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Posted at 1:11 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Understudy Rex Grossman moves into the spotlight

By Jason Reid

Quarterback Rex Grossman's three-week audition continues Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field.

The former backup was impressive in the second half of a 33-30 loss to Dallas. If Grossman continues to play well in the final two games against Jacksonville and the New York Giants, he could be the Redskins' starter next season.

And wouldn't that be something?

"I've talked to Rex all year about his opportunity to play," tight end Chris Cooley said. "He feels like he's a starting quarterback. He wanted to come in this year at some point, in any way, to show his ability to continue to be a starter in this league. And I was very impressed with the way he stepped up.

"I was very impressed with the way he played and the way he made the most out of this opportunity to show everyone that he can be a starter on this team. It's definitely an audition for him over the next two games. I feel like he'll play his best. I feel really confident in what Rex can do. And by all means, if he plays great for us in this offense over the last three weeks, there's a huge possibility of that."

By Jason Reid  | December 23, 2010; 1:11 PM ET
Categories:  Rex Grossman  
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he better win a game or hopefully two!!! rexy sux... jreid sux... and it's not rexy hasn't been a starter in the nfl... getting interviewed is what starters do... enjoy it bc he will be back to the bench sooner than later!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 23, 2010 1:20 PM | Report abuse

Come on Chris...Rex sucks...everbody knows it.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 23, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

This is worth a whole new thread?

Posted by: frediefritz | December 23, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

Gotta give Rex his due. 3 long scoring drives and both 2 point conversions. A pass that if Moss doesn't drop it, the Skins probably win.

Grossman came up very big.

Thing is, Rex has had moments before. It was always been about him playing well week to week.

Out here, Alex Smith is the same story. Good enough to tempt you to believe. See his game vs Sea a few weeks ago w/a 130 rating. The next week, he proves you wrong. See his game vs SD, where he was shut out until a meaningless TD in the final minutes of a blowout loss.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Look, up in the sky, it's Unitas, it's Bradshaw.. it's Rex Groosman!

Posted by: iubiquity | December 23, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Look, up in the sky, it's Unitas, it's Bradshaw.. it's Rex Groosman!

Posted by: iubiquity | December 23, 2010 1:25 PM

I thought that was rexsh!t I saw on my windshield this morning.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 23, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Pure economics.

If memory serves, Dude signed a veteran minimum, no guaranteed money, single year contract last off-season -- so he probably would be grateful for any chump change the front office might offer going forward.

Nobody with any real sense can believe that Grossman is the long term solution or even an interim stopgap.

Think all we'll see at the end of this three-week audition is more evidence of the inconsistency that has been the hallmark of his career to date -- lots of mediocrity or worse broken up by an occasional flash of competence. And like a menopausal woman, these occasional hot flashes may only show that he’s getting older.

But before he discredits himself too badly -- and exposes too many fundamental weaknesses in Kyle’s offensive schemes and play calling -- Daddy will probably want to give John Beck an "audition" too.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 23, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

They didn't have a full compliment of draft picks last year, and trading all the players you mentioned would have mad more holes to fill.

This was always going to be a 3-4 year rebuild no matter who they got last year.

Cerrato had 10 years and Shanny has had one off-season with the worse FA's class in history do to the CBA and limited draft picks left by Vinny. There one in the same though good call.

Posted by: Flounder21

So having those holes filled has been beneficial to the team? Do you care more about a few wins this year or long term sustained success?

You would be surprised at how teams perform when you go young and rebuild. Couple of examples: Tampa, Philly, ATL, KC. Those teams are very excited about their future. Philly is a bit lucky with Vick but the rest of thet team is playing well.

Davis played well in Cooley's absence last year. AH has not done anything this year. Carter has not done anything this year. Moss is the only player that would have been a loss.

True Shanahan only won with Elway but super bowl winning coach has done itin the last 10 years without a very good to great QB? Billick with Baltimore. Pitt to a lesser extent with Rapistberger. Most coaches win Super Bowls with great QBs. 99% sure that Shanny never sniffs another SB if he does not get a great QB.

If Shanny had been more judicious with his picks he may have been able to move up and grab luck this year.

Posted by: srobert1117 | December 23, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for building the OL as priority #1, but if Shanahan is highly confident that Luck is the next Elway or Montana or Brady, I think you have to make the attempt to get him.

