John Beck Named Washington Redskins' Starting Quarterback, Rex Grossman Benched

The John Beck era is underway. Beck has been named the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for their game against the Carolina Panthers.

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Chain Reactions: John Beck Named Quarterback, Will Third Time Be Charm For Redskins?

This week, we explain why the decision to bench Rex Grossman had to made quick hook or not, how the defense is getting it done and why Redskins fans should not be cheering Donovan McNabb's latest setback.

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Mike Shanahan Talks About His Decision To Name John Beck Washington Redskins Starting Quarterback

ASHBURN - The topic du jour around Redskins Park Wednesday was predictably the announcement of a quarterback change, one that saw incumbent starter Rex Grossman lose his job to backup John Beck. Many Redskins players chimed in on the decision, from receivers to running backs to the two passers themselves, but the man who ultimately made the decision, head coach Mike Shanahan spoke at length Wednesday about his decision to go with Beck.

Shanahan removed Grossman in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles in favor of Beck, who Shanahan believed performed admirably given the situation.

“No. 1, I thought John did a good job with three of our [offensive] starters out in the fourth quarter against Philadelphia," Shanahn said of Beck's performance Sunday. "To come in a situation when they knew we had to throw the football — he had nine first downs. ... He impressed with that. [We] put a lot of pressure on him in that situation." 

But Shanahan's decision did not come from Beck's performance against the Eagles alone. It came after weeks of solid practice from Beck, not to mention Grossman's penchant for turning the football over, doing so 11 times in five games.

"I like the way [Beck] has been practicing the last few weeks. He’s done a good job in practice and I think he deserves the opportunity for us to see what he can do.”

Grossman beat out Beck for the starting job at the conclusion of training camp, which means Beck has been getting scout team reps the last six weeks. But despite that, Shananan seems to feel as though Beck has come along in the last month and a half to warrant a change.

“Well, I think right now that he’s more comfortable with the system," Shanahan said. "He was out for that week [in training camp] . Like I said, I like the way he’s practiced. Rex didn’t quite have the same practices as he did earlier – as I spoke to Rex. It’s a constant evaluation and you have to go with your gut."

One of the issues Beck will have to deal with moving forward is working with a re-shuffled offensive line, one that has been bit by the injury bug with injuries to guard Kory Lichtensteiger (knee)  and tackle Trent Williams (high ankle sprain). Because of those issues, Beck's mobility looks to be an asset with a group up front that could struggle in the next few weeks.

"I think a big plus for John is his mobility," said Shanahan. "He’s a 4.7 [40-yard dash] guy. He can make plays with his feet [and] he has a good command for the offense."

As for Grossman, Shanahan informed his now backup quarterback of the decision earlier in the week, highlighting the importance of securing the football. 

"That’s what I talked to Rex about. I said, ‘hey, to keep that position, quarterback in the NFL, you have to eliminate those mistakes'," said Shanahan of his meeting with Grossman. "You can’t constantly turn the football over. If you do, you’re going to lose your opportunity to lead the football team."

But the biggest issue moving forward for Shanahan and the Redskins seems to be the fact that the team has yet to find a starting caliber quarterback in his tenure in Washington. With Beck, the team will turn to its third starting quarterback in less than two seasons.

Despite that, when Shanahan was asked if he believes the 30 year old Beck could be the answer at the position for the present and the future, his answer was pretty simple.

"I don't think there's any question about it."

For more on the John Beck vs. Rex Grossman situation, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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John Beck Reacts To Being Named Washington Redskins Starting Quarterback

ASHBURN - John Beck spoke to reporters Wednesday for the first time since being named the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins. Beck replaced incumbent quarterback in Rex Grossman Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles after Grossman threw four interception in three quarters.

Though Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan informed his entire team Wednesday morning of his decision to go with Beck at quarterback over Grossman, he informed each quarterback on Tuesday of their fate.

"[Shanahan] just brought me in [his office] and said 'We're going to give you an opportunity to play this week,' " Beck said. "[He said] just go out there and play your game."

Beck's start Sunday against the Carolina Panthers will be just the fifth of his career and his first since his rookie season of 2007 while with the Miami Dolphins.

"I'm definitely excited," he said of his opportunity. "There's been a lot of hard work that's gone into this and you never know when your opportunity is going to come so you always have to stay ready."

