Word on the Street: Back to Rex, right?

Word on the Street: Back to Rex, right?
November 7, 2011, 2:37 pm
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By Benjamin Standig
CSNwashington.comUpdated 3:59 p.m.Mason's Cornelius suspended 10 gamesGeorge Mason senior Andre Cornelius will be suspended for the entire first semester, missing theopening 10 games of the Patriots season, the school announced on Monday. The Patriots second-leading returning scorer, Cornelius is eligible to return for the December 21 game against Duquesne and will miss only one Colonial Athletic Association game.Cornelius, previously suspended indefinitely following a September arrest on charges of credit card fraud and credit card larceny,pleaded guilty to credit card fraud and received 6-month sentence suspended, the Washington Post reported."The judicial process has been completed and Andre will be able to move forward practicing with the team and working towards his degree," George Mason coach Paul Hewitt said. "He has admitted that he made a mistake and accepted responsibility for it. We look forward to having him rejoin us on the court in December."Corneliuswill be allowed to participate in practices, but will not travel with the team. "I made a mistake, and as a result, I have lost the opportunity to do one of the things I love the most - play basketball at George Mason," said Cornelius. "I accept this punishment and will work as hard as possible to support my team and get ready to make an impact when I come back."Cornelius, who has started 66 games at George Mason,averaged 9.5 led the Patriots with 61 3-point field goals. Without the veteran, Hewitt's backcourt optionsremain plentiful, but inexperienced.Sophomore sharp-shooter Vertrail Vaughns figures to inherit the starting off-guard slot, though redshirt-sophomore Sherrod Wright is expected to see quality minutes. Bryon Allen and freshman Corey Edwards will handle the point guard responsibilities.George Mason opens the season Friday at the Patriot Center againstRhode Island.Redskins RoundupBefore we get to the quarterback "controversy" between two options for whom nobody is clamoring, the links...Redskins offense remains absent (O'Halloran- CSNwashington)49ers model shines light on Shanahan's miscalculations (Snyder - Washington Times)Going with Roy Helu and Leonard Hankerson made sense. I cannot say the word rebuild enough when it comes to this season. That is also why it is time to see what all the young guys can do. (Reid - Washington Post)Unraveling (Daly - Washington Times)Comcast SportsNet's postgame show asks Beck what's up with the lack of deep passes (DC Sports Bog)Agreed, there is no right choice at quarterback for the Redskins. (Snider - Washington Examiner)...Bottom line: This offseason Mike Shanahan risked going light onQB while improving elsewhere. Ryan Kerrigan, Barry Cofield and otherrepresent partof that choice, but injuries exposed the Redskins lack of depth from years of ignoring the draft. It alsoput the RexBeck combo into a position nobody -including Shanahan - wanted to see them in: having to win games instead of managing them.However, anyone that suggests the chances of winning or at least being competitive are not significantly improved with Rex Grossman taking snaps is simply being obstinate, a lazy evaluator or dare I say it, a hater.John Beck's turn as starter came at an unfortunate time, when the Redskins top wide receiver, veteran tight end, most versatile running back, starting center and others went out with injuries. No one should hammer him as the singular reason for the offense's current shortcomings...but he has also never, ever, never proven to be viable. Eight career NFL starts, zero wins. I guarantee his teammates know this.Grossman has. Sure, if you lined up every NFL quarterback, Rex would not be up among the first 32 picked, but he was the quarterback on a Super Bowl team. He has shown points come when he is in the lineup (yes, often for both teams). Years of being a punch line has made it easy for many to dismiss Grossman, but he has been viable in this league, including this year when the Redskins record was 3-1.Here is something I wrote about Grossman back in April when the talk was about the Redskins drafting a quarterback despite a roster littered with holes:"Now, I know Grossman is a great punching bag for all the wanna-be comics out there, but he's fine for this team for this year. He has a decent arm, he can put up points. Sure he makes loads of mistakes, but he also gives the Redskins a puncher's chance, but more importantly Grossman can hold the fort while they put other much needed pieces in place."As for now, forget holding down the fort. How about simply making the final two months palatable. As unappetizing as his game may be, Rex provides that hope. That sad comment says it all about the Redskins current state.Breakfast BuffetAlex Semin could be next "coach's decision" (Gormley - CSNwashington)Was the decision to name the Comcast Center floor tied to the potential of a large donation? (Baltimore Sun)Virginia Tech shuffling defense with Georgia Tech's triple option on deck (Virginian-Pilot)Quarterback Joe Flaccohas hardly been a consistent weapon for the Ravens this season. Except when it comes to beating the Steelers. (Baltimore Sun)Tough to read, but a powerful take on the heinous Penn State cover up surrounding child sex allegations (Yahoo)