With yesterday’s win, Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman improved his record to 4-4 as a starter this season. After the game, he couldn’t keep the excitement out of his voice, as he heaped praise on his biggest offensive playmakers.
“It was awesome today,” he said, fighting back a big smile.
On running back Roy Helu:
“He had some hard runs that aren’t always on the highlight reel, but kept us in third-and-manageable, or second-and-four,” he said. “We were able to pick up first downs and move the ball. And then, to see that, that was one of the most impressive runs I’ve ever seen, to just hurdle somebody and keep on moving–that was awesome. That was the play that really got us going in the fourth quarter and made us able to win.”
Rex has been around some quality running backs in Chicago and Washington, but Helu’s 28-yard track meet was one of the best.
On receiver Anthony Armstrong:
“Well, we had a double go on the outside with Santana working over the middle,” Grossman recalled about his 50-yard bomb to Armstrong. “We had seven-man protection and they were dropping eight, bringing only three.”
Seven blockers vs. three pass rushers is usually considered to be an advantage. Grossman had to time make his read and launch a pass to the end zone.
“I saw that they didn’t have help over the top of Anthony Armstrong, one of the fastest guys in the NFL,” he said. “So I tried to buy him enough time to eat up the cushion on the defender, and eventually blow by him. Pre-snap, I saw that look, and I was going to him all the way, it was just a matter of time, to buy him time to clear that defender and put it in a spot where he could go get it.”
“And, y’know, it worked.”
This is a passing attack that went into the season with some of the best raw speed in the NFL. According to his quarterback, Armstrong is among the most fleet of foot.
This game boiled down to who wanted it more in the fourth quarter. With the help of one of the fastest men in the NFL, and one of the best runs in the last 31 years, Rex and the Redskins got it done yesterday.
To hear more of Grossman’s commentary and how he was battling LeBron James at cornerback, make the jump:
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