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McNabb's cardiovascular endurance

The most amazing part of a consistently amazing Mike Shanahan Monday press conference was likely his repeated discussion of Donovan McNabb's conditioning, on a day when the quarterback tied a Redskins season-high with a 36 yard run. That certainly became the national storyline. Because I have a feeling I might want to have all these quotes in one place somewhere down the line, here is the full assortment of conditioning quotes. These come from both the Shanahan press conference and his subsequent ESPN 980 appearance.

* "You've got to hustle to the line of scrimmage, and you're calling plays that you haven't called in a two-minute attack, and you're actually working cardiovascular endurance at the same time, working on the clock. It's really hard to do that when you haven't practiced it and you haven't really put yourself out in any type of strenuous activities because of your hamstrings."

* "I think I just tried to explain to you, the cardiovascular endurance that it takes to run the two-minute, going all the way down with no timeouts, calling plays, it's just not easy."

* "What Rex had been doing is he's been working out, he can do all the quarterback drills, he's in very good shape....He understands the terminology inside and out so he can make double calls, he's in excellent shape."

* "It's just not the hamstring, it's from a cardiovascular standpoint, with no timeouts and calling the plays, like I said, I thought it was in the best interest of the team."

* "One thing that you have to do with the two minute is you have to be able to move, you have to be able to run. Not only does your cardiovascular endurance have to be there, but you've got two plays that you have to call in the huddle, you've got to move up to the line very quickly to execute the two-minute offense. And I really didn't feel Donovan, relative to not being able to get any cardiovascular endurance and run the two-minute offense for the last four or five weeks, that I'd put him in a situation that would just injure him."

* "In a two-minute, if you're actually working the two-minute, and you have no timeouts like the scenario we were in, and you've got to score a touchdown, it's not only calling the plays, but it's hustling to the line, it's keeping your composure while you're trying to go through your reads and your snap counts, especially your silent snap count when you're on the road. There's many things involved. You just don't run that, especially on the road, without being in good shape and not having run it for the last five weeks."

* "Rex is in shape, he works out every day, he's been running every day, he's been healthy."

By Dan Steinberg  | November 1, 2010; 10:51 PM ET
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So either Shanahan decided to use the most critical drive of a critical game to passively-aggressively inform Donovan McNabb that he is a fatty.


He thinks Rex Grossman after 59 minutes sitting on his ass is a more effective QB than McNabb.

Either way, not a good sign.

Posted by: ThisGuy | November 1, 2010 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Shany is a cockeyed

Posted by: fbelton | November 1, 2010 11:19 PM | Report abuse

This explanation make less sense than his previous one. Maybe Shanny will have a new one tomorrow. Sadly I am not football savvy enough to guess what that explanation might be.

Posted by: redclaws | November 1, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

He spins just like the right wing whackjob that he is.

Posted by: DC07 | November 2, 2010 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan's just following the old-school tradition of never giving a straight answer to the media, I can't believe anyone's worked up about what he says, or is trying to interpret it.

It's simple, he's tired of how crappy McNabb has played this year, and figured we had a better chance of winning the game with Grossman (or even Donald Duck) leading that last drive.

It's funny how one play makes such a difference. If McNabb had stayed in for that last drive, we can all be pretty darn sure (let's face it) that we wouldn't have scored. And all the fans would have been on McNabb's @ss, demanding that Shanahan bench him, etc.

Instead, we were instantly reminded of just how bad Grossman is, and now we're all over Shanahan's @ss for not leaving McNabb in.

Maybe the lesson is that we fans are pretty clueless and should just shut the h*ll up? Just thinking out loud here...

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | November 2, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

someone still must xplain to me what giving up 37 points to the likes of the lions has to do with the benching of mcNabb. unless he is the one who is giving up the points than i'm at a lost.

Posted by: williedyn | November 2, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

In one swell foop, Shanahan has lost the quarterback, the team and the fans. A most unfortunate turn of events for all parties. As a die-hard 'Skins fan, the sense of impending doom is overwhelming. Another season lost.

Posted by: RingYourClock | November 2, 2010 2:07 AM | Report abuse

Everyone knows that you have to be in great shape to avoid getting smacked by Suh. Oops!! Grossman couldn't do it and neither could McNabb so I guess McNabb would have been just as good had he stayed in.

