Nothing screams Lockout 2011 more than John Beck and a vaguely depressing quarterback controversy in Washington.
Cindy Boren of the Washington Post has dubbed it Quarterback Controversy Lite, and the various interviews from Beck has helped fuel the fire the last few days. Rex Grossman, the forgotten man, finally chimed in Wednesday.
“If you ask me, I definitely feel like I’m the starter, but I’m not even signed yet. I’m assuming a lot of things here,” Grossman said on ESPN 980, via Boren.
Grossman called Beck a “great guy” and would expect him to say he’s the starter too. When asked who should be the starter, Grossman made it clear he expects to be back in Washington.
“I’m not going to say John Beck. I’m going to say me if I’m going to pick somebody. I would like this to be answered by the coaches and decided by competition,” Grossman said.
If the Redskins saw Grossman as the starter, they would be quietly pushing him as the starter through the media like they are with Beck. (Grossman isn’t signed, but that’s largely Shanahan’s choice. And Alex Smith being un-signed hasn’t stopped the 49ers from calling him the starter.)
The Redskins aren’t pushing Grossman behind the scenes, which is one reason why he’s more likely to Beck’s backup or playing elsewhere.