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SNYDER: Fans got a glimpse of the Rex Grossman they always hoped for
Too much praise and too much blame is a fact of life for quarterbacks, exemplified by none more than the pair that dueled Sunday at FedEx Field.
Both have been probed and poked, dissected and inspected. Both have enjoying varying levels of success in their career, with Washington’s Rex Grossman having started for a Super Bowl team and Dallas’ Tony Romo being considered (by some) among the game’s best at his position.
No one would dare put Grossman in that conversation. Yet he was nearly Romo’s equal for 70 minutes in the Cowboys’ 27-24 overtime victory. He was nearly everything you’d want in a quarterback. He was nearly victorious.
That’s a whole lot of “nearly,” which is what you get with Grossman. But he avoided the catastrophic turnovers that plague him and drilled passes that his backup would never attempt, let alone complete.
We might always experience the cringe factor when Grossman drops back to pass, the involuntary reflex that causes us to hunch our shoulders and tense up as he scans the field. Sunday marked his 10th start with the Redskins, and he had thrown at least one interception in nine of them.
We have reached the point where the postgame analysis didn’t center on Grossman’s interceptions - those are a given. Instead, it’s assessing how much blame he gets compared to his intended target(s).
True to form, Grossman was good for a pick Sunday (we can debate whether Anthony Armstrong deserves some fault for his route against Dallas cornerback Orlando Scandrick). And it had the potential to be a back-breaker, too, occurring on the first play from scrimmage after Dallas took the lead, 24-17, with just under nine minutes left in the game.
What a shame. Grossman actually had outplayed Romo through the first three quarters, posting a 100.0 quarterback rating to his counterpart’s 98.9. He ran for one touchdown and threw for another with 14 seconds left in the first half, giving Washington a 14-10 lead.
But, for a change, Grossman’s interception wasn’t the end. The defense held and gave him a chance to produce - from Washington’s 11-yard line. We cringed and tensed as Grossman dropped back 10 times on the drive, but he completed none to the Cowboys and eight to the Redskins, including a beautifully-placed fade to Donte Stallworth with 14 seconds remaining.
“It’s kind of a situation where I could throw it to anybody,” Grossman said.
That’s usually the problem, because “anybody” means opposing players, too. But Grossman demonstrated why he gives Washington the best chance to win, completing 25 of 38 passes for 289 yards and two touchdowns.
“Bad Rex” showed up on just a handful of plays and shoulders little responsibility for the Redskins’ sixth consecutive defeat.
Conversely, “Good Romo” did just enough to prevail. For the third consecutive game - all victories - Romo threw at least two TD passes and no interceptions. He bought time in the pocket, sliding up and slipping out, extending plays and allowing his receivers to get open.
“One of the best things that Tony does is feel what’s going on around him in the pocket,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “Over the course of his career, he has developed into a really outstanding pocket passer without losing the ability to see things and use his instincts and feel for the game.”
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About the Author
Deron Snyder is an award-winning journalist and Washington Times sports columnist with more than 25 years of experience. He has worked at USA Today and his column was syndicated in Gannett’ 80-plus newspapers from 2000-2009, appearing in The Arizona Republic, The Indianapolis Star, The Detroit News and many others. Follow Deron on Twitter @Its_Ball_Good or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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