Friday, September 2, 2011

Beck fails to separate himself from Grossman

To be honest, I don't care that much who gets the starting nod under center for the Redskins. I believe that John Beck and Rex Grossman give the Skins about the same chance to win, though I do think Beck is the somewhat more interesting choice because he hasn't thrown a pass in a regular season game since 2007-2008 with the Dolphins. Beck didn't impress then, and there's been no real reason since to think he'd catch on somewhere else and succeed.

Last night, the Redskins played their fourth and final preseason game, which basically gave a lot of back-ups, subs, and players who won't make the team a chance to see the field. Interestingly enough, Grossman sat out, while Beck played the first half. Beck didn't play all that well, though, which is discouraging because not only did the Redskins start their first-team offensive line in the game, but Tampa Bay's first-team defense did not play. The Redskins' better skill position players (Tim Hightower, Santana Moss, etc.) also sat out, but by most accounts Beck seemed pretty ordinary. So what exactly were the Shanahans thinking when they started Beck? Were they:
  • trying to give Beck a chance to win the starting job by having a solid final game;
  • already convinced that Grossman is going to be the starter (considering that he's played better in the preseason);
  • or simply allowing Beck to get more snaps in general, considering how inexperienced he is?
No one knows what the Shanahans' thinking on this matter is for sure, but they're running out of time to make a decision. Assuming, you know, that they haven't already done so.

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