Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said today that team officials feel so strongly about John Beck and Rex Grossman’s capabilities that when free agency rolled around, they didn’t go after any veteran quarterbacks who could contend with either passer.
“We talked to a few guys, but we weren’t thinking of anyone that would be competing with Rex and John for the starting job,” Allen said while making an appearance on 106.7 The Fan’s Sports Junkies.
Washington signed Kellen Clemens, who had spent his five-year career with the Jets primarily as a backup, and it seems that the Redskins see him as such.
Echoing some of what we heard following the draft, Allen said Washington passed on drafting a quarterback because improving the roster across the board was a higher priority.
“We liked a lot of players in this draft. Felt like we needed an infusion of youth throughout the 53 man roster. When we got a chance to trade down, we did,” Allen told the Junkies, reflecting on the decision to pass on a quarterback and instead acquire multiple picks. “What we’re trying to do is make sure our infrastructure is sound. We needed to improve in a lot of positions. We needed to improve the entire 53-man roster.”
“I don’t disagree that quarterback is important and the most important position in the sport,” Allen later said. “As we did with every position, we analyzed the quarterbacks as well as any position, brought in all the quarterbacks and talked about them. … We also compared them to the quarterbacks that we had. You say John is unproven, but so are draft picks. Coaches thought based on what they saw in practices last year that he had a very high ceiling.”
Grossman earlier this week said that he believes the Redskins can win the NFC East. Allen was asked about the quarterback’s boldness, and the general manager said he had no problem with it, saying, “You want your players to be confident and believing they can win.”