The Skins QB Conundrum

The Skins QB Conundrum
November 18, 2011, 4:31 pm
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By Rich Tandler and Ryan OHalloran
Redskins InsidersRedskins coach Mike Shanahan is being taken to task for putting himself in a position where he has to choose between Rex Grossman and John Beck to start at quarterback. And, certainly, after he swung and missed on Donovan McNabb last year, there is not much good to say about the Redskins quarterback situation.But complaining about problems is one thing, evaluating solutions is another. Yesterday Rich Tandler took advantage of having 20-20 hindsight and looked at some of the veteran quarterbacks who were available after the lockout ended in August. Today, Tandler and Ryan OHalloran debate which of these quarterbacks, if any, Redskins One should have picked up and whisked to Ashburn last August in this weeks edition of Point-Counterpoint.Rich Tandler: I always chuckle when people say, Shanahan should have gotten a quarterback as though all he had to do was drop by Walmart and pick one out. The demand exceeds the supply by a substantial margin. Still, Shanahan gets paid 7 million a year to solve problems like that and the issues created by not being able to teach a new quarterback the offense until training camp started due to the lockout. But no matter how much you get paid you cant make chicken salad out of chicken, uh, feed and there was not much quality available in the free agent quarterback market this year.Ryan OHalloran: The second teams were allowed to contact free agents, the Redskins first and only call should have been to Seattle and veteran Matt Hasselbeck. Sure, hes older and he definitely has an injury history but he would have been a much better option than what the Redskins currently have in the house. For the 5-4 Titans, Hasselbeck has 14 touchdowns and an 89.0 passer rating for a team that has a first-time head coach in Mike Munchak.Tandler: Yes, Hasselbeck would have helped this year and his contract (three years, 20 million, 6 million signing bonus) was quite reasonable for a quarterback. But you were looking at a guy who at age 36 had missed 13 games over the previous three seasons with injuries, including back issues. On top of that, the word is that the fix was in for Hasselbeck to go to Tennessee well before the lockout ended (as shocking as that news mat be). How about a trade for Kyle Orton? Hed certainly be an upgrade if you wanted to take the risk that you could re-sign him in 2012 after giving a third-round pick and maybe a fifth on top of that. But is he really a guy whos going to lead you to the Promised Land?OHalloran: A trade for somebody was probably the only option if the Redskins wanted to get a new quarterback. Look at some of the free agents Bruce Gradkowski, Matt Leinart, Jake Delhomme, Kerry Collins and Vince Young and none of those would have made the Redskins any better in the short or long term. One intriguing possibility would have been Matt Moore. He signed with Miami and when Chad Henne went down, became the starter. He looked somewhat efficient last week against the Redskins. Tandler: I think we can agree that the pickings were slim. Perhaps Shanahan accidentally stumbled onto the solution by going with the Beck-Rex tag team that seems destined to result in a record bad enough to snag one of the top quarterbacks coming out of college.OHalloran: The no-brain moral of this situation the Redskins should have used a mid-to-late round draft pick in 2010 or 2011 on a quarterback so if they got into a position like 3-6 with many injuries, they could at least get a head start on 2012 by evaluating a young passer. Now, the offense is so bad, the Redskins are playing their way to the point where they have to a) use a first-round pick on a quarterback and b) make sure hes ready to play in Week 1.You can reach Ryan OHalloran by email at rohalloran@comcastsportsnet.com and you can email Rich Tandler atRTandlerCSN@comcast.net . Follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanohalloran and follow Rich @Rich_Tandler.