QB Rex Grossman - Free Agent
|6-1, 217||Born: 8-23-1980||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2003|
2011 Week 1 vs NYG (21 / 34 / 305 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman had a very solid day that makes head coach Mike Shanahan look very smart for making him the starter. Grossman started off shakey as he was hit often and threw many incompletions. Grossman overthrew a wide open Gaffney deep also but things started to click for the man who looks to have revitalised his career in Washington. Grossman showed he had great chemistry with his recievers. His passes looked almost flawless at times as he threw all of the route tree to numerous Washington recievers and kept the Giant defense guessing and unable to stop him. Grossman had a gunslinger mentality and got huge chunks of yards down the field rather than a dink and dunk approach. He shot many high but catchable passes over the middle and threw perfect in stride passes to his recievers on in/out routes all day. Grossman was let down by his recievers at times by drops. Gaffney had one and WR Armstrong had two drops including a huge downfield pass which was dissapointing at the time. Lucky for Grossman, it did not matter. The only flaw in his game reared its ugly head towards the end as poor ball security led to a fumble inside the Redskins own half which the Giants could not capitalize on. Grossman was more than efficient and stated his case to remain QB of the Redskins.
2011 Week 2 vs ARI (25 / 43 / 291 / 2 / 2 pass, 4 / -5 / 0 rush)
Grossman was able to move the ball well all day, but turned it over twice in key situations, making this game closer than it needed to be, although one of the picks was not his fault. He had good protection, was decisive, and spread the ball around to keep the defense off balance. His greatest strength was actually the running game. When it was firing on all cylinders, he was able to take full advantage with a decent play action, which was called several times with success. Grossman never looked like a superstar, he was just slow-and-steady, with excellent composure under pressure. One great example: He was able to get a screen pass off accurately as a defender was literally in mid-air diving toward him. Grossman's deficiencies did show late in the game, as he did have trouble against the nickel defense. He trusts his receivers and take chances - a double edged sword - and he spreads the ball around well. The coaches trusted him to go for it on fourth down in the red zone down eight in the fourth quarter when they could have just settled for a field goal, and Grossman delivered with a touchdown throw to Santana Moss. The key to his success are a balanced attack and the fact that he has 3-4 reliable targets to choose from on any given play.
2011 Week 3 vs DAL (22 / 37 / 250 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Grossman's final fumble on a blindside hit by Anthony Spencer will get a lot of talk this week, as many will wonder if the "old" Rex Grossman is returning. In fairness, Rex wasn't that bad. The Cowboys defense has played pretty well this season and kept the pressure on him all night. And while he does have a couple options, Grossman doesn't really have any bigtime playmakers on offense. He played ok, aside from one errant throw, and had his team in position to win the game, had it not been for a long Dallas drive at the end. When Grossman got the ball back with no time left, he immediately got Dallas out to midfield, but then DC Ryan turned up the heat, and Grossman ended the game by fumbling the ball and turning it over. There's no need to panic in Washington, as Grossman isn't the major problem on this team. A lack of firepower will eventually be the undoing in Washington. Grossman for the most part completed most of his passes, found the open man and had a solid game until the very end.
2011 Week 4 vs STL (15 / 29 / 143 / 1 / 2 pass, 5 / 2 / 0 rush)
Grossman's day was a microcosm of his career, a few good plays and a couple very, very bad decisions. Today's game started out almost tailor made for him a lot of passes and bootlegs called to get him into a rhythm. The way Rex went through his progressions it almost seemed painful for him, in a day where the receivers were running open most of the day. The highlight of the day was a great touch pass to Santana Moss in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard touchdown showing the talent and chemistry the two have with each other. For the most part Grossman was never really pressured. Fantasy football owners need to be reminded that this situation is fluid meaning he didn't make the plays needed to change the game for the Redskins. The Rams secondary is bad and when passes where completed the plays where rarely contested. Grossman failed to stretch the field and be aggressive all day. The two interceptions thrown one bounced right off the hands of Santana Moss directly into the Rams defenders hands. The second was all on Rex Grossman a very bad play call mixed with a very forced throw on play action directly to James Laurinaitis.
2011 Week 6 vs PHI (9 / 22 / 143 / 0 / 4 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Whereas Vick looked bothered by the pressure, Grossman looked downright skittish. Even when he wasn't being pressured he had happy feet in the pocket and made poor decisions. After a couple of short passes to start, Grossman made his first mental mistake on a deep ball to Fred Davis in double coverage. The throw was actually on target, but there was just too much traffic and the Eagles had their first interception of the day. The first drive of the 2nd quarter wasn't much better as Grossman overthrew Roy Helu on one throw and threw the ball into the hands of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie on the next. Luckily for Grossman, Cromartie dropped this INT. The next time Grossman decided to look deep, the result was the same but the reason much different. Jabar Gaffney had a step or two on his defender but Grossman threw the ball well short. While the first pick was a decent throw with poor judgment, here Grossman simply underthrew an open WR. On the next drive Grossman threw high to Santana Moss on a 4 yard pass and the boo birds let him hear it, but Moss's body language said so much more. The only target Grossman was able to consistently hit was Fred Davis who mostly took 2-3 yard throws and turned them into 10+ yard gains. Grossman's first completion to a WR came with 1:38 left in the half and it was again underthrown to Donte Stallworth. He should have been picked off a third time on a deep ball to Santana Moss but the Eagles' DB dropped the pass. On his final play of the half, the only thing he couldn't do was turn the ball over or take a sack and he took a sack after having plenty of time to go through his progressions. Grossman started the second half with a really good throw deep off a flea flicker, but then on an out to Santana Moss overthrew him terribly and the 'Skins had to settle for another field goal. With 7:15 left in the third quarter his defense gave him of gift, with a possession starting at the Eagles 18. On the second play of the drive Grossman went to Davis one too many times in traffic and was picked off for the third time. Upon getting the ball back Grossman threw his 4th pick on a deep ball to Gaffney and it would be his last throw of the game (season?).