Beck was in the running to earn the starting job out of training camp, but was beaten by Grossman in a close competition. The Redskins new starter believes that the last six weeks of practice have prepared him for the opportunity to perform well moving forward.

"It's been good to be able to be in the [backup quarterback] position this year," he said. "Last year I was only in that position for a couple games at the very end of the season [while] still learning the offense."

Beck was no doubt brought in to provide a spark to the offense and be able to show the ability to protect the football, something Grossman struggled with.

"Ball security is a point every single week," Beck said. "It's very hard to win in the NFL if you turn the all over. Now it's on my shoulders to take care of the football and put our team in the est position to win."

Now that the decision has been made to switch starters, it's unclear as to how long Beck will have to establish himself. Most have speculated that should Beck struggle, Shanahan could choose to go back to Grossman.

"I don't know because [me and Shanahan] haven't had that conversation," he said of his status as the starter. "I can't really think about that because if I try to think of it as 'Oh, I have to do everything right now,' that can be putting too much pressure on yourself."

Shanahan will address the media after Wednesday's practice to discuss the reasons behind Grossman's benching and what Beck will bring to the offense, and for how long this change could last.

But as far as Beck goes, the fifth year man our of BYU realizes that his opportunity is right here, right now.

"You just have to play," he said. "Just play football."

For more on the John Beck vs. Rex Grossman situation, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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Rex Grossman Reacts To John Beck Being Named Washington Redskins' Starting QB

ASHBURN - Rex Grossman spoke to the media for the first time Wednesday since the announcement of his benching in favor of John Beck.

Grossman was removed in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles after throwing four interceptions in just three quarters. After the game, it was clear Mike Shanahan was pondering a quarterback change. That proved to be true as the head coach addressed the team Wednesday morning, informing them that Beck will indeed be the starter going forward.

"I was frustrated [when I found out]," Grossman said. "Not completely surprised, but disappointed that I wasn't able to come back off [the Eagles game]."

Though the Eagles game was by far Grossman's worst, he was struggling to lead the offense in his three prior games against Arizona, Dallas and St. Louis. In five starts this season, Grossman has tallied 11 turnovers in all.

"The frustrating part about it is that I do think that [the four prior games] were good performances," Grossman said. " "They should have been great." 

"Whatever you want to say about turnovers," he continued. "There's always a reason, but ultimately I'm responsible for the ball."

Washington's quarterback quandary in 2011 has been one most observers believed would happen. With Grossman now being benched in favor of Beck, there's no assurance his replacement will be able to keep his job either, leaving room for a possible return for Grossman.

"If I do get back in there, I'm going to feel real good about it, and feel real good where I'm at. I'll just try to get better on the things I did well. Having success and winning games will propel my confidence if I do get back in there," Grossman said.

For more on the John Beck vs. Rex Grossman situation, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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John Beck Being Named Washington Redskins' Starting Quarterback Confirmed By Multiple Reports

The news that John Beck will replace Rex Grossman as the Washington Redskins' starting quarterback for the team's game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday has been confirmed by multiple reports. ESPN's Adam Schefter was the first to report on the story, and it has now been confirmed by several other reporters.

First, the news was confirmed by Mike Jones of the Washington Post. Then, Jason La Canfora of NFL Network did the same and added the following nugget.

Mike Shanahan notified his QBs early this morning that John Beck is the new starter. Did not tell his staff or any players til this AM. Many Skins players and coaches expected the move to Beck. Not a surprise.

That's interesting, especially in light of Santana Moss' recent comments backing Grossman. On Monday, Moss said the Redskins "can't just give up on [Grossman] after one game." It'll be interesting to see his reaction on Wednesday when the media talks to the players.

For more on the John Beck vs. Rex Grossman situation, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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John Beck Named Washington Redskins' Starting Quarterback Over Rex Grossman, According To Report

The Washington Redskins will be making a change at quarterback when they square off with the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. John Beck will be named the team's starter, replacing Rex Grossman, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Schefter. An announcement from coach Mike Shanahan is expected later Wednesday.

The move comes after Grossman was benched in the Redskins' 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Grossman threw four interceptions, including three to the same player, and was replaced at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Beck was inserted into the game and led the Redskins on a scoring drive, but it was not enough to complete the comeback.

