Archive for October, 2011

Don’t just blame Rex – blame Kyle Shanahan too

October 21, 2011

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan will start John Beck at Sunday at Carolina while Rex Grossman goes to the bench. Beck, 30, will start for the first time since 2007 when he started four games as a rookie for the Miami Dolphins.  The move had been expected by many observers after Grossman threw four interceptions in a 20-13 loss to Philadelphia Sunday.  Beck led a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter against the Eagles.

Rex has the experience, while the unproven Beck provides more mobility and perhaps more upside. But lost in the background is the fact that no matter who the quarterback is, if questionable play calling continues under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins won’t reach their offensive potential.

Fans and media have been quick to criticize Grossman for his performance in Washington’s 20-13 loss to the Eagles. To say that Rex was less than stellar against the Eagles would be a gross understatement.  He had a terrible game.  However, Grossman is being made a scapegoat for the loss to the Eagles as well as for inconsistent play in games against Dallas and St. Louis.

To see the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.

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