2011 Week 10 vs MIA (21 / 32 / 215 / 0 / 2 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
He was a mix of good and bad and the bad was unfortunately what most will look at. The truth is he had a very limited running game to help him set up the pass but Grossman was effective on play action for most of the day. His 1st interception was not all his fault as Hankerson is a rookie and learning but that's why you gotta put the ball on the money. And considering that Hankerson had a pretty terrific all around day you have to place some of the burden on Grossman. Rex was 4 for 4 to start the game and looked sharp before the interception. He started running for his life at times and was sacked a bunch on the day. His 2nd interception was very badly timed as Washington was driving down 13-9 and he tried to connect with Gaffney but he stars down his receivers and Karlos Dansby was happy to pick that pass off. Rex was able to get the ball down the field better than Beck has done but he also has ill timed interceptions as he now has 6 TD and 11 interceptions on the season.
2011 Week 11 vs DAL (25 / 38 / 289 / 2 / 1 pass, 3 / 10 / 1 rush)
Despite a couple mistakes, Grossman had a very solid day. The numbers look pretty good, and so did Rex. Early on, Grossman and the Redskins were trying the play-action, but the Dallas defense wasn't falling for it, as they didn't respect the run at all. Grossman missed a couple passes, and really floated an out to Gaffney, but after that he settled into a nice groove. In the 2nd quarter, he hit David Andersen for a 22 yard pass on a wheel route, and then a few plays later ran a QB draw up the middle for a touchdown. Then after getting the ball in great field position, he closed out the first half by hitting Jabar Gaffney for a 16 yard touchdown. Gaffney made a great move, wiggled away from a defender and caught a perfectly delivered strike by Grossman. Then Grossman started the 3rd quarter by continuing his hot play. He fired another ball to Gaffney on the right sideline for 28, had a beautiful play-action pass that finally worked, hitting Fred Davis for a tough 28 yard catch and run, and then threw a beautiful fade pass to Anthony Armstrong in the back of the endzone for what could have been a touchdown, but Alan Ball made a great play to get just a piece of it, and Armstrong couldn't pull it in, though he probably should have caught it. As the game went on, Grossman's hot streak wore off, and a horrible throw on playaction was intercepted by Scandrick. When Grossman got the ball with just about 5 minutes left and 90 yards to go, it seemed unlikely that Washington had a chance. But Grossman led an amazing drive, going 90 minutes for a TD. He started the drive with a 20 yard playaction pass to Stallworth, who became his big receiver towards the end of the game. Then he hit Gaffney on a 15 yard out to get into range. Finally with 14 seconds left, he dropped a fade pass right into the arms of Stallworth for a HUGE touchdown, which tied the game and sent it into overtime. In overtime, Grossman picked up where he left off, firing a ball to Stallworth and then hitting Gaffney for 12 yards as the Skins entered field goal territory. On third and 7 though, Grossman couldn't get Washington any closer and he took a 1 yard sack, forcing Graham Gano into a long field goal try, that didn't go in. It's too bad for Grossman, because he really played well in this one. But it is something to build on for the Redskins.
2011 Week 12 vs SEA (26 / 35 / 314 / 2 / 2 pass, 5 / -1 / 0 rush)
Grossman showed good touch and timing early on. He was obviously thrilled to have Santana Moss back as he targeted him on 3 of his first 5 throws and routinely throughout the day. However, it was Moss that dropped a perfectly thrown deep ball on the Skins first drive. Grossman also had a good connection with TE Fred Davis on the first drive, hitting him first with a beautifully thrown 31 yard pass and then a much easier 2 yard touchdown pass. The touchdown came off play-action and due to terrible coverage was a relatively easy throw. Grossman looked most comfortable when rolling out left or right as it kept the Seahawks pass rush at bay. His first interception came on a pass to Gaffney that was just a little too soft and slightly behind the receiver as he streaked across the field. He threw a very similar ball on his next throw, but this time Gaffney had cleared his man by 10 yards and was able to slow to make the catch. Gaffney cost Grossman a TD later in the drive, stepping out of bounds in the middle of his route before he caught the negated TD pass. Later in the same drive, Grossman threw a pretty nice fade route to Gaffney, who only got one hand up and saw it bounce off his hand. On his first throw of the third quarter, Grossman again went deep for Moss, who fell down. It probably wouldn't have mattered as there were three Seahawks in the vicinity and one of them easily picked it off. Grossman spent most of the rest of the third quarter with defenders in his face and very little success. A switch flipped in the 4th and Grossman was back on fire. Grossman completed 7 of 9 passes in the 4th quarter including a 50 yard bomb to Anthony Armstrong for the go ahead score. It was single coverage, and he gave his receiver a chance to make a play. Grossman started and finished the game extremely well and in the end there was more good than bad.
