Quarterback Rex Grossman was asked Wednesday whether he feels reinvigorated by his second opportunity to lead the Redskins’offense this season. His response was either a revealing statement or a misspoken cliche.
“All you want is an opportunity,” he said. “Opportunity to go out and play and put some good tape out there and lead your team to a victory. However it comes, it comes.”
Wait, a second. ‘Put some good tape out there’? It’s not unusual for a player who has an expiring contract to realize he needs to play well before free agency begins -- to put plays on tape that will impress other teams. It is a bit odd for a starting quarterback to say it out loud, though.
Grossman quickly clarified.
“I hadn’t really thought about it. It’s just something I said. It’s just kind of a cliche, I guess,” he said. “Basically I enjoy playing. You get an opportunity to go out and play in the NFL, it’s something I don’t take for granted.”
Still, Grossman is well aware that when he was a free agent in July, the Redskins did not offer him a multi-year deal. On Aug. 2, Grossman signed a one-year contract worth $810,000, with a $100,000 signing bonus. John Beck is the team’s only quarterback with a contract for next season. Grossman said, though, that he’s not stressing about his next contract. He wants to play well this Sunday. “There’s no room for other thoughts,” he said.
“I’m playing to have a winning record this season. That’s all we can control,” he said. “It’s another cliche, but it’s true: I just want to go out and beat Seattle and play well. Start worrying about other things later.”
Grossman was on the bench just three weeks ago, but he posted one of his best performances of the season in last Sunday’s overtime loss to Dallas. He was 25 of 38 passing for 289yards. He had an interception but threw for two touchdowns and ran in another.
The offense was responsible for 24 points, the most this season (Washington had a defensive touchdown in the season-opening 28-point performance against the Giants). Has the offense finally turned a corner?
“We’ll see,” Grossman said. “Right now, it was just one game. Until we prove otherwise, it was just one game. I have a lot of confidence [and] and I feel like something clicked. It’s just a gut feeling of mine that our offense has finally maybe turned the corner. You can’t say that until you go out and prove it week in and week out.”
“There’s a lot of things we can build on from that game,” he continued. “We’re in a situation now where we [have] a 3-7 record. Our backs are up against it to say the least. We got to get a victory and we got to use some of the positives out of that game, build on them and be consistent. That’s our goal, that’s our job.”