Redskins receivers Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney on Monday morning backed Rex Grossman to keep his starting quarterback job.
While coach Mike Shanahan decides between Grossman and John Beck after Grossman was benched in the fourth quarter of a four-interception performance in Sunday’s loss to Philadelphia, Grossman’s top two wide receivers cited a need to avoid a hasty reaction.
Moss was asked whether he’d like for Grossman to remain the starter.
“No question,” he said. “That’s not even something that should be asked.
“He deserves another shot. [Eagles quarterback Michael] Vick threw four picks last week and came back and played a hell of a game this week. Tom Brady threw four [two] weeks ago. I feel for the flow of the game yesterday it worked. It got a spark by bringing Beck in, but that’s the luxury when you have two good quarterbacks. Beck can come in and do his thing when you need him, but I feel like you can’t give up on a guy because he had a bad outing.”
Moss echoed a popular sentiment that the Redskins’ offensive struggles extend beyond quarterback play.
“As an offense together, we have to go out there and give Grossman a better chance to come up with some of those balls,” he said. “I just feel like you can’t put it on him. Yes, he threw the ball. Yes, he’s the guy that’s going to get blamed. Yes, it’s his decision. But as an offensive corps, we have to make better plays for him so he won’t have to deal with this kind of stuff.”
As for Beck’s prospects, Moss expressed confidence that either quarterback is capable of running the offense effectively.
“He did his job [in relief],” Moss said. “We know Beck can play football. He’s good with his feet. He’s good with his arm. For a guy to be thrown in the situation knowing he hadn’t had many reps with us during the week, I’m proud of the progress he had last night.”
Gaffney also supported Grossman, his teammate at the University of Florida in the early 2000s.
“We’re behind him,” Gaffney said. “We know what he can do. That was one game. He’ll get back to work.”
Right tackle Jammal Brown, meanwhile, was enthusiastic about how Beck played in the fourth quarter. Beck led the Redskins’ only touchdown drive.
“He came in real confident, ready to go,” Brown said. “That gives us a little bit of umph, too. From things Rex did with those interceptions, guys were kind of down. Not saying it was his fault, but any time you’re on a drive and you turn the ball over, it kind of takes the air out of you. So when John came in running around doing what he does, it felt real good.”
And Beck’s mobility proved to be an asset in Brown’s eyes.
“It’s always a big difference any time you’ve got a mobile quarterback coming in,” he said. “He can make things happen with his feet, give guys time for coverage to break down.”