Ok, it’s not exactly one of the classic Washington Redskins quarterback controversies. No, Rex Grossman vs. Pat White is not going to remind anyone of Billy Kilmer and Sonny Jurgensen, Doug Williams and Jay Schroeder, or Gus Frerotte and Heath Shuler. Heck, this latest controversy is probably the second most memorable one involving Grossman, who was in a somewhat notorious controversy with John Beck just two seasons ago.
And if you would like to read more about Beck and other forgettable Burgundy and Gold signal callers of recent memory, proceed at your own risk.
For now, the subject is the more-intiguing-than-you-might-think battle between Grossman and White for the No. 3 spot behind Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins.
Grossman, the 11-year veteran out of Florida, is the incumbent, if you will. He is experienced in the system, and has been a good mentor for Griffin and Cousins. Also, Grossman can play in a pinch if needed, and be somewhat effective.
Of course, there is the downside with Sexy Rexy. If he is in the lineup for an extended period, his weaknesses (limited mobility and proclivity to give the ball to the other team) become exposed.
Still, if Grossman is your third quarterback, that’s not so bad.
White, on the other hand, is a complete unknown. He put up ridiculous numbers in college at West Virginia, and was a second-round draft pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2009. Of course, White was released at the end of the preseason in 2010, and then had a stint playing minor league baseball. His signing with the Redskins marks the first time he has been in the NFL since being released by Miami.
Obviously, with White, the fact he was released just over one year after the Dolphins used a second-round draft pick on him does not bode well. Nor does the fact that he was released by the Virginia Destroyers of the United Football League in 2011. Sorry, but I don’t have all the details on that one.
However, I do know this. The NFL is a much, much different league with regard to quarterbacks than the one White played in for Miami. Dual run/pass threat quarterbacks like White are in vogue after a season in which Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Griffin and others were wildly successful.
In other words, the intrigue in White is not so much whether Miami or the Destroyers were wrong regarding his abilities. Rather, White may prove to be something of a litmus test regarding how much the league has changed.
Plus, White clearly offers more upside at 27 then the experienced but limited Grossman does at 32.
That said, the likelihood is Grossman will win the No. 3 job. He is the veteran, he is experienced in the system, he is respected at Redskins Park, and he is the known entity
White, on the other hand, is the unknown. And while the chances, in my opinion, are less than 50 percent that White will ever take a snap wearing the Burgundy and Gold, his presence with the Redskins and the fact that he played decently well against the Tennessee Titans last night in the preseason opener offers more intrigue than meets the eye.
I just have a feeling the known will win out over the unknown.