Robert Griffin III and Rex Grossman have a secret handshake (Animated)


Kirk Cousins exceeded expectations for the Washington Redskins in their win over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. Filling in for the injured Robert Griffin III, the rookie out of Michigan State completed over 70% of his passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns to put the Redskins in a three-way tie atop the NFC East.

Washington’s other two quarterbacks, RG3 and backup Rex Grossman, seemed to enjoy Cousins’ performance. In fact, they were so impressed that they decided to bust out their secret handshake for the occasion. And hell yes it included a finger twirl. It may not have been quite as elaborate as this secret dap between Roger Goodell and an NFL draft pick, but it’s clearly something that they’ve practiced. A backup quarterback lighting it up has a way of bringing out the excitement in everyone.

Thanks to D.C. Sports Bog’s Dan Steinberg for the GIF

Rex Grossman: Redskins Were a Damn Good 5-11, You Didn’t Want to Play Us

We love you, Rex Grossman.  We really do.  We admire the fact that you can go from starter, to backup, to starter, to Super Bowl, to backup, to starter, to backup, to kind of starter and just take it like a man.  Mike Shanahan has not exactly given Grossman a long leash since he named him the starter in favor of Donovan McNabb last season.  Somehow, Rex has kept on ticking.  In fact, even his opinion of the 2011 Redskins is relatively high.

“It’s hard to say this, but we were a pretty damn good 5-11,” Grossman said Wednesday during an interview with the Sirius XM Blitz, according to DC Sports Bog. “You didn’t really want to play us.”

Who didn’t want to play you exactly?  To Washington’s credit, they did beat the NFC champion Giants twice this year.  As we know, however, the Giants hit their stride late in the season and haven’t looked back since.  The Redskins had a decent defense all season, but their offense could find no consistency whatsoever.  Oh yeah, and they had five wins.

I doubt teams were all that intimidated during weeks in which they were preparing to face the Redskins.  Rex’s comments don’t surprise us, however, as delusional thoughts were an epidemic in the nation’s capital this year.  This is the same Grossman who told everyone he thought the ‘Skins would win the NFC East.  He also had teammates who in October were convinced the team was Super Bowl bound.  Categorizing the 2011 Redskins as a “damn good 5-11″ seems like a completely appropriate way to cap things off.

Mickey Rourke Loves Rex Grossman, Calls Him a ‘Trainwreck with Balls’

Plenty of quarterbacks in the NFL have gone through up-and-down careers, but few have had to deal with the roller coaster that Rex Grossman has faced.  To say that Grossman’s NFL career has seen its fair share of ups and downs would be an understatement.  Rex has been in the league since 2003 and reached the Super Bowl in the only season he started more than eight games.  Throughout his 10-year career, Grossman has had his job taken, started in a Super Bowl, had his job taken again, taken Donovan McNabb’s job, been called the best quarterback in the NFC East, and then had his job once again.  Actor Mickey Rourke loves that about him.

As the Washington Post’s D.C. Sports Bog pointed out, Mickey Rourke recently praised Grossman in an interview for being “terribly unpredictable” but continuing to grind it out.  In fact, Rourke even referred to Rex as a “trainwreck with balls.”  I have no idea what that means, but here’s a video that proves he did indeed say it.

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Deion Sanders: Rex Grossman May Be Best Quarterback in NFC East

When its quarterbacks are playing their best, the NFC East may be the best quarterback division in football. Most divisions have two or three viable starters at the quarterback position, but you could argue the NFC East has four.  Tony Romo may be a choke artist and Michael Vick may be an excuse-maker, but when healthy they rank among the top-10 quarterbacks in football.  Say what you will about Eli Manning, but he has kept the Giants in playoff contention every year.  What about Rex Grossman?

This season, Grossman has played efficiently enough for his Redskins to be in first place in the division after five weeks.  They have a long way to go if he wants to fulfill his promise, but Rex has protected the ball and put his team in position to win every week.  But would you call him the best quarterback in the NFC East? That may be a statement only Deion Sanders could make.

“I’m going to say something that could shock you,” Sanders said in a video on NFL.com that can be seen here. “Let me look at my camera and spit this game. Rex Grossman may be the best quarterback right now in the NFC East. Yeah I said it and I didn’t stutter. He may be. And the team with the most balance may be the Washington Redskins.”

