Rex Grossman is among the most confident men in the universe, but he also understands that the Redskins didn’t trade four picks for the No. 2 pick in the draft in order to take a second-string punter.
They’re taking a quarterback. Everyone will want to see that quarterback. And Grossman, who re-signed with the team last week, gets that.
Which is why, when he was asked on 106.7 The Fan Monday morning whether he was coming to D.C. as the starter or the backup, Grossman declined to answer.
“I’m coming in as just a football payer,” he said. “I don’t know exactly my role, but I’m gonna prepare myself and work hard to get better. And whatever opportunity I get, I’m gonna take advantage of it, but I also fully understand that they’re gonna draft a quarterback with that second pick. And depending on how well that quarterback gets ready and is prepared to play, I’ll be ready either way....
“I think the main goal for the organization is to make sure that quarterback is extremely successful for the next 10 years. That being said, I also know that there’s no sure thing in the NFL, so I’ll be ready if he’s not ready yet or whatever the case is that I have to play. I’m gonna work as hard as I can to get better. Really, that’s my job: to get better, and be ready at a moment’s notice.”
Later, he was asked if he was comfortable being a backup.
“You know, I’m comfortable with that scenario, but I’m always gonna be ready for an opportunity,” Grossman said. “And when I do get an opportunity, I still have a lot of goals and drive to be a great quarterback, so the situation is what it is. I mean, nobody wants to be a backup quarterback, but it is what it is. So when you’re in that position, your job is to be ready at a moment’s notice, and when you do get an opportunity, take advantage of it....”
“You always want to be successful. Your job is what your job is. Everybody wants to be a billionaire, and there’s only one billionaire in the building right now. Everybody has aspirations and motivations and dreams, but I also understand that you’re picking a quarterback with the second pick, you gave up a lot of draft picks, that player’s gonna get every opportunity to show what he can do and be successful. They’re investing a lot in that player. In the meantime, I’m gonna be prepared to be a help to him and be ready to play at any time. That’s my job description, and I’ll be ready to go.”
Grossman told Mike Wise and Holden Kushner that he had an offer from one other team that was “pretty much the exact same scenario.” But he also said he’s been in four or five NFL offenses, “and this is by far the best.”
“And when you look at everything being equal, it was a no-brainer to remain a Redskin, try to see this thing through and be a part of this team,” he said.
Given several opportunities to say something ludicrous about last year’s team, Grossman for once declined. But Wise did manage to point out that, as the third Rex Daniel Grossman, he is technically RGIII.
“That’s good, I might have to put the third on the back of my jersey, too,” Grossman said. “You know, I think we can both have the third on there, but we’ll see. I’ve never thought about calling myself RGIII, but it works. I might as well. RGIII is in the building first, so we’ll see what happens in April.”