The Redskins lost an ugly game last night and blame is being tossed around. If only punter Sav Rocca didn't bobble that snap. If only D-coordinator Jim Haslett left just one man in deep zone coverage on 3rd-and-21 (also three all-out blitzes in a row, really?). And of course my biggest gripe, if only quarterback Rex Grossman tucked in the ball to run.
I know what some of you are thinking. The gall of me to believe the "Rex Machine" would know how to tuck and run. He's not a running back, nor is he a receiver, so where would he have received this training? Chicago never asked him to do this and he got them to the Super Bowl, dammit.
If there's anything Grossman has consistently proven in his eight year career, it's that his brain goes numb under pressure. Besides a few ill-advised throws last night that probably should've been interceptions, Grossman managed to keep his reputation alive by fumbling it on the final drive to potentially win the game. Why do I pick on him so much?
Tuck the ball in!
He's scrambling, has no open receivers downfield, is committed to running and yet holds the ball one-handed like he's Michael Vick thinking he can just outrun somebody. I would accept that from a rookie, or even John Beck in a few cases, but this is a veteran QB! What leaves coaches and fans most conflicted is he can make all the throws. At times, Grossman looks stellar threading the needle and gunning it deep. He's shown flashes and it seems like all he needs to do is slow things down mentally and he'll be alright. But he isn't.
It's easy to see that Grossman isn't the answer at QB for Washington or any other team. Whatever hopes people might have of him changing his ways should be shooed away. Staying true to the Grossman standard, he now has five touchdowns and five turnovers (easily could've been more) for the season.
Though it would be imprudent to switch to Beck now (they're both placeholders for our newly drafted QB next year really), Rex Grossman needs to grow up and think about what kind of legacy he wants to leave behind. A dumb, talented kid who makes rookie mistakes in his eighth year, or a bona fide pro who's grown up and taken two different teams to the Super Bowl?