Report: Shanahan set to go with John Beck as season-opening starter

The recent scuttlebutt regarding John Beck being the next starting quarterback of the Redskins seems to be more truth than fiction/smokescreen.

From Pro Football Talk (via various sources):

Some members of the Redskins organization have reportedly been “dismayed” at coach Mike Shanahan’s “unwavering” support of an unproven John Beck at quarterback.

“He is set on Beck,” said one source. “That’s his guy. He isn’t just saying it for the media or to blow smoke. He’s serious as hell about it.” Shanahan’s new-found love for Beck has some inside the organization wondering why he didn’t get the call over Rex Grossman down the stretch last season. Knowing that Shanahan plans to aggressively reload in free agency, his quarterback plans make little sense. Beck has a much greater chance of face-planting than saving his head coach’s job.

Here’s the part that’s really confusing about this: starting John Beck would be a calculated gamble, assuming the organization finally admits to themselves that they need to clean the cupboard, gets rid of all the old, stinky cans of rotting food that are laying around and taking up space in the pantry (in the form of aging and underperforming veterans), and go with a full-on rebuild.

Under that premise, if Beck then surprised everyone, the Redskins would be set with a guy who can play quarterback foreseeably for the next five or so years (Beck turns 30 on August 21st). If Beck failed, then the Redskins could write it off as part of the rebuilding phase, and the search for the quarterback of the future would just continue.

But instead, it just seems like it’s a maddening case of “same [stuff], different day,” when you hear of plans of being “aggressive” in free agency. If the Redskins really plan to blow a large amount of money in free agency – because clearly, that’s worked for the past decade or so – that sends the signal that the team believes it’s closer to contending than cleaning house and hitting the reset button. After all: what if the team blows money on higher-priced players, and Beck fails? Really, how would that be any different than where the team was in 2009, during Jim Zorn’s swansong?


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One Response to “Report: Shanahan set to go with John Beck as season-opening starter”

  1. JT says:

    It really doesn’t matter who the starting QB is until they fix the o-line. It’s been that way for how long now?