Through three weeks of the preseason, the early returns on the changes are mixed. The offense has averaged 402.3 yards a game, but the defense gave up 452 yards and 34 points in last week's loss to Baltimore.
Whether the Redskins are able to walk the walk in the regular season and win one of the league's toughest divisions will hinge largely on the play at the most important position. Grossman, who hasn't started a full season since 2006 with the Bears, was in a tight quarterback race with John Beck, who has never won an NFL game and hasn't even taken a regular-season snap since he was with the Dolphins in '07. Shanahan likely won't announce his choice until just before the season opener but insists he's comfortable with all the decisions that have already been made.
"You know you're going in the right direction if you've got the right people and the right attitude," he says. "People will see progress with this team. The question is, How much?"
That question will be answered by the only stat that really matters.
WITH 2010 STATS
2010 Rank: 18
QB JOHN BECK*