If you, like me, have gone through Redskins Quarterback Radio Interview Withdrawal, I’ve got a welcome tonic. Rex Grossman was on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Zig Fracassi and Solomon Wilcots over the weekend, and — get this! — he was asked about the Redskins quarterback situation. Specifically, he was asked whether a little-used third-string journeyman could really have become the team’s starter while we were all busy eating guacamole.
“I mean, these things normally work themselves out in OTAs and minicamp and going into training camp,” Grossman said. “When there’s competition at a position, it’s usually pretty obvious at the end. So I’m not worried about people being given the job, unless you’re the number 1 pick in the draft and things like that.”
Which John Beck is not. And so, about Beck’s recent media tour?
“You know, he’s one of those guys that is under the radar, and he’s promoting himself and getting himself out there,” Grossman said. “He’s doing everything he can to promote himself, basically. And when there’s no practices, you might as well go on the radio and talk about it.”
(There was no malice or hard edge here. Grossman was just answering the question .)
As for his own future, Grossman again said over and over that he’d like to stay in D.C.
“I feel like I’m not sure what my best option’s gonna be, but I know that I like what happened last year, I like my teammates, I like that system and I’d like to be a part of it,” he said. “I’m not technically under contract, but if they’re having workouts, I want to be a part of it....If they’re having practices, I’m gonna be a part of it. I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but there’s a decent chance that I probably will be a Redskin.”
Grossman said he’d like to “continue on what I did the last three games and what I’ve been able to do last offseason.” He said Kyle Shanahan’s offense is “a fast break type of football” that suits his skills well, and that “when everything’s cooking, it’s the best offensive scheme in the game.” He said he was “real excited about being able to continue on what I did the last three games” of the 2010 season, that Donovan McNabb’s benching in Detroit “was kind of brewing for a while there” before it happened, and that “there’s a lot of things that went on behind the scenes that year that not a lot of people know about.”And he indicated that the younger Shanahan is something of a perfectionist.
“During the course of a regular game, Kyle Shanahan wants you to run the offense exactly how he wants it, down to the amount of hitches you take to go through your progressions,” Grossman said. “And if you really study that and rep that in practice, then it becomes a lot easier during the game. You’re not thinking as much as your body just goes through the progressions. That’s some of the things that’s really helped me start the second half of my career, and I feel like I’m a much better quarterback because of that.”