Since the NFL Network included the 4-7 Redskins as part of the NFC Playoff Picture last week, I’ve seen more evidence to support the network’s decision.
For example, Roger Goodell tweeted that in every season since 2004, a team with a losing record through 11 games has gone to the playoffs, and that six times that team has won a playoff game.
Also, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that of the 92 teams to have a 4-7 record from 1990 to 2010, three made the playoffs, for a non-horrible 3.3 percent success rate.
(Never mind that the grouches from Football Outsiders, who use performance-to-date and homefield advantage to simulate the rest of the season 25,000 times, say that Washington has a 0.1 percent chance of making the playoffs.)
So anyhow, Rex Grossman was on ESPN Radio’s Doug Gottlieb Show on Thursday, and he was asked about playing the spoiler against the Jets.
“You don’t ever worry about playing spoiler or anything like that, and it’s way too early in the season to start thinking about that,” Grossman said. “You want to go out there and play well for yourself, for your teammates, for the coaches and the fans. You just want to get some positive momentum, because football is fun.
“It’s extremely fun to go out there and throw touchdown passes and succeed and win and do all that. And the last couple weeks, we’ve really been playing for each other and playing just to go have fun and enjoy it. And that’s our biggest motivation right now. And you know, we’ve got about a 3, 4, 5 percent chance of getting on a run and something good happening at the end, so we’re all just out here trying to enjoy ourselves, put on a show for the fans and win.”
Gottlieb, catching the drift, then told Grossman that he had interviewed St. Louis outfielder Matt Holliday when the Cardinals were buried in the playoff race, and that Holliday refused to admit things were over. Then the Cardinals won the World Series.
“I mean, that’s a little bit more realistic maybe than this situation, but we’ve got a lot of football ahead of us,” Grossman said. “But we’re really just focused on the Jets and trying to create an identity for the team and be a consistent football team. Because if we get all 11 guys on offense doing what they’re supposed to be doing, playing up to their capabilities, we feel like we have a really good team, because our defense has been pretty consistent. And we want to go out there and prove we’re a good team and establish our identity.”
Finally, Gottlieb asked Grossman about his much-discussed preseason belief that the Redskins would win the NFC East.
“I don’t regret it at all,” Grossman said. “It’s how I felt. I wasn’t really making a prediction. I was trying just to get across to the interviewer at the time that I felt good about our team. The origin of the question was talking about the Eagles, and how do you guys feel now that the Eagles are superstars, and I was just trying to get across the point that we feel real good about our team, we’re extremely confident.
“And I still am. There’s a couple games that very easily we could have, maybe should have won. We’re talking about two games against the Cowboys that we probably could have or should have won. We beat the Cowboys twice, which we very easily could have, we’re leading the division.”
(Grossman also said that he “had a couple bad games in there that ruined the consistency of the whole season.”)