Yesterday, Rex Grossman re-signed with the Redskins. My quick-twitch thinking was that the move made sense. Grossman already knows the offense, and if the golden child isn’t ready to start on Day 1 (or if he goes down with some sort of injury), Grossman can hold down the fort until RG3 is ready to go/return.
For his career, Rex Grossman has thrown more INT’s than TD’s, which is particularly bad considering he has thrown 1562 passes. Typically, when you’re ineffective that long in the NFL, you get handed a clipboard. Grossman has gotten an inordinate number of chances to start, despite his repeated poor play.
There are 9 QB’s in the NFL with at least 900 career pass attempts that have more INT’s than TD’s:
|QB||Career Attempts||TD||INT||Current team|
|Kyle Boller||1519||48||54||Free agent|
|Derek Anderson||1436||53||55||Free agent|
|Vince Young||1304||46||51||Free agent|
|JP Losman||952||33||34||Free agent|
That’s a lot of junk. Only David Carr has more career passes among that group, which makes sense, since he was the first overall pick in the 2002 draft, and had a longer leash than most QB’s otherwise might. Four of the above players don’t even have a team, and one of them, Trent Edwards, is sort of being viewed as 4th on the depth chart for a team that only has 2 other QB’s currently on the roster.
A backup that turns the ball over isn’t ideal, obviously, but that’s especially true for a team like the Redskins that has a really good defense. Personally, I’d prefer a player that makes safe decisions and keeps me in the game. If you look around at the other backup QB options in free agency around the NFL, the pickings are slim, so I don’t completely blame the Skins for bringing Rex back on a 1 year deal. It’s not like the Skins are going to realistically complete for a Super Bowl this season anyway, in my opinion.
The Skins need to eventually develop a competent backup. It’s noteworthy that John Beck remains under contract as well in Washington, by the way. He’ll make $1.3 million in 2012. If I’m the Skins, I’m releasing him immediately. There’s no way I’m paying my 3 that kind of money, especially being so close up against the cap. In addition to drafting RG3, I’m also looking to draft another QB that I can begin to groom as RG3 insurance.