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Posted at 2:48 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Turn your McNabb no. 5 jerseys into Shuler jerseys

By Jason Woodmansee

So... the new quarterback of your Washington Redskins is Rex “The Sex Cannon” Grossman. Now that the shock has (almost) worn off, here are the two ways to look at it.

The Positive Way
If you don’t think that McNabb is the future of the franchise, this makes that statement in a clear way. Many organizations stick with someone long after it is obvious they aren’t meeting expectations, just because they don’t want to look wrong. It is, in a lot of ways, brave of the Shanhans to do this, and it allows the team to move on and start figuring out the next step. Chris Mottram from Mr. Irrelevant makes the best argument for this.

The “Holy Crap, I Can’t Believe This Happening Again” Way
This isn’t about the benching, but is all about the “how.” There is no question that McNabb has been a disappointment. But the Shanahans haven’t handled this well. At all. First was the benching in the final two minutes of the Lions game (which still doesn’t make sense), and the constantly shifting explanations afterwards. Then this week, there had been rumors that McNabb was on “a short leash” and could be benched if he plays poorly. But it doesn’t appear that they told Donavan anything, which is pretty much a basic thing about managing people and a team. This has put the locker roominto turmoil, as locker rooms tend to defend the veteran leader. Having an angry locker room is not how you want to go into a rivalry game, even if it is against Jon Kitna.

In the end, the thing that has been so troublesome about the Redskins the last few years is the drama. There are a lot of reasons to complain about Dan Synder as an owner, but my main complaint is that the off the field discussion volume is always higher than the on the field discussion volume. It’s always about free agent signings, new coaches, disgruntled players, free agent busts, and new ways they find to squeeze a dollar out of fans. The hope was that Shanahan and Allen were going to bring back some boring respectability to the team. But benching your “star” quarterback, who you traded to picks for, who you gave a big extension to, who you didn’t actually talk to about it - that’s not boring. And that’s not respectable.

By Jason Woodmansee  | December 17, 2010; 2:48 PM ET
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Comments

McNabb is ,by far, the best addition to this sad representation of a football team. Except for him and maybe a few others, ie landry, fletcher ,hall ,cooley, orakpo and williams, I would get rid of the remaining team ,all coaches and gm. Scorched earth policy is the only answer,aka Leonsis and the
caps. No defense, no offensive line, weak,slow receivers are the problem, NOT hall of famer Mcnabb. The Redskins are rapidly losing their previously impermeable fan base. Keep Mcnabb get rid of the rest including shanahan.

Posted by: agis1 | December 18, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

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