Remember when the Redskins gave Jeff George a contract? It doesn't matter how much it was for (just shy of $15 million), it's only important and embarrassing to know that the team paid him anything more than a sack of marbles. Isn't it comforting knowing that this kind of thing won't happen under Shanahan's watch?
Currently, Shanahan and the Redskins seem to be ready to take on the 2011 season with John Beck as their starter. Some have speculated that Vince Young could be on his way to DC, as he fits Shanny's scheme and style, but nothing is concrete.
With Beck having not taken an NFL regular season snap since 2007, could the Redskins seek a free agent this summer?
While Vince Young is a serious option that can be perceived as a low-risk player with high-reward potential, the Skins could also look at aging veterans like Matt Hasselbeck and Carson Palmer.
Personally, I'd take the 27-year-old Young over the 35-year-old Hasselbeck with spine problems or the 31-year-old Palmer who hasn't been the same since blowing his knee to oblivion six years ago.
Although some may label Young as 'disaster,' I don't see the harm. Young is a proven winner in the NFL, he has the mobility and arm strength that Shanahan desires, he has indirect ties to the head coach and direct ties to the offensive coordinator, and he's in desperate need of a fresh start with fair competition in camp.
At the same time, I don't want to doubt Shanahan's belief in John Beck. After ranking him as his top-quarterback prospect in the 2007 NFL Draft, Shanahan took advantage of the opportunity to trade for the 29-year-old BYU alum last season when he was a backup for the crosstown Baltimore Ravens.
If Shanahan likes him (Shanny would have drafted a passer if he liked any of the prospects more than Beck), Redskins Nation has no reason to doubt it.