Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan declined to give quarterback Rex Grossman an endorsement for the 2012 season and said that the evaluation process of the passer and the rest of the roster is ongoing.
During the offseason, Grossman signed a one-year deal with the Redskins for a second straight year, meaning his contract expires following this season. Washington offered Grossman a two-year deal, but he wanted to keep his options open as he entered a preseason that would feature a competition between him and John Beck
Grossman beat out Beck and started the first five games of the season but was benched in the Week 6 loss to Philadelphia after throwing four interceptions. Grossman reclaimed the job after just three games because the offense struggled mightily with Beck at the helm, averaging just 10.3 points a game.
The Redskins are 1-5 since Grossman returned to the starting lineup, but the offense has showed progress, averaging 20.4 points per game during that span. Grossman has thrown six touchdown passes and seven interceptions during that span, completing 61.28 percent of his passes and averaging 258.8 passing yards per outing.
The Redskins still are expected to draft a quarterback this April, but the team would need a veteran to either play while that rookie learns the ropes or to help mentor the young player. When asked if Grossman had shown him enough to warrant re-signing, Shanahan avoided giving a definite answer.
“Well, like I told you, or told everybody before, it’s not just one person. It’s everybody playing together,” Shanahan said. “There’s not very many quarterbacks that can be the quarterback without their supporting cast [and] put all the pressure on one guy. Part of it is having that cohesive offensive line, running backs, wide receivers, tight ends. It gives the quarterback a chance to be pretty good. Sometimes, when those pieces aren’t there, you go from looking at least pretty good to looking average...We’ll address the particulars at each position at a later time.”
Shanahan said that Grossman, along with his teammates, continues to audition for a role with the team.
“Sure. Everybody is. Everybody is, every game,” the coach said. “You’re playing for that opportunity to come back and be part of the football team, especially when you don’t have a shot at the playoffs--everybody’s playing for jobs [and] coaching for jobs.”
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