The very hours that followed the 2011 NFL Draft were interesting to say the least for fans of the Washington Redskins. Second year coach Mike Shanahan gave a press conference in which he was asked about the obvious hole at quarterback for the Redskins, his reply had him pointing at John Beck as the candidate for the starting role in 2011. Now we have heard this type of talk from Shanahan before, just last year when he spoke about Jason Campbell saying he was happy with Jason at quarterback moving forward and that was a classic smokescreen as the Redskins ended up bringing in Donovan McNabb months later and trading Campbell.
So for the moment, it appears as if Shanahan is not tipping his hand completely (unless you believe Beck will start) or he may very well not know who will be the QB himself just yet, the free agent market is not exactly filled with franchise type quarterbacks this year so the choices are limited.
The search for a quarterback is not exactly a new thing in DC by any means. Not since Sonny Jurgensen, have the Redskins had a signal caller that was considered a franchise QB. We all thought we had one in Joe Theismann, but as we all know, his career was shortened due to injury ;thus he never was able to show his full potential, even though he did win a Superbowl on the strength of his running back and line, chances are he could have won more. Doug Williams and Jay Schroeder both had hands in winning the second Superbowl for the Redskins but both also relied heavily on the Hogs and the running game to lead the way. Mark Rypien had a few good years’ worth noting and won a Superbowl MVP after the 1991 season, but we all know that after that Superbowl, Rypien was not the same player from that point on. The list of quarterbacks that have followed Rypien is long and it appears at this point to be never ending with the inevitable doubt that McNabb will not be back next season.
The next few months should give us a better idea of which direction the Redskins will move in the present….while the future is still a question mark for the time being.