Grossman’s first start since ’08 a stunner

Posted Dec. 19, 2010 @ 6:08 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

When the Redskins announced they would start QB Rex Grossman this week over Donovan McNabb, the thought was that the passing game would take a step back. That could not have been any more incorrect.

Making his first start since 2008 Sunday, Grossman had Washington's offense moving as well as it has all season, tearing apart the Cowboys for 322 yards and four TDs in a narrow defeat. Despite barely playing this season, the former Bear had one of the best games of his career, leading many to wonder why head coach Mike Shanahan didn't make the move earlier.

Not a fit for Shanahan's offense, McNabb had tossed only 14 TDs all season and just twice had thrown for multiple scores in a game. Grossman, meanwhile, did it the first time out and helped top targets like Santana Moss, Chris Cooley and Anthony Armstrong have big outings when their owners most needed it. His day was far from perfect — he threw two interceptions and lost a fumble — but it was a prolific performance that would have been a major lift to anyone who started him.

With a matchup against the Jaguars' wretched pass defense on the horizon next week, Grossman suddenly becomes a recommended fantasy pickup, as he should be able to light up the Jacksonville secondary. With a few more big outings, he very well could be the favorite to start for the 'Skins in 2011.