Posted by Josh Katzowitz
When Rex Grossman said the Redskins were going to win the NFC East, I think most of us kind of laughed and shook our heads. Boy, that Rex is a funny one, we might have thought, considering Grossman wasn’t even going to beat out John Beck for the starting quarterback spot.
But then coach Mike Shanahan proclaimed Grossman the starter, and in the Redskins surprising 28-14 win against the Giants on Sunday, perhaps we can begin to understand why Shanahan went with Grossman instead of Beck.
Yes, Beck has more mobility* than Grossman, but he doesn’t have the experience and he hasn’t shown the poise Grossman did today. In holding off the Giants -- who, to be fair, were missing all kinds of defensive starters due to a vicious preseason attack of injuries -- Grossman went 21 of 34 for 305 yards and two touchdowns.
*This is what CBSSports.com wrote after a particularly good preseason performance by Beck, who “showed his athleticism in the first half, a stark contrast to Rex Grossman. Grossman gets rid of the ball faster, Beck holds onto it, knowing he can elude pressure and make plays with his legs.”
Said tight end Chris Cooley after Sunday’s win: "I know it means so much to Rex. He wants to be an outstanding quarterback. ... He deserved to play so well today. I'm so happy for him."
Though Shanahan said, when he named Grossman the starter, that the quarterback position was going to be continuously monitored and reassessed throughout the year, Grossman gave himself a pretty good head start on Beck with his performance Sunday. He wasn’t perfect -- he missed his first four passes, and he threw a couple that could have been intercepted -- but he was good enough to have flashbacks to the good old days.
Said Grossman: “Feeling like I was in Florida again.”
You know, the days when he was a successful starting quarterback. And when his team won a championship.
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