By Patrick Imig
Cold, Hard Football Facts Secretary of Offense
Don't even bother putting Trent Dilfer in the analyst's chair during game two of the opening night MNF double header. He is not allowed back on per the orders of America's bleeding ear drums. Thanks.
TURNING BACK THE PUNDIT CLOCK WITH REX GROSSMAN
In 2006, Rex Grossman was the flavor of the year. He was the media darling of the Chicago Bears, a team that would win the NFC before losing to the Colts in the Super Bowl. In Grossman's first game of the regular season, the Bears clobbered the Packers 26-0. Grossman completed 69.2 percent of his passes and posted a 98.6 passer rating.
The following week against the Lions, Grossman threw four touchdown passes and tallied a near perfect passer rating of 148.0 in a 34-7 victory for the Bears. Before long, he was touted as an MVP candidate. We know how that turned out.
This begs the question: are we on the verge of another journey into Grossman Mania? Was one game -- in the opening week of the season against a battered New York Giants defense -- enough to erase history for some of the pundits?
Well, yeah. Sure.
Michael Fabiano, NFL.com: "So who's jumping on the Rex Grossman bandwagon now? Even diehard Redskins fans could not believe that the good Grossman showed up for the entire game against the Giants. Grossman had his fourth career 300-yard game and showed he is capable of leading the offense."
Having a great game isn't that rare for Rex Grossman; consistently having great games is another story. Throughout his career, Grossman has finished with a passer rating of 100 or better nine times, including Sunday's 110.5. On the flipside, he's had eight starts with a passer rating below 45.
CBS' Eye on Football speaks fondly of Grossman's 2011 standing with the ironic headline "Grossman makes us remember his past."
Apparently going back to the days of Florida supercedes inconsistency at the NFL level. Yahoo! Sports' Les Carpenter says Grossman is no longer a league-wide punching bag
After one game!
Rick Snider, Washington Examiner: "Grossman has again silenced the haters ... Right now Grossman is enjoying a little redemption, a few "I told you so's" in his pocket that he's too classy to use."
Or maybe Grossman is smart enought to know that things can turn other way in a hurry. Grossman might remember the fact that during the 2006 season
, he committed 16 turnovers in a nine game span. He had five games with 3 interceptions or more. Regardless how Grossman views it, his head coach Mike Shanahan does not look back on past experiences.
Said Shanahan: “I really don’t worry about what somebody’s done in the past. Just what he’s done here. He’s been pretty consistent since he’s been here. The way he works in practice, the way he goes about his business. All I can do is judge Rex, or any other player, [on] what they’ve done since they’ve been with the Washington Redskins.”
To be fair to Grossman, three of his four career 300 yard games have come as a Redskins quarterback, so maybe he'll turn to consistency. But that just doesn't feel right to type.
Grossman, for his part, is buying into the new era. He got his very own SportsCenter interview and said he doesn't "see a weakness on our team. We've got as good a chance as anybody."
We'll see how this plays out in the coming weeks, but we have a pretty good idea how it's going to end. Grossman as starting quarterback is the football version of Michael Myers from the Halloween movie series. You can kill off the bad but eventually it will resurface, wreak havoc and torment the locals. Watch your step, Redskins fans.
IT IS NOW TIME FOR ...
During his radio show Friday morning, Dan Patrick stated his belief that Brett Favre - not Bart Starr -
is the greatest Packers quarterback ever. Long time readers of Cold Hard Football Facts recognize this belief as blasphemy. Not only is Bart Starr the greatest quarterback in Packers history, he's the greatest quarterback in NFL history
The rings say it all: Starr is the only quarterback in history who has one for every finger on his throwing hand.
Starr also has the individual statistics to back the claim, as pointed out in our Definitive Top 10 NFL Quarterbacks column ...
He led the NFL in passer rating five times. Johnny Unitas led the league in passer rating just twice. Ditto Joe Montana. Only Steve Young surpassed Starr's mark (six).
And, lest we forget, Starr was the best postseason passer in NFL history, as evidenced by his record 104.8 playoff passer rating and 1.41 percent interception rate, also a postseason record (CHFF readers are well aware of the importance of not throwing picks in the playoffs). Starr played in an era when 80 was a decent passer rating. Yet he still performed more efficiently in the playoffs than folks such as Montana, Brady, Manning, Marino, Young and ... well, anybody, ever.
While Starr was the man of the postseason, Brett Favre has one ring to show for himself and many gunslinger moments
that have resulted in postseason disappointment (comes with the territory when you're just having fun out there). For a comprehensive list of how ugly it was at times, click here
. Compare that with the postseason work of Starr and the argument should be a no-brainer. It is all about winning, after all.
After Starr, Favre might not even be the next best quarterback in Packers history. Aaron Rodgers already has as many rings as Favre and has the highest postseason passer rating in history. (Starr held the record for postseason passer rating for an incredible 43 years before Rodgers surpassed his mark against Pittsburgh in Super Bowl XLV.) And for true historians of the game, the Packers very first T-formation was quarterbacked by Arnie Herber, who is also in the Hall of Fame. When it's all said and done, Brett Favre might be the third or fourth best quarterback in Packers history.
After comprehensive review, the ruling by Dan Patrick has been overturned. The decision goes to Cold Hard Football Facts, and Bart Starr, the greatest quarterback in history. Cold Hard Football Facts will not be charged with a timeout.
RON JAWORSKI ADDS A DOLLAR TO ESPN SWEAR JAR
Calling the action of a game with Chad Henne at quarterback can lead to frustration for even the most seasoned analysts. Ron Jaworski had to apologize after dropping the s word while analyzing the replay of Henne's overthrown pass intended for Brandon Marshall
No harm, no foul Jaws. Every Dolphins fan was screaming at their TV with a higher level of profanity.
REPORT: J.A. ADANDE OBJECTS TO TONY ROMO'S MARRIAGE
Give the Pigskin Detention game ball to ESPN's J.A. Adande for verbal low blow of the week. Following another Tony Romo meltdown, Adande spoke of the Romo's on-field rapport with his receivers during Monday's Around the Horn
: "They weren't in sync at all so maybe next summer, instead of I don't know, getting married, he needs to spend more time with his receivers."
Wow. That's pretty harsh. It's also a good excuse for us to gratuitously show a picture of Mrs. Tony Romo. (Who, by the way, is the new darling of our real and spectacular picks on CHFF Insider
It's also a good thing Adande wasn't at Romo's summer wedding, otherwise Romo might have been criticized for failing to practice curl routs with Jason Witten during the exchange of vows.
Headlines that make Ron Jaworski curse like an F-ing sailor ...
"Guy at the office talking about his fantasy team beaten and mauled mercilessly by fellow employees"
"Cooper Manning's family approval rating trickles past Eli & Peyton"
"Rams hold film session at St. Louis infirmary"
"Closed caption audiences report failure to comprehend Trent Dilfer analysis"
"Cam Newton 320 consecutive starts away from tying Brett Favre"