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McNabb Benching Story Enters Final Day

By Dan Steinberg


Took the weekend off. In the final 72 hours of Donovan McNabb's Cardio Affair, these things happened.

* Town Hall in Glover Park put up this ad in the bathrooms. Not exactly sure whose side they're taking. I'll go with "everyone's."

* Jay Glazer went on Fox's Sunday pre-game show and suggested that Donovan McNabb will not likely be benched this week:

"Going into their last game, Rex Grossman was taking more and more reps," Glazer reported. "When Donovan got back [from the bye], he got all those first-team reps back. And I'm being told unless Donovan completely messes up, Mike Shanahan will not pull Donovan McNabb."

Of course, I have no sources, and I said the same thing a week ago.

* Donovan McNabb spoke to ESPN's Mike Tirico in advance of the network's Monday Night Football broadcast, and was asked whether these annual controversies eat him up inside:

"We're human," he said. "We're human. And a lot of stuff, it may affect you to the point where you start to question a lot of things that's going on, but I've never let it hold me down to the point where I just lose all type of focus on my job....You know, you laugh at it, you ask yourself why, but you've got to move on."

Tirico also asked McNabb why these controversies so often seem to happen to him; "it's a question that I always ask," McNabb said with a laugh.

* ESPN.com's Matt Mosley spoke to One-Man-Gang Lorenzo Alexander, and, you know, the topic came up:

"Even if he's playing the worst game of his life, I always think he can win a game," Alexander told Mosley. "I never thought Shanahan would do something like that, and it blew up in his face. But I do think people have made it out to be worse than it really is. We've all moved forward from that decision."

Well, it could hardly be better than people have made it out to be, since people have made it out to be roughly as bad as the end of civilization.

* The Women of Washington walked for fitness. One of those women, Roxi McNabb, talked to Matt Terl. For fitness. And other stuff.

"Just in the first nine weeks of the [regular] season, I think we've done more charity work and been together and worked out with each other more than I think I've done in...you know, eleven years with the other team we were with....I think when you have a cohesive unit that does things together, it improves the team as a whole."

I guess Monday night will be a nice test of that theory.

* Ron Jaworski, another part of the Monday Night Football crew, discussed his expectations on last Friday's Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN 980:

"I've talked to other quarterbacks after they've been benched," Jaws said. "You play much more loose, you play much more free, much more carefree, you're not as worried about the negatives, you have much more positive feelings. What else can they do to him? They humiliated Donovan McNabb by pulling him from that game. So he's faced the worst. I think Donovan will be loose, he'll be goosey, I think he'll have a helluva game on Monday night."

First person I've seen who's predicted McNabb will play goosey. Watch out, Casey Rabach.

* London Fletcher, on LaVar and Dukes Friday evening:

"Coach Shanahan and Donovan, they've talked about the situation. You know, we're all supportive of Coach Shanahan, we're also all supportive of Donovan McNabb, he's our quarterback. We feel good about where we're at as a team. We're ready to really play another football game and kind of put all that stuff behind us....It's really not even anything to talk about as far as that goes. That was two weeks ago. We've got another ballgame coming up."

* Anonymous Player X, writing for ESPN the Magazine, discussed the reluctance of some head coaches to adapt scheme to personnel:

"I'm not saying coaches can't help you some, but I am saying they get in the way a lot more. The Redskins sign Pro bowl D-lineman Albert Haynesworth for $100 million, then force him to play over center -- last season in a 4-3 front, then this season in a 3-4 under a new coordinator, Jim Haslett. But he's not your ordinary mule or sacrificial lamb. He's a pass-rusher who tackles guys behind the line. You don't pay a guy $100 million to run into walls."

Wait wait wait, wrong controversy.

* The ESPN Sunday Countdown Crew attached different TV shows to different drama-loving NFL franchises. You can see where the Redskins wound up.

(Town Hall image via @KBurkeDC)


By Dan Steinberg  | November 14, 2010; 9:34 PM ET
Categories:  Media, Redskins  
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Comments

Caps won a goofy 6-4 affair today. Had their 6 game win streak broken yesterday. John Wall keeps doing stuff. Ovechkin is appearing in Sterling on Tuesday ($5-10k contract for a few hours of signing DVDs).

Good to read about McNabb and the Shanihanigans, though. I haven't heard enough about that. You've been curiously lacking on the Dockery/Lichtensteiger debate, or the overall hilarity that we call an offensive line. Casey Rahbach has zero penalties against him (and close to zero blocks). Maybe we could have more of those interesting personnel decisions? Or perhaps a Devin Thomas recap since he left? I'm sure Gilbert Arenas has done something controversial in the last few days. Perhaps Cooley swore off broccoli, or maybe Shanahanigan said something totally incomprehensible?

Wait, McNabb got benched two weeks ago. Nevermind.

Posted by: ncromcr | November 15, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

^ here's your Devin Thomas update:

Devin Thomas ain't done shiiii

Posted by: JohnnyBlades | November 15, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

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