New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck believes his team has the Redskins’ number, and that facing Rex Grossman, whom the Giants played against in the 2010 finale, should only help.
“We just have your number right now,” Tuck told Redskins beat writers during a conference call Wednesday when broached with the subject of the Giants’ 9-1 record against the Redskins in their last 10 meetings. “I hope that continues, but I definitely see the Redskins as a team on the rise and you can see they’re hungry to get back to the prominence of old-time Redskins football. Hopefully we can continue to do that, but right now I feel like we have [their number] kinda like how Philly has ours.”
The last time Tuck and the Giants faced Washington, Grossman completed 26 of 44 passes for 336 yards, two touchdowns and an interception and was sacked twice.
Grossman this preseason battled John Beck for the starting quarterback job, and Mike Shanahan announced on Monday that Grossman had won. The coach had toyed with the idea of not announcing the starter so the Giants would have to prepare for both quarterbacks in the week leading up to the game. Reports that Grossman had won the competition surfaced Monday afternoon, and Shanahan confirmed them
Although Tuck expects to see different wrinkles out of the Redskins’ offense, he thinks his team will benefit from the degree of familiarity it has with Grossman.
“I think it definitely helps us because we have tape. Obviously, it’s a new year and you don’t get a feel for a team based on preseason. The Redskins could come out and have a completely different offense of what we saw last game. We won’t know until we get out there. But it helps a little bit. We can see his tendencies and reads and things of that nature. Ultimately I think both teams are trying to go into this game and execute better than the other team.”
Tuck’s coach said knowing ahead of time that Grossman is the starter, and having faced him last year won’t significantly help the Giants preparations.
“I don’t think it makes it any easier,” Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said. “Rex has had a real good preseason, as noted by his quarterback rating of 92. He’s had a real good preseason, he played well against us in that Week 17 game. You can do all the guessing you want, but you look at the tape and you prepare yourself both ways.”
Coughlin also wasn’t feeling the notion that the Giants have the Redskins’ number, so to speak.
“I just think we’ve managed to win a number of close games,” Coughlin said. “That’s about it.”