Saturday, December 18, 2010 1:30 PM
By Rich Tandler
Cross posted to RealRedskins.com
Tune in to the Redskins-Cowboys game on Sunday and watch Rex Grossman, the current favorite to be the Redskins' opening day starting quarterback in 2011.So, how do you like rebuilding so far?The popular mantra of Redskins fans is that the team needs to tear down the ugly, dilapidated house that has been build over the past 17 years and start over again using primarily the draft and maybe with a few young, relatively inexpensive free agents sprinkled in along the way.On Friday, Mike Shanahan took the first step towards doing just that. If the reaction of Redskins Nation since he announced that Donovan McNabb would be benched in favor of Grossman is any indication, it's going to be a very bumpy ride.After 13 games, Shanahan has decided that turning the Redskins into a perennial contender is going to take longer than he first thought or, perhaps more accurately, longer than he first hoped. You don't start into a long-term rebuilding plan if you have a 34-year-old quarterback.Figuring that the Redskins will have a top-10 draft pick, Shanahan is going to identify and draft his quarterback of the future. He hinted at doing that on Friday when the talked about drafting the next Donovan McNabb or Sam Bradford.It is unlikely that the new quarterback will have a sufficient grasp of the offense to be able to start Week 1. That means that an inexpensive, short-term veteran quarterback will have to take the snaps until Ryan Mallett, Cam Newton, Jake Locker, or whoever is drafted is ready to go.Inexpensive and short-term are adjectives that fit Rex Grossman to a T. So, meet your 2011 starter for at least half of the season until the rookie is ready.If it's not Grossman, it will be someone like him. It could be Alex Smith, Bruce Gradkowski, Trent Edwards, or any of a number of other quarterbacks who have been rejected by their employers. It's just the way things are. Good quarterbacks are not cheap and available. It will be someone who will work for a low wage, knowing that it is a short-term situation.The goal of the team will be to fill the void. The goal of the player will be to audition for his next job.Actually, Redskins fans should hope that it's Grossman. He now has two years in the offense. It would not be necessary to pour a lot of resources into getting the Grossman-like quarterback familiar with a new scheme for about half a season.There has been noise about the Redskins saying goodbye to long snapper Ethan Albright in favor of the much-younger Nick Sundberg. The insertion of the 25-year-old Kory Lichtensteiger for the 30-year-old Derrick Dockery created further rumblings and grumblings in the fan base. Shanahan wants to give 23-year-old kicker Graham Gano a chance to grow into the job but fans want to get rid of him yesterday.Then there was the meltdown on Friday. And people wonder why Dan Snyder has been hesitant to preside over a complete rebuilding project.Many have wondered if the Redskins fan base had the stomach for a rebuilding project. It's becoming apparent that the answer is no.You can reach Rich by email atRTandlerCSN@comcast.netand follow him on Twitter@RealRedskins.Join Rich Tandler for an in-game chat during the Redskins-Cowboys game on Sunday. Things will get underway onwww.CSNwashington.comshortly before kickoff at 12:45 Eastern and continue all game long.