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Posted at 4:12 PM ET, 12/27/2010

Shanahan: Grossman lost focus after interception

By Jason Reid

Quarterback Rex Grossman struggled during his second start for the Redskins in Sunday's 20-17 victory in overtime against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

After a 322-yard, four-touchdown performance in Week 15 against Dallas, Grossman had only 182 yards against Jacksonville. He got off to a good start - Grossman and Fred Davis teamed on a one-yard touchdown pass - in quickly helping the Redskins take a 10-0 lead early in the first quarter.

But the situation changed after Grossman was intercepted in the end zone late in the second quarter while targeting Santa Moss. The Redskins had driven to Jacksonville's 17-yard line with about 2 minutes 30 seconds remaining in the half. The interception ended a potential scoring opportunity.

"I thought he played extremely well up until the interception," Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday at Redskins Park. "And then he had the interception,. It looked like he lost a little focus and missed some of the reads that he normally would make.

"And that's why you try to put people in game situations, to see how they react. But up through that time, I thought he was playing very well. You got to know when to throw it away, when to take your chances, but some of the things that he normally does right, sometimes you lose a little focus after an INT. I thought that got to him a little bit."

Throughout the season, Shanahan and his son Kyle, Washington's offensive coordinator, have said that Grossman is more familiar with the offense than former starter Donovan McNabb because Grossman played in a similar version of the scheme under Kyle Shanahan last season with the Houston Texans.

On Monday, however, Shanahan said Grossman really isn't very experienced in the offense because "he only played, I think, 12 plays [with the Texans] and came into the season very late [and] didn't pick up the offense until training camp.

" So to say a person had two full years into the system, I think, is a little bit unfair to him. Realistically, he's had a chance to have two games. And we get a chance to evaluate him against another team playing for a playoff spot, which should be a good evaluation."

It was clear what Grossman did wrong on the interception.

He "probably should have threw it a little bit quicker, to get the timing, to have a chance to have a touchdown on that play," Shanahan said. ... "But what you have to do is fight through that. You gotta keep your concentration even though that does happen. You've got to concentrate and really keep focus.

"It's like a defensive back, as we've talked about in the past, being beat on a go route. In the back of your mind it's there, but you got to go up and challenge that wide receiver, knowing that next time you go against 'em, you're gonna shut 'em down. That's good experience."

And why did Grossman's focus wane after the turnover?

"That's a good question," Shanahan said. "I'll have to talk to Rex about that."

The Redskins play the New York Giants on Jan. 2 in the season finale at FedEx Field. The Shanahans will have another opportunity then to evaluate Grossman.

"It's an evaluation process," Shanahan said. "You look at everything."

By Jason Reid  | December 27, 2010; 4:12 PM ET
Categories:  Rex Grossman  
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FrancoBegbie = Clinton Portis.

Posted by: Original_etrod | December 27, 2010 4:01 PM |

Scotty - 'splain to this dude how this blog ain't no high society ball where they expect you to use the King's English.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | December 27, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan: Grossman lost focus after interception

By Jason Reid

You mean the play where the defender had only ONE foot in and then didn't come to the ground with the ball?

FOUR drops by Cooley, mix in a handful of throw aways, a non INT and I guess that equates to a struggling QB.

The offense as a whole struggled.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 27, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

And they don't all have to be Pro Bowlers to show that the school is doing a great job of recruiting.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 27, 2010 3:50 PM |

Dude - it ain't just that they ain't pro bowlers, they ain't starters either. They's body fodder. If I was going to brag on former Tigers I sure as hell wouldn't bring up Keiland Will. BTW, waste a few electrons to tell us about how well LSU's most famous grad, JaMarcus Russ, did in Oak, afore Auburn's most famous grad, Camp, arrived to take over for him. One SEC Tiger passing the torch to another SEC Tiger. Which reminds me. There should be a NCAA rule that there is only one team animal per conference so you don't have LSU and Auburn both calling themselves Tigers.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | December 27, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

He "probably should have threw it a little bit quicker, to get the timing, to have a chance to have a touchdown on that play," Shanahan said. ... "But what you have to do is fight through that. You gotta keep your concentration even though that does happen. You've got to concentrate and really keep focus.

Sage advice. Rosenfels, dude, are you listening? The QB guru speaketh.

Posted by: FrancoBegbie | December 27, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I get upset that my QB is to weak to properly throw a ball away. Dude cant even get it to the sidelines. Expect an intentional grounding most games. This guy makes some gross decisions but being to weak to properly get rid of a ball is not NFL worthy. Oh well a few more years of evaluation to add to his 8 previous season and we should know exactly what we have.

Posted by: Stu27 | December 27, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey Reid we know that Kyle Shanahan is Mike Shanahans son, do you really have to say that every time you right something about him.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 27, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Diesel, shanahan himself said the throw was late. I'll grant you it was a bad call, and Rex did some other good things, but why get so upset when someone says something critical of him?

Posted by: AdamCr | December 27, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm wrong here but I seem to recall under Gibbs 1.0, when there was a controversial call on a Sunday, Gibbs would always say they were sending the tapes (or asking the league to look at the tape) of the given play, and a clarification would be issues by the league on either Tue or Wed, and they (the league) in some cases even admitted fault.

Does that not happen anymore? Is the league so PR-concious now that it is afraid to admit when it's wrong?