2011 Week 13 vs NYJ (19 / 46 / 221 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Coming off a good outing against the Seattle Seahawks, Grossman struggled against a fired up Jets defense. The low point came when he was sacked by former Bills and current Jets linebacker Aaron Maybin and fumbled the ball. The turnover led to a Jets touchdown. Grossman's receivers were pretty well blanketed all day and the quarterback found himself sacked twice, hit multiple times and generally pressured quite often. Once the Jets locked down tight end Fred Davis, Grossman was out of targets and out of time.
2011 Week 14 vs NE (19 / 32 / 252 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman was under constant pressure throughout this game, but did fairly well in response, keeping the Redskins alive all the way down to their last possession. The day began inauspiciously, though, for Grossman and the Redskins when he held on to the ball a beat too long and was hit from behind in the end zone. The hit jarred the ball loose and it was recovered in the end zone for a TD by the Patriots, opening the scoring. Grossman looked good on play action passing, doing most of his damage feeding off of the solid running game of RB Roy Helu. He used play action to open up former Florida Gator teammate WR Jabar Gaffney for the Skins' first TD. He had trouble a couple of times getting rid of the ball on time, resulting in sacks and the critical opening score of the game. Grossman also was bailed out of a critical INT by a roughing the passer penalty, but only managed to keep the Redskins in FG range to take a 3-point lead late in the first half. Grossman would tie the game in the 3rd quarter, hitting WR David Anderson on a 6-yard TD pass to answer a score on the Patriots' first possession of the second half. Grossman made some quality throws down the stretch under pressure as the Redskins attempted a late comeback, but it would ultimately end in disappointment as Washington would make one final, critical error. After seemingly tossing the game-tying TD pass to WR Santana Moss (the TD was nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty on Moss), Grossman completed a quick pass to get some of the penalty yardage back. On the next play, though, he completed a short crossing route to Moss, but before he could completely secure the catch, the ball was punched out and intercepted by LB Jerod Mayo, ending the Redskins' chances.
2011 Week 15 vs NYG (15 / 24 / 185 / 1 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Pretty rough start as he was intercepted twice in the 1st quarter on long pass attempts. The reality is they were just like a punt except in the stat column for owners. Grossman doesn't seem to get bogged down when he throws interceptions and he continued to march Washington down the field going on a very long drive to close the 1st quarter and enter the 2nd quarter culminating with a 20 yard TD strike to Santa Moss. He held his composure and despite several mistakes managed to lead the Skins to a victory. Washington coaches did a nice job of not asking Grossman to throw a lot more after they established a 23-3 lead going into the 4th quarter. Rex is a boom or bust pick if you need to use him at this stage. He'll make a few big plays, a few TDs but he also is prone to turnovers which relegate a lot of the positives with him.
2011 Week 16 vs MIN (26 / 41 / 284 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman had a decent day but had two costly turnovers in the game. The first was a sack-strip fumble early in the game that led to a Vikings field goal. Grossman did not feel the pressure in time, and he really held on to the ball too long on the play. The second was an awful interception, which he badly over threw his target late in the game. This too led to points from his opponent. He also had another badly thrown ball that should have been another interception but the defender dropped it. However Grossman seemed to have a good rapport with his number two receiver, WR Jabar Gaffney. Grossman found him in the end zone on a really nice throw and even better reception in the end zone. Grossman showed good patience on the play, pump faking and allowing his receiver a little time to get open for the score. Grossman had another long play to Gaffney that could have gone for a score but Gaffney just stepped out of bounds as he was trying to tight rope down the side line. Grossman tried to get the ball to his number one target, WR Santana Moss but Moss was well covered during the game. Grossman found Moss late in the game for a couple receptions in garbage time but other than that the duo was shut down. The Redskins ran the ball well, and the offense was most successful going through rookie RB Evan Royster in his NFL start. This seemed to lower Grossman's production but this was offset late in the game when the Redskins were forced to throw a ton to catch up and preserve the clock. All and all not a bad game from Grossman but not as good as the stats might show.
