Remember back in the summertime when Washington Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman predicted the Redskins would win the NFC East? Well, Grossman never backed off, expressing a belief that his team was better than people thought it was. And now that it's all over and they finished 5-11 and four games behind the division-champion New York Giants (whom they beat twice), Grossman continues to believe the 2011 Redskins were better than they looked.
Grossman gave an interview with SiriusXM radio in which he spoke on a number of issues, including how he felt about being benched for John Beck, where he expects to be in 2012 and, of course, what he thought of his team relative to its record. From the great Dan Steinberg:
"You know I've been on a lot of good teams in my career," Grossman told Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM radio. "And it's hard to say this, but we were a pretty damn good 5-11. You didn't really want to play us. And there's a lot of areas you can improve: the quarterback play needs to be better, a lot of different other areas, an explosive offensive player, maybe an explosive defensive player here and there. But generally speaking, I think the foundation has been set for a really, really, really good team.
"And our record doesn't show that, so it's hard to kind of say I'm not full of [expletive]. I'm not sure if I can say that on the radio or not. But I really feel like we're a good team. And our record didn't prove it. But a few pieces here and there, might be an explosive team."
I think my favorite part is where he says "the quarterback play needs to be better." I mean, he was the quarterback!!! But honestly, you have to love Grossman for being an honest dude who's doing it his way. It's hard to imagine him back in Washington next year as anything other than a last-choice backup to a young draft pick. But when his career ends, Grossman's not going to have any regrets about trying too hard to please people instead of just being himself. And, as someone who covers the league, it's refreshing to find guys who like to say what's on their minds.