Disaster struck the Redskins last night when star rookie DE Jarvis Jenkins tore the ACL in his knee. He will be out for the season and one of the biggest reasons Redskins fans had to optimistic about the team just disappeared. READ IT
My quick and dirty analysis of the game from last night. READ IT
ESPN NFC East blogger Dan Graziano observes thusly about the QB battle from the Ravens game:
Shanahan and the Redskins know exactly what Grossman is. He doesn't have to show them anything. They believe, if they install Grossman as the starter, they know exactly what they'll get. And so far this preseason, nothing he's shown has done anything to sway them from that opinion.
They believe, however, that Beck has the ability to give them more. That he can make plays and move the chains with his feet. That he has a quicker release, and that he anticipates throws better. They think the upside is higher with Beck, and what they wanted to see from him when this preseason began is how he would handle the pressure of being the starter - or at least of the opportunity to finally be a starter in the NFL.
So while, yes, it matters that Beck made a bad throw that was intercepted on his first play of the second half, it almost certainly matters more that he rebounded to lead that long touchdown drive. You're not going to judge a guy on one throw, good or bad. But to watch Beck engineer that drive, make smart decisions quickly, let go of the ball with that kind of speed... that's the kind of thing that, if the question is whether Beck can handle the pressure of the situation, answers in the affirmative. Shanahan's not likely to announce his decision for another week or so at least, but I believe Beck's been the favorite all along and has done nothing to lose that status.
Going the other direction, John Keim makes the case for Rex Grossman to win the starting QB job based on his preseason performance. READ IT