January 16, 2021

Washington Redskins Postgame Quotes and Audio: 30-7 win over Bills

Audio courtesy Sky Kerstein

The Washington Redskins offense was down to the two quarterbacks battling it out for third string Saturday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills, but that mattered little as the team piled up 452 net yards to easily defeat the Bills 30-7 before a half-empty FedEx Field.

Those that did stick around to watch the laugher were entertained by the Skins scoring on the first drive of the game and really, never stopping as they compiled 208 yards rushing and another 244 in passing yards in the effort.

“I was impressed with our football team, especially with two days less preparation time,” head coach Mike Shanahan said after the game. ” For them to come out and play as hard as they did and as well as they did, there was a bunch of positive things. I’ll look forward to looking over the film and trying to come up with the best 53 [man roster] for the Monday night game.”

Rex Grossman and Pat White were both effective running offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s offense, and the head coach was well pleased with both players.

“I thought they both played very well. Anytime you rotate guys in there like we did, for them to play at the level they did, I was impressed with that.”

When asked about the running game, which was particularly effective against Buffalo’s obviously undermanned defense, Shanahan praised the entire offense’s output.

“I was impressed with our offensive line and our backs. It’s a group effort anytime you run the football and our wide receivers blocked exceptionally well. So it’s a group effort anytime you run the ball and I thought we had a couple of play-action passes off of it as well that set up a couple passes, but it was a good day overall.”

For Shanahan’s complete comments, plus the audio from Grossman, White and several other Redskins players, please click on the links below.

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08-24-13 Josh Wilson Postgame RAW

08-24-13 Pat White Postgame RAW

08-24-13 Rex Grossman Postgame RAW

08-24-13 Roy Helu Jr. Postgame RAW

Skins waltz past Bills in third preseason tilt


With both Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins on the sidelines for the Washington Redskins’ third preseason game, the quarterbacking duties fell to the two men completing for the third string job: veteran Rex Grossman and newcomer Pat White. Both players did their job Saturday afternoon, leading the Skins (3-0) to a 30-7 win over the Buffalo Bills (2-1) before a half-empty FedEx Field in Landover, MD.

Grossman completed 11-of-21 pass attempts for 171 yards and a touchdown on the first drive of the day, a seven-yard strike to Pierre Garcon that appeared to come on an audible off a running play.

“I felt like I was going to get an obvious second-window throw, I just had to maneuver my arm a little bit to get it around ‘cause normally he’s right where we completed it,” Grossman explained afterward. “When [the defender] was up at the line, I knew there was going to be a blitzer, drop out of leverage kind of, so I faked the run a little bit just to allow Pierre to get open there and get the pass to him.”

White went 7-for-14 for 96 yards and added 26 yards on the ground and a running touchdown, a 14 yard scamper around the left end as he followed his fullback, Darrel Young, on a designed carry all the way to the goal line.

“I’m just excited to have an opportunity to get on the field and compete – whether it’s one rep or 20 reps,” White said after the game. “I’m happy to have this opportunity.”

Head coach Mike Shanahan was impressed with his signal-callers. “I thought they both played very well. Anytime you rotate guys in there like we did, for them to play at the level they did, I was impressed with that.”

Roy Helu, Jr. led the Skins in rushing, with 70 yards on 13 carries. Keiland Wiliams, the fourth-year running back, added 52 yards on eight carries, including a one yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. Chris Thompson, a rookie from Florida State, carried 15 times for 44 yards.

Eleven Skins receivers caught passes, led by Aldrick Robinson, with four catches for 61 yards.

The Skins were pretty much able to move the ball at will against the Bills defense.

“I think it boosts everyone’s confidence,” Grossman said about the Skins offense’s performance. “It’s sports, you know, momentum means everything. I don’t understand it, but it’s in every sport. You know, you start to have success, and it breeds more success, and that’s definitely true in football. Whether you’re running the ball and it opens up play-action, and you kind of get into some rhythm, and I just think everybody feels it, and everyone feeds off each other.”

According to Shanahan, DB/PR Richard Crawford suffered at least damage to the LCL in his left knee, and perhaps damage to the ACL as well, pronouncing the player “gone for the year” in his post-game press conference.