2011 Week 17 vs PHI (22 / 45 / 256 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rex Grossman had an overall poor game on Sunday vs. the Eagles with a depleted team that had very few weapons left. The Redskins played with an overall low sense of urgency and energy. Grossman was under constant pressure in this game from PHI front 7 and he got hit very frequently on his drop backs. A high number of his passes were impacted by the pressure as he was hit as soon as he released the ball and these passes fell to the dirt. Grossman also was looking to get rid of the ball in any way possible and threw deep targets that ended up nowhere near his receiver, likely as a tactic to avoid taking the sack. Grossman tried to hook up deep to WR Moss early in the game with a well thrown bomb over the middle but Moss could not make the play and it fell to the ground. Grossman also had a bizarre interception where the ball got batted and tipped into the air on a deep pass, ultimately getting picked off the Eagles DBs. He made a couple of nice throws over the middle to WR Moss against the blitz, after taking a good hit. Grossman's stat line was largely saved by a screen pass to RB Helu that was taken to the house. Helu caught the short pass and benefitted from an extremely well blocked play, weaving his way around the few defenders that were even in a position to try and make the tackle. PHI teed off on Grossman in passing situations and his lack of weapons in the passing game was evident as he forced the ball time and time again into WR Moss. He was not accurate from the pocket and had far too many incompletions as he threw the ball away wildly at times to avoid getting sacked.
2010 Week 8 vs DET (4 / 7 / 44 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman never should have been put into this game, and the decision to put him into the game was a poor knee - jerk decision by Mike Shanahan. He looked cold and out of sync in the offense and was expected to win the game and provide the fourth quarter comeback coming off the bench late, and after not having played in years. He managed some garbage time numbers, but his fumble for a DET touchdown wiped out any small chance the Redskins had at a comeback.
2010 Week 15 vs DAL (25 / 43 / 322 / 4 / 2 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Grossman started for the first time since 2008 and had an excellent game. More then Donovan McNabb (whom he replaced), Grossman made a number of crisp passes downfield in helping the Redskins storm back in to the game after falling behind 27-7. His best passes came on deep crossing patterns and sideline passes on hitch routes. Grossman showed excellent poise in the pocket and finally looked like his brain was working in sync with his indisputably strong arm. Grossman's best throw came on a touchdown to Santana Moss. On the play, Grossman correctly identified the rush coming from the right side of the line, took a quick three step drop, and rifled the ball to a single-covered Moss as he streaked to the middle of the field. Grossman did have a lost fumble and two interceptions (including one as the game was ending) but otherwise played well. His low completion percentage was as much a result of trying to throw the ball downfield as anything else as his passes were, for the most part, accurate throughout the game.
2010 Week 16 vs JAX (19 / 39 / 182 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Grossman reverted back to form after a nice game vs. Dallas last week make people think maybe he could become a better QB in Washington's offense. Grossman was off early and couldn't handle what pressure the Jags could muster. Grossman was victimized by multiple Chris Cooley drops in the first half, but he followed one with a TD pass on Fred Davis on play action. His first INT came on a ball to an open Santana Moss in the end zone (for a split second at least) that had too much air under it. Grossman found open receivers and delivered strikes when he had a clean pocket, but he went on tilt when he didn't. He did avoid some pressure by hitting checkdowns, but when they weren't available, his decisions were terrible, taking an unnecessary intentional grounding and otherwise looking unable to create anything on his own when the initial read wasn't there. To Grossman's credit, he did stick with Cooley and get him involved in the second half offense, and he clearly had good timing and chemistry with Moss, but he still looks more like a caretaker backup QB than a QB experiencing a career resurgence.
2010 Week 17 vs NYG (26 / 44 / 336 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
- Grossman had a very solid game throwing the ball but managed to undo a lot of his hard work but turnovers which have always been a flaw to his game and is the reason he was a backup for a long time. Grossman and the Redskins identified the region of the Giants they wanted to attack and did this early and often: the middle. Early in the game Grossman was not asked to do much as he threw short passes and handed the ball off a lot. The Redskins than began to open the playbook and attack the Giants secondary. Almost every time Grossman dropped back in the pocket, his passes were directed over the middle of the field and he had great success with this game plan. Time after time Grossman found all of his weapons running free in the secondary over the linebackers and converted third downs again and again, leading to long and productive drives. Grossman really got bogged down every time he got to the redzone however, fumbling and losing the ball twice and having a lot of passes batted down at the line of scrimmage as he is not a very tall QB. Grossman felt the rush well and moved wisely out of the pocket when he had to except when he was in the redzone it seemed. Twice a Giants DE knocked the ball loose and killed WAS drives. Grossman also made a poor decision, throwing a pass late to the outside which was easily intercepted by a Giants LB who, lucky for Grossman, was not able to return it very far. Grossman did have a spectacular play deep to Armstrong, throwing perfectly in front of him and making it a very easy touchdown catch. He was efficient and tore up the Giants secondary between the 20's and between the hash marks but really came up short in the redzone and it cost his team.
2009 Week 13 vs JAX (3 / 9 / 33 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)
Rex Grossman replaced Matt Schaub in the first quarter after Schaub was driven in to the turf by Derrick Harvey and had to leave the game. Grossman threw one interception on a ball that likely should have been caught but was instead deflected to a defender. He was ineffctive as a passer finishing with only three completions in nine tries before going back to the bench when Matt Schaub was able to return.
