After battling early season struggles, Rex Grossman is back as the Redskins starting quarterback. ESPN analyst Doug Gottlieb had Grossman on his radio show earlier this week to discuss the Redskins season thus far and their upcoming game against the New York Jets this Sunday.
The New York Jets head into Sunday with a 6-5 record, and are two games behind the AFC East division leading New England Patriots. For the Jets, Sunday’s game is considered a must-win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Does this put the Redskins in the role of spoiler? Rex Grossman doesn’t think s0.
When you’re so focused in practice on playing well and getting ready for the Jets you don’t ever worry about playing spoiler or anything like that. It’s way too early in the season to start thinking about that. You want to go out there and play well for yourself, for your teammates, for your coaches, and fans and you just want to get some positive momentum.
Spoiler or not, Grossman said he is just trying to go out every Sunday and have fun.
Football is fun. It’s extremely fun to go out there and throw touchdown passes and succeed, and win and do all that. The last couple of week s we have really been playing for each other and playing just to go out and have fun and enjoy it, and that’s our biggest motivation right now.
Not all hope for the playoffs might be lost though. Earlier in the year, Gottlieb had St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday on the show when his team was 10 games out of the playoff chase. At the time, Holliday told Gottlieb that his team would come back and make the playoffs.
History would show that Holliday’s prediction was correct, as Holliday’s Cardinals made the playoffs and eventually won the 2011 World Series.
Despite the provocation, Grossman wasn’t ready to make any bold predictions, keeping his focus on Sunday’s game.
We’ve got a lot of football ahead of us, but we are really just focusing on the Jets and trying to create an identity for the team and be a consistent football team.
Consistency will be key for the Redskins on Sunday if they are going to get their second win streak of the season going.
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