Before the season started, we, as a sports department, put together our annual Pro Football Special. Tim and Alex worked on a John Beck story (the supposed 2011 starter), and I interviewed Rex Grossman.
In perfect foreshadowing to what was to come, we learned, less than a week away from the home opener, that Grossman would be the Redskins starting quarterback.
And here's the reason I'm telling you this. As part of my story, I had to pick a musical accompaniment. Something to give the piece a little gravitas. It literally took me almost an hour.
How do you sum up a nine-year NFL veteran, who led a team to the Super Bowl, ultimately lost, and spent the rest of his career as a back-up, in one song? What kind of style does Rex Grossman convey?
Your guess is as good as mine. I finally chose "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked," by Cage the Elephant. Now, in no way am I insinuating the burgundy and gold is anything less than benevolent (although your Monday hangovers may indicate otherwise). But, think about Grossman and read these lyrics:
"Now a couple hours have passed
And I was sitting at my house,
The day was winding down and coming to an end.
So I turned on the TV
And flipped it over to the news,
And what I saw I almost couldn't comprehend."
Let's face the facts. There certainly is NO rest for a 3 and 6 team on the brink of playoff elimination.
Oh there's more. They're one game away from losing six straight games; the worst stretch for the Redskins since losing seven in a row to start the '98 season. And what about their struggles in the redzone? It's created this: Washington is ranked 27th in the league for total offense.
So, can there be any rest for Rex Grossman? A man who, up until just one week ago, watched from the sidelines; a man at risk every week of losing his starting job--again; a man, who's turned the ball over 13 times in just 6 games. Like it or not, this is who's taking snaps for the Redskins and in charge of turning this team around.
Can he do it? The odds aren't in his favor. But one thing's for sure. Grossman won't enjoy much rest for the next eight weeks--especially with red-hot Dallas coming to town on Sunday. And, less than three months later, the lyrics from "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked," still ring true.
"She said "I've never see a man
Who looks so all alone,
Could you use a little company?"