Washington Redskins Bring Back Veteran Quarterback Rex Grossman

The Washington Redskins continue to add quarterback depth, this time announcing the return of veteran Rex Grossman. Terms of the deal were not released by the team, but the Washington Post reports that the 11th-year veteran is back on a one-year deal.

Grossman, 32, spent all of the 2012 season as a backup and mentor to his rookie counterparts Robert Griffin III and Kirk Cousins. He is credited by his teammates and coaching staff for helping to guide both Griffin and Cousins through their successful first NFL seasons. His familiarity with the league as well as offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s system was viewed as an asset last season, one that the team continues to value as evidenced by this signing.

With Griffin sidelined for the majority of the offseason due to his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery, it’s possible that Grossman could see more practice time once OTAs and minicamps begin in the coming months. He may also have to compete with newly-signed Pat White for practice snaps, as it appears both of them could be fighting for the same roster spot throughout the summer.

Grossman first signed with Washington in 2010 on a one-year deal, eventually taking over starting duties in Week 15 of that season. He went on to start 13 games in 2011 before being unseated for good with the arrival of Griffin. In 16 starts with the team, he has a 6-10 record to go along with 23 touchdown passes and 24 interceptions.

Washington Redskins re-sign Rex Grossman as tutor and insurance

Rex Grossman re-signs with Redskins to tutor No. 2 pick. (stock photo by Brian Murphy)

According to multiple reports, the Washington Redskins re-signed quarterback Rex Grossman to a one-year deal over the weekend. The nine-year veteran will play his third season with the Skins. [Read more…]

Redskins must address long-term need at quarterback

Rex Grossman leaves field after turning ball over on downs against the Eagles Jan. 1 (photo by Brian Murphy)

When the final whistle sounded Sunday on another loss, dropping the Wasington Redskins to a lowly 5-11 for the season, it signaled not just the end of a game and the season, but the beginning of an off-season that seems pivotal now in the development of the team, and perhaps in the coaching legacy of Mike Shanahan. [Read more…]

Entertainment, Drama, and Another Redskins Loss

On weekends, I work for a mainstream media website, where part of my job description on Sundays is to write a recap of Redskins games. I started working there in the beginning of October, which happened to coincide with the last time the Redskins won a game. That nearly changed during Sunday’s 27-24 overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys. So nearly, in fact that on two separate occasions, I began mentally preparing myself to punch up a Redskins victory story. [Read more…]

At Redskins QB position, Two Strikes for Mike Shanahan

The quarterback play of John Beck (pictured) and Rex Grossman has been worse than most Redskins fans could have imagined (photo by Brian Murphy)

Confession time: I didn’t see a single live snap of the latest Washington Redskins loss, a 20-9 setback at the hands of the Miami Dolphins. I had a very good reason for this: I’ve been in Vienna (as in Austria) for the last week. So it happened that the first half of Sunday’s game coincided with me flying into Dulles Airport, while the second half coincided with me going through immigration, collecting my luggage, getting on a bus to the West Falls Church Metro station and following the game on my phone.

Just when I was finally able to devote my full attention to the graphics and text on the tiny screen in front of me, the sequence that decided the game unfolded. You know the one: with 12 minutes to play in regulation and Washington trailing 13-9, newly reinstated starter Rex Grossman drives the Redskins to a first-and-goal situation at the Miami 10-yard line. On the next play, Grossman stares down Jabar Gaffney as if the former is trying to set the latter on fire with his mind and serves up an easy interception to Karlos Dansby. Miami promptly drives 81 yards for the clinching touchdown, and that is the end of that.

Trying to compose these essays on a week-by-week basis has become challenging over the course of this current five-game losing streak due to the fact that it is impossible to discuss the root causes of this decline without sounding like a broken record. But circumstances demand that we restate the obvious: I stated on record at the beginning of the year that there was no way the quarterback play would be as bad as it was in 2010. I was obviously wrong, very wrong. Grossman and  Beck’s individual performances have ranged from “merely competent” to “downright dreadful” over the course of the season, but their cumulative performance has been that of a sub-optimal backup; including Sunday’s loss, the Redskins quarterbacks have completed a pedestrian 193 passes in 329 attempts for 1,347 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions (as many, we hasten to point out, as Donovan McNabb threw in 2010).