2008 Week 9 vs DET (9 / 19 / 58 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 3 / 1 rush)
Grossman replaced Orton in the third quarter due to his injury, and although he didn't dazzle he did what he needed to for the Bears to win. Despite leading the Bears to the win, Grossman didn't look comfortable, dancing around in the pocket and releasing wild throws. He also threw an interception, which came in the fourth quarter on a ball that was batted into the air at the line of scrimmage. In the fourth quarter, Grossman ran in the ball for a one yard score.
2008 Week 10 vs TEN (20 / 37 / 173 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)
Grossman struggled against the tough Tennessee defense all game, throwing for only 173 yards and a touchdown. Grossman's only interception of the day came on a throw to the sideline into coverage, a defender tipped the ball into the air and another Tennessee defender was there to complete the interception. In the first quarter, Grossman found Forte for a five yard touchdown, and he also ran a touchdown in himself in the fourth quarter of the game. However, Grossman never seemed able to complete a big throw to keep Chicago drives alive, forcing many punts and resulting in many unhappy fans.
2008 Week 11 vs GB (4 / 7 / 26 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman played for a short time in the fourth quarter, completing four of seven passes for 26 yards. Most of Grossman's work came inside of two minutes in the fourth quarter, but he wasn't able to get the Bears into position to score before time ran out.
2007 Week 1 vs SD (12 / 23 / 145 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman never established any kind of a rhythm. He was drilled by Shaun Phillips early in the contest for one of the most vicious hits you'll see all season, but it didn't seem to affect him as far as injury. Sideline reporter Pam Oliver mentioned that Grossman was seen shaking his hand at one point, but it was never addressed again. Despite that hit and several other sacks throughout the game, his offensive line actually afforded him plenty of time to throw for the most part. His receivers were able to get open more often than not, but he just didn't look very comfortable. He misfired on a number of passes, and a lack of communication doomed several others. On a deep ball to Bernard Berrian late in the first half, the receiver stopped his route short, which led to the interception. Still, it wasn't all bad luck that did in the Bears QB. In fact, he actually enjoyed a bit of good luck on a later series when he fumbled the ball away but caught a lucky bounce when it went right into the waiting arms of his own RB, Adrian Peterson. It isn't fair to pin this loss on Grossman alone because it's not like he was the only reason for the loss; still, he didn't do very much to help his team win either.
2007 Week 2 vs KC (20 / 34 / 160 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Grossman displayed both his good side and his bad side during the game. The good side was on display during the lone Bear touchdown drive as he led the team down the field and completing a touchdown pass on a tackle eligible play. His two interceptions were on poor throws off of his back foot, and he was off target on deep throws. He still is very up and down and much like some games last year, the Bears seem to win in spite of him.
2007 Week 3 vs DAL (15 / 32 / 195 / 0 / 3 pass, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)
Despite the poor outing by Grossman, he did find some success in moving the ball for the Chicago offense. On the Bears' second drive of the game, Grossman was effective, completing five of seven passes for 53 yards in leading Chicago to a field goal. His only other scoring drive came on Chicago's first drive of the second half. Down seven and facing a third and 10 from their own 14, Grossman picked up a big first down after rushing for 12 yards. On the very next play, he completed a pass to Desmond Clark for 52 yards and followed that up with a 21 yard completion to Greg Olsen. With the good though also comes the bad when you're talking about Grossman. Through out the night errant passes fell incomplete and poor decisions led to three interceptions as Grossman finished the game with a quarterback rating of 27.5.
2007 Week 10 vs OAK (7 / 14 / 142 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman entered the game in the second quarter in relief of the injured Brian Griese, and was a big reason why Chicago was able to come away with a win. Grossman and the Bears came right back at the Raiders, who had just kicked a field goal to go up 6-3, connecting with WR Bernard Berrian on a 59 yard touchdown pass to give Chicago the lead. Grossman made a nice throw on the play and in his time on the field, looked pretty comfortable in the pocket. With the injury to Griese and Grossman's play against the Raiders, he could have won his job back. Monitor this situation throughout the week.
2007 Week 11 vs SEA (24 / 37 / 266 / 0 / 0 pass, 4 / 13 / 0 rush)
Grossman's return to the lineup went well, but he came just short in the end. He was throwing well all day, but when the pressure was on to catch up in the second half, he was sacked five times and lost a crucial fumble that could have been avoided.
2007 Week 12 vs DEN (17 / 33 / 193 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 1 / 0 rush)
Grossman struggled for much of this game until connecting with Bernard Berrian in the final minute to tie the game up. Grossman was making crisp throws late in the game, but turned the ball over three times earlier, including two fumbles. Grossman finished with a 56.8 passer rating by completing 52 percent of his passes for an average gain of 5.8 yards per attempt.
2007 Week 13 vs NYG (25 / 46 / 296 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Rex Grossman threw for 296 passing yards on 25 of 46 attempts, and did not turn the ball over in this game. Despite being sacked six times in this game and enduring the Giants fierce pass rush throughout, Grossman looked composed in the pocket and didn't make any bad throws in the game. In the second quarter Grossman found Devin Hester streaking down the middle of the field, and threw a nice pass, but Hester misjudged the ball and let it hit him in the shoulder pad. That would have accounted for an easy 81 yard touchdown, putting the Bears up 14-0 had Hester not dropped the pass. Bernard Berrian seemed to frequently get open deep down the left sideline, however Grossman was only able to hit him once for 50 yards on a perfectly thrown pass in tight coverage. Otherwise Grossman's deep targets were generally overthrown. Grossman's loan score of the game came on the first drive, where he found Desmond Clark wide open in the back of the end zone on a play action fake to Adrian Peterson.
