Sunday, October 16, 2011

Now That "Bad" Rex Grossman Has Been Revealed, Washington Redskins Should Bench Him

As a long-suffering Chicago Bears fan, I can tell you firsthand how much Rex Grossman broke my heart when he was still the starter there.  Now Washington D.C. can begin to feel my pain as well.

Why coaches continue to give Rex a chance to start in the NFL is mind-boggling to me.  As a sporadic backup/fill-in, he's fine.  However, once he gets comfortable enough, there is a game coming like the one today in which he threw four interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles.

In Grossman's nine years in the NFL, he's played in 46 games.  In those 46 games, he has thrown for 46 touchdowns and 49 interceptions.  He's never had a quarterback rating better than 81.2 and that was for the four games he played last year for the Redskins.  Of those 46 games, 14 games he had at least two interceptions.  Seven of those 14 games he had three or more interceptions.

It's a weird Dr. Jeckyll/Mr. Hyde thing with Grossman, and led to the nickname "Good Rex/Bad Rex."  One never knows which Rex will show up to play on any given week, and it finally bit the Redskins.

However, he hasn't even been playing well enough to keep his job this year at all.  In five games he has a 55.8% completion rate,  6 TDs, 9 INTs, and a QB rating of 66.5.

I actually think part of Rex's issue is his size and throwing mechanics.  He's listed as 6'1", but there's no way he's even 6'0".  Typically at least 3-4 inches shorter than his lineman, he used to make the big mistake of simply leaning back and throwing the ball up for his receiver to catch no matter what the coverage.  I don't know if he simply had a hard time seeing the opposing defenders today, but in any case it's time for the Redskins to give John Beck a good look at the starting position.

I'm not normally a knee-jerk-type person when it comes to switching out quarterbacks, but I do believe that Grossman is more effective in smaller doses.  The more playing time he gets, the more likely he'll play bad.  It's a weird cause and effect, but it seems to hold true for Grossman.

In any case, the Redskins will need to figure out their quarterback future, and now is as good a time as any to try Beck out.

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