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Rex Grossman looking to bounce back against Jets

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Donovan McNabb are still in the early stages of building a relationship.

Throughout organized team activities, minicamps and training camps, Shanahan and McNabb have worked together in an attempt to succeed this season. But Shanahan and backup Rex Grossman already know each other well. Both were members of the Houston Texans last season.

With McNabb sidelined by an ankle injury, Grossman is scheduled to start Friday night against the New York Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium. Shanahan does not expect Grossman to attempt to shoulder a bigger load with McNabb out, "just execute the offense; get the ball in the right spot. When we have a bad play or something, don't make it a worse play. Survive the down and get us into the next one."

Grossman did not fare well in that area during last week's 23-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at FedEx Field. He threw an interception and was not sharp overall. Of course, the team's poor performance in pass protection didn't help. Grossman was sacked three times and pressured often in the second half.

"I just want to see Rex be smarter when we have a bad play called," Shanahan said. " ... Rex played pretty good if you take away about three plays he had in the game.
"And that was when we had a bad call and he didn't really have a chance to make a play. He ended up making a bad play a horrible play. I just want him, when he doesn't have a good play, to just survive the down."

Grossman played well in the opening 42-17 victory over the Buffalo Bills at FedEx. He had two touchdown passes - including a 44-yarder to Devin Thomas - and a 122.5 passer rating.

The eight-year veteran understands what Shanahan expects of him.

"You got a bad look, don't make it a worse look by trying to force something. Just throw it away and live to play the next play," Grossman said. "If you're in the shotgun or something, you drop the ball, don't just pick it up and try to do something. It's already a
bad play. Just live to play the next play."

By Jason Reid  |  August 26, 2010; 10:41 AM ET
Categories:  Rex Grossman  
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Comments

You'd think the "live to see the next play" lesson would have already sunk in by now for Grossman. Dude's not a rookie, and he's been making those same mistakes for about 8 years now.

Posted by: psps23 | August 26, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Wow, that is a good article. What I like about Anthony Armstrong, he quoted Robert Frost, and he runs a 4.25 40. What I don't like, he is 5'11 and only 185 lbs. Sounds like he is getting high praise...if he makes the squad and ends up being a go to receiver, I hope that he can stay healthy.

And beep-beep, that earlier post about receivers dropping passes and being busts was fantastic....until you mentioned Marko Mitchell. Let it go man. Marko Mitchell is not walking through that door.

Posted by: HokiesSkins ***********

Agree. Good article. I noticed that Armstrong is apparently a Morocco Brown signing. Nice work on this one Morocco.

Posted by: manlius1 | August 26, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

Rex Grossman is an 8-year veteran. He isn't going to suddenly become a competent QB now. He completes about 54% of his passes and throws about as many INTs as TDs. He has a career QB rating of 70. That's who he is.

Don't expect more of him. We all know McNabb won't last the year, but don't get down on Grossman for being Grossman when he takes over.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | August 26, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

"Rex Grossman looking to bounce back against Jets"


Even with Rex and D-Mac in the house, I sense the need for another quarterback.

And that's why, more than anything, we must protect the 1st round pick next year.

Guys like C Ponder and J Locker are the types who'd fit rather nicely into Shanny's system.

And as the college football season unfolds, it might be a good idea to track these guys performances.

'Cuz next year at this time, one might be wearing a redskin jersey.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 26, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Don't expect more of him. We all know McNabb won't last the year, but don't get down on Grossman for being Grossman when he takes over.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | August 26, 2010 10:57 AM

Yeah, fair is fair. No one got down on Campbell for being Campbell last year so we should extend the same courtesy to Grossman. This is RI. Our motto is "live and let live."

Posted by: beep-beep | August 26, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

CO-PARKER

"...cuts from other teams? Skins should consider picking up an outside LB that has actually played some outside LB..."


Total agreement here, guy.

Teams will exploit A Carter or L Alexander.

We need another linebacker, bad.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 26, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

one thing that stood out to me from the Ravens game was how hot/cold DMac was on some of his passes...some were zipped into ridiculously small spaces, and were incredibly accurate, others were just flat out underthrown....kind of puzzling...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 26, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

one thing that stood out to me from the Ravens game was how hot/cold DMac was on some of his passes...some were zipped into ridiculously small spaces, and were incredibly accurate, others were just flat out underthrown....kind of puzzling...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 26, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

We knew this from his days with the Eagles, nothing new...that's exactly what you get with McNabb.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | August 26, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse

kind of puzzling...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 26, 2010 11:08 AM

Isn't this what people have been puzzling over since he came into the league?

Posted by: beep-beep | August 26, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

it was just so dramatic the contrast....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | August 26, 2010 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I think that's part of the UofF mentality remaining.

Hopefully he'll grow out of it a bit... 'cause, Ladies & Germs, he's you're new starter...

Rex... Groosssssmaaannn..... meh.

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 26, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Follow the leader, follow


beep beep

Posted by: beep-beep | August 26, 2010 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Anyone have any info on McAnkle?

Posted by: zjenks | August 26, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Anyone have any info on McAnkle?

Posted by: zjenks | August 26, 2010 11:28 AM
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it hurts....

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 26, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

beantown

"...one thing that stood out to me from the Ravens game was how hot/cold DMac was on some of his passes...some were zipped into ridiculously small spaces, and were incredibly accurate, others were just flat out underthrown....kind of puzzling..."


Yes, D-Mac doesn't have Troy Aikman type accuracy.

Thing is, from what I saw in the ravens' game, D-Mac does have a strong and committed CP to lean on should the passing game fail.

CP would've had a major rush game had it been a regular season affair.

So I'm not too worried about McNabb's lapses as a passer as handing the ball off is the one thing I know he will do accurately game in and game out.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 26, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes, D-Mac doesn't have Troy Aikman type accuracy.

Thing is, from what I saw in the ravens' game, D-Mac does have a strong and committed CP to lean on should the passing game fail.

CP would've had a major rush game had it been a regular season affair.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 26, 2010 11:43 AM
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you're right!

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 26, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I little late at this stage to be learning the old 'live to fight another day' rule isn't it?

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | August 26, 2010 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Does McNabb have the dreaded "high ankle" sprain? If so, the Skins could very well open the season with Grossman at QB with major contributions from Torrain and Armstrong. Who could have predicted that? Football is a great game.

Posted by: coparker5 | August 26, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Well one thing is for sure, either next year or 2012, one of the top two picks need to be a qb...

But if Donnovan does well, we maybe can get away with not drafting a qb (especially if no qb is worth it), but we need to definitely pick up solid back ups....Grossman should be a one year wonder and done....

Posted by: impervious99 | August 26, 2010 6:17 PM | Report abuse

This is what you get when you go all in on a guy like McNaab. You knew he was and is going down at some point. So who do the Skins get, Rex Grossman. You can't make this crap up.

Posted by: theBozyn | August 27, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

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