2007 Week 14 vs WAS (2 / 6 / 14 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman was injured on the second series of the game when the Redskins defender hit his left knee while throwing. It looked like it could be a significant injury. He did not return to the game.
2006 Week 1 vs GB (18 / 26 / 262 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Grossman was efficient in hitting 18 of his 26 passes, and found Bernard Berrian on a 49 yard touchdown on the Bears' opening drive. On Chicago's second drive, however, he threw a bad pass which was intercepted in the Packers' end zone. Before halftime, he engineered three more drives which stalled deep in Packers' territory resulting in Robbie Gould field goals. Grossman continued to pick up first downs with short controlled passes while Green Bay dug in to stop the run. He finished the game with 262 passing yards, one touchdown, and the one interception. Grossman gained a first down on a QB sneak, one of four first downs Chicago gained on the ground. Thomas Jones threw a desperation pass that Grossman caught for minus four yards.
2006 Week 2 vs DET (20 / 27 / 289 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman had a career afternoon and silenced many of the critics calling for Brian Griese as he tossed four touchdown passes on the day. He was an accurate 20 of 27 for 289 yards and no interceptions. He did throw an interception that looked to be returned for a touchdown but was fortunate to have that nullified by a Lions' penalty. He made the most of his good fortune by resuming the drive culminating in his fourth touchdown of the day.
2006 Week 3 vs MIN (23 / 41 / 278 / 1 / 2 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Grossman started out strongly in the first quarter looking sharp on the team's opening drive that culminated in a 41 yard field goal by Robbie Gould. He struggled as the Vikings' defense increased the pressure on the young quarterback and threw two interceptions including one deep in his own territory that was returned for a touchdown by Antoine Winfield. Grossman was able to redeem himself down the stretch as he hit Rashied Davis with a 24 yard touchdown strike to put the Bears on top.
2006 Week 4 vs SEA (17 / 31 / 232 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Grossman had a highly efficient game, and continues to impress as a starting NFL quarterback. He made sound decisions and didn't turn the ball over. Grossman favored his starting receivers, sending eight looks each to Muhsin Muhammad and Bernard Berrian. He also hit each for a touchdown. Muhammad looks to be his most reliable target, while Berrian is the deep threat. Grossman threw a beautiful pass precisely into Berrian's hands for a 40 yard touchdown connection. He was only sacked once.
2006 Week 5 vs BUF (15 / 27 / 182 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman continues to remain turnover free in Chicago and the Favre comparisons continue as his touchdown pass to Rashied Davis in the second quarter came while throwing off his back foot while under the Bill pass rush. Grossman finished with 182 yards on 15 of 27 passing and two touchdowns. Grossman came one foot away from a third touchdown when Bernard Berrian was unable to get his second foot down in the end zone.
2006 Week 6 vs ARI (14 / 37 / 144 / 0 / 4 pass, 3 / -7 / 0 rush)
Grossman almost connected with Bernard Berrian on the opening play of the game for what would have been a 62 yard touchdown. The ball was thrown about two yards too deep. Grossman had a very poor game. He seemed to be trying for the big play too often, rather than accepting what the defense allowed. His favorite target was Bernard Berrian with ten targets. Most were deep passes and badly thrown. Grossman threw four interceptions and also coughed up the ball twice when he was sacked by Adrian Wilson and Bertrand Berry.
2006 Week 8 vs SF (23 / 29 / 252 / 3 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman was miserable in the Bears' last game in Arizona. Against the Cardinals, he threw four interceptions and lost two fumbles. His fortune against the 49ers was much better. Grossman's passes were sharp throughout the game. He led the Bears to a 41-0 halftime lead by completing 18 of his 22 first half attempts for 202 yards and three touchdowns. Grossman threw only seven times in the second half and completed five of the passes for 50 yards. With the game secured, he was relieved by Brian Griese. Grossman was credited with a fumble on a botched snap, but was able to recover the football and throw it away. Grossman made one or two questionable decision in the game, but was able to escape without a turnover.
2006 Week 9 vs MIA (18 / 42 / 210 / 1 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In the four previous home games, Grossman had thrown 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions. Against Miami, he threw three interceptions while only completing 18 of 42 for 210 yards and one touchdown. He was sacked three times and faced tremendous pressure all day, which affected his accuracy. He couldn't always step into his throws, which caused some passes to sail over receiver's heads or bounce up short.
