Rex Grossman has probably lost his QB job

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:48 PM ET

Two truths emerged in the United States capital Sunday afternoon.

No. 1 — The Philadelphia Eagles aren’t dead just yet.

No. 2 — Washington quarterback Rex Grossman finally was revealed as the emperor with no clothes.

Having lost four in a row and on the verge of being irrelevant in the NFC playoff structure, the Eagles strapped on their track shoes and sprinted away from a totally outclassed Washington team.

The Redskins came into this game with a 3-1 record and were fully rested as they were coming off their bye week. But the Washington troops this day looked as if they were still on vacation as they had no answer for the Eagles offence that drove up and down the field at will in the first half where Philly opened a 20-0 lead.

The Eagles have been their own worst enemy through their four-game slump as they have been plagued by turnovers on offence, while on defence they failed to come up enough big plays.

But the Andy Reid-coached team came through on both sides of the ball and, for one day at least, seemed to have righted their ship as it cut off its losing streak with a 20-13 victory.

“This is a tough place to play,” said Reid, who has taken a lot of criticiscm over the four-game slide. “They came in with the right attitude and battled like crazy. Now they have a week to rest and get themselves ready for the (Dallas) Cowboys.”

The Eagles won the coin toss and just about everything else in the opening half.

They had a three-and-out on their first possession but after that were virtually unstoppable as they totalled 250 yards and gained 16 first downs while holding the ball for 21:38.

The Redskins, meanwhile, offered nothing under Grossman’s guidance as they managed just five first downs and gained a total of 75 yards.

While the Redskins lost a game, Grossman lost his job.

He followed up his poor first half where he threw two interceptions with a dreadful third quarter, where he fired two more picks.

After the fourth interception, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan had seen enough and he turned the ball over to John Beck for the rest of the game.

While Grossman was simply dreadful, Beck showed his rust — it was his first appearance in a regular-season game since 2007 — and although he did lead the Redskins to their lone touchdown — a two-yard run on a quarterback draw — most of his yards came in garbage time.

On the day, Beck was 8-for-15 for 117 yards while Grossman was 9-for-22 for 143 yards and the four interceptions. The four picks pushed his season’s total to nine and probably to the bench as Washington heads on the road to play Carolina next weekend.

As for the Eagles, they are not quite out of the woods just yet.

As good as they looked in the opening half, they appeared flat and mistake-prone in the second half as Michael Vick was intercepted in the third quarter when his pass bounced off the head of Redskins nose tackle Barry Cofield and into the arms of Oshiomogho Atogwe at the goal line to snuff out a scoring drive.

Philadelphia could have put this game away in the first half but lacked the killer instinct. While the Eagles posted touchdowns on their first two trips inside the red zone, they had to settle for field goals on two other occasions.

Vick’s backup Vince Young, he of the ‘Dream Team’ tag, also made his debut in an Eagles uniform in the wild third quarter when Vick had to leave the field for a series after being hit in the back of the head following a scramble.

Young threw one pass, a terrible heave, and it was picked off — one of four interceptions in the quarter, two of them by Grossman and another by Vick.

While the Eagles offence stuttered at times, the same could not be said of running back LeSean McCoy who ran for 126 yards.

Vick ended his day completing 18 of 31 passes for 237 yards and one touchdown.

Defensively, the star of the game was Eagles second-year safety Kurt Coleman who picked off three Grossman passes.

The Eagles, at 2-4, now get a bye week next weekend and when they return they will have three consecutive home games.

The Redskins, meanwhile, have to figure out if they have a quarterback.

They couldn’t find one on Sunday.

COLEMAN COMES UP BIG

On an afternoon when Washington quarterback Rex Grosman had trouble finding his receivers he had no trouble at all finding Eagles safety Kurt Coleman.

Coleman, a second-year player from Ohio State who was a seventh-round draft pick in 2010, had the game of his life as he picked off three Grossman passes in a starring role for a defensive unit that has been under fire for its indifferent play this season.

In a secondary that boasts Pro Bowl corners, it was the unheralded Coleman that made the pivotal plays and snuffed out any thoughts of a Washington comeback.

“He did a nice job,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “He had three interceptions. That’s a pretty good day.”

A starter for the first three games this season, Coleman sat out the next two but on Sunday found himself back on the field and among the starters.

He made the most of it as coming into the game he had just one interception in his brief NFL career.

Prior to the game, Coleman said he was pumped.

“This is the NFL and every day you have to fight for your job,” Coleman said. “We’re trying to get the best people on the field. So right now they’ve gone through a couple combinations and hopefully something’s going to stick because we need to have continuity in the backfield. We have to start making some plays. The bottom line is if we make plays, we win the game.”

On Sunday, he backed up his words in style.


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