Rex Grossman Declared Starter for the Washington Redskins

Tom TothContributor ISeptember 5, 2011

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 25: Quarterback Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins warms up prior to the start of a preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The call is in, decision made, and Mike Shanahan has again surprised the majority of the NFL media community.

As reported by Jason La Canfora of, Rex Grossman is going to be the signal-caller for the Washington Redskins on September 11 against the New York Giants.

Though not necessarily the change that many fans yearned for after last season, Grossman has been a consistent performer stretching back to when he was called on to replace Donovan McNabb for the last four weeks of 2010.

Over the course of the preseason, Grossman has had his back against the wall in direct competition against the oft-considered favored John Beck to be the starting quarterback for the Washington Redskins.

Rex has out-performed his competition as well as many have expected during his three games, completing 64.2% of his passes for 407 yards and two touchdowns. His 92.6 QB rating for the preseason was mostly against very good starting defenses and is significantly improved from his 81.2 career rating.

It is well noted that Grossman may not have the physical talents that Beck has had on display throughout the preseason, but as we saw against Tampa Bay, Beck is not necessarily prepared to be the kind of full-time pocket quarterback that is heavily relied upon in the Kyle Shanahan, Matt Schaub offensive model.

Rex Grossman is a student of Kyle Shanahan's system, he knows how the team's offense is run to its prime possible efficiency, and has benefited from two full seasons without the stress of immediate performance.

And Grossman knows this team. Further, he believes in this team to a degree that is not seen by in large even from the team's perennially (almost masochistically) optimistic fan base.

"We're fine being the sleepers right now," Grossman said earlier this preseason in an interview with Comcast Sports Net. "You know, we're just waiting in the wings, ready to take over the NFC East.

"Nobody's talking about us. That's right where we want to be. You look at us from top to bottom out here, there's a bunch of great players. And we don't need people saying we're the best right now, but when it's all said and done, I really feel like this team's gonna win the East."

Rex Grossman believes and the Shanahans believe in him.

Are you ready to believe?


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