Michael Irvin then looked into his camera and said he would take all three of the other NFC East quarterbacks over Grossman. Do the ‘Skins have the most balance? That is very possible.  The Giants are a different team every week, Romo can’t stop making mistakes, and the Eagles can’t stop anything on defense.  Is Grossman better than Vick, Romo, and even Manning? From a skill perspective, there is no way.  From a winning football games perspective, the records do the talking.  If the Redskins win the NFC East, Rex could validate Deion’s statement in some senses.

Fist pound to Shutdown Corner for the story.

Rex Grossman, Fred Davis Become Possible Fantasy Additions

The Redskins beat the Giants at home Sunday 28-14 surprising many people who thought the Skins were going to stink this year. If you read Doc Brown’s season preview, you knew we thought more of the Redskins than most analysts. Privately, I had also told friends I thought the Redskins quarterback position would have fantasy value all season long, regardless of who won the starting job between Rex Grossman and John Beck. Grossman won the job and played well in week one, and now it’s time to examine whether he’s worth a look for fantasy purposes.

Grossman’s final stats were 21-34 for 305 yards with two touchdowns. The Giants were without defensive lineman Justin Tuck and Osi Umenyiora who were both inactive, but they still managed four sacks and seven hits on the quarterback. Rex played well no matter how you look at it. He’s not a guy I would bet on leading a team to the playoffs, but he’s good enough to rack up yards and touchdowns on the right day. The turnovers generally will be high, but in the Shanahans’ offense, his numbers should be good. You may recall that he threw for over 300 yards in two of his starts at the end of last season too. He has pretty strong upside as a second quarterback on your roster, and the same can be said for John Beck if he gets the job.

Tight end Fred Davis was Grossman’s top target Sunday. The USC product caught five passes for 105 yards after being targeted six times. We’ve been big Fred Davis fans since seeing him play very well the second half of 2009 when he filled in for Chris Cooley who got hurt that year. In the 10 games he played after Cooley got hurt, Davis racked up 41 catches for 464 yards and six touchdowns. Fred is sure-handed, runs good routes, and he has good athleticism after the catch. Even though Chris Cooley is still around, Fred looks like the featured tight end in their passing game. He should be solid all year long and is a recommended tight end pickup.

Rex Grossman Believes Redskins Will Win NFC East

Well duh, they have Rex at quarterback. Of course they’re going to win the NFC East. I mean this is a no-brainer. As soon as I heard that Grossman was listed at the top of the team’s depth chart, I took out my pen and confidently marked the Skins down as my NFC East winner. I envisioned Rex throwing for four touchdowns per week, picking apart the Eagles secondary. I pictured Washington’s vaunted defense shutting out Dez Bryant, Hakeem Nicks, and Michael Vick. I mean shoot, who didn’t have the Redskins down as division favorites as soon as they learned Grossman had wrestled the starting quarterback job away from John Beck?

But seriously, you have to hear what he said Tuesday. During an interview with Comcast DC, Grossman was asked what the Redskins are if the Eagles are considered the Dream Team. His answer?

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Dallas Cowboys Defense: ‘We’ll Take Rex Grossman Over Donovan McNabb Any Day’

When I first heard of the absurd news that Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was benching Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman at quarterback, I wrote sarcastically on twitter that McNabb was the one who missed two field goals and dropped an extra point last weekend (check us out on twitter!). Even if the Redskins had beaten the Buccaneers last week, it really didn’t matter — Washington is out of the playoffs and their season is essentially over, so Shanahan wants to evaluate Grossman and backup John Beck. He knows McNabb isn’t his answer at quarterback so he’s moving on.

That’s fair, but the realization has to be made that McNabb still gives the team its best chance of winning by a large margin, and changing to a less mobile quarterback with Washington’s bad offensive line and lack of playmaking receivers is not a smart move. I know that, you know that, the Redskins players know that, and so do the Dallas guys! Check out what Dallas defensive end Jason Hatcher had to say about the news.

“Everybody started smiling. We were pretty happy about the news. We’ll take Rex over McNabb any day,” he said. “[McNabb's] hard to contain. He’s hard to bring down and he can make plays with his legs and his arm. Not taking anything away from Rex Grossman, I think he’s a good quarterback also.”

With all the smiles in the locker room, it sure doesn’t sound like they think Rex Grossman’s a good quarterback also. Just like Lord Archer’s books aren’t bad either. We all know the Redskins are conceding the season with their change at quarterback and that’s fair, but realize you’re disappointing a lot of people in your own locker room with the move and that you won’t be as competitive. If you’re opponents are happy about your decisions, you know they’re not good ones.