A Clean Uniform Is In Rex Grossman’s Future for Washington Redskins

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The Washington Redskins have resigned quarterback Rex Grossman to a one year contract.  Very few people outside the Grossman household expect Grossman to play any kind of role in Washington’s offense in 2013. While superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III is the undisputed anchor of the Redskins’ high octane offense, his exciting style of play can result in injury. This is why Washington needs insurance at the quarterback position.

Grossman seemingly has the resume to get a chance to become the Redskins’ regular signal caller. A first round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2003, Grossman led the Bears to the Super Bowl after the 2006 season. Of course, Rex’s detractors feel that it was Chicago’s top notch defense that led the “Monsters of the Midway” to the NFL’s biggest game. Nevertheless, Grossman can lay claim to being a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl.

Grossman actually was the Redskins’ starter for most of the 2011 season. He played so well during the team’s 5-11 campaign, that he was part of a quarterbacking platoon with quarterback John Beck.  It’s been said that if you have two men playing quarterback, then you really have no one playing quarterback. Needless to say, change was needed under center for Washington.

The selection of Griffin III was well documented in 2012. However, the selection of quarterback Kirk Cousins was a bit of an eyebrow raiser for Redskins’ fans. However, the selection paid dividends for Washington. When Griffin III suffered a torn right ACL, Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan could have turned to the experienced Grossman at quarterback. Instead, Shanahan decided that Cousins would fill in for RG3 at quarterback instead of Grossman

Cousins led the Redskins to a pivotal 38-21 victory over the Cleveland Browns in Week 15 of the 2012 NFL season. It had to eat at Grossman that an unheralded rookie like Cousins would be chosen to lead the team to such an important victory. Then again, if Grossman had played better when he had the opportunity, Washington wouldn’t have needed to draft two quarterbacks in 2012.

The recent addition of quarterback Pat White ensures that Grossman will see virtually no playing time in 2013. That’s music to the ears of Redskins’ fans. Grossman will now focus on making sure RG3’s clipboard has plenty of paper while standing on the sidelines as Washington’s fourth string quarterback. It’s sad to see, considering that Grossman had the talent to be a good NFL quarterback. Unfortunately, his untimely interceptions over the years have relegated him to journeyman quarterback status.

No matter.  Redskins’ fans hope RG3 will be Washington’s quarterback for the next decade. That ensures that Grossman’s uniform will be nice and clean every Sunday. Redskins’ fans wouldn’t have it any other way.


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