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Shanahan has emphasized Grossman’s mental toughness in reiterating his belief that Grossman is capable of running the offense at an optimal level. After the pick with 5 minutes, 30 seconds remaining against St. Louis, Shanahan gave Grossman a reassuring pat on the helmet when he returned to the sideline.

“For a quarterback, you have to be tough and thick-skinned,” Shanahan said. “You understand that at the end of the day you have to win, and at the end of the day you have to be very tough on yourself because you have to think perfection. Anything less than perfection, and you don’t have the right quarterback.”

If winning is the ultimate measure, then Grossman can fall back on the important contributions he has made to each victory.

He threw two touchdowns in each of the Redskins‘ first two games. His touchdown pass to Moss on fourth down in the final minutes of the Arizona game arguably stands as the biggest play of Washington’s season.

And in the first quarter against St. Louis, he beat a blitz on third-and-4 from the Rams‘ 6 with a beautifully lofted pass to Moss just inside the left sideline in the end zone.

So there are some positives on which to build. Grossman knows he must reproduce those plays for the Redskins to reach their goals.

“We’re in a good spot with how we feel as a unit,” Grossman said. “We know should do more on offense, and yet we’re 3-1. That’s a good feeling.”


c Shanahan believes an injury was one reason running back Tim Hightower wasn’t at his best against St. Louis. “Tim, unbeknownst to me, hurt his shoulder, like, on the third or fourth play in the game, and that was part of the reason he was a little more banged up than I first initially thought,” Shanahan said.

c Brandon Banks has totaled only 19 yards on six punt returns in the past two games. “When you have 11 people out there - 10 people blocking, then a returner - it’s a combination of everybody,” Shanahan said. “It only takes one person” to ruin a return.

c Suspended cornerback Phillip Buchanon was at Redskins Park on Monday but was not reinstated. The Redskins will evaluate his injured shoulder before deciding his status.

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