Posts Tagged ‘Rex Grossman’

Robert Griffin III, Peyton Manning, Rex Grossman, and 5 myths about the Washington Redskins

January 12, 2012

Should the Redskins move up in the draft to select quarterback Robert Griffin III, make a trade for Colts QB Peyton Manning, sign free agent QB Matt Flynn, or draft a different quarterback?

Is Rex Grossman a terrible quarterback or did he play well at times considering the Redskins’ injuries and relative lack of talent?

Should the Redskins have played the young guys and tanked the season to go for a higher draft pick? (Of course not – I can’t let you wait to get to the article to find the answer to this one).

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Don’t just blame Rex – blame Kyle Shanahan too

October 21, 2011

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan will start John Beck at Sunday at Carolina while Rex Grossman goes to the bench. Beck, 30, will start for the first time since 2007 when he started four games as a rookie for the Miami Dolphins.  The move had been expected by many observers after Grossman threw four interceptions in a 20-13 loss to Philadelphia Sunday.  Beck led a touchdown drive in the fourth quarter against the Eagles.

Rex has the experience, while the unproven Beck provides more mobility and perhaps more upside. But lost in the background is the fact that no matter who the quarterback is, if questionable play calling continues under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, the Redskins won’t reach their offensive potential.

Fans and media have been quick to criticize Grossman for his performance in Washington’s 20-13 loss to the Eagles. To say that Rex was less than stellar against the Eagles would be a gross understatement.  He had a terrible game.  However, Grossman is being made a scapegoat for the loss to the Eagles as well as for inconsistent play in games against Dallas and St. Louis.

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Rex Grossman leads Skins to 28-14 win over Giants at FedEx Field

September 12, 2011

At least for now, Mike Shanahan’s decision to start Rex Grossman over John Beck has turned out to be a good one. Grossman led the Redskins to a 28-14 win over the Giants at FedEx Field. Grossman was 21-of-34 for 305 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

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Don’t make McNabb a scapegoat – Shanahan deserves some blame for Redskins’ disappointing season.

December 19, 2010

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan deserves some blame for Washington's 5-8 season. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Donovan McNabb deserves part of the blame for the Redskins’ disappointing season, but Washington could have been successful with the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback if coach Mike Shanahan had made better personnel and coaching decisions.

Shanahan benched McNabb for the final three games of the year Friday.

If the Redskins had avoided a few disastrous mistakes, McNabb could have led the Redskins to a respectable season this year.  In that scenario, McNabb could have continued to start next season while a rookie quarterback drafted in 2011 would have been groomed a year before starting.  Now the Redskins will play Rex Grossman or acquire a veteran next year to hold the fort down anyway before a draft pick starts.

McNabb didn’t perform up to expectations, with 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, but he didn’t have much help, and he shouldn’t be made the scapegoat for the Redskins’ problems.

To see how the Redskins could have won with McNabb at the helm, and which mistakes could have been avoided, click here for my article on

Shanahan’s bizarre decision to bench McNabb still makes no sense

November 4, 2010

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's decision to bench Donovan McNabb for Rex Grossman was unexpected, and, perhaps, indefensible. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan’s decision to bench quarterback Donovan McNabb for Rex Grossman with less than two minutes to go and the Redskins down by six in Sunday’s 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions was indefensible.  See my article on here.

It just gets curiouser and curiouser.  First, Shanny said McNabb didn’t have as good of a command of the 2-minute offense as Grossman.  Then he said something about McNabb not being in good cardiovascular shape because of injuries.  Let’s face it – the whole thing is weird.  McNabb hasn’t played that well, but the Skins don’t exactly have a good running game, a passable receiving corps, or even a solid offensive line.  And the defense gives up tons and tons of yards. (So much for the technical analysis in this article).

Maybe Shanahan is trying to show the team that no one is above anyone else.  He messed with Albert Haynesworth by not playing him against the Colts, benched Derrick Dockery, and cut Devin Thomas. And at other times during the season, Haynesworth has played sparingly, despite the fact that he has shown he can be dominant against both the pass and the run.

Washington traded for McNabb last spring for these moments, because he has been one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL for the last decade. Grossman is a journeyman, he hadn’t played in a regular season game since last year, and he is known as a streaky player.  McNabb has a reputation as a leader, and already led a comeback this season against Green Bay.  No quarterback has more 50-yard passes this season than McNabb, and with no timeouts, long passes would have been critical.

McNabb has made the Redskins a significantly better team than they were in 2009, already leading Washington to as many victories as it had all last season.

One scary possibility on this Halloween is that the decision came from up above.  Last year, in a bizarre, unprecedented move, Redskins owner Dan Snyder took away coach Jim Zorn’s play-calling duties and hired former NFL offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis to call plays from the booth.  Lewis had been calling bingo games since his retirement in 2004. If a frustrated Snyder hastily gave orders to Shanahan to replace McNabb with Grossman late in the game, Shanahan should have ignored him and dared him to fire him.

Of course, any talk of Snyder’s involvement is purely speculative, and it’s much more likely that Shanahan is sending a message to the team with these moves, that it doesn’t matter your draft pedigree, and that even McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, can be benched for poor performance.  But it’s not loyal to your franchise quarterback to pull him late in a close game.  It’s insulting. It’s very doubtful that former Hog Russ Grimm would have made that decision had he been head coach.

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