John Beck appears to be ahead of Rex Grossman in the Redskins’ quarterback derby, but coach Mike Shanahan says he’ll take his time making an announcement.
In fact, Shanahan said Monday he won’t say who his starter is until “right before” kickoff of the Redskins’ Week 1 game against the Giants.
Shanahan added that Beck and Grossman are “very close right now,” and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan says both of them will play with the first-string offense in Thursday’s preseason game against the Ravens.
So for now, the Shanahans want everyone to believe this is an even competition that could end up going either way. But soon enough one quarterback will start getting the vast majority of the practice reps with the starting offense, and whether Shanahan announces it publicly or not, it’s safe to say we’ll all hear which quarterback that is well before the Redskins take the field against the Giants.
The smart money is on that quarterback being Beck.