Thing is, history says you shouldn't be highly confident about college QBs. Just ask Rep Shuler.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Look, up in the sky, it's Unitas, it's Bradshaw.. it's Rex Groosman!

Posted by: iubiquity | December 23, 2010 1:25 PM

I thought that was rexsh!t I saw on my windshield this morning.

Posted by: PlayAction |

lol at least it was on target.

Posted by: iubiquity | December 23, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse


Concussions are a serious matter.

Doctor: Take those shoulder pads off.

Now, speak to me about an important matter so I can determine the extent of your brain injury.

Moe: An important issue?

Okay, I was wondering if roosters have genitals?

I mean, how do they get the hens pregnant?

(Pause.)

Oh, I know, they do have genitals.

They're called chicken nuggets.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 23, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Rex was born to play in this offense. Once we get him an Andre Johnson clone it'll be smooth sailing. When Rex gets into trouble his motto is F it I'm going deep. It's time to unleash the dragon.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 23, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Rex was born to play in this offense. Once we get him an Andre Johnson clone it'll be smooth sailing. When Rex gets into trouble his motto is F it I'm going deep. It's time to unleash the dragon.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17

Rex Grossman and unleash the dragon?

You have the best drugs :)

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Caps v Pens tonight. I'm geeked.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 23, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

Hey RI!

Was it me or was Santana Moss downright "giddy" when doing interviews about Rex Grossman? How many times did he say "he knows this offense"?

Dallas is a bad team that did not scheme for Grossman, but we looked like an NFL offense, if only for a day.

3 picks, 4 throwing TD's and 2 two-point conversions????

How many balls in the dirt???

Posted by: rickyroge | December 23, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Caps v Pens tonight. I'm geeked.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 23, 2010 2:58 PM

Hope I wake up in time for the New Years game...Caps need to unleash the dragon!

Posted by: PlayAction | December 23, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Rex was born to play in this offense. Once we get him an Andre Johnson clone it'll be smooth sailing. When Rex gets into trouble his motto is F it I'm going deep. It's time to unleash the dragon.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | December 23, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse


Is this serious or sarcastic?

I distinctly recall several lively exchanges over the summer with a certain "PAskinsfan17" who derided the notion of bringing in Rex Grossman and wanted to keep Jason Campbell.

Posted by: p1funk | December 23, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

exposes too many fundamental weaknesses in Kyle’s offensive schemes and play calling -- Daddy will probably want to give John Beck an "audition" too.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 23, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Why do you think they really pulled McNabb?

All the people calling for Kyle's head over his offense really need to look at Mcnabb.

He wasnt running the Offense like it was supposed to be run. He was audibling to other plays. (see sideline shots of Kyle muttering WTF is he doing?!) Your basing you analysis of the Offense based on it being run by McNabb.

Maybe Kyle wanted McNabb out because he knew he was making the Offense look bad by:

1) Not running the plays called
2) Lobbying to do his thing as opposed to running the Offense as it is designed
3) Not making the proper read progression


If a linebacker is freelancing and continually out of position and refuses to play the system, what happens to him? Does the D-Coordinator say you know what F the system we will just do what you feel comfortable with. No, he makes the entire D look bad and will sit him on the bench. (Lavar)

Same on Offense, if 10 guys are playing within the system and the MAIN component is doing what he wants the Offense wont run smooth and look plain horrible or just inconsistent.

If the QB is deciding to do what he pleases instead of running the Offense like it is supposed to be run, how can the Offense look good?

saying all that, i do find it hard to believe that if McNabb was committed to learning the Offense and playing within the system, that he wouldnt look better than Grossman next year.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | December 23, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Translation of Cooley's statements:

"I love you, Rex. Now target me."

Posted by: p1funk | December 23, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Caps v Pens tonight. I'm geeked.

Posted by: Diesel44

Sharks vs Coyotes tonight ... I'm there, rocking the teal. Logan Couture ... who knew?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

cut Carlos...
please...

Posted by: tindal0s | December 23, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

I want Rex to play well but I want the Skins to lose. I wouldn't mind a repeat of the Dallas game. Skins put up 27 points and give up 30 I'll be happy. It was fun to watch the Skins offense move the ball up and down the field. Shoot, even old Joey Galloway might still be on the team if Shanny had made the QB switch around week 8.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 23, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

It's important to remember some things...

