Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman knows that this season has been an audition for his future role, whether it’s with the Washington Redskins or some other team. But he hasn’t let the scrutiny faze him.
Grossman declined to sign a two-year deal this with Washington during the offseason because he wanted to keep his options open in case John Beck cemented himself as the Redskins starter this season, which could have doubt on Grossman’s future.
Grossman ended up winning the starting job and led the Redskins to a 3-1 start. But coming off of the bye, he threw a season-high four interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles and was benched. After three straight losses with Beck at the helm, Grossman reclaimed his job. Since his return, Washington’s offense has produced more, averaging 20.3 points a game during a 2-4 stretch.
Grossman’s teammates say he has played with more confidence and say they believe he gives them a chance to win each week. But Grossman’s turnover struggles have continued. He now has thrown an interception in 10 straight games. And for the season, he has 18 interceptions and only 13 touchdowns.
The Redskins are expected to draft a franchise quarterback this offseason. But with strong performances against the Cowboys, Seahawks, Patriots and Giants, Grossman is trying to make the case that he deserves to be re-signed again, if only to serve as a backup or a bridge to the next quarterback’s era.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has declined to discuss Grossman’s future, saying that matter will be decided in the offseason. Grossman said such talk hasn’t bothered him, and that during his nine seasons in the NFL, he has come to expect such scrutiny.
“Quarterbacks are the focal point because that’s just what people like to talk about. ...They have the ball in their hands every play,” Grossman said. “]Quarterbacks] determine the outcome a lot. I don’t think it’s any different than any other team. ...I don’t really try to avoid watching or reading things, but I don’t go out of my way to see what the pulse is, either.”