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McNabb demoted to 3rd string; agent rips Skins

Posted on: December 17, 2010 1:07 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2010 1:11 pm
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

More from the headline-grabbing news out of DC Friday. Chris Russell of ESPN 980 reports that Donovan McNabb and Rex Grossman were informed of the quarterback change in Washington earlier this week, and that both were told not to say anything. Shanahan claims he told McNabb about the move Thursday. Oh, Shanahan also mentioned that Rex Grossman will start for the remaiD. McNabb (US Presswire)nder of the season, and that John Beck will be the No. 2. This means McNabb will not be part of the 45-man roster for the last three games, which, according to Grant Paulsen of ESPN 980, means the Redskins won’t have to pay him $93,000 in bonuses.

The Redskins probably wouldn’t mind McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, keeping as mum like his top client. But that's a no go. Smith lashed out at the organization Friday. "Disrespectful is probably not strong enough of a word," Smith told Jason Reid of the Washington Post. "Donovan has handled himself with nothing but class, not just in Washington but as an ambassador for the league. To treat him this way ... it's beyond disrespectful."

Smith has been disenchanted with the Redskins organization throughout most of this tumultuous season.

"I almost don't even know where to begin, but it really started with Detroit and it was just wrong the way Donovan was treated," Smith said. "Just the way Mike handled the whole situation in Detroit, and in almost every instance since that time, and this is, I guess, the culmination of that. I think it's ... again, it's beyond disrespectful."

Smith, of course, negotiated McNabb’s new contract with the team back in November. Word is a big part of McNabb’s inspiration to sign the deal was how much he enjoyed living in Washington. He’ll likely have to reconsider that now.

Smith was asked what McNabb’s future holds. “Without talking to him, I can't answer that question at this time," he said. "Obviously, we're going to have to sit down and digest the season at season's end. And we will, in due time, come to a decision.

"But at the end of the day, he has to live there [in Washington], he has to play there. And the decision, at the end of the day, is ultimately his. I can't answer that question on his behalf. But from my standpoint, I'm certainly not happy with what has transpired. If that is his decision, we're absolutely not happy with Mike's treatment or handling of Donovan. In this situation and in a lot of situations this season."

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Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:37 pm
 

McNabb demoted to 3rd string; agent rips Skins

So just because of his name he should start? Just because he's Donovan McNabb he should start?

Now THAT is disrespectful!!!

You earn your play.

I agree with the above whole-heartedly, up to a point.  I think were the "disrespect" and dishonestpart of this comes in is not that McNabb is replaced as the starter by Grossman, which is questionable at best -- McNabb has not had a good year, but Grossman has NEVER, had a good year.  It is a bit of stretch to think at this point Washington is upgrading at QB with this move --  but with demoting McNabb to 3rd string behind John Beck, whoever the hell that is.  I think that is pretty clearly a move designed to avoid paying the $93,000 in bonuses mentioned in the article.  If the Skins were making a move to evaluate QBs for next year and thought Grossman was better than McNabb, they'd start Beck with Grossman at 2nd string as they know what kind of a QB Grossman is (if they really thought he was the QB of the future, after 8 non-descript seasons in the NFL, they never would have traded for McNabb or would have replaced him much sooner) and the "unknown" is John Beck.



Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 3:36 pm
 

McNabb demoted to 3rd string; agent rips Skins

So just because of his name he should start? Just because he's Donovan McNabb he should start?

Now THAT is disrespectful!!!

You earn your play. Not with previous plays, but with how you play now. And right now, McNabb sucks. Period. His lackluster, uninspired, unemotional "who gives a rats-a__" type play is disrespectful to Skins fans, it's obvious from the get-go he didnt want to be here. His play is lethargic and robotic. If he doesnt want to he here fine, dont sign the contract, he's no different that Haynesworthless in that respect. His play speaks volumes. He wants out of DC, they should oblige.

Good riddance you lazy has-been.


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Since: Oct 22, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 1:36 pm
 

McNabb demoted to 3rd string; agent rips Skins

McNabb is washed up and not what he used to be, but no way can he be a worse option than Wrecks Grossman


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