Mike Shanahan: See, I told you that Grossman kid can play

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19: Quarterback Rex Grossman  of the Washington Redskins during play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Boy, do I have egg on my face. Silly me for thinking Rex Grossman would go out and completely make an ass of himself as Donovan McNabb sits on the sidelines for no reason. Turns out Grossman is super, super awesome.

All right, so maybe not. But he was good on Sunday in Dallas.

Grossman completed 25-of-43 passes for 322 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in the Skins’ 33-30 loss to the Cowboys, but he was far from perfect. He put his team behind the 8-ball with a poorly thrown interception in the first quarter and he showed some rust after not playing in a couple years. He was also facing a Dallas secondary that was comprised of three scarecrows and a turned-over bucket, so it probably wasn’t difficult for him to move the ball with regularity.

That said, nobody can deny that he performed better than McNabb did at any point this season. Considering Grossman threw for four touchdowns with the same group that McNabb has been working with all season, it shows you how bad the former Eagle has struggled this season. The Skins’ 30 points was a season high for them and regardless of who they were playing, it’s impressive that Grossman was the one who led them to their highest scoring output of the year.

Grossman now gets two more games to prove that he can compete in Mike and Kyle Shanahan’s offense next season. While it’s imperative that the Redskins draft a quarterback for the future, if Grossman continues to play well at least they’ll have a veteran on the roster that’s comfortable running the offense. It wouldn’t surprise anyone if Grossman was a disaster over these next two weeks, but kudos to him for rising up on Sunday when everyone thought he would fail miserably. He gave the Skins a chance to win and that’s all Shanahan could ask for.

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