A good read from ESPN’s Dan Graziano
This is what the Redskins are saying if they go with Beck/Grossman at quarterback for this year:
1. They didn’t view any of the quarterbacks they could have drafted as their long-term solution at the position.
2. They know that the first round of next year’s draft includes several guys who could fit that description. Not just Luck, but guys like Landry Jones and Matt Barkley, too. You don’t need to have the No. 1 pick next year to fix your quarterback problem. You just need to stay flexible enough to be able to move into position to get the guy you like.
3. For that reason, the Redskins don’t want to deal draft picks for (or commit long-term money to) a veteran quarterback such as Carson Palmer or Matt Hasselbeck, who might help them win an extra game or two this year, only to find themselves unable to move into the draft position they’ll need to be in next April.
4. The Redskins have enough other needs that, without an available quarterback option they like better than Beck, it makes more sense to address cornerback, the lines and maybe wide receiver than to force a quarterback solution with which they’re not comfortable.
If Beck starts, by no means do I think that it will be a pre-planned tank job. In the same manner, I don’t think (not at this point) they will be a whole lot better. But things can change. The NFL is the most unpredictable league in pro sports. The Skins could do well, or they could be worse. For Shanahan’s sake they cannot do worse or he won’t be here to draft Andrew Luck.