Pat White Could Be Next QB In Line For Washington Redskins

By Thomas Ford
Pat White
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Lets examine Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan‘s plans at the quarterback position for the 2013 NFL season.

Plan A: Robert Griffin III. Plan B: Kirk Cousins. Plan C: Lets hope its not Rex Grossman.

As of August 20, the official website for the Redskins has their depth chart showing Grossman as the third string QB behind Griffin and Cousins. This may be nothing to think about, unless you saw Cousins go down with a foot injury in the Redskins’ second preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Washington fans have always known that Griffin was highly susceptible to injury due to his scramble style of QB play. Even going one step further, Griffin ran for 40 first downs last season, proving that Shanahan had specifically designed plays in which Griffin was expected to run. Therefore, not one fan should be 100 percent positive that Griffin can stay healthy.

No need to worry. Plan B gives the Redskins Cousins, a player who could probably start on another NFL team with no problems. Cousins has not only proved his worth last season when Griffin sustained multiple injuries, but he has also had a stellar preseason so far in 2013. That is, until he was helped off the field, given a walking boot and started using crutches.

Oh, back to the days of Grossman. Okay, so the guy definitely has talent. He made it to the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears in 2006. But, he has bad luck with the Redskins. On his first play under center with the Redskins, he was sacked and fumbled the ball, which was returned for a touchdown.

Personally, I do not know how many times Grossman threw an interception on the last drive of the game in do-or-die situations. Grossman has lots of knowledge to spread amongst the younger quarterbacks, but fans should not have faith with him on the field.

Plan C: Pat White?

White played for West Virginia University and was drafted by the Miami Dolphins 44th overall in the fourth round in the 2009 NFL Draft, although he never secured the starting position. White, while unproven, has the ability to rush the football and scramble from the pocket.

His style of play, while not the same caliber, mimics Griffin’s own style. He also has the ability to play RB, FB and TE.

In the two preseason games combined, White has gone 8-of-12 passing for 53 yards with no touchdowns and one interception, while rushing nine times for 57 yards and one touchdown. While this may not seem that impressive, there is potential that if injuries bar Griffin and Cousins from playing, Shanahan will opt to let White run his scramble-style offense.

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