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Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Grossman focusing on increasing touchdowns, eliminating turnovers

Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman said it’s important for him to cut down on turnovers and for the team to execute better in the red zone.


Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman loses the ball after he is hit by the Cowboys' Anthony Spencer. (Tony Sandys/Washington Post)
Through three games this season, Grossman has thrown three interceptions and has fumbled twice. His turnover total currently matches his touchdown tally, and he is on pace to turn the ball over 27 times this season.

In the ninth year of his career, Grossman has thrown 45 touchdowns and 43 interceptions and has fumbled the ball 26 times. He’s well aware that to retain his job, and for Washington to succeed, he must find a way to cut down on turnovers and increase the number of touchdown passes he throws.

“You have to go into every game with the mindset of being careful with the ball without it hurting your performance of making plays,” said Grossman, who at times been described as a gunslinger. “It’s a delicate balance there.”

Grossman threw an interception Monday to Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee while trying to hit tight end Fred Davis, who was in triple coverage deep in Dallas territory.

“There’s no excuse for that,” Grossman said Wednesday. “Obviously, I didn’t see the [middle] linebacker, that I know is there. Bad play. There’s no explanation that can make it sound any better.”

Grossman’s job doesn’t appear to be in jeopardy right now, but Redskins’ coach Mike Shanahan would likely lose patience if the quarterback isn’t able to correct his problems.

But Grossman said he doesn’t feel any additional pressure to perform at a higher level.

“The only pressure I feel is the pressure that I put on myself to be a great quarterback in this league and lead our team to victory,” said Grossman, whose Redskins were 1-for-3 in the red zone in Monday’s loss and are 6-for-14 inside the 20-yard line for the season. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to play at a pro bowl level every week, and when I don’t it’s frustrating and I go back and watch tape, be hard on myself and fix the things that didn’t allow me to play as well the last game.

“But I don’t worry about that,” Grossman added. “I know I’m going to play well and I’m going to prepare myself to do that. Worrying about those things is just a distraction.”

Grossman said the team’s struggles in the red zone aren’t schematic. He and his teammates simply have to be more disciplined.

“It’s about capitalizing on opportunities. We’ve moved the ball well all season and we have to capitalize when we get down there,” he said. “Three points aren’t good enough in this league, so our percentage in the red zone has to get better.”

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