Mike Shanahan Praises Rex Grossman’s Consistency, Attitude; Avoids Talk Of Regret
ASHBURN – Since returning from a three-game exile that saw John Beck step in at quarterback and the Washington Redskins lose three games in deflating fashion, Rex Grossman has played as though being on the sidelines is something he never wants to do again.
Grossman completed 26 of 35 passes for 314 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Redskins’ 23-17 victory at Seattle on Sunday. The passing yards were the most he’s had in a single game all season, surpassing the 305 he threw for in the season opener against the New York Giants, and his 74.3 completion percentage was Oct. 29, 2006, when he completed 79.6 percent of his passes in a victory over San Francisco.
“Rex is pretty consistent,” Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said. “He’s got a good attitude. He’s got a lot of belief not only in himself, but also in his supporting cast. … He went through his reads and handled himself well.”
Grossman completed 65.8 percent of his passes for 292 yards in a loss to Dallas last week and 65.5 percent for 215 yards in a loss at Miami the week prior, when he made his return as the Redskins’ quarterback.
The Washington offense has improved considerably since Beck was benched. Grossman battled pneumonia during the Carolina and Buffalo games and wouldn’t have been available to play anyway, Shanahan admitted, though he said “we could debate that one” with regards to turning to Grossman for the Redskins’ game against San Francisco.
“Any time that you make decisions, you always made decisions that you feel will be based on the best interests of your football team,” Shanahan said. “When John didn’t do those things, obviously we did it for a reason. We made a decision to go the other direction for a reason. That’s why Rex is in there now and I thought he did a heck of a job.
“That’s part of trying to figure out who your football team is, especially when you have some missing pieces. You’ve got some guys that are playing, some guys that are hurt. You’re always trying to come up with that chemistry and what gives you the best chance to win. That’s an ongoing process – not only at the quarterback position, but any position.”