Reporting Grant Paulsen
According to Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network, the Redskins have decided to start Rex Grossman in their season-opener against the New York Giants on Sep. 11.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan is scheduled to meet with the media late Monday afternoon. This will be the first time he’s spoken publicly since the end of his team’s preseason. It’s not yet known if Shanahan is going to officially make an announcement about who is going to quarterback his team in week-one.
LaCanfora’s report stated that while Grossman will be the starter to begin the season, “the situation will be re-addressed through the year.”
The perception among most national and local media members who cover the Redskins was that John Beck would be named the Redskins’ starter. An unknown commodity who hasn’t started an NFL game since 2007, he is more athletic than Grossman and he represents more potential for growth.
But Grossman outperformed Beck in the preseason, particularly when the two were working with the Redskins’ starters. While orchestrating Washington’s first-team offense during exhibition games, Grossman completed 27-of-41 pass attempts, throwing for 319 yards and two touchdowns. He wasn’t intercepted while playing with the Redskins’ starters.
Both of the quarterbacks battling for Washington’s starting job played in three of the team’s four preseason games. Beck missed the Redskins’ first game with a groin injury and Grossman was held out of the club’s final tune-up to even out the opportunities that he and Beck were allotted to impress the coaching staff.
With Grossman watching on Thursday night, Beck struggled. He failed to complete 50 percent of his passes, didn’t throw a touchdown and was intercepted once. But Beck was playing alongside the Redskins’ second-team skill position players during the outing.
Grossman has played in 41 games, making 34 starts, over eight NFL seasons.