move needs to be made. We saw how untenable the combination of Grossman and Beck was last year. Next season, if the two of them are on top of the depth chart, it’s hard to picture a final outcome for the Redskins that would be any different from 2011. Except that Shanahan might be in danger of losing his own job.

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Comments

Since: Aug 2, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 6:29 pm
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

just b/c the browns have "the most ammo" doesnt mean the browns are willing to trade two first round picks to move up 2 spots.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

montweet,
A better comparision would have been Rob Johnson. 



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:22 pm
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

My mistake.  Substitute Mcnabb for Campbell and the point is still made.



Since: Sep 8, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

As a Redskins fan, I'm still beside myself that both Matt Barkley AND Landry Jones went back to school.  This was the absolute worst thing that could happen to the team as now it forces them into a corner on how to proceed due to lack of options.  I'm scared to death of what they would have to give up for the #2 pick and am scared to death on what happens if they do nothing.  As much as I would love a brand new, young player from the draft, they are unproven. I think it's tough to justify giving up multiple draft picks (albeit they are unproven as well) just for the possibility of getting someone special.  Cam Newton gives Griffin a lot of leverage, but he's still very very rough cut as of right now.  I'm leaning on preferring a free agent.  Either way, between now and draft day is going to be very long for me.     



Since: Aug 19, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback
Couldn't the same be said for any coach without an elite quarterback? I don't think Matt Flynn is an answer. One good game. I'm afraid he's going to be the next Scott Mitchell.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:46 am
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

Washington desperately needs a QB, and a younger one to build around. I'd contact the eventually Superbowl champs and inquire about Ryan Mallot! Brady is going to play at least 3/4 more years and the #6 pick could aide in helping that porous D.



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:23 am
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

Look at it historically, most Shanahan-coached qbs were good scramblers (Elway, Plummer, Cutler, Campbell).
Terrific points were made in this post, but Shanahan never coached Campbell ... in fact, he traded him to the Raiders in the offseason (before his first season as Redskins coach) because he thought obtaining McNabb was a better move. 

Also, when a factual mistake is made ... why is a score of 141 given?



Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:18 am
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

He is in a division with Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Mike Vick, The Article isnt lieing in fact Washington DESPERATELY needs a Elite Starting QB to lead them.



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 8:50 am
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

The big winner in all of this talk will be the Rams. They have their franchise QB and grabbing additional picks will allow them to fill in much needed pieces. I think with the new collective bargaining agreement and rookie slotted money, you will see more draft day trades than in the past as teams will no longer get handcuffed paying a OT a fifth of their cap with a high first round pick. Whether its the Browns or the Skins that make the deal, the Rams will be the winners.



Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 3:01 am
 

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

@kubbfan
Shanahan would not likely run much of an option gameplan; his style is more of a west-coast concept.  However, Shanahan offenses typically feature mobile qbs that can bootleg, rollout, and scramble, if necessary.  Look at it historically, most Shanahan-coached qbs were good scramblers (Elway, Plummer, Cutler, Campbell).  Thus, Griffin's athleticism and mobility would fit Shanahan's offense well.  The real question is: what is the extent of Griffin's passing ability?  If Griffin can find success in the pocket, the Redskin's running game will open up and defenses will actually be fooled by the misdirection and play action plays that are staples of Shanahan's playbook. 

I would be very surprised if the 'skins don't go after Griffin.  Doesn't necessarily mean they get him, though.  Other teams, such as the Browns will be looking to trade up for a chance at a franchise qb. Do the 'skins have enough firepower to land Griffin?  We'll see.  



  


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