Posted by: jbkulp | November 2, 2010 3:42 AM | Report abuse

I have never been a big fan nor critic of McNabb before nor of Shanahan. However, now I see that when Shanahan is caught LYING he attacks & attacks & attacks.

This smells like originally a conflict betw McNabb & Kyle; and Mike is defending his kid by going vitriolic. And he doesn't have enough sense to know what fool he comes off as.

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Posted by: terryreece | November 2, 2010 7:20 AM | Report abuse

Sometimes Grandpa says things. Just ignore him and hope everything gets worked out during the bye.

Posted by: Weave160 | November 2, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Well Peyton Manning must be Bruce Jenner reincarnated. He ran the 2-minute for almost the ENTIRE FRIGGIN' GAME against us! And quite well, I might add. =\

Posted by: cpayne624 | November 2, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

What's Alan Webb up to these days? Apparently Shannahan would be more comfortable with a guy like that running the two minute offense over a proven quarterback who has been to six pro bowls, five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl.

Posted by: baskert | November 2, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised no one, blogger or media, has brought up McNabb's comeback attempt in his lone Super Bowl appearance. Maybe that vomit-inducing performance was on Shannahan's mind when he decided to pull McNabb. Kind of a long-shot theroy, but again I'm surprised nobody has mentioned it.

Even if McNabb was out of cardiovascular shape though, it is inexcusable to bring in Rex Grossman with the game on the line.

Posted by: rademaar | November 2, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

I am not a McNabb hater but it should be noted that several years ago (T.O.) complained that McNabb was out of breath during a late drive in an Eagle playoff game. Tough to take T.O. at his word but it is interesting.

Posted by: mpintzuk | November 2, 2010 9:37 AM | Report abuse

spunkydawg1 -- right on.

mcnabb wouldn't have won that game. at least this sent a message: play better, or kiss your long-term deal goodbye.

Posted by: sbdc2 | November 2, 2010 9:40 AM | Report abuse

Look- the bottom line is D-Mc has become the complete scapegoat in a deeply flawed offense, from the receiving corps to the offensive line. The Shanahan's had this fascination that McNabb could mask all these flaws, but the reality: no one can. His body has been destroyed the past 4 games, and unless the Redskins can bring in a big possession receiver to open up the offense and shore up the oline, the circumstances won't change. Additionally, how can you question the guy's practice and preparation habits? He's been in the league for 12 years -- I think he understands what's necessary to win games. Wouldn't it be something if Kyle Shan. started adapting his ways a bit to utilize D-Mc's skill set...?

Posted by: MDK8 | November 2, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

With Grossman we maybe had a 5% chance of getting that game winning drive. With McNabb we maybe had a 10% chance considering the way he's been playing. So what's the big deal? Does anybody seriously think McNabb would have had a realistic chance of pulling this one out - especially after going 4 and out on the previous drive? Andy Reid saw a QB entering the downside of his career with a work ethic that wouldn't result in a turnaround Trading him to a division opponent was a super win-win for the Eagles. The Redskins gave up valuable draft choices that slows their rebuilding process and the Eagles got them to help accelerate their already impressive overhaul. And he knew that the Redskins, at best, would be getting mediocre play from their QB. We got hoodwinked and I'm more upset with Shanahan about that than with pulling McNabb on Sunday.

Posted by: willypops | November 2, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, Tim Hasslebeck??? He was on a practice squade with Donovan 8 years ago. Since Hasslebeck had such a great career (joke, joke) someohow I think he needs to keep his mouth shut.

Posted by: spinstercity | November 2, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, Tim Hasslebeck??? He was on a practice squade with Donovan 8 years ago. Since Hasslebeck had such a great career (joke, joke) someohow I think he needs to keep his mouth shut.

Posted by: spinstercity | November 2, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Shany hasn't lost his marbles...

See second paragraph after "2004" heading

Posted by: richs91 | November 2, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Highlighting so many cardiovascular endurances in bold may not be good for your own cardiovascular endurance. And that shows when you blew it by highlighting the "Good shape" comment in the end. You have to get in better shape or Barno1 will take over your job for the rest of the season..

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