During last Thursday’s broadcast of the Redskins loss at Baltimore, coach-turned-analyst Jon Gruden essentially anointed John Beck as Washington’s starter and said Rex Grossman might better serve the team as a backup.
“I’m glad I’m not playing for Jon Gruden,” Grossman said with a smile Monday.
Neither Beck nor Grossman knows how much time each willl see Thursday in the preseason finale against Tampa Bay, but both are expecting to play. And because Mike Shanahan has yet to name a victor in the quarterback battle, both feel the job is still up for grabs. That means there’s a lot riding on what might otherwise look like a meaningless preseason game.
“Every week is an opportunity to separate yourself. This week’s no different,” Grossman said. “I’m excited about playing. We’ll see what happens.”
Grossman said he doesn’t know when Shanahan might pick a starting quarterback for Week 1, but he thinks everyone on the offense will have a pretty good idea heading into practices next week.
“I’m right in the middle of it, so I’m concentrating on Tampa. Yeah, I would like to know, but I’m not stressing about it,” he said. “It’s coming to a head here pretty quickly. I realize that. But at the same time, I have a job to do.”
Grossman seems pleased with his preseason performance. In three games, he has a completion rate of 64.2 percent, with two touchdowns and one interception. His passer rating is 92.3. Those aren’t bad numbers considering how difficult it is in preseason to establish a rhythm.
“There’s times as a quarterback when you’re unsure of what’s going on out there, or you’re unsure of the rhythm and timing of everything. You play a little bit scattered,” Grossman said. “I haven’t played like that at all, I haven’t felt like that at all. I’m real happy with how I’ve played.”