Scout's Notebook: Redskins QB Rex Grossman

Posted Dec. 29, 2010 @ 2:54 p.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

QB Rex Grossman
Washington Redskins

Height: 6-1 Weight: 236 Speed: 5.29

Notes: Married. Grandfather played briefly for the Baltimore Colts and father played at Indiana. Parade All-American and state offensive player of the Year as an Indiana prep. Redshirted in 1999. Playing in head coach Steve Spurrier's offense, Grossman started 31-of-35 games over the course of 2000-02, completing 677-of-1,110 pass attempts for 9,164 yards with 77 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Finished second in the '01 Heisman Trophy balloting after being named AP National Player of the Year and a finalist for three other major awards. A three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection, Grossman established 18 UF passing records before opting to forgo his senior season. Was drafted by the Bears in the first round (22nd overall) of the '03 draft. Over six seasons in Chicago (2003-08), started 31-of-36 games in which he played and totaled 518-953-6,131-33-35 (54.4). Tore a tendon in his right (throwing) middle finger in the '03 season finale, suffered a season-ending ruptured right ACL in September '04 and broke his left ankle during the '05 preseason, allowing Kyle Orton to take over the job. Reclaimed starting spot in '06 (made 16 starts), but was benched in favor of Brian Griese in '07 and backed up Orton in '08. Was not tendered as an unrestricted free agent and signed with the Texans in '09 — completed 3-9-33-0-1 (33.3) in one appearance. Has started 2-of-3 games in which he has played for the Redskins this season, managing 48-89-548-5-3 (53.9).

Positives: Has a very strong arm and a quick delivery that he can hasten in the pocket. Can fit the ball into tight windows and drill the deep out. Fires the ball downfield and can create explosive big plays. Is very confident. Gritty and meshes well with the offensive line. Carries a swagger and has a strong on-field presence. Highly competitive and wants the ball in his hands when the game is on the line. Can take hard coaching, has learned to become a better student of the game and work at his craft.

Negatives: Is short and throws wide-based, lowering his release point. Struggles to find throwing lanes in the pocket behind the Redskins' tall O-line, resulting in too many batted balls. Has small hands and consistently botches the center-snap exchange and loses the ball, as he did on Halloween to lose against Detroit. Risky decision maker with a riverboat gambler approach — has a subpar 38-39 career TD-interception ratio and is too careless with the ball. Very marginal escapability against the rush — takes a lot of hits as a result, increasing the risk of injury. Does not step into his throws, short-arms the ball and fires too much off his back foot, affecting ball placement and diminishing his accuracy. Struggles to take pace off the ball and throw with touch long and short. Very suspect durability.

Summary: The Redskins have attempted to move Grossman outside the pocket on play-action and bootleg passes to create throwing lanes and compensate for his lack of height and field vision. However, he has zero foot quickness, can be tracked down like he is stuck in mud, and his mechanics fall apart the more he is asked to move. Operates best out of the gun and needs a strong offensive line and receivers who will attack the ball in the air to function. Careless decision making, marginal accuracy and poor escapability will always be restricing. Is too short and slow-footed to stay healthy, and durability issues make him most ideally suited for a relief role. A capable backup with no upside, Grossman has proven too inconsistent and injury-prone to handle a starting job in any type of offense.