Yesterday, Redskins free agent quarterback Rex Grossman talked to Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan on SiriusXM’s ‘Movin’ The Chains,’ to discuss his past and future in Washington.
Grossman confirmed that he would like to return to Washington for a third season, citing a franchise with history and tradition, a passionate fan base, and a coaching staff focused on success as his motivating factors.
But perhaps most importantly, Grossman mentioned that with a few more pieces and consistent play, the Redskins are “not that far away” from success.
This is what he describes as his “dream scenario”:
We’re not that far off. Y’know, if we can come together and stay healthy, and add a few pieces…just the Redskins as a team–whether I’m there or not–they’re just not that far off.
A few playmakers here and there on offense and defense, and consistent play, and just staying alive. Y’know, 9-7 won our division, and that team won the Super Bowl.
Grossman makes a good point. The NFL is king of parity, as half of the 2011 playoff teams sat at home last season. The Giants were one of those teams, after finishing 10-6 in 2010. In 2011, they won one fewer game, took the division, ran the table in the playoffs, and won the Super Bowl.
Welcome to the NFL.
In the NFL, you’re just not that far away. Y’know, it’s not like basketball or baseball where the worst team has no shot–you’re just not that far away. And I think that everybody at Redskins Park is kinda feeling that way after watching a team that we swept win the Super Bowl.
In other words, the NFL salary cap keeps things competitive and interesting. Of the six new teams in the postseason this year, five had losing records last year, with three of them finishing at 4-12. In one season, they were able to acquire the proper pieces to have a winning season and make the playoffs.
This is a critical offseason for both the Redskins and Grossman, and he acknowledges that they may not be in each other’s plans. But with that in mind, Grossman believes in the Redskins ability to compete in 2012, and hopes that he’s here to be a part of it.