Like a horse race with a photo-finish, tonight’s game will likely be a deciding factor in the Redskins quarterback competition. Will it be Rex Grossman? Will it be John Beck?
Will anyone tell us?
Here’s a recap of thoughts on the competition, just from this week:
Head coach Mike Shahanan:
“Everybody’s got different styles, and I think where most people make a comparison is that they’re looking at speed of a quarterback. Y’know, John’s probably a little bit faster than Rex, and Rex has got probably a little more experience in the National Football League than John does. But besides that, y’know, we ask quarterbacks to execute an offense, and everybody’s got their strengths, everybody’s got their weaknesses.”
“Like I’ve said before, I’ve got two guys that can play in the National Football League, and I’ve got a lot of confidence in both guys. Whoever wins the job, I’ve got a lot of confidence in our quarterback situation.”
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan:
“I think it’s very close. We’ve only had three games and John didn’t get to play in one. They both have done a good job and had good numbers. When we review the tape, it’s pretty neck-and-neck.”
“I knew it was going to be tough. When we lost OTA’s and minicamps, unless one of them came out and played like we weren’t expecting, then it would have been easier. We were confident they both would do well. When you knew you only had three weeks to a month to do it, we knew it was going to go down to the wire.”
“I will say, it’s not an easy decision, they both are right there. They’re making it a tough decision. They both are doing a good job. I think both of them are strong enough people mentally. I believe they are secure enough and expected this situation. I think both of them are doing a good job handling the pressure.”
Running back Tim Hightower:
“It definitely matters, it definitely matters. Y’know, the sooner you can get in there and build that camaraderie with one guy, the better.”
“But at the end of the day, I’m not the one making that decision and it’s a tough decision. They’re both capable of having the job. I’m sure [the coaches] know that. They’ve been doing this a lot longer than me, and they know when the time is and when to get it done. So I’m sure they’ll do that.”
The best answer goes to left tackle Trent Williams:
“Any difference between the two? Um…they’re voices are different [laughter]. Nah, I mean, I don’t really see too big of a difference, I really don’t. I know they’re both different and they’re both right-on, but I mean, I’m just blocking for them. It really don’t matter to me who’s back there.”
“To be honest with you, I couldn’t tell you the difference. I mean, I don’t know how to coach a quarterback or judge a quarterback, so I mean, as long as they were getting the ball out there, I was happy. They’ve pretty much both got the offense down, and they run it how Kyle wants it to be run.”
“That’s Coach Shanahan’s decision, and he can make it whenever he want to. If he tells me to go out there and block one of them at quaterback, or Kyle Shanahan at quarterback…or maybe I can get back there, y’know? The O-line, we gotta block for whoever’s there.”
Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong (during training camp):
Maybe there really is no discernible difference between the two quarterbacks at this point, including statistically:
John Beck: 2 games, 74.1 percent completion, 248 yards, TD, INT, 99.0 QB rating.
Rex Grossman: 3 games, 64.2 percent completion, 407 yards, 2 TD, INT, 92.3 QB rating.
Both quarterbacks will need a strong push tonight to blow the doors off of this competition.
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