Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman on Sunday seemed to get his groove back, putting on arguably his best performance of the season when he nearly led his team to a comeback victory over the Dallas Cowboys.
Behind Grossman, who made his second straight start after reclaiming the starting duties, the Redskins’ sputtering offense came to life, posting a season-high 24 points (the unit in the season opener notched 21 points and the defense added a touchdown for the 28-14 victory over New York).
Grossman against the Cowboys completed 25 of his 38 passes – a season’s-best 65.8 percent – for 289 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. Grossman also rushed for 10 yards and a touchdown on three carries. His quarterback rating of 95.2 ranked second to his 110.5 rating posted in the season opener.
“That was the Rex that we expect,” wide receiver Jabar Gaffney, who posted a season-high seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown, said on Monday. “That’s the Rex from training camp and the first couple games and hopefully we can build on that as a team.”
Fullback Darrel Young said that on Saturday night Grossman and injured receiver Santana Moss addressed the offense and stressed the importance of raising their level of play and executing better. That move sparked a better result.
Immediately after Sunday’s game Grossman was asked what changed for him and the offense, but the quarterback wasn’t in a mood to spout off about moral victories.
“Yeah, I’d rather talk about silver linings on Wednesday or something. It’s just frustrating right now,” he said.
Shanahan on Monday, however, said the Redskins fed off of Grossman’s confidence and poise as well as additional time in the system together.
“I think you gain a little confidence as time goes on,” Shanahan said. “You understand that when things don’t go right you don’t panic you just kind of relax, guys get together, everybody does their job. We didn’t have that in the first quarter so I was wondering what direction we were going to go. That’s why I kind of mentioned after the game that I was really proud of our football team because a lot of teams, when they haven’t had success going against an excellent football team, a lot of people do panic. I was pleased with the way they kept their poise and the way they worked and they were able to come up with some big plays and some big drives late in the game.”