“Hypotheticals don’t help anybody,” Grossman said.
What Grossman does know: Washington’s offense finally seems to be clicking. While he has no idea where he’ll be playing next season or what the Redskins’ offense will look like a couple of weeks from now, Grossman knows he can only afford to worry about one thing.
“I try to concentrate on each week being the only week I’m concerned about,” Grossman said.
For this week, Grossman is again a capable NFL quarterback. He is weeks removed from the benching, doesn’t have to look over his shoulder and worry about job security and leads an offense that in the past two weeks has shown the ability to put up points.
“He seems like second time in, he really is more hungry to prove what he can do,” said tight end Fred Davis, “and we’re behind him, too.”
Not surprisingly, Grossman was not in favor of his benching, though he had pneumonia and likely would have missed at least two of those games anyway. His play the past couple of weeks has made the Redskins’ offense look like a completely different unit than the one Beck ran unsuccessfully for three games, losing all three.
Even Coach Mike Shanahan sees differences from the way Grossman played in September.
“I think he’s even more confident now,” Shanahan said.
Last Sunday at Seattle, Grossman had one of the best statistical outings of his 49-game career. His 26 completions against the Seahawks were the second-most he has posted in any game, his completion percentage of 74.3 was the second-highest of his career and his 314 passing yards were his fourth-best. Most importantly to Grossman, the Redskins won, snapping a six-game losing streak.
“To pull out a victory like that and stop the bleeding, it’s definitely gratifying,” he said Wednesday. “We’re not patting ourselves on the back too much. We’re getting ready for the Jets and we want that feeling again.”
Entering Sunday’s game against the New York Jets, Grossman’s interception percentage is still the league’s highest (5.2 percent) and his passer rating (73.6) is worse than all but those of Blaine Gabbert, Curtis Painter, Sam Bradford, Christian Ponder and Tarvaris Jackson.
“Regardless, if you’re up or down, Rex is pretty consistent,” Shanahan said. “He’s got a good attitude. He’s got a lot of belief in not only himself, but the supporting cast. He’s a leader out there.”
In the offseason, Shanahan will have to decide whether Grossman has any sort of future in Washington. His play over the final five games could sway team officials. Otherwise, the Redskins may be forced to draft a quarterback and sign a free agent to provide depth.
“It’s a quarterback-driven league,” Jets Coach Rex Ryan said Wednesday. “Generally, if you hit on that position, you’re going to be set for 10 years. That’s where I think we are.”