Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Rex Grossman’s pair of interceptions didn’t bother him because the passer made throws he needed to make.
On the first, Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner snatched away a pass intended for Jabar Gaffney to start the second quarter. On his first throw of the third quarter, Grossman didn’t lead Santana Moss enough, and free safety Richard Sherman made a diving grab.
Shanahan said while Grossman’s placement could have been better, he had the right mindset on both plays.
“A lot of people look at it as a gunslinger mentality,” Shanahan said of Grossman, who completed 26 of 35 passes for 314 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. “At the start of the second half, the only thing I was a little upset was Santana [Moss] was wide open on [the second interception.] On his read with the free safety, he has got to make that throw every time. You have to make that throw; it’s your read.”
Shanahan added: “The other one, Jabar was faking across the middle and he came back out and the guy just grabbed it. … But [Grossman] made some great throws and great reads. Some times you’re going to have interceptions. All of a sudden you’re really disappointed with your reads, but other times, you say, ‘I would’ve made that throw every time.’”
Said Grossman: “The first one, probably could have thrown it 2-yards out ahead of Jabar. I’ve never played against a 6-foot-5 cornerback [Browner]. I don’t know what they have him on the stat-line, but he looked like he was LeBron James out there. I don’t know how he got to it. Made a great play. Second one, I was being aggressive. I probably shouldn’t have been, but there’s definitely a case to be made to throw right there. It’s a play some times I make, some times I don’t, some times I’m going to try to make.”
Left tackle Trent Williams praised Grossman for his aggressive nature and said that in his opinion, the chances the quarterback takes pay off more often than not.
“We know Rex is going to try to get the ball downfield,” Williams said of Grossman, who has 10 touchdown passes and 14 interceptions. “He might have some negatives, but his positives outweigh the negatives. Like you see, he hung in the pocket and made that huge throw to [Anthony Armstrong] and now we’re in the locker room with a totally different feeling.”