“Nobody is going to beat anyone 99 out of 100 times,” Rex Grossman replied.
Still, Rolle’s comments evidently got the attention of the team as they prepared for the trip to New Jersey. Grossman was asked on SiriusXM NFL Radio Monday morning whether he thought Rolle was disrespecting the Skins.
“Definitely. I mean, how can you take that comment any other way?” he told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on The SiriusXM Blitz. “I mean, 99 out of 100 times they’re gonna beat us? And we beat ‘em two in a row this year? So I’m not going to the casino with him any time soon.”
Great line, and it turns out that Redskins coaches used Rolle’s words as motivation during their Saturday pre-game meetings.
“When you hear something like that, collectively as a group when the coaches say that Saturday night in meetings, collectively you kind of see everybody’s head nod up and down, kind of start tapping their foot a little bit, kind of getting excited, kind of getting pumped up,” Grossman said. “So it’s definitely a real thing, but really that’s kind of just icing on the cake as far as getting ready for the game. You don’t really care. You want to go out there and play well for your teammates and be proud of what you do as a professional.”
Then Grossman was asked about the culture the Redskins are creating, and the preseason Rex Grossman was back.
“We have no bad seeds in this locker room. Everybody’s got great character and everybody works hard,” he said. “We know we have talent, we know we’re pretty damn good. We just need to take it to that next level and see if we can win a couple here at the end to start that winning streak, get something positive going into the offseason.”
He isn’t the only one to notice that the Redskins are literally two plays away from being 7-7 and tied for first place in their division. Grossman cited his fumble in the first Dallas game, along with the overtime field-goal attempt in the second Dallas game, as the two plays that would have transformed the season.
“You’re talking about two plays and now we’re winning the NFC East,” he said. “Along with a lot of other plays. We were so competitive in a lot of other games that maybe we could have or should have won. And I know a lot of people that are 5-9 and have our record across the league say the same thing, but it’s a fine line between 5-9 and being right in the mix to win the East.”
Finally, Grossman was asked about playing for Kyle Shanahan.
“Every week he comes up with a great game plan, and it allows me to be confident going into a game,” the quarterback said. “He’s stayed pretty steady throughout all this. I definitely think we have one of the best offensive systems and playcallers in the league, and as a player, you definitely want to go out and execute, because you know you’ve got a chance every single week to be successful.”