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RG3 Saves Shanahan….At Least For 2012

RG3 and Coach Shanahan

About a year ago, Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan told reporters that he would stake his reputation on Rex Grossman and John Beck. Well, that experiment was a Major Fail. After a 3-1 start, the Skins only won 2 of their remaining 12 games. Understandably, Shanahan’s reputation took a hit. After his second year with the Skins, his record was 11-21 which was actually a game worse than Jim Zorn‘s two-year record of 12-20. Remember Jim Zorn, the coach who was stripped of all play calling duties mid-season 2009 and then summarily released when the season ended. Zorn got the boot, and Shanahan got, well, he got Robert Griffin III. RG3 represents a do-over for Shanahan. The rookie QB pretty much assures that Shanahan will keep his $7 million coaching job, at least through 2013. With the drafting of RG3, Shanahan put himself in a win-win situation for 2012. If RG3 doesn’t perform well, it will be attributed to his being a rookie who is still developing. If he does perform well, Shanahan will be considered a genius for making the draft pick and helping him develop. Either way, RG3 and Shanahan are joined at the hip. RG3’s success or lack thereof will either resurrect Shanahan’s tenure in D.C. or cause it to go up in flames.

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Houston Texans sign QB John Beck

Texans sign QB John Beck

So, the John Beck experiment in Washington is over and will be continued in Texas. That may have just been a collective sigh of relief I heard across the Beltway as Redskins fans are eager for the RGIII era to begin and the Beck/Grossman/McNabb/whomever era to end. Beck will join the Houston Texans and compete with T.J. Yates and rookie Case Keenum for the QB backup job to starter Matt Schaub.

Lest we forget, Beck’s stat line as starter with Redskins in 2011

Wk 7 – Panthers 33..Redskins 20/ Beck 22/37, 279 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUM

Wk 8 – Bills 23…..Redskins 00…../ Beck 22/33, 208 yds, 0 TD, 2 INT, 1 FUM

Wk 9 – 49ers 19…..Redskins 11…/ Beck 30/47, 254 yds. 1 TD, 1 INT, 0 FUM

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Photo Credit:  Washington Redskins quarterback John Beck passes during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Landover, Md., on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011.  (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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