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Grossman Named Redskins' Starting QB

Posted Sep 5, 2011

Head coach Mike Shanahan named Rex Grossman the Redskins’ starting quarterback. Grossman beat out John Beck for the starting job.


It’s Rex.

Head coach Mike Shanahan named Rex Grossman the Redskins’ starting quarterback on Monday, six days before the team’s regular season opener against the New York Giants.

Grossman beat out John Beck for the starting job.

“I got a chance to talk to the quarterbacks over the weekend," Shanahan said during a Monday post-practice media session. "It was a very close battle. I have a lot of faith in both of them and it has been very competitive all the way through, but I wanted to announce it and the starting quarterback will be Rex.”

Shanahan said the evaluation process included game and practice situations and waitching how they performed "in all different areas."

"You’re talking about 7-on-7, team [drills], check-offs, audibles and blitzes," he said. "All-in-all, I thought he did a great job. I thought John did well too, but I thought Rex won it by an edge.”

Added Shanahan: "I thought he was pretty automatic with his reads and hopefully he plays accordingly.”

Shanahan reiterated that he was confident in both Grossman and Beck as quarterbacks. On the first day of training camp, he staked his reputation that both could play and thrive in the Redskins' offense.

Shanahan was asked if Grossman was the Redskins' long-term starter at the position.

He replied: "You make decisions that are based for the season. When you pick a guy out, you’re not going to say, 'I think he’s going to fail.' You’re hoping he’s going to be very successful.”

Grossman and Beck entered training camp competing for the Redskins' starting job.

In preseason, Grossman played in three games and led the offense with 34-of-53 completions – a 64.2 percentage – for 407 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. His QB rating was 92.3.

Beck also played in three preseason games – he was sidelined for the opener due to a groin injury. He completed 30-of-48 passes – a 62.5 percentage – for 356 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. His QB rating was 74.7.

Grossman and Beck were not available to speak with the media on Monday.

Shanahan said Beck took the news well but was disappointed.

"John’s very competitive," Shanahan said. "Whichever way we went, the other guy was going to be disappointed. They are going to support their teammates and he’s one play away form being the starter. I have a lot of confidence in him."

Heading into the quarterback competition, Grossman clearly had an edge over Beck in terms of NFL experience.

A 9-year veteran, Grossman has completed 598-of-1,104 passes for 7,081 yards, 40 touchdowns and 40 interceptions in his career. He guided the Chicago Bears to an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.

In his first season in Washington a year ago, Grossman was given an opportunity to start the Redskins’ final three games.

He posted a 1-2 record in his brief stint and overall he completed 74-of-133 passes last season for 884 yards, seven touchdowns and four interceptions.

His best game – really, it was a half – came in Week 15 at Dallas where he guided the Redskins to a second-half comeback and near-win against the Cowboys. He completed 18-of-30 passes for 214 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

Beck has not played a regular season snap since 2007 when he was a rookie with the Miami Dolphins. He spent a year with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009 before joining the Redskins last year as part of a trade.