Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Countdown To Camp: Cousins vs Rex

Training camp starts in a few days, marking the third year of the Shanahan era. With each new training camp comes a new batch of questions regarding the team.  As training camp approaches, we will examine some of these questions.
Will Cousins Unseat Rexy As Backup QB?

Many were shocked when the Redskins used their 4th round pick on a quarterback.  Especially after they already traded so many picks to move up to number 2 overall to draft...a quarterback.

Cousins was viewed by many as a potential starter on the right team, and local commentators went nuts and overreacted after the draft about there already being a “quarterback controversy”. Hyperbole aside, the only real quarterback controversy heading into training camp regards former starter Rex Grossman being the back up vs. newly drafted Cousins.

An argument can be made for both sides. On the one hand, you’ve got Grossman, the veteran QB who’s been in the Shanahan system for years as both a starter and back up.  On the other hand you’ve got the 4th round draft pick who lead his collegiate team to a Big 10 championship during his senior year.

While Rexy didn't lead much last year, the Spartan rookie finished his college career as the all-time touchdown pass leader at MSU, and ranked in the top-10 all time in Big 10 completion percentage.

On paper, it would seem like a win-win, but given the reality of RG3 injury concern, this could potentially be one of the most important decisions coach Shanahan makes during this year’s training camp.

--Written By Kirk B.--

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