Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post writes that the difference between a average team and an elite one is whether the team has an elite quarterback.
“Elite” is defined as a quarterback who completes 60% of his passes, can throw for 4,000 yards in a season, and has fourth-quarter comeback ability.
Which begs the question: is Grossman capable of being elite? According to Jenkins, he already meets some of the criteria. He’s completing 59.6 percent of his passes and averaging 282 yards a game, on pace to exceed 4,000, and he has led a team to a Super Bowl. But he dropped the ball Monday night in the loss to the Cowboys when his team needed him most.
He can start the transformation today by going on a diet.
He needs to lose weight, as he admits — and this is not a trivial point.
If Grossman has an inherent limitation, it’s his lack of mobility. He said of his final snap against the Cowboys, “I wanted to try to make a play, I thought I could slide and get it to Santana” Moss. But it’s pretty hard to extend a play with your legs carrying 10 extra pounds of fat: Anthony Spencer ran him down from behind like a pigeon. Also, it sends a bad message. He’s the one guy left in the Redskins’ locker room who looks anything other than hungrily lean.