A couple of journeymen competing to be the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback in John Beck and Rex Grossman. No 1,000-yard running backs. One 1,000-yard receiver.
Certainly, the Washington Redskins would be one of the NFL’s worst offenses in 2011. Hold that thought, as Shanahans Mike (head coach) and Kyle (offensive coordinator) might have a plan after all.
When the elder Shanahan said he had Beck as his top passer in the 2007 NFL draft, it had to be mere posturing, covering for a quarterback situation that looked like one of the NFL’s least enviable.
In his first preseason start with the club, Beck has quieted the doubters, going 14-for-17 for 140 yards against a first-team Indianapolis Colts' pass defense that was a solid 13th in the NFL last season.
Tim Hightower looks like he may be Shanahan’s newest find at running back, as the one-cut offense looks perfectly suited to Hightower's skills. The former Arizona Cardinals back has rushed 16 times for 114 yards in two preseason games.
If Hightower’s preseason success does not translate to the regular season, it could be rookie Roy Helu who thrives. Helu has rushed 22 times for 129 yards. The rookie has good size (6’0" 220 lbs.) and ran a 4.4 40 meters at the combine. Helu has been a tough, shifty runner for the Redskins thus far.
On the whole, the Redskins’ first-team unit has dominated two 2010 playoff teams in the Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers.