John Beck Is the Pivotal Key to the Washington Redskins' Future
Make no mistake, this isn't a devious plan to enter the "Andrew Luck Sweepstakes," and I'm not saying that Beck has outplayed Grossman in the preseason either. What I am saying is that deciding to start Beck now will put them in the best position to become a winning team sooner.
Though Rex Grossman is the veteran with actual playing time and even Super Bowl experience, he's proven to be nothing more than a perennial backup quarterback. Entering his ninth season in the NFL, he's shown flashes of brilliance only to be negated by turnovers and countless bad decisions. He's given more heartache to fans than Katie Holmes did when she married Tom Cruise.
Grossman's stunning 54-percent career completion average only pales in comparison to his 1-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio. While some might say he should start because he's had more time in Kyle Shanahan's system, what they seem to overlook is that even with that advantage, he has yet to out-perform Beck.
From a physical standpoint, Beck has a stronger arm, a quick-and-compact delivery and is far more mobile than Grossman. Mike Shanahan loves his bootleg plays, which requires someone quick on their feet who can throw on the run.
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Beck fits this profile to a "T" and that is most likely why he was so coveted by both Mike and Kyle. In this case, Beck actually opens up the play calling. What hurts Beck most is his almost complete lack of experience.
There isn't much film on Beck, because he's only played in five games until now. A stud at BYU, he was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2007 draft, only to perform poorly in a few games on a miserable team and he was eventually released. The man's a mystery, albeit a physically gifted one.
Maybe he did leave his best days behind him at BYU, but that's something for all of us to hopefully find out this season. With Grossman, we know what kind of player he is and what he will give us. Team after team, season after season, Grossman has shown marginal, if any, signs of improvement in his game and there's no reason to expect more. He is what he is.
Beck, on the other hand, could be an experiment that goes down in flames, or the next coming of Steve Young. The thing is, we will never know unless he gets the start. At worst, he does horrible and Grossman replaces him later in the season with the Redskins knowing for certain that they need to draft a franchise quarterback.
But if Beck succeeds, they'll have a bona fide starter for at least a few years, giving them room to focus on other positions while they rebuild the team and add much needed depth.
The Redskins can either take the safe-and-predictable route with Grossman, who will under-perform and most likely be benched again. Or they can go with the option that has the most upside in Beck. If both perform poorly, they're looking at a quarterback controversy anyway, but by starting Beck first, they will end the season with more answers than questions.
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