Rex Grossman Benched: Is John Beck a Better Option for Redskins?

Tom LoughreyAnalyst IIIOctober 16, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - OCTOBER 16: Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins is sacked by defensive tackle Mike Patterson #98 of the Philadelphia Eagles during first half action at FedExField on October 16, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.
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Rex Grossman should never be the best option at quarterback.

Against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, the Washington quarterback threw four interceptions, three of which were picked off by Eagles safety Kurt Coleman. The Redskins benched Grossman late in the third quarter, and John Beck came off the bench and ran for a touchdown in a 20-13 Eagles win.

Entering the game, Grossman’s resurgence was highly talked about. He had nearly 1,000 yards in four games and had thrown for six touchdowns, with only five interceptions. Grossman had the Redskins at 3-1, and the Redskins were one of the only positive stories coming out of the NFC East.

However, Grossman’s stagnant performance against a struggling Eagles unit could mean one of two things, if not both.

1. The Eagles are better than their previous games have shown?


2. Rex Grossman is still not a quality starter in the NFL?

Beck came into the game and didn’t throw an interception in over a quarter of action. Also, Beck powered a scoring drive that he capped off with a two-yard touchdown run.

Beck offers the Redskins more mobility in the pocket. His participation in this game was his first playing time in the regular season since 2007, when he started four games for the Miami Dolphins. His performance in 2007 wasn’t pretty, but the Dolphins stunk that year, finishing 1-15 and skidding for 13 straight games to start the year.

Grossman will never be an elite quarterback, but Beck is not an obvious choice to replace him. Neither quarterback stands out as a game-changer, but Beck has a higher ceiling as a QB.

I believe the Redskins will make the switch at quarterback eventually, but who knows when. Shanahan showed last year that he’s not scared to bench anyone when he sent respected veteran Donovan McNabb to the pine.

The Redskins have a big decision to make this week, and I think they’ll send Rex back onto the field against the Carolina Panthers next week, but Beck will be the starter by the end of the season.