The two quarterbacks battled in the preseason, with Shanahan selecting Grossman then. Despite a 3-2 record, Grossman has been erratic and turnover-prone, which prompted the change.

For more on the decision, visit this StoryStream. For more on the Redskins, visit Hogs Haven.

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John Beck Vs. Rex Grossman: The Rare Boring NFL Quarterback Controversy

John Beck vs. Rex Grossman is a quarterback controversy in a city known for having them, so why is it so difficult to get passionate about Mike Shanahan's ultimate decision?

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Rex Grossman Or John Beck? Washington Redskins Will Solve QB Position In 2012 NFL Draft Instead

The Redskins learned Sunday that Rex Grossman isn't their guy, and John Beck probably won't be either. So who will it be in 2012? Time to start looking at college prospects.

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Mike Shanahan Says He Still Believes In Rex Grossman And John Beck

The majority of Mike Shanahan's Monday press conference following Sunday's 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles had to do with his decision to bench Rex Grossman and insert John Beck into the game in the fourth quarter. Grossman threw four interceptions and Beck led the Redskins on a scoring drive, fueling speculation that Beck would replace Grossman as the first-string quarterback for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers.

Shanahan would not commit to that on Monday, saying he would ultimately begin his decision-making process on Wednesday. However, he did say he still believed in both quarterbacks. Via Redskins PR:

"It’s football. That’s what happens not only at the quarterback position but at any position. I have two guys that I believe in. I believe in Rex [Grossman] and I believe in John Beck. I told you that from day one. Both guys I am hoping are going to be here for a long time."

Shanahan also said he thought about taking Grossman out after his third interception in the third quarter. He added that he needs to look at the film to see whether Grossman's four interceptions were his fault or someone else's.

Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC are your sources for Redskins news, while Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly offer the opponent's perspective.

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Washington Redskins Back At Square One At Quarterback After Rex Grossman Benching

The Redskins banked on Rex Grossman being able to change his turnover-prone ways when they named him their starting quarterback. Five games later, it's become clear that he won't, and the Redskins are back at square one.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: Mike Shanahan Will Not Commit To Rex Grossman Starting Next Week

The Redskins made it interesting late after quickly falling behind 20-0 to the Eagles, but a late push with John Beck in the game fell short. Rex Grossman told the media after the game that he wanted to finish what he started today (not sure that’s the right way to put it) but his status as the starter heading into Week 7 is certainly in doubt. After the game, Mike Shanahan praised Beck’s play and would not commit to naming a starting quarterback for next season.

Via Grant Paulsen:

Mike Shanahan wouldn’t commit to a starting quarterback moving forward.

Beck went 8 for 15 for 117 yards in the second half, after Shanahan gave Grossman the hook after his four interception day. Afterwards, Beck spoke to CSN and reiterated his desire to be the starter but at this point, no one knows which way the coach will go.

“I don’t know. That will be a decision made by coach. I want to play, I want to be the quarterback but i’m not the one that makes the decision.”

As for Grossman, even after the brutal day, maintains his confidence.

Via Rich Campbell of The Washington Times:

“I believe in myself no matter if the whole stadium doesn’t.”

Shanahan told the media that decision will be made on Wednesday.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for full Redskins vs. Eagles coverage. Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC are your sources for Redskins news, while Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly offer the opponent's perspective.

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Eagles Vs. Redskins: John Beck Replaces Rex Grossman

After four Rex Grossman interceptions and a slew of bad decisions, Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan had seen enough. Shanahan benched Grossman and inserted backup quarterback John Beck.

Grossman looked out of sync the whole game, making poor reads and consistently over-throwing or under-throwing open recievers. His statistics show the futility, 9/22 for 143 yards and the four interceptions.

Beck and Grossman competed in the preseason for the starting quarterback job. Grossman won the competition, but many fans thought Beck was the better option. Beck is more athletic than Grossman but does not have much professional experience.

Injuries along the offensive line may have impacted Grossman's play. Two starters fell injured in the game and the unit is now a patchwork of backups and other team's castoffs.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for full Redskins vs. Eagles coverage. Hogs Haven and SB Nation DC are your sources for Redskins news, while Bleeding Green Nation and SB Nation Philly offer the opponent's perspective.

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