Drew Brees sucked in SD
Stan Humphries sucked in Washington
Jake Plummer sucked in Arizona

None of these guys are Joe Montana, but we're not expecting Grossman to be Joe Montana. It would be fantastic if he could be Drew Brees, and just fine for now if he could be, say, Kevin Kolb.

In Rex Grossman's only complete season, he reached the Super Bowl, inconsistent as he was.

Here are some things to remember about our glory days of the 80s and early 90s - those teams weren't dependent upon a great QB. Williams, Schroeder and Rypien were not great QBs. Nobody mistook them for Elway, Kelly, Simms, Young or any other great QB of the era... Esiason, Montana, Aikman... you can go on all day listing QBs of that era who were better than the Redskins' group.

You have to go back quite a ways if you want to find great Redskin teams that were built around the Quarterback position.

I can count great Redskin QBs on one hand: Sammy Baugh, Joe Theismann, Sony Jurgensen, Eddie LeBaron and Billy Kilmer.

Most of the great Redskins teams from the 80s and early 90s were the result of consistent coaching and a dominant offensive line. We haven't had either since 1993 - consequently, we haven't had a good team since 1993.

You can put McNabb, Grossman or Beck behind our hard-working but old, injured and largely unskilled O-line and get similar results.

Peyton Manning couldn't fix this team. We'd be better off with a guy like Vick who thrives on defensive jailbreaks (no pun intended), because we can't prevent them, particularly after losing Portis (who was always better at blocking than running).

What we need to do - more than anything - is not fire Shanahan.

Rebuilding is a multi-year process:

Year 1 - Inherit team, discover its problems, establish authority and implement new system. Expected record: 4-12

Year 2 - Purge deadweight, identify leaders (the guys who embody the new system and values after a year and an offseason) begin filling gaps via trade, free agency and the draft. Expected record: 8-8

Year 3 - Fill remaining gaps, correct personnel mistakes made in first two seasons. Expected record: 10-6

By year 4, you have your system installed, your guys in place, and you have identified your veteran leaders and your exciting young players. Start grooming coordinators to take the reins.

The absolute worst thing we could do right now is start the rebuilding process over again... again.

Posted by: KellyInBC | December 23, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Nabb could not pick up the offense. He never got it. He's not as smart as the Shannys thought. That's why they benched him in Detroit. He couldn't run the team during the game, so there was no hope in the two minute drill. He checked off to audibles because he wasn't " quick " enough for Kyle's plan. Hence the friction between them. Rex is very bright. He gets it and Moss and Kyle know he gets it. We will be much better for now with him. We need a great young QB and Rex could mentor and eventually back him up. I'll take smarts over arm strength every time.

Posted by: Riggo2 | December 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Yea yea yea , it's been fun to goof on Grossman ... But fact is if he really couldnt play he wouldnt still be in the league, simple as that ... There are very few NFL QB jobs available and plenty of guys who would sell their soul to have one of them , so if QBs better than Grossman were so easy to come by then one of THEM would be there instead of Rex ...

Posted by: RoidRage | December 24, 2010 12:02 AM | Report abuse

So many people are willing to give Vick a second chance after his dog killing days, but Grossman doesn't deserve the same chance to resurrect his career?
What if we have a guy who's had some time to reflect on his mistakes, reevaluate his past play and is willing to do what it takes to become a top QB? Sound familiar? Vick's gonna finish no worse than 2nd in the MVP voting and he had to come from much further down the Grossman has to come. Give the kid a chance before deciding if he's the same old Rex, or if he's a new and improved Rex.

Posted by: unquiltom | December 24, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

(to KellyInBC). Good stuff. I witnessed the re-birth of the 49ers under Bill Walsh, who had the same -unique in the NFL - autonomy as Shanahan. First year, 2-14, fans calling for his head. Second year, rotating Steve DeBerg and Montana, 6-10. Third year, with rookie defensive backfield and free-agent linemen, 13-3.....and won the Superbowl. Montana was the perfect qb for the system; may not have thrived anywhere else. Redskins don't need millionaires or genius's to succeed with this offense; with enough practice the team they have now could go all the way. I've seen it happen for teams with less talent.

Posted by: practice | December 24, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

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