Have you -- like us -- become bored with the Redskins quarterback situation over the past few weeks? Are you wondering where the usual drama seeping out of D.C. has gone? Do you think the offense lacks the appropriate combustibility under John Beck? Do you -- gasp -- miss Rex Grossman?
If so, here's some good news: Grossman and Beck reportedly split first-team reps in practice all week!
That's according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, who cites three sources "with knowledge of the situation" who tell him that Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan (the Shaniclan) had Beck give up half of his first-team reps to Grossman this week.
What does this mean? Perhaps Grossman is finally over "the flu" and ready to resume his normal quarterbacking duties and the Shanahans just want to get him maximum action in practice.
More likely, Shanahan is sending a message to Beck that he's on a very short leash this week against the Dolphins this week. As he should be; we've been saying for a while now that there's a decent chance the Redskins find a way to lose out this year.
When Beck initially started against the Panthers, there was some optimism (we guarded against it!) after he posted a pair of scores against Carolina. That optimism disappeared as Mike was handed his first career coaching shutout when Buffalo sacked Beck 10 (!) times in Toronto.
Over the past eight quarters, the offense has mustered 11 points. The Redskins have lost their last four games, and the only thing that's looking like a surprise about their 2011 season is the opening-week win against the Giants.
In short, Beck's been absolutely ineffective. Grossman, as we noted in last week's "Sorting the Sunday Pile," is also quite bad. But Grossman has the explosiveness that Beck lacks, and that actually gives the Redskins a shot at passing the ball further than 16 yards in a game.
Sure, that explosiveness can also result in a four-pick implosion, but the risk of rolling Rex out there, if the Redskins actually hope to compete the rest of this year, is worth it, given what we've seen from Beck this year. It seems like the Shanahans are starting to figure that out too.
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