By Eric Schmidt

Washington Redskins QB Rex Grossman will be a free agent after the conclusion of the 2011 regular season, but could Grossman be back under center for the Redskins in 2012? It’s a very good possibility. Prior to the start of the regular season Grossman was locked in a quarterback dual with John Beck with the team naming Grossman the starter just days prior to the season opener. Head coach Mike Shanahan said that he really liked the team’s quarterback depth heading into this season.

Grossman was pulled as the Redskins starter after just five games into the season, replaced by John Beck. Washington struggled under Beck, scoring 11 points in two games. Grossman was named the Redskins starter again in Week 10 against the Miami Dolphins.

Since Week 10, Grossman has led the Redskins to just one win in six weeks. All of the blame for offensive struggles can’t be placed squarely on the quarterback position, Washington has struggled to find a dependable running game. They appear to have finally found their lead running back in rookie Roy Helu, who has now rushed for over 100 yards in the last three games, scoring twice.

Mike Shanahan would not openly state that Grossman would be back in 2012. In fact, it could be in doubt as to whether or not Shanahan himself will return in 2012.

When asked whether or not Grossman is auditioning for a return in 2012 the head coach told reporters, “Well, like I told you, or told everyone before, it’s not just one person. It’s everybody playing together. There’s not very many quarterbacks that can be the quarterback without their supporting cast, put all the pressure on one guy. Part of it is having that cohesive offensive line, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends. It gives the quarterback a chance to be pretty good. Sometimes, when those pieces aren’t there, you go from looking at least pretty good to looking average…We’ll address the particulars at each position at a later time”.

If Shanahan is retained for 2012, and with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, that is a pretty big if, Mike Shanahan is going to have to draft a quarterback in the 2012 draft. The Redskins cannot continue to roll with journeymen signal callers under center and expect to make serious progress moving towards a playoff berth.

Grossman, 31, signed a one-year contract with the Washington Redskins for a very affordable $1.15 million this season. Grossman has thrown for 2426 yards, 12 touchdowns and 16 interceptions with five fumbles and a 71.8 passer rating this season.

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