It’s fun, normal, and perhaps even healthy to argue whether Mike Shanahan’s campaigning and/or acquiescence to the McNabb trade, as well as his resolve to “stake his reputation” on the quality of Beck as an NFL quarterback signaled a descent into football senility or whether Kyle Shanahan’s  ongoing association with Grossman marks him as the Dave Shula of the new millennium. Whatever the value of this exercise is, it completely misses the point, which is this: no matter how loud the baying for blood is this season (and my hunch is that it will get a good deal louder before the season mercifully ends on New Year’s Day), it won’t change the names on the organization chart.

In the NFL, as in most industries, the ally of success is stability. When Daniel Snyder signed Mike Shanahan to a five-year deal with all the trimmings, stability is precisely what he was paying for. These are the things you do when you’ve had Vinny Cerrato and Jim Zorn running your football team.

So be prepared, Redskins fans, for a lot more of the firm of Shanahan & Son. Having whiffed on McNabb, Grossman, and now Beck, they’ll likely get yet another chance to bring in the right quarterback that will pull the offense into something resembling competence. Kyle Orton, anyone?

Redskins Report: In Beck they trust; Skins will switch QBs


John Beck tries to evade a tackler in last Sunday's game against the Eagles. (photo by Brian Murphy)

According to multiple reports this morning, the Washington Redskins will indeed change quarterbacks this week and will name John Beck the starter for the upcoming road game against the Carolina Panthers.

Beck was called upon to relieve Rex Grossman in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s 20-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after Grossman threw his fourth interception of the game.  Beck, 30, led the Redskins on a touchdown drive with 2:44 remaining in the game, but the Skins passed on an onside kick attempt and never got the ball back.

Beck has played in six games in his five NFL seasons.  He started four games for the Miami Dolphins in 2007, with a completion percentage of 56.1 percent with one touchdown and three interceptions.  Beck went 8-for-15 for 117 yards and rushed for 14 yards on two carries, including a two-yard quarterback draw for the Redskins lone touchdown against the Eagles. [Read more…]

Eagles expose Grossman as Redskins lose 20-13

Rex Grossman threw four interceptions and was replaced by John Beck late in the Redskins 20-13 loss to the Eagles. (photo by Brian Murphy)

The Washington Redskins flagship radio station — owned by Dan Snyder —  ran a promo for this week’s game with the Philadelphia Eagles during morning and afternoon drive-times all week, mentioning the “first place” Redskins.  Though true at the time, any fan of this team would have told you about the prematurity of the language of those ads.

Sunday, all the warts of this team were exposed, as Michael Vick carved this team up once again during the competitive portion of the game, and quarterback Rex Grossman threw four interceptions, resulting in a 20-13 victory for the visiting Eagles, salvaging Philly’s season for at least the next week. [Read more…]

Three Things to Watch: Philadelphia Eagles at Washington Redskins

Each week on Friday, as a preview of the upcoming Redskins game, District Sports Page will publish “Three Things to Watch” for that week’s game.  This week, the Skins host the floundering Philadelphia Eagles, in last place in the NFC East with a 1-4 record.



1-4, 4th NFC East



3-1, 1st NFC East

Avg. Yds (Rk)


Avg. Yds (Rk)

280.0 (8th)

Pass Off.

229.2 (19th)

165.6 (1st)

Rush Off.

126.8 (8th)

211.8 (7th)

Pass Def.

212.0 (8th)

140.2 (28th)

Rush Def.

84.5 (5th)


As Rex goes, so go the Skins:  Rex Grossman has to be the most maligned 3-1 quarterback in the game.  At times he’s looked competent, other times… not so much.   Grossman is ranked 24th in the league in passer rating, with six touchdowns and five interceptions with a 58.0 completion percentage.  It’s no secret that Grossman gets flustered when forced from the pocket, so look for the Eagles to steal from the Cowboys’ playbook and use a variety of blitzes to make Grossman think on the move and force him from his comfort zone.  The Skins should counter with more screen passes and draws, so Roy Helu could be a contributing factor in this game. [Read more…]

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