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Rex Grossman says he can cut down on his interceptions

Washington Redskins quarterback and free-agent-to-be Rex Grossman said Monday morning that he doesn’t know what his future holds, but he is confident that he can cure his ever-present interception bug.

Grossman and his teammates reported to Redskins Park for a season-ending meeting Monday morning. Then the Redskins quarterback sat down with quarterbacks coach Matt Lafleur and went over some game film for a couple of hours.

Grossman completed 57.9 percent of his passes this season for 3,151 yards and 16 touchdowns. But he also threw 20 interceptions and lost five fumbles in 13 games.

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has said that for Grossman to succeed in the future, he needs to cut down on his turnovers. In his nine seasons, Grossman has appeared in 54 games. He has thrown 56 touchdowns and 60 interceptions.

When asked if he thought that was possible, Grossman answered confidently.

“Definitely,” he said. He said he views interceptions in two categories: those that are his fault and avoidable, and those that are not his fault and can’t be avoided.

“There’s times when interceptions are acceptable in a situation where it wasn’t your fault or something happened that you weren’t expecting, or tipped ball or things like that that happen to you that are just completely not your fault. Those are acceptable,” Grossman said. “Those are things you can’t control and as a coaching staff, as you evaluate the whole season, they’ll definitely take those into account, and you can’t prevent those as a quarterback.

“But the ones you can control,” Grossman continued, “there are definite coaching points and definite thought process as you go into the offseason of, ‘Why were you thinking? Why did you throw that? Why were you so aggressive on that?’ Other than that, you might have to be willing to know that you might miss on a big play. Not to play hesitant, but there are situations where you don’t have to be 100 percent on making those big plays that are there to be made. If you’re willing to live with a couple of those in a season, then I think you’ll cut down on your interception percentage a lot.”

Grossman said he is headed back to his home in Florida where he will throw passes to NFL draft hopefuls at a facility three times a week. He also will spend his offseason reviewing his performances in all 13 games in which he appeared.

“At this point, I try to identify some things that physically I can get better at, and your approach and decision-making,” Grossman said. “Whether I’m here or not, that’s the process and what everybody does. You try to work on some things that you know you can do better and build on the things that you do well.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.



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