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A Quarterback Bonanza

Posted by Brian Tinsman on August 4, 2011 – 7:41 pm

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Welcome to the Redskins Pick-Three Quarterback Lottery (sorry Ben Chappell and Marc Verica).  When Week 1 rolls around, will the winning numbers be 12, 8, and 1? Or will they be 8, 12, and 1?

It doesn’t look like there will be a combination featuring No. 1 first, but stranger things have happened.

The running story-line for the remainder of camp will be to see who seizes control at the quarterback position.  Beginning with the new old guy, No. 8, Rex Grossman looked like anybody looks on their first day of training camp: rusty.  Tin Man-rusty.

I don’t have any concerns with his ability to grasp the offense.  I don’t hold it against him that he doesn’t know his receivers.  My concern for today was his mechanics.  The knock on Grossman has always been that he turns the ball over, and he was dancing around in the pocket, short-arming the ball, and throwing off his back foot today.  In situations where defensive players are not allowed to touch you, probably shouldn’t look so antsy back there.  So what if it’s a sack in the regular season?  Make the throws now and don’t try to do too much.

No. 12, John Beck has looked good at times during camp, and he has looked a little off in camp.  Today he was a little off.  He’s been battling a little soreness in his shoulder the last couple of days, so maybe his passes weren’t quite so crisp.  Maybe the presence of competition in uniform made him a little over-excited. And maybe it’s still the first week of practice.  I would really like to see him string together a couple of really good practices for his, and everyone else’s sake.

No. 1, Kellen Clemens looked surprisingly fluid in the offense, and made a decent first impression.  For the record, Clemens was brought to Washington with no experience in the Shanahan offense, and is unlikely to be a factor in this “open quarterback competition.”  He appears to put noticeably less zip on the ball than Beck and isn’t as mobile in the pocket.  But he makes all of the throws pretty well and he didn’t make any monumental mistakes on Day 1.

On Day 1 of this quarterback lottery, I would put it as a lackluster 12, 8, 1.


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8 Responses to “A Quarterback Bonanza”

  1. By thtfan on Aug 4, 2011 | Reply

    Hey Brian,
    Love the blog. How did Hightower look aside from the customary fumble?

  2. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    @thtfan-

    Hightower looked good in limited reps today. Hard to take a lot from only a few plays, but I know Turner and Shanahan wanted a back that can break the big one at any time. Hightower, more than anybody else on the team right now, is that guy. Ball security is something that has plagued him, but that’s supposed to be one of Turner’s specialties. He has a chance to really flourish in this system I would say, but that’s premature…at this point, he looks good.

  3. By reesespieces on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Soreness eh? I know Becks improved as the players around him have noted. I’m sure by the end of the year if he’s still starting, the question will be: Do we draft a QB or draft another need position?

  4. By Redskins24/7Milennium on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Lackluster lottery of QBs? The three of them have the combined luster of a gray formica desk.

  5. By Redskins24/7Milennium on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    This season is all about Luck… Andrew Luck and being horrible enough to draft him in 2012.

  6. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    That is a very specific reference, and I appreciate the visual :-P Here’s my offer to you–Don’t write anybody off yet and we’ll see how it shakes out in the preseason games. Deal?

  7. By Redskins24/7Milennium on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    After 20 years of misery, we’ve had to Deal with quite enough already.

    Besides, I think getting Luck, by any means necessary is in fact the smart thing to do.

  8. By Brian Tinsman on Aug 5, 2011 | Reply

    Ever heard of Ryan Leaf? Or Heath Shuler?

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