“I felt like I could have probably saved him,” Davis said. “Don’t you think if he didn’t have those two interceptions?”
Possibly. Grossman almost certainly wouldn’t have been benched if he had thrown only two interceptions. He threw that many in games against Arizona and St. Louis earlier this season, at least.
But four was the magic number, apparently. On the first, Grossman tried to connect with Davis deep down the middle of the field. He threw the ball up near the goal line for Davis to make a play on, but the throw needed to be lower and away from safety Kurt Coleman.
“It’s one of them plays that would be great if you made,” Davis said. “It would be a great play.”
“Usually I cross [the safety’s] face that deep in the open field, but I don’t know what I was thinking in the red zone,” Davis said. “I was supposed to cross earlier and I didn’t.”
Newton’s rapid rise
Quarterback Cam Newton, this year’s first-overall pick, has quieted many of his doubters through his first six NFL games. He’s on pace for almost 5,000 passing yards and has helped revive a Carolina Panthers offense that was among the worst in the NFL last season.
“It’s right along the lines of what we expected of him — just not this early,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a teleconference. “I mean he really has done a tremendous job. The hard part for him is having been in a situation where he hadn’t lost a lot. Now he’s trying to adapt and grow into this role of having to develop and manage our expectations and go through this process as a team.”
Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett compared Newton, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, to Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger because of his size (6-foot-5, 248) and how difficult it is to tackle him.
The Panthers have exploited his athleticism by designing running plays for him. He has six rushing touchdowns and is tied for second on the team with 210 yards.
“With Cam being an option to run the ball, it adds another feature, but, also, this offense is night and day,” receiver Steve Smith said. “Just to be plain and simple, no disrespect to anybody, but it’s night and day as far as the numbers that our offense - not me or one guy - is putting up, remarkable with no offseason [and] with a rookie quarterback. It kind of shows.”