Redskins change QB ... again

Redskins change QB ... again
November 13, 2011, 3:53 pm
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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. John Becks triumphant opportunity to face the team that drafted him only to release him early in his career has been nixed.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan made his third major quarterback decision in 10 weeks, replacing Beck with Rex Grossman for todays game against the Miami Dolphins.

Beck, who started his NFL career with Miami, started the last three Redskins games, all losses. He has a 0-7 record as a starter.

Grossman started the first five games (3-2 record) before being benched after his fourth interception during the Week 6 loss to Philadelphia, triggering the current four-game skid.

Shanahan named Grossman the starter coming out of the preseason, went to Beck in Week 7 and now goes back to Grossman, likely because he is more able to make big plays even if hes turnover-prone.

During his three-plus games, Beck had two touchdowns, four interceptions and was sacked 15 times. But his longest completion last week against San Francisco was 17 yards (off a batted-up pass) and several indications were that Beck missed things downfield in an effort to get rid of the football quicker.

There were a couple of times Jabar Gaffney could have got the ball and didnt, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said Thursday.

The switch back to Grossman continues the recent trend of changes throughout the Redskins lineup.

Other leftovers from the week as kickoff approaches:

Bad news for the Redskins that Reggie Bush is heating up. After four games this year, the Miami running back didnt have a play from scrimmage of longer than 23 yards dating back to December 2009. But in the four games since the Dolphins bye, Bush has five plays of at least 27 yards.

Miami threw on 19 of its first 25 plays against Kansas City.

The Dolphins rush defense allowed 4.31 yards per attempt in the first four games, but several good performances have lowered that average to 3.52 yards.

Mike Shanahan should have good memories from Super Bowls in what is now called Sun Life Stadium. He was San Franciscos offensive coordinator when the 49ers bludgeoned San Diego 49-26 after the 1994 season. Four years later, Shanahans Denver team beat Atlanta 34-19 to complete the repeat.

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