2006 Week 10 vs NYG (18 / 30 / 246 / 3 / 1 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)
Grossman had a rough start, but overcame it to have an excellent overall performance. He preferred his wide receivers as primary targets, throwing touchdowns to both Muhsin Muhammad and Mark Bradley. Grossman didn't target tight end Desmond Clark as much as usual, but did hit him for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. His lone interception was targeted for Rashied Davis but was intercepted by defensive lineman Mathias Kiwanuka. It led directly to the Giants' first touchdown. Grossman was sacked twice and fumbled the ball once, but it was recovered by a teammate.
2006 Week 11 vs NYJ (11 / 22 / 119 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
It seemed that the Chicago game plan was scaled back to play ball control and minimize the chance for Grossman mistakes. The Bears leaned on the running game and short passes. In the first half, the Bears had just 80 total yards and Grossman was five of seven for just seven yards. Late in the third Grossman completed his only deep pass of the game, a 28 yard completion to Mushin Muhammad. It was a short pass to Mark Bradley that ended up going for a 57 yard touchdown when he broke a tackle on the one-on-one coverage. Take out those two passes and Grossman had nine other completions for just 34 yards. If the Bears continue to play dominating defense, Grossman won't be required to put the team on his shoulders and win games.
2006 Week 12 vs NE (15 / 34 / 176 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Grossman almost did not get a chance to finish the game in Foxboro for a number of reasons. First, he was rather inaccurate with his passes, finishing the day with less than half of his passes winding up in the right hands. Secondly, he managed to throw three interceptions, all to CB Asante Samuel. Third and not least, he fumbled an exchange with the center and then compounded the problem by getting hurt. He appeared to have hurt his throwing hand and it took several minutes for him to be able to make a claim that he was okay to go back in the game. Backup QB Brian Griese was warming up just in case, but Grossman went back out to lead the offense, for better or worse. Over half of Grossman's 176 yards came in the first quarter, where he completed seven passes for 123 yards, including four passes and 94 yards to WR Bernard Berrian. He completed only eight passes over the next three quarters on 21 tries for just 53 yards.
2006 Week 13 vs MIN (6 / 19 / 34 / 0 / 3 pass, 4 / -9 / 0 rush)
Grossman played a terrible game and statistically had one of worst games of the season. He threw two interceptions and went a dreadful three of nine for only 22 yards passing in the first half. The game started poorly for Grossman as he threw an interception right to Vikings' defender Napoleon Harris in the first quarter. His second interception of the half came on the first play of the second quarter as he tried to hit Bernard Berrian deep, but Antonio Winfield intercepted the ball because it was under thrown. The Bears went to a more conservative, run style offense as the first half progressed. On the first play in the second half, he had a pass deflected and intercepted for his third interception of the game. The Bears' defense and special teams dominated the game, and the Bears didn't need Grossman to make plays in the second half. He only attempted 10 passes in the second half for 12 yards. Grossman was not able to protect the ball, as he threw three picks on 19 attempts and the Bears went to a more conservative offense as they seemed to lose faith in there passing game and got up early in the second half. Considering the Vikings were given up the second most passing yards in the league coming into this game, it was a very disappointing game by Grossman.
2006 Week 14 vs STL (13 / 23 / 200 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / 20 / 0 rush)
After watching Brian Griese take 50% of the snaps in practice, Grossman rose to the challenge and had a good game. He converted a third down with a 22 yard scramble early in the game and threw an accurate pass to Bernard Berrian for a 34 yard touchdown reception on the Bears' fourth drive. Grossman made decisions quickly for the most part and took what the defense gave him. He began the second half very well with two completions to Muhsin Muhammad, and then found Muhammad for a 14 yard touchdown on the Bears' following drive. The Bears then took control of the game and Grossman only attempted eight passes in the entire second half with the game well in hand. Grossman appeared to lose a fumble after a sack late in the first half, but it was ruled an incomplete pass.
2006 Week 15 vs TB (29 / 44 / 339 / 2 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman had a solid performance against Tampa Bay, throwing for 339 yards and two scores on 29 of 44 passing. He had no interceptions and while he was slowed down a bit in the second half, he played well enough for his team to win. Both of Grossman's scores came in the first half on strikes to TE Desmond Clark from 24 and 12 yards out.
2006 Week 16 vs DET (20 / 36 / 197 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman has been on a roller coaster ride this year going from a poor exhibition season to top performances early in the year and then to a string of turnover prone outings. He is not playing at a high level and after having stared at the strong likelihood of being replaced for half of the season, he was finally pulled in favor of Brian Griese for most of the fourth quarter. Grossman finished with almost 200 yards and one touchdown but could not seem to finish the offensive drives regularly for Chicago. It will be interesting to see if he can regain the starting quarterback job.
2006 Week 17 vs GB (2 / 12 / 33 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / -1 / 0 rush)
Grossman fell back to his mid-season miscues and lackluster performance and played a horrible first half committing four turnovers and leaving the game trailing 23-0. On four of five possessions before the half Grossman registered three interceptions and one fumble lost taking the snap from center. Grossman had not thrown an interception in his previous three games but his bad defensive reads and poor judgment proved costly for Chicago. On his first interception, Grossman held the pass a bit too long and safety, Nick Collins read it perfectly stepping in front of the receiver and taking it the distance the other way for a Green Bay touchdown. On another poor read, Grossman threw to his intended receiver, Rashied Davis but did not see cornerback, Charles Woodson in front of Davis resulting in another turnover. His final miscue of the half was another interception returned for a touchdown with just 43 seconds left in the half. In fairness to Grossman the pass was tipped at the line of scrimmage however, he threw the pass while under pressure and falling backwards and would have been better off just taking the sack. Grossman ended his half of play two of 12 for 33 yards and three interceptions. He appears to remain the starting quarterback for Chicago going into the playoffs which is something of concern for head coach Lovie Smith and Bears' fans.