That was without question the worst instant-replay review I have ever seen. The dude's foot was clearly out of bounds, and even if you want to say (as they did) that his other two steps count (which only one did) he didn't have control going out of bounds ('Tana wound up with the ball out of bounds, in fact).

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 27, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I think they still allow you to do that, most coaches didn't make a comment on if they were going to or not. And I think at no point in history has there ever been a review that changed a call post game.

Posted by: alex35332 | December 27, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

* beep beep *

new post...

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 27, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse


Even though I disagree that it was a bad call because Santana was wastefully going for the ball because he's so damn short he was grabbing at the guy's forearm, some teams still do send and announce that they will send them to the league. I want to say Green Bay sent in the tape when Jarmon? hit Aaron Rogers illegally that concussed him.

Posted by: overzealous08 | December 27, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

sounds like he is making excuses for Grossman. Shanny has no credibility. Let's talk about the lack of third down conversions.

Posted by: WarPathsux | December 27, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Which is it Shanny, is Grossman familiar with the system or not? I've never seen such double talk come from a coaching staff in my life. Just look back through the season and see how many times stories changed with Haynesworth, McNabb, etc. Me think big Redskin Chief speak with forked tongue!

Posted by: ExPatYankee | December 27, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

What should we do next year? Humm.. here's my take.

1. Find out who's your QB ASAP!

2. FIRE JIM HASLETT... or change DEFENSE back to 4-3 and you may be able to keep your job!

3. Continue drafting OL.. high/low

4. Keep AH on the roster... I know this one is tough to swallow but SKINS have to make this work.

5. Draft or FA 1 linebacker.. dis dude must be a stud..

6. Put LA, AC, and sometimes BO hand back in the ground rushing from the outside.

7. Play your young players.. T. Austin, Barnes, Jackson, etc.

8. Keep M. Kelly healthy. I think this dude could be the answer for us next year.

9. Keep veteren players such as S.Moss, C. Portis, Cooley, Flecther, V. Holliday, etc.

10. Keep hope alive that one season will see the light from this dark clould that been over this organization for 10yrs now.

Posted by: taylormade218 | December 27, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Maybe you should have a bit taller wide receiver at the position just like every other team has. It was good ball, Santana's height betrayed him not Grossman's hands or how about drafting 2 OL's instead of wasting first round on Trent, more of a dissapoitment than a success.

Posted by: DesiHungama | December 27, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

Lol. Lost focus huh Shanny? The offense didn't even really move the ball down the field with the exception of one drive. Isn't the offense supposed to look better with a QB that knows the system?? Who will be your next scapegoat? Eventually the 2011 season will be upon us and if you don't deliver, you won't have Haynesworth or McNabb to blame

Posted by: smooth700 | December 27, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

It took one week for SHanahan to lay the foundation to throw Grossman under the bus. Quite amazing. Nothing is ever the coaches responsiblity; everything is the players responsiblity. What an awful man to work/play for. God help us, Keyshawn Johnson may have inexplicably lurched into the truth -- you cannot trust this coaching staff at all.

Um, didn't Shanahan bench McNabb for Grossman in Detroit because Grossman understood the offense (at least that was one of the conflicting reasons)? And now he says to be patient with Grossman because of his inexperience with the offense? If that is true, why did you bench McNabb in the most humiliating manner possible?

Does Shanahan know what he is doing? Or did he just catch lightning in a bottle in Denver? It appears he manages by the seat of his pants from one day to the next, with little consideration for the future.

Posted by: haunches | December 27, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Or how about guys are playing for McNaab by dropping the balls? After all it has been turned into Washington McNaabskins.

Posted by: DesiHungama | December 27, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Dude Malcom Kelly is toast!

if you can't tell that Shanahan is territorial and determinedto get rid of certain players you are missing the boat. Kelly was given the Shanahan treatment early, rushed back and got hurt worst!

Posted by: oknow1 | December 27, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Shanny thinks Grossman played well, but for the interception? Me thinks not. I saw the same mistakes and bad throws and bad decisons that the Shaney's benched McNabb for. Could it be that the play caller is the one to blame??? Get real, Mike.

Posted by: bringbackimus | December 27, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

The Grossman evaluation has been over. He's a quasi bum but he will do for now until they get smart and get a real QB with an upside. But anyone who thinks Grossman is it, thinks that Campbell was it. He's no better than Campbell.

Posted by: isometruman1 | December 27, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

So does Grossman have experience in this offense or not? These fricken Shanahans are wishy washy one day they say Rex has a better grasp of the offense and when he has a bad game he doesn't. Make up your fricken mind either he does or he dosn't. Man, I'm tired of this bull. I think mabe Rex's experience is in Blowing Kyle while being roomates. I'd rather be 3rd string thanks.

Posted by: psardis | December 27, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

All those draft proposals: Right now, the Skins draft 14th. That win cost them a top ten pick. It's possible though very unlikely they could reach back into the top ten, but win or lose Sunday, they are most likely drafting 15th plus or minus two. You'll get one player, decent, at that spot. The Skins have nothing to get a move higher, except more draft picks.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | December 27, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

>>Quarterback Rex Grossman struggled during his second start for the Redskins in Sunday's 20-17 victory in overtime against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

What a surprise.

Posted by: slydell | December 27, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

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