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Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:28 am
Edited on: December 17, 2010 2:02 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

The Redskins didn’t wait until the final two minutes of a close game to throw their “franchise quarterback” under the bus this week: according to Kelli Johnson of Comcast Sports Net, Rex Grossman is getting the starting nod over Donovan McNabb against the Cowboys.
R. Grossman (US Presswire)
Grossman and McNabb have been splitting the first team reps in practice the past two weeks or so. It is believed that Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan thinks Grossman has a better grasp of the system (Grossman played for Shanahan in Houston last season).

For the Redskins, this is a potential nightmare that could make the Haynesworth fiasco look trivial in comparison. Johnson reports that several players are “extremely upset” and that the locker room is divided. Jason La Canfora of NFL.com says many players believe Kyle Shanahan (and, one would assume, Mike Shanahan, as well) has lost credibility because he is using McNabb as a scapegoat. The Redskins offense ranks 27th in scoring.

In November, McNabb signed what was believed to be a long-term megadeal with the Redskins. However, the media later discovered that Washington would be on the hook for just $3.75 million if McNabb was cut after the 2010 season. That scenario now looks likely.

Replacing any quarterback with the turnover-prone Grossman is a move that speaks volumes about the quarterback being replaced. In other words, the Skins aren’t turning to Grossman because they like his potential; they’re turning to Grossman because they no longer respect McNabb’s game.

The backlash from this move, particularly if Grossman struggles, is going to be monumental. Word is Mike Shanahan was utterly ill-prepared to face the scrutiny after benching McNabb against Detroit. Shanahan is not ill-prepared this time. He wouldn’t open Pandora’s box if he thought McNabb was going to be in Washington next season.

For McNabb, whose 77.5 passer rating ranks 25th in the NFL, the discussion now focuses on which team will sign him in 2011. One has to figure the Arizona Cardinals will be at the forefront of that discussion.


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Since: Dec 18, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 2:51 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Great Choice,    Bench Mcnabb and see what we have for next yeat as a back-up.  Mcnabb was done in Philly.  Shanahan is doing what is best for the Redskins and not being POLITICALLY CORRECT is the way to do it.   If you people thought Mcnabb was going to take us anywhere you need FOOTBALL --101



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: December 18, 2010 2:11 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Life is full of finger pointers and Mike Shanahan is one on the largest scale. He couldn't get it done post Elway in Denver and the responsibility never fell on Shanahan. Now you have Mini Shanahan ,who ran Houston's offense last year, with blinders on thinking because Rex Grossman so called knows the offense is better suited to QB the Redskins. So I guess their saying Donavan didn't fully get the Skins offense. Well being an Eagles fan I can tell you that Donovan has his plus's and minus's but one plus is that McNabb ran Andy Reids complex offense for a century. McNabb deserves better than this. He is the Shanahans scapecoat and that will be seen clearer with these last three games. Hopefully McNabb can land himself in Arizona next year to make Shanahan look bad again and revieve Larry Fitzgerald and the crew in the desert. 




Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:42 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

McNabb was absiolutely terrible last year, particularly in the 3 losses to the Cowboys. he was horrible, as Andy Reid knew only too well. There was a reason no team except the 'Skins wanted to part with anyting in a trade for the guy. And, no surprise, he hasn't been much better this year. There is NO WAY you win consistently with the McNabb of today's vintage. The Redskins wouldn't have been better off sorting through some rookie/back up QBs this year. It wasn't going to happen with McNabb. Smartest guy in this whole sad saga?...Andy Reid. He knew McNabb better than anyone. Shanahan made an initial poor decision when the trade was made...but he's correct now. Get rid of McNabb for whatever poor return you can get...and get rid of the mistake made before he arrived as coach...Haynesworth.



Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 18, 2010 1:07 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Shanahan's only excuse is that he hit his head and has a concussion. Otherwise he's just thinking out of his other end. What a jerk. Both he and his prima dona son will be out next year. McNabb will sign with someone that needs a good QB and Rex will be panhandling around the Beltway.



Since: Dec 17, 2007
Posted on: December 18, 2010 12:46 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

I'm thinking all four of them will no longer be Redskins next season: the Shanahans, McNabb and Rex.


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