Even in Rex Grossmans interesting career, which has featured three teams, a tumultuous tenure in Chicago, a Super Bowl start and more touchdowns than interceptions, has he been issued his current three-pronged situation:
Win the starting position.
And then start again because of his replacements performance.
In 2007 with the Bears, Grossman was benched after three games but re-claimed the job because of Brian Grieses shoulder injury.
Last weekend was different. The Redskins quarterback yo-yo act continued before last weeks game against Miami when Grossman replaced John Beck, who had replaced him for three games.
Grossman is expected to start Sunday against Dallas but who knows what coach Mike Shanahan is thinking for any of the remaining seven games.
I dont need to think about that or look over my shoulder or anything, Grossman said Wednesday morning at Redskin Park. I dont need to be told its my season or whatever. Lets see if we can get something going and headed in the right direction.
Even after he threw four interceptions against the Eagles, Grossman was confident the offense was on the correct course, but he lost the steering wheel for three games, all losses. But aside from battling pneumonia, he has taken advantage of his idle time.
Its extremely disappointed when you get taken out, but I had a month or so to reset myself and what my goals are and what I need to accomplish and how to go about it by sitting back and watching and thinking and going through things mentally, Grossman said.
Asked if he is driven to prove that Shanahan made the wrong decision in Week 5, Grossman said: My motivation comes from just trying to win and trying to have fun out there, make plays and win the game. I have no animosity motivation but Im very excited about this opportunity to go out and finish the season, the next seven games and just see what happens.
In his return, Grossman was 21-of-32 passing for 215 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions.
I thought it was pretty good, he said. Anytime you dont win, there is always a couple plays that would have made the difference so you cant really pat yourself on the back too much. For the most part, I did what I was coached to do. I made some plays but not enough.
Said tight end Fred Davis: He seemed ready. He seemed in control, hes going to take chances to throw it up there and give you a chance to go get it. When you have that opportunity, its always good.
A positive for the Redskins offense is they were able to stretch the field slightly more often.
Against San Francisco, the longest completion was 17 yards (off a deflected pass). Grossman had five completions of at least 18 yards against the Dolphins.
A knock on Beck was he was so wary of taking sacks in the 49ers loss, he didnt go downfield only nine of his 47 attempts traveled 10 or more yards (19.1 percent). Among Grossmans 32 attempts, 15 traveled 10 or more yards (46.9 percent).
To get the offense untracked, the Redskins are relying on Grossmans experience to willingly throw the ball into tight windows. The interceptions may happen, but so will more big plays.
Sometimes you have to make those passes and sometimes you cant be worried about losing a job you just have to go out and play and definitely at quarterback, Davis said. And the guys around him have to make plays.
Despite the five-game losing streak in which the offense has only four touchdowns, Grossman said, nobody has given up.
Everybody believes we should be a lot better than we are, he said. All 11 guys on offense, myself included, just need to do their job and we have plays out there to be made and it takes all 11 guys on every play. We want to establish a rhythm and get going and you never know what will happen.
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