Washington Redskins quarterback Red Grossman ready for Sunday start
Grossman in his third year in the current Redskins offensive system — he learned it in Houston before coming to Washington last year — and the quick-flow, keep-it-moving tempo suits him. He also got to run it on the field in the final three games last season after Donovan McNabb was benched.
But, overall, Grossman said he's better just from his years of experience, and that should cut down on the turnovers.
"The game's slowed down a lot," the 31-year-old quarterback said. "As a younger quarterback you kind of see everything. And as a veteran, you see what you need to see."
Beck received effusive praise from Shanahan during the offseason despite having played his only regular games in 2007, when he had late-season mop-up starts as a rookie with the Miami Dolphins. He couldn't have asked for a better chance to win a job, but he couldn't separate himself from Grossman. The two were close statistically until Beck's lackluster performance in the final preseason game, but Beck said he didn't think his few missed throws in that half of football made the difference.
Beck said he's putting together a game plan with Shanahan to come up with ways to improve during the season and be ready if called upon. Grossman will get nearly all of the first-team snaps during practices, while Beck will run the scout team and continue to come in on his days off for extra work.
"I've been trying to climb the mountain ever since I got into this league, and I know there's going to be obstacles, there's going to be times that you slip and fall," Beck said. "But I never look at them as 'I'm down and out.' I look at them as, 'That's an obstacle. I'm getting over it.'"
One thing that kept Beck from expressing any bitterness: He and Grossman both felt the competition was fair.
"There's been times in the past (with other teams) where you can't quite trust what they're actually saying," Grossman said. "But I have a pretty good relationship with (offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan), and Mike's a standup guy, so I took them at their word and I trusted it."
Notes: S LaRon Landry (hamstring) did not practice and said he doesn't expect to play Sunday. TE Chris Cooley (knee), KR Brandon Banks (knee), WR Donte' Stallworth (shoulder) and RB Ryan Torain (hand) were limited. ... DE Jarvis Jenkins had surgery on the torn ACL in his right knee and will have 4-to-6 months of rehab. ... Players had to drive to a gym for practice because of heavy rains. The Redskins are building an indoor practice facility, but it's not expected to be ready until November.
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