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Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

Posted on: January 25, 2012 12:06 am

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’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’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’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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Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:30 am

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

Shanahan has usually played it cheap at QB in his career.  This is the same guy that went with Griese for 4 years in Denver and then followed it up with Jake Plummer for 4 years before drafting Cutler with the 11th pick in the 2006 draft.   It's not surprising that he went with Rex & Beck because I think he considered the option of failure (failure to develop Rex/Beck) to be worth it (high pick in each round in the process).  Anyway, there is going to be plenty of 2nd round talent available for Shanahan who always looks to play it cheap at the position (as he does with RB).  Mike is probably going to evaluate the 2nd teir guys like Tannehill, Foles, Cousins and pick one of them (one will be available in the 2nd round for them).

Since: Jan 10, 2007
Posted on: January 25, 2012 2:29 am

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

Redskins just need to move, I'm so sick of Maroon and Yellow and the terrible team they field every season. Long live S. Taylor...

Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:10 am

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

i am schockd that shanahan has not better for the redskins. he has to have a superior quarterback ifhe wants to keep his job. there is no other way. would rg3 fit hisstyle tho? not only do option quarterbacksnot do good in the nfl. shanahan has no background for that.

Since: Nov 30, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2012 1:01 am

Shanahan badly needs an elite quarterback

FLYNN would be a good fit .he look very good in the last game he played.

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