Word on the Street: Your favorite backup?

Word on the Street: Your favorite backup?
October 21, 2011, 1:22 pm
Share This Post

By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comQuestion o' week to the DMV Media: Be it a certain quarterbackor another reserve, minor leaguer or incoming freshman, which "backup" in town do you want to see start?Rich Tandler (CSNwashington): I think that Beck should have started the season and Rexs turnovers (17 in eight starts with the Redskins) made the decision a no-brainer. He will have to knock off some rust; a full week of reps with the first team and four quarters of playing with the first team will help.Mark Zuckerman (CSNwashingtonNats Insider): Guess I'll take Tom Milone, who probably has no realistic shot at making the Nationals Opening Day rotation but would be fun to watch pitch in the big leagues from the start of the season. The guy doesn't throw all that hard, but he really seems to understand how to pitch.Eric EB Bickel (Sports Junkies, 106.7): There's nobody in town I want to see start more than John Beck. It's so funny to because I had zero interest in seeing Beck play before the season started. I just figured he's a loser journeyman unwanted by two previous organizations. But Rex Grossman has just redefined loser journeyman. So now, I'm dying to see how much better he is than Rex. Because he certainly can't be worse.Chris Russell (ESPN980): I think Michal Neuvirth is going to play plenty, and that battle for playing time and the playoffs is FAR from decided. As for the backup I want to see, I think it has to be Beck -- just because he is the mostly 'great unknown. Idon't think his decision making can be any more dangerous or worse than Rex Grossman's, and his mobility is a major plus with the injuries to the offensive line. It's very simple. I think Mike and Kyle Shanahan risk losing the locker room if they go back to Rex, and he fails miserable. Clearly, he would have already lost a lot of faith from the fan base, for whatever that actually is worth. Kyle Weidie (TruthAboutIt.net): I'm going to say whomever is backing up Andray Blatche, which could be quite the conundrum. If there's a season, signs point to Rashard Lewis starting at three -- after all, you can't have the second highest paid player in the NBA coming off the bench (assuming the Wizards don't part ways with Lewis via a potential new CBA amnesty clause). So from here where do we go? Trevor Booker? Jan Vesely? Chris Singleton? Bah! All rookies or sophs likely to succumb to wishes of A) Ted Leonsis to pacify Blatche, B) Flip Saunders to start the more experienced "veteran," and C) Blatche himself, who's been working hard under a newly-hired agent to improve his public perception. His game? You know what they say, it's hard to teach a "kind of" old dog tricks other than the ones he's been playing for years. Meaning: the Wizards are likely lottery-bound once again, which will make persistent investment in 7-Day Dray an oft-repeated mystery. Kevin Ewoldt (Hogs Haven): Well, this is a football town so I'm going with Beck. As I wrote earlier, for there to be a QB controversy, doesn't at least of the QBs have to be good. A real controversy would be if a 43-year old Jeff George somehow entered the QB Race. Either way, Beck was very erratic in camp and in pre-season, but he really can't get any worse than Grossman. The chance for upside outweighs anything else.Rich Dubroff (CSNbaltimore Orioles Insider): Nationals reliever Todd Coffey is the quintessential backup. He embraces his role--sprinting in from the bullpen for his inning or so, whether it's the sixth, seventh or eighth. Rarely involved in the decision, the huge man--bordering on obese--is noticed because of his size, his enthusiasm--and his speed. What other 275lb (I'm guessing) pitcher is that fast? How may have their sprints from the bullpen to the mound timed?Liz Drabick (106.7, The Fan): Jonathon CromptonNot that anyone asked me, but...While tempted to pick Wizards guard Jordan Crawford as a nod toward moving on from current starter and potential free agent Nick Young, I'll go with twohoops players who we know we will see on the court this season. Depending on the list, Maryland guard Nick Faust or Georgetown forward Otto Porter is the highest ranked incoming recruit among the D.C. area schools. With a thin roster, the Terps are going to need immediate production from thelong-armed Faust, who canscore from all corners.With three returning guards ahead of him, maybe the starting lineup is a down-the-line goal, but if the hype is legit, the Baltimore native gets there at some point this season.The lengthy 6-8Porter headlines the Hoyas heralded incoming classreportedly - while Iwasway impressed by Porter's running mate Jabril Trawick this summer, I never saw Porter at the Kenner League - has a high skill set and stellar mid-range game. Arguably the Hoyas starting five is set, but Georgetown coach John Thompson III hinted that one of the freshman could be elevated to starter...Tack on George Mason's big man Erik Copes (and if we expand way beyond the Beltway, Virginia T ech's Dorian Finney-Smith) and there are some intriguing high-end freshmen in town this season. I've got my popcorn ready...Breakfast BuffetRangers shortstop Elvis Andrus was most definitely in the building Thursday night as Texas rallied in the 9th against the St. Louis Cardinals to win Game 2 of the World Series. (Associated Press)Rex Grossman's biggest mistake? Not recognizing his own (Jenkins - Washington Post)No trading deadline deals for the Redskins. No worries. Those midseason acquisitionsreally make a significant impact anyway. (Daly - Washington Times)Who's to blame for the Big East's realignment woes? How about Notre Dame. (Associated Press)Virginia has a history of top-shelf offensive lineman. Cavaliers sophomore Morgan Moses is next in line (Washington Examiner)If Rory McIlroy wins another major this coming year, it will not be part of a Chubby Slam (Associated Press)The Orioles are righting a statue wrong (Loverro - Washington Examiner)