John Beck appears to be more mobile and more accurate than Rex Grossman. Iím projecting him to be our QB. His strength will be running a WCO ball control game. With Beck at QB, we should be an above-average Red Zone team.
The ZBS disadvantage: A power blocking scheme, with bigger O-linemen would be better in the RZ. Mike Shanahanís Broncos were not a great RZ team.
The John Beck disadvantage: Beckís low release point will hurt when he stays in the pocket.
The John Beck advantages: Beckís mobility is a major plus in the RZ as are his sharp, accurate passes. In other words, the same advantages that will enable him to play the ball control game well, will apply even more in the compressed area of the RZ.
The Shanahan advantage: Coaching experience is a major advantage when game planning for the RZ. But, donít expect the Shanahans to show much in the preseason.
The Cooley-Davis advantage: The versatility of these two, blocking and receiving, should be a big plus in the RZ.
Note: We should not be relying heavily on Red Zone stats which can be deceptive. When a team already has a lead, as the Skins did against the Steelers and Colts, itís smart to be conservative on third downs, not making stupid mistakes is a good thing in the RZ, but the conservative call doesnít help the RZ stats.
The bottom line: The Skins should be above average in the RZ with John Beck at QB.