2006 Week 19 vs SEA (21 / 38 / 282 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman started the game hitting two of his first three passes on the opening touchdown drive. He hit WR Rashied Davis deep across the middle for a 37 yard gain on third and ten to keep the drive alive. The pass was tipped and went through the hands of CB Jordan Babineaux before Davis was able to secure the reception. On the following possession Babineaux tagged Grossman hard off a corner blitz. He fumbled on the play, but the ruling on the field was that his arm was moving forward and the play was ruled an incomplete pass. Grossman hit WR Bernard Berrian down the middle of the field on a beautifully thrown bomb for a 68 yard touchdown answering Seattle's touchdown within seconds regaining the lead. Near the end of the second quarter on a third and seven play Grossman retreated on a deep drop facing a Seattle blitz. LB Julian Peterson sacked him and forced a fumble that led to the first Alexander touchdown. At the start of the fourth quarter Chicago drove deep into Seattle territory and kicked a game tying field goal, but a penalty pulled the points off the board and Chicago continued the drive. Grossman threw an interception to end the drive, but the ball was on WR Muhsin Muhammad near the goal line. Muhammad allowed the ball to pop up into the air before it was picked off. Grossman didn't make plays downfield through the third and fourth quarter, but responded big in the overtime period. He hit WR Rashied Davis with a deep pass up the right seam putting the Bears in range for the game winning field goal.
2006 Week 20 vs NO (11 / 26 / 144 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / -3 / 0 rush)
Grossman was nearly sacked at the end of the first Bears' possession. He didn't see the blitzing safety come untouched from the left side. To his credit the safety bounced off and Grossman was able to keep his feet and throw the ball away avoiding the sack. On their second possession he almost had WR Bernard Berrian deep down the left sideline, but didn't lead him enough on the pass nearly throwing an interception. Grossman missed on two opportunities near the goal line late in the first quarter. He had TE Desmond Clark alone in the back of the end zone off play action, but overthrew the pass. Two plays later he had FB Jason McKie in the left flat, but a defensive end knocked down the pass. Grossman only attempted four passes during the entire second quarter. They were running the ball well with RB Thomas Jones and didn't feel the need put the ball in the air. After the Saints threw fourteen quick points on the board that attitude started to change, but Grossman looked terrible throwing incomplete passes all over the field. After completing a seventeen yard pass to Berrian the Bears left the field on four consecutive three and outs. Grossman dug himself out of the hole completing four of four attempts to his receivers on an 85 yard touchdown drive. He stood tall in the pocket taking a big hit up the middle on the 33 yard touchdown pass to Berrian. That drive swung the momentum back to Chicago and rout was on as the Chicago defense took over.
2006 Week 21 vs IND (20 / 28 / 165 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman completed 20 of his 28 passes, but his performance will be remembered for the things that he didn't do well. He was almost intercepted on the Bears' opening drive, but the ball was dropped by Antoine Bethea. He fumbled a snap near the end of the first half and lost possession. After attempting just eight passes in the half, Grossman was asked to do more after the interval. He slipped on two straight plays on the Bears' first drive of the second half, and was intercepted for a 56 yard touchdown after failing to find Muhsin Muhammad two drives later. He had a chance to hit Bernard Berrian for a 40 yard gain on the next drive, but his pass fell short and was intercepted for a second time. Grossman did not look at all convincing and his statistics were padded late in the game as the Colts allowed short passes in the middle of the field.
2005 Week 15 vs ATL (9 / 16 / 93 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Grossman hadn't played in a regular season game this season, but started the second half under center after an awful first half performance by Kyle Orton. He led the Bears inside the five yard line and threw an interception at the goal line, but the Falcons fumbled the ball on the play and the Bears ended up with first and goal inside the one yard line. He also led the Bears to a field goal on his second possession. The Bears' offense looked much sharper with Grossman at the helm, and he had more passing yards on one drive than Orton had in the first half. He finished the game with a respectable 93 yards in the second half. Based on the performance, many have assumed that he will be the starter in week 16 against the Packers.
2005 Week 16 vs GB (11 / 23 / 166 / 1 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
In completing 48% of his passes for an average of 7.2 yards per passing attempt, Grossman finished with a 68.4 passer rating in his first start. His numbers weren't much different than his counterpart, Kyle Orton, but Grossman showed greater velocity on his passes and the ability to complete the big pass on third down with slants across the middle. Grossman had speedster Bernard Berrian open deep on a number of occasions, but came up with just one big connection, overthrowing him and under throwing him on other occasions.