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Monday, November 14, 2011
Rex Grossman will start vs. the Cowboys

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- During a Monday news conference, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Rex Grossman will start at quarterback vs. the Cowboys this Sunday.

Grossman started the first five games of the season before John Beck took over.

But in the Redskins' loss to the Miami Dolphins, Grossman got the start over Beck, who went 0-3 as the starter.

Grossman threw two interceptions and couldn't get the offense into the end zone in the 20-9 loss.

"Rex is going to be our quarterback," Shanahan said. "Are you going to have to ask me every day? We’ll go through the week, and when you go with a veteran quarterback, it’s pretty easy because usually that situation stays pretty much status quo. Unless there’s an injury during the week, Rex will be the quarterback, but crazier things could happen. He could go down during the week and [Beck] will be able to go if Rex goes down."

When these teams last met, Sept. 26 at Cowboys Stadium, Grossman got the Redskins into the end zone, but his team lost 18-16 when Dan Bailey made a franchise rookie record six field goals. Grossman competed 22-of-37 passes for 250 yards with one touchdown and one interception. He was sacked three times.

“I think if you look at somebody’s play, you know, he’s a little bit more confident," Shanahan said. "He’s been, obviously, under the gun a lot more than John has. But when you do miss the OTAs, you miss a lot of the preparation, you can kind of see it in somebody’s play. Rex got a lot more playing time and he played with a lot of confidence and made a bunch of good throws throughout the game."