Skins QB Rex Grossman: Can He Handle the Toughest Job in Washington?

Greg StarddardContributor IIIOctober 3, 2011

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 2:  Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on October 2, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

Talk about the hot seat for Rex Grossman.

The only one with a hotter seat at Redskins Park is Coach Mike Shanahan.

The quarterback of the Washington Redskins is a more important job than Speaker of the House or Majority Leader, it seems. It's a big deal. If Grossman doesn't realize that, he will shortly.  Now that the he's the bona fide starter, his life is about to change.

I gotta tell ya, a lot of people have tried to be the quarterback of the Washington Redskins.

Hazard duty dude. The legends are still around. Joe Theisman. Sonny Jurgenson.  You'll still see them around town. That's only part of the pressure for a new QB in this town. Big Shoes to follow.

We know a little bit about Grossman. Seems like a good dude though. Big. Strong. Confident. He's not afraid to speak his mind occasionally, and I like that. Don't know if he can keep the job, but he has it. And he expects to be there throughout the season.

You've got to admit, it's quite a gamble for the franchise. You're giving the keys to the team to a signal caller who hasn't done much. He got the Bears to the Super Bowl, but we all remember how that ended. Now he's quarterbacking another storied franchise.

Seems to me, if you're really serious about winning, the team would've invested in a franchise quarterback. Grossman is a decent backup. A starter? I'm not so sure.

I'll be honest. I don't think Grossman has a chance long term this year. Too much pressure. Too many expectations. The media, the former players, the fans, and everyone else will dissect his every move.  His every pass.  His every play.

For any quarterback in this town, it's a matter of being measured against those who won a Super Bowl. Theisman, Doug Williams, and Mark Rypen are royalty in D.C.  Grossman will learn everything that he does will be compared to them. It's not fair, but welcome to NFL season in the Nation's Capitol.

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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He's gotten off to a great start.  You can't deny that.  But even in victory, there are the haters. Comcast Sports Net Washington's Brian Mitchell says Grossman has some issues. Mitchell's analysis is to be respected.  He's the second all time NFL leader in all purpose yards.  He knows what he's talking about.  Been here. Done that.

He has concerns about Grossman.

The Skins QB had interception issues late in the game against the Rams.  But Quarterback Sam Bradford couldn't capitalize.  He had the opportunities and great field position, but the Rams don't have the talent.  Therefore, Grossman's late game miscues didn't prove to be disastrous.  It did against the Dallas Cowboys, when he was slapped from behind as he scrambled and fumbled the ball.

I guess what B-Mitch is saying is, don't order the Super Bowl tickets just yet. Hold on partner.  It seems critics just don't have the confidence in Grossman. At least not yet. I gotta admit, late in the game it's always in the back of my mind if he's gonna pull a "Romo." You know, drop the ball. Throw a pick. Get sacked for a big loss that takes them out of field goal position.  

You get the picture.

The thing is.  Everybody in Washington wants to see Grossman succeed.  He's a nice guy. Very calm. Stays out of trouble. Says all the right things, win or lose. He wears the QB crown very well here in the Nations' Capitol. He's a likable guy and people want to get behind him. But in this town popularity for the Skins signal caller depends on wins and losses.

B-Mitch doesn't seem convinced. Even with the Skins very impressive play so far,  it feels like folks are waiting for the other shoe to drop. They're holding their collective breath because of Grossman's play late in the fourth quarter. Many don't want to celebrate too soon.

I've always wondered why Coach Shanahan didn't draft a late round quarterback in the last draft.

Why not pick up a kid and groom him if you truly believe in Grossman, John Beck, Donovan McNabb, or whatever flavor of the month he and son Kyle wanted to have at the moment. They've certainly had a lot of movement in the position the past year and half.

McNabb was declared the quarterback of the future when Shanahan signed him. We all know how that turned out. John Beck was up next. Nothing but kind words for Beck during the off season. But somebody forgot to tell Grossman. He wasn't fazed by the Beck love-fest. Next thing we know, Grossman's the starter and not Beck.

Grossman's played his tail off so far. He's answered the critics, but the critics ain't tryin' to hear that. You feel me? It's a little unfair, but hey, if the Skins had a good, solid young quarterback on the roster, he could be learning and watching. A missed opportunity for the Skins if you ask me. If things don't work out are they turning to Beck? He Looks solid, but hasn't played in a regular season game in how long?

Look, I don't know how this is gonna turn out with Grossman and the Skins, but they got out the box pretty quick and they haven't looked this good in several years.  

Unfortunately the jury is still out. Few are willing to commit all the way with the Skins despite their winning ways so far. I have only one question: How far will Grossman take them?