That's a bit of a surprise, considering Rex Grossman actually looked pretty good in the Redskins' preseason game.
Grossman was 19-for-26 for 207 yards and a touchdown on Friday night, one of his best performances in a Redskins' uniform.
And, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NBC Sports, Beck hasn't looked very good since coming back from injury:
"Rex Grossman looked good as the team’s starter in the preseason opener, but he’s running with the backups. Beck is back with the starters, although he looked rusty following his groin injury."
But, the thing about the Redskins QB competition is that, no matter how bad Beck looks, he still has a good shot of winning the competition.
According to the same NBC Sports article, the Redskins might not declare an official starter for a couple more weeks:
"This is a big week for Beck. If he’s going to be the starter, he needs to stay healthy, show progress in practice, and have a positive preseason outing. The Redskins may not wind up declaring a starter until after the third preseason game."
Even though Beck threw several errant passes in his first practice back and was booed by fans, he can still win back the favor of the team with a bad outing from Grossman.
It seems that Beck is the QB that the team wants to work with. The coaches seem to think he has more potential than Grossman.
But he's one injury or bad outing away from landing in head coach Mike Shanahan's doghouse.
However, even though Grossman had a pretty good first preseason game, he's probably still in Shanahan's doghouse from last season.
Eventually, the Redskins are going to run out of quarterbacks for Shanahan to get mad at. Someone has to be the starting quarterback in Washington, and it's not going to be third-stringer Kellen Clemens.
Therefore, either Beck or Grossman will end up starting.
It might as well be Grossman, who has been healthy and has actually looked decent in practice and the first preseason game.
Grossman has more experience than Beck and slightly better accuracy. He gives the Redskins a slightly better chance of winning games this year, though Beck might have more potential for the future.
The Redskins would be crazy (unless Beck seriously steps up his game) not to let Grossman start the season and try to make his NFC East championship prediction come true.
It's not an ideal quarterback battle, but it's happening, and the Redskins need to choose Grossman and give him support throughout the 2011 NFL season.
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