The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Washington Redskins on Monday Night Football 18-16 to create a three-way tie atop the NFC East with the New York Giants. The Cowboys won without scoring a single touchdown.
In the last minute of the game, Rex Grossman had the opportunity to lead the Redskins down the field to put them in position to win. The drive started out fine, but then Rex had a typical, well, Rex Grossman moment that proves why the Skins still cannot trust him.
With about 28 seconds left in regulation, Grossman felt the pressure of the Cowboys D-line and rolled out to his weak side. He then proceeded to hold the ball for a few seconds too long, with the end result being Anthony Spencer stripping Rex for a sack-fumble to practically end the game.
The problem is, this is a result that we are accustomed to seeing from Grossman. Time and time again he has cost his team football games. Yes, he has had some good moments, but he has followed those up with a lot of bad ones.
Grossman has not played consistent football during his tenure as a starting quarterback in the NFL and has yet to prove to he can be a solid starter. I have a hard time believing that Rex will ever be a legit starting quarterback with this being his eighth year in the league.
When the game is on the line, you need your QB to be able to respond to critical situations and lead his team to victory. That includes being smart with the football, which Grossman is not a majority of the time.
On the second-down play in which Grossman fumbled, he just needed to throw the ball away and live another play. Rex has been unable to make the big play his team needed, which is why he spent a few years as a backup quarterback. The Redskins still had one timeout, 28 seconds, and only needed about 20 yards to get into field goal range.
Grossman has to be smart and play situational football. Go out there and manage the game, don't lose it for your team. With multiple trips to the red zone, we should have mustered more than one touchdown. That falls on Rex. A team should not win a game by kicking nothing but field goals.
The Redskins defense did their part by keeping the Cowboys out of the end zone. Rex needs to get his offense into the end zone by capitalizing on plays in the red zone and scoring touchdowns. Making plays and leading your team to victory is what separates the good QBs from the elite ones.
While the Redskins are still 2-1 on the season, Grossman is going to have to play consistent and smart football in order for the Skins to stay competitive in the division. We'll see how Rex is able to bounce back at home Sunday against the woeful St. Louis Rams.
Grossman's performance Sunday will go a long way to determining his progression as a signal-caller. For now, until he can display that he can be a solid and effective starter, the Redskins cannot trust Rex Grossman.