You have to give it to Mike Shanahan. He certainly does keep people guessing when it comes to personnel moves. At the beginning of this week, Shanahan had a majority of the fans yelling for Rex Grossman to play against Miami. Instead the coach announced Monday that John Beck would continue to start. Well Sunday came and guess who was under center against the Dolphins?
That's right; the Washington Redskins headed back to the Rex Grossman era for the second time this season. The Redskins Insider posted the news Sunday morning and for many fans, it was about time. Beck has been given his opportunity, all be it with a disappearing cast of characters. In his time though, Beck only had two touchdown passes and four interceptions. More importantly, his record is 0-3 during his starts.
People had suspected that Beck might be on a short leash leading up to the Miami game. That was because the same Washington Post Insider broke the news that the quarterbacks had split the snaps with the starters 50-50 this week. If you remember your Redskins history that was the same warning flare that was fired last year before the now departed Donovan McNabb got the hook.
I suspect that Shanahan realizes now that he made a mistake in touting John Beck as a legitimate starting quarterback in the league. This points out two things in my eyes. First, Mike is big enough to admit that he can make a mistake. He did the same with letting McNabb go this offseason, a move that appears to have been a correct one.
However it also points out that maybe Shanahan is not as good a personnel director as he thinks. He went into this season saying he could do it with these two guys behind center. Well I applaud the move back to Grossman, but the fact is that he is not the answer either. With that said, this whole situation gives me pause and makes me wonder something.
Is this another clever Mike Shanahan decoy? Could it be that he in angling for a higher round draft pick? Now don't get me wrong. When the team started out 3-1, I legitimately think he thought that we had a chance at the postseason. However now that the team is on the downturn, perhaps he is just riding it out, hoping to get into the top ten. Why didn't he pick someone last year when he had a high pick? I honestly believe he did not think any of the 2011 quarterback class was worth that high a choice.
The good start though might have faked him out. He thought the Skins were better than they really were. Thus he misses out on Andrew Luck, but Landry Jones and Matt Barkley are thought to be top ten picks. It is just a thought, but think about it. In the meantime, I think this switch was the right one. With Grossman in, at least defenses have to worry about the ball going downfield a bit farther than a four yard dump off.
John Atchison was rumored to have emerged at birth with a Redskins jersey on. Born and bred in Virginia, he is a diehard Redskin fan and will always have a fond spot in his heart for the phrase 70 Chip!
- Mike Shanahan
- Rex Grossman