Training camp is in full swing and the big-name free agents have been signed — by other teams — but there still are plenty of questions about the Redskins’ 2011 season. Washington Post Redskins reporter Rick Maese answered some of those inquiries from readers in an online chat Monday afternoon.
Not surprisingly, there were a number of questions about which quarterback — John Beck or Rex Grossman would be the starter in the season opener. Maese said he thought the coaching staff believed either would be a competent signal caller, but he questioned what their third option would be.
“I will be curious to see what the team does if Beck and Grossman botch the preseason games, which is a very real possibility,” he said.
Neither Beck nor Grossman will have much luck lining up behind center if the offensive line doesn’t perform better than last year’s, a serious concern according to a number of readers’ questions.
One chat participant asked why the team hadn’t signed more linemen and worried about the position’s depth — a concern Maese shared.
“Yeah, they appear to have upgraded two starting spots, but depth is always a question on the line,” Maese said. “Artis Hicks is better as a reserve. Sean Locklear was a starter who will likely be a reserve. So that’s two guys who started a season ago and will now be coming off the bench. That’s a bit of depth, but not sure they’re deep enough or that it’s high-quality (depth) yet.”
A few readers offered their predictions for the team’s final record, including one fan who admited to “drinking the Kool-Aid” when saying the Redskins would finish 9-7. Maese certainly didn’t agree with the likelihood of a winning record, not with the question of quarterback quality.
“I think your Kool-Aid is spiked,” Maese said.
“I kid. It’s not out of the question, I suppose. I need some proof that Beck or Grossman is the answer at QB — even if it’s temporary. I haven’t seen that evidence yet.”
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