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Shanahan would welcome McNabb in '11 as a backup

Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 7:52 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb went on the radio Tuesday and said that he'd been "disrespected" when Redskins coach Mike Shanahan decided to make him the third-string quarterback.

So you have to wonder how McNabb feels now that Shanahan has decided to lob out an offer to take McNabb back in 2011 ... as a backup. (Update: McNabb's agent has released a statement, and so has Shanahan, via the Redskins.)

"I'm not sure he would [return as a backup], which I would understand," Shanahan said via Jason Reid of the Washington Post. "But I think that's why we're talking about hypothetical situations. I don't think that would happen. But if he was interested in that, obviously, that'd be a possibility."

Shanahan also said that "people might have speculated" on Grossman starting over McNabb but it was never actually realized until he told both quarterbacks last Thursday.

But that's really semantics, because the dissonance between McNabb and Shanahan is almost mind-boggling at this point. After all, it's not like Shanny's sitting on a franchise quarterback right now (although theoretically Grossman could be his Jake Plummer-like bridge to whatever his Washington version of Jay Cutler will be, but, um, have fun with that).

Not to mention, the Redskins signed McNabb to an extension, which means they'll have to cough up an extra $10 million if they want to keep him in 2011. They could trade him, of course, but it seems a lot less likely that another quarterback-needy team (Seattle? San Francisco? Minnesota? Carolina? Arizona? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?) will part with anything of significant value knowing that Shanahan doesn't perceive McNabb worth the amount he'll cost his own team.

As a result, the most likely way this plays out is the Redskins cutting McNabb approximately one minute before the deadline to pick up his option, after a lengthy offseason filled with "I want to play but I want to start" quotes from McNabb countered daily by "We'll welcome Donovan back any time he wants as long as he understands his role" retorts from Shanahan.

So, yeah, just like Albert Haynesworth's whole thing minus all the vitriol.

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Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: December 24, 2010 2:18 am
 

Shanahan would welcome McNabb in '11 as a backup

mauxdeverite.  if you want to make a point about something  maybe you want to not start off by saying "for those of you too dumb to understand"   almost feels like my boss ( who most of use think is the dumb one) talking down to the people.   I could not even get beyond that line and asked myself who is this person?

I do think it is amazing you have it all figured out since Mike has not said much of anything except mcnabb is out of shape, mcnabb does not know the playbook, he can be a backup to grossman. 

I mean when those 3 things go down, who looks like the fool and the liar?  I never saw mike as a liar (broncos fan here) til this episode.



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: December 23, 2010 7:45 pm
 

Shanahan would welcome McNabb in '11 as a backup

And that is what great coaches do. They adapt, adjust, tinker, whatever you want to call it, to maximize your players skill set. Shanahan will not do that. That is why he was fired once already.




Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 7:41 pm
 

Shanahan would welcome McNabb in '11 as a backup

He did alot more with the same or less in Philly. It was mainly due to the system being adapted to him. 



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 7:30 pm
 

Shanahan would welcome McNabb in '11 as a backup

For those too dumb to understand, put yourself in Shanahan's position. Mike did NOT choose McNabb. Daniel Snyder did. Shanahan attempted to make the best out of the situation. However, it became clear that McNabb was NOT the best candidate to run Shanny's offensive scheme, and Mike was NOT going to change his entire scheme to fit McNabb like Philly did. Running Shanahan's offense is NOT about having a "big arm", or cutting your sleeves off to flash your guns. It's ALL between the ears, and that my firends is where McNabb has always fallen short of the mark. Preserving McNabb's street cred was doing nothing for the Redskins. It was only doing something for McNabb, and helping his market value. The truth is that Philly knew McNabb was pretty much done when they dumped him on Washington. But that OK, huh? Andy Reid is NOT being called ignorant and a multitude of names. It's ALL on Shanahan. Reid benched McNabb in Philly but wasn't accused of being a racist or called a slave master. Let's get real here. Shanahan was hired and paid handsomely to do a job in Washington. This is his career here. He has the right to pick the guy on whose shoulders his own livelihodd will ride. Shanahan is going to get the blame when Washington lost, and McNabb was going to get all the credit if Washington won. The political and racial thing surrounding McNabb has been so thick you could cut it with a knife, since Limbaugh called him out seven years ago. McNabb has become a lightning rod of racial tensions, and it's not his fault. He never asked to be annointed the Great Black Hope. The media pushed that load onto McNabb's shoulders. He never wanted it. He just wanted to play. Thankfully, the media has now shifted the burden to Michael Vick. If Vick is lucky, they will soon turn their affections to Cam Newton. The media has to have somebody play the GBH, and McNabb just happened to come along at the wrong time. McNabb is a nice guy. And Mike Shanahan isn't the devil either. He's under tremedous pressure here, and he needs to win badly.



Since: Dec 12, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2010 7:21 pm
 

Shanahan would welcome McNabb in '11 as a backup

Honestly, McNabb hasn't been any great shakes for the Skins this year anyway you look at it.  You may say he didn't have a whole lot to work with, which is true, but you have to be better than 50 something percent completion percent in the NFL.  I have watched every snap the Skins took this year, and McNabb has missed open receivers countless times.  He just isn't that good anymore.  How many years do you have to play in the NFL before you can take the snap and get away from center without getting tripped up?  Seems like backup material to me.


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