Rex Grossman, QB, Washington Redskins
I really haven't had much reason to care about Sexy Rexy since his 2006 campaign (4 years between making appearances? The analogy is too obvious.), when he "led" the Bears to a Super Bowl appearance a year after rookie Kyle Orton had led the team to an 11-5 record the year before. The fact that his team made the Super Bowl and mine did not doesn't really affect me in a vacuum; it was the way he played that season that makes me so angry that he's considered a roster-able quarterback. Here are five stat lines from the Bears' 13-3 season:
- Week 6 v. Cardinals: 14-37, 144 yards, 0 TD, 4 INT, 2 lost fumbles
- Week 9 v. Dolphins: 18-42, 210 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT, 1 lost fumble
- Week 12 v. Patriots: 15-34, 176 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT, 1 lost fumble
- Week 13 v. Vikings: 6-19, 34 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT
- Week 17 v. Packers: 2-12, 33 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT, 1 fumble (note that he only played the first half, and also note that two of those interceptions were returned for touchdowns)
Last year, my fantasy team was carried by the big-time play of one Matt Schaub. In Week 13, he was facing the not-particularly-stout Jaguars defense in a matchup that certainly looked good. I started following the game a little late, and imagine my surprise when it's not Schaub, but Rex Grossman, accumulating stats as the Texans quarterback. And fine stats they were: 3-9, 33 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT, fumble. Turns out Schaub had been sacked on their first offensive play, and fortunately he would return, but Grossman had put the Texans in a bad spot by the time he got back and Schaub didn't quite have the matchups or rhythm to take advantage of the Jags' D. Fortunately, Brandon Jacobs decided to have his best fantasy game of the year (by 7 points) and Calvin Johnson had his second-best game of the year.
And now the quarterback who was competing with Grossman for MVP votes in the 2006 season gets replaced by him with two minutes left in a one-possession game, and promptly gets sacked, fumbles, and watches the Lions return it for a touchdown, promptly ending the 'Skins' chance of winning.
And now Jamarcus Russell is being evaluated for the Redskins' roster? WHAT IN THE NAME OF RYAN LEAF IS GOING ON?
Just go home, Rex. Prop up your feet, and just sit there.