Trailing by 14 points in the quarter, Washington’s offense had opportunities. Repeatedly, Grossman ended them. At the Philadelphia 20-yard line with about 7 minutes remaining in the third, Coleman intercepted Grossman’s pass at the 5-yard line.
On Philadelphia’s next possession, it failed on downs at the Washington 32. Three passes later, Coleman completed his three-interception day. In a span of four passes, Grossman completed two to the Eagles and none to the Redskins.
“Obviously, I would have liked to have finished what I started, from a competitive standpoint,” Grossman said.
“There are a lot of times where things aren’t going well, and all of a sudden things just go into place and it starts to get better. You start to click, all of a sudden, get into a rhythm. I wasn’t able to do that. They thought the best answer was to replace me.”
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s body language told the story. Immediately after Coleman’s final pick, the younger Shanahan threw up his arms in exasperation. “You’re in,” Beck said Kyle Shanahan told him.
“We needed a spark,” Coach Mike Shanahan said. “John’s been practicing very well the last couple of weeks. And with four turnovers there, we thought it was time to give John an opportunity to show us what he could do.”
Since the season began, Beck hasn’t had any reps with the first-team offense. He has, however, arrived early and stayed late at Redskins Park, doing everything he could to prepare for the chance he received Sunday. He has remained focused during practice and games “just trying to do what I could, so if this did happen. And, you know, who knows what’ll happen next?”
The Shanahans probably do. It would seem they’ve already seen more than enough. Perhaps Beck doesn’t solve long-term questions at quarterback. It appears, though, that Grossman has already provided one answer.