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But with Monday’s shootout between Tom Brady and Chad Henne, four passers eclipsed 400 yards in Week 1, including Newton and Drew Brees. With 517 yards, Brady joined Norm Van Brocklin (554 yards in 1951) as the only QBs to pass for half-a-grand in the opening week.

Yes, changes in rules and philosophies have made the NFL more wide-open than ever. Yes, it’s easy for QBs to pad their stats when their team falls behind and has to throw on every down. And, yes, hefty yardage totals don’t always equate to victories, as Henne, Newton and Brees were on the losing side (though eight of the 11 other QBs with at least 300 yards won).

But some coaches embrace the possibilities that exist in the wild, blue yonder, installing offenses with multiple sets, targets and outlets. Elite-level QBs such as Brady and Brees and Aaron Rodgers thrive in those systems, stretching fields and stressing defenses.

No one is going to confuse Grossman with the aforementioned trio, which is fine. He barely beat out a four-year veteran with four games of experience. And while I advocated publicly that Grossman should be the starter, part of me wanted Shanahan to pick John Beck, for the sheer thrill of the unknown.

The triggerman obviously makes a difference (see: McNabb). But we keep hearing how Washington’s offense is just like Houston’s, which ranked among the NFL’s top four in 2008 and 2009, when offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan held the same position with the Texans.

Grossman’s familiarity in the system and the Shanahans’ belief in him - not to mention the confidence bred by both factors - is reason enough to believe the Redskins are playing the best option at quarterback to emulate Houston’s results. His first touchdown pass Sunday, to Anthony Armstrong, couldn’t have been thrown better no matter whose name you mention.

Then again, based on so many 300-yard games already, the name on the jersey is being rendered irrelevant. Which could be a good omen for the Redskins and Grossman - especially against Arizona.