The Washington Redskins are not in the same division as the New York Jets, but that did not stop me from laughing out loud at quarterback Rex Grossman’s recent comments to Comcast Sports Net. Grossmans’s statements appeared in an article on ESPN.com and here is the gist of what the dude had to say:
“We’re fine being the sleepers right now,” Grossman said Tuesday in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. “You know, we’re just waiting in the wings, ready to take over the NFC East. Nobody’s talking about us. That’s right where we want to be. You look at us from top to bottom out here, there’s a bunch of great players. And we don’t need people saying we’re the best right now, but when it’s all said and done, I really feel like this team’s gonna win the East.”
Of course my, and just about everyone else’s immediate reaction was ARE. YOU. SERIOUS? You know you play for the Redskins, right?
But before I get into all the reasons why this might be the most ridiculous thing I have ever hear, I’ll throw the guy a bone. Just for a second.
There is a little something to be said about a quarterback who is confident enough to think that his team can win it all. As a coach, that is obviously something you want, right? I would also like to point out the fact that Grossman did lead the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl 5 years ago. Fine. Congratulations. But let’s be serious: It was 5 years ago.
This has got to be one of the most moronic statements in the history of all moronic statements.
So now that I have played “devil’s advocate” let’s examine the facts.
We aren’t really talking specifically about Rex Grossman and whether he is a good or a bad quarterback (we haven’t even discussed whether or not he will be the starting quarterback the entire season). We are talking about the Washington Redskins, as a whole.
ESPN recently released their pre-season football rankings. The Redskins landed at #29, predicting they will finish the season with a 6-10 record. Am I the only one who thinks that is being generous? Apparently I am not. I asked around and 100% of people took the under on that 6-10 prediction. In fact, 4-12 seems more reasonable. Last time I checked, Rex, 4-12 (or 6-10 for that matter) was hardly enough to win anyone a division (even in the NFC “Worst”).
In addition to their absolutely abismal draft (seriously..what was that?), the Redskins had an equally offensive free-agency. 2011 was their chance to really go for it. Due to the new collective bargaining agreement, the ‘Skins were forced to spend almost $60 million towards the salary cap. And they have nothing to show for it. They basically re-signed Santana Moss (who has, let’s be honest, seen better days) and instead of going after some other high profile targets for Grossman (or whoever they plan on using as quarterback) they signed 3 mediocre receivers along with Tim Hightower. While the running game is just about the only part of the ‘Skins offense I would put any stock into (and that isn’t saying much), it’s not going to single handedly win you an NFC Divisional Title.
Lastly, and this is what I am really wondering: Does Rex Grossman even know what other teams play in his division? He is talking about having a better record than the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants (who don’t look so good themselves) and the Philadelphia Eagles (who, according to one Mr. Vince Young are the NFL’s “Dream Team”). Good luck.
On top of ALL of this, there is owner Dan Snyder, who is silently campaigning for Worst NFL Owner of the Decade. He clearly just doesn’t care about winning. So, Rex, honey, I appreciate the enthusiasm but didn’t your mommy teach you never to make promises you can’t keep?
Although many people dislike fake Twitter accounts, I think this one summed it up best:
@TheFakeESPN: RexGrossman retracts his prediction of Redskins winning NFC East title after media reminds him he plays for the Redskins.
You can only laugh.