A year after the Donovan McNabb experiment flopped more than a fish out of water, the Redskins may very well be trying to ruffle the feathers of Redskins fans even more.
One way or another, Mike Shanahan may look back on this season as the true turning point in his career and his legacy. It’s been a long time — 15 years — since he had John Elway and Terrell Davis leading him to Super Bowls.
A firing in Denver was due and Dan Snyder thought he was the man to finally cultivate his locker room of big contract, high profile free agents into a Super Bowl contender.
You all know what happened next. McNabb and Shanahan and his son, Kyle, never really saw eye-to-eye. McNabb was demoted to third string. He finally was shipped out to Minnesota.
Albert Haynesworth, another guy Shanny inherited, was dubbed lazy and sent to New England.
Would it shock anyone to see those two guys flourish in their new cities?
Anyway, back to Shanny. Instead of securing a quarterback who can win now, he elected to bring back Rex Grossman and have him battle for the starting spot with John Beck. Beck will start the Redskins second preseason game against the Colts this week.
Wait…John Beck? The same guy who was the Dolphins second round pick in 2007. The same guy who hasn’t taken a snap in three — count ‘em — three seasons. The same guy who is now 30 (as of Aug. 21).
Maybe he will be the next Kurt Warner. Maybe, he’ll be the NFL version of Jamie Moyer. History, however, suggests otherwise.
Yet, Shanny is potentially pinning his reputation and legacy to this guy. Let’s face it, if he goes with Beck and the Redskins have yet another putrid season, the shine will have tarnished. Shanahan could be unemployed and unemployable after doing nothing since the days of Elway.
Honestly, Beck seems like nothing but a whiner after reading quotes in a Washington Post story. It’s the classic, “It’s somebody else’s fault,” line.
It wasn’t him. It was the Dolphins who “strung me along.” It wasn’t him. It was the Ravens fault.
Beck needs to shut up and play like he talks. Otherwise, he’ll be on the scrap heap forever and Shanny may be right next to him.