Rex Grossman raised some eyebrows with his preseason pronouncement that the Redskins were capable of winning the NFC East title. The Redskins, mired in a five-game losing streak, now sit at 3-6, and while Grossman says he’s still optimistic, he also realizes Washington needs to change its fortunes this weekend.

“It is frustrating. Everybody’s frustrated right now,” Grossman said. “To have the Cowboys coming in here, there’s no better team to go against to get everybody fired up and have that extra juice, extra motivation to get this thing turned around.”

Grossman led the Redskins to a 3-1 start but lost his job last month to John Beck. Grossman is back starting again, and though circumstances have changed drastically, he says he knows what the Redskins are capable of and is not ready to rule anything out.

“I’m an optimist. You never know,” he said. “We just have to beat Dallas and get a victory. And then everybody starts to have fun, feels better and we can come in here next week at 4-6. Nobody’s given up.

“Everybody believes that we should be a lot better than we are,” he continued. “...All 11 guys on offense, myself included -- just need to do their job. We have plays out there to be made. It takes all 11 guys on every play. We want to establish a rhythm and get going. You never know what could happen.”

While Grossman was a late addition to the starting lineup last week, he enters this week’s practices knowing he’ll get the vast majority of reps with the first team. And though he’s already lost his job once to Beck, he says he can’t afford to worry about job security.

“It doesn’t matter. I don’t need to think that. I’m not looking over my shoulder or anything like that,” Grossman said. “I’m just going out there, trying to have fun, make plays and win the game. I don’t need to be told it’s my season or whatever.”

In last weekend’s 20-9 loss at Miami, Grossman was 21 of 32 passing for 215 yards. He had two interceptions, a passer rating of 58.7 and perhaps most noticeably, failed to get the Redskins in the end zone.

“I thought it was pretty good,” he said of his performance. “Any time you don’t win, there’s always a couple plays that could’ve made the difference. You can’t really pat yourself on the back too much. For the most part, I did what I was coached to do and made a lot of plays. But not enough.”