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Posted at 1:34 PM ET, 12/21/2010

Colt Brennan on Rex Grossman and McNabb

By Dan Steinberg

(By John McDonnell - TWP)

The good news about Colt Brennan's recent appearance on the LaVar and Dukes show is that he's on the road to recovery from the serious car accident that left him with multiple fractures and serious head trauma. He said he's just weeks away from being able to resume working out and getting back into his normal routine.

Having got past that, Brennan eventually weighed in on the Rex Grossman-Donovan McNabb controversy. He was speaking on Friday, before Grossman's debut as the Redskins starter, but his insight into their offseason practice performances was still interesting.

"Remembering when we were in OTAs and stuff like that, Rex was doing a lot of things that caught a lot of people's attention. He was the guy that would really go out there and make plays," Brennan said. "As people have talked to me about Donovan not starting this week, one of the things I said was, 'Dude, Rex was always catching people's attention with his play. He came in kind of knowing the offense, and he was a guy that me and Donovan would ask, what would you have done there, and how do you think I did right there? He just had that head start kind of over everyone, knowing the offense and knowing Kyle really well. And he was kind of the guy we all learned from, because he kind of went out there and ran it the best....

"When you do know the system front and back, you start doing a lot of little things that make big impacts. Sometimes just checking it down to your back can be such a big play, especially with the backs that we have. And I think that over time, we saw Rex take chances, we saw him check it down and be smart. And the whole situation made a real positive impact: that if you can get to that level, this offense will be ran at an unbelievably efficient rate, and it will also create a lot of points and a lot of momentum. It's tough, to be thrown into a new system when you've ran the same thing for 10 years. It just kind of takes time, and it sounds like people were getting tired of waiting."

As for his future, Brennan said he's gone from a driver who enjoyed "buzzing around people" to someone who yells at other cars to slow down. He said he's spent the past four weeks being thankful for what he's done in his life and what his future might hold. He said, as he has before, that "D.C. will always have a special place in my heart." And he said he still hopes "I'll get a chance to get back into the league and show everybody what I'm about as a quarterback."

By Dan Steinberg  | December 21, 2010; 1:34 PM ET
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Wishing you a speedy recovery! You will always be remembered fondly by the Redskins fans..once a 'Skin, always a 'Skin.

Posted by: Japes1974 | December 21, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Good input Colt! Experience in a complicated offense should be beneficial. Hopefully with this benching McNabb will study up on the system if he wants to compete for a job. Anywhere he wants to play he will be expected to master the offense. I like to hear from someone who will give credit where credit is due. It makes me think that Colt has good judgment.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | December 21, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

Get well Colt.

Glad you are still here to tell us that story.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 21, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Love you, Colt!

Posted by: Lisa_R | December 21, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Get well Colt!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | December 21, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Colt Brennan was the best Redskins QB EVER!! We was robbed!

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | December 21, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Colt said it best, Rex had a head strart and came here with Kyle and Kyle didn't want McNabb from the stsrt due to having Rex there. Seems to be another waste of Snyder money...the tickets at Six Flags will be going up again!!!1

Posted by: gman54 | December 21, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Colt said it best, Rex had a head strart and came here with Kyle and Kyle didn't want McNabb from the stsrt due to having Rex there. Seems to be another waste of Snyder money...the tickets at Six Flags will be going up again!!!1

Posted by: gman54 | December 21, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Colt said it best, Rex had a head strart and came here with Kyle and Kyle didn't want McNabb from the stsrt due to having Rex there. Seems to be another waste of Snyder money...the tickets at Six Flags will be going up again!!!1

Posted by: gman54 | December 21, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Colt said it best, Rex had a head start and came here with Kyle and Kyle didn't want McNabb from the stsrt due to having Rex there. Seems to be another waste of Snyder money...the tickets at Six Flags will be going up again!!!1

Posted by: gman54 | December 21, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Colt seems to sum up very well that in THIS SYSTEM Rex was a better option from the beginning. Kind of reminds me how Todd Collins always looked better than Jason Campbell in preseason because he knew Saunders system but had to sit on the bench because in D.C. you don't play the guy who looks better you play the guy you pay more. So Rex sat on the bench while the offense struggled all season. Glad he finally got his shot and took full advantage of it. Skins never should have signed McNabb but that's history now. Seems to me best option now is see how good Rex is. Draft a QB for the future and IF Rex plays well we can use him as a starter until the new guy is ready...

Posted by: sovine08 | December 21, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Best of luck to Colt ... glad he's ok.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 21, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

gman - how do you really feel about what Colt said?

Posted by: MrDumberton | December 21, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

The Cult of Colt revived! Sign him to a free agent contract this offseason and give him a real chance to play in the preseason games. Prediction: he will make the club.

Posted by: iliwai34 | December 21, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the superb article from someone that knows the deal. Pundits and so called experts need to read this real insider story, and stop with the drama. Thanks Colt, keep getting better. Prayers are with you.

Posted by: CROSSHugger | December 21, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

But what that means is that McNabb would be a better QB NEXT YEAR!

The season was a loss anyway - McNabb should just have stayed in.

Fans and the front office just don't have any patience at all....

Posted by: charley42 | December 21, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

AH is understandable. He was a holdover and a problem for Zorn. But it was Shanahan who traded for McNabb when he allegedly had a great coach, did not get a young 3rd string QB, hired 3 obviously over the hill running backs, and retained Galloway. He never was any good at picking personnel in Denver either. Snyder needs to give big money to one of the best at Boston and Baltimore and give total authority to hire. But the Redskins are a toy for Snyder and he wants names out of his childhood.

Posted by: jhough1 | December 21, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

No doubt he will use his number 1 this year on a Heisman winner who should not rank so high and likely will get another Shuler.

Posted by: jhough1 | December 21, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Yep. Grossman starting this year while McNabb learned the system looks pretty good in hindsight. And it reinforces the truth that Jason Campbell was put into a series of impossible situations here. Todd should have started and helped Jason come along.

I'd like to see Colt come back here next spring. And I'm extremely glad he survived the transition from aggressive to cautious driver.

Posted by: DannyH8r | December 21, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

best wishes to you Colt, I still miss ya here, I hope you catch on with another team (not Dallas ) haha stay cool mang

Posted by: Mark99 | December 21, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

Another white guy supporting a white guy over the black quarterback. Mike Wise, John Feinstein, Michael Wilbon, where are you when we need you to set us straight???

Posted by: dfoster1 | December 21, 2010 7:42 PM | Report abuse

To you McNubb fans, stuff it.

McNubb has faced equally as putrid defenses and didn't move the ball. Perhaps ya'll should re-read that line again. Get a clue.

Grossman is an average quarterback at best, but he is the ONLY QB on the roster who plays the SYSTEM and doesn't try to Brett Fav-ray every play.

Notice how much quicker Grossman gets away from the line and drops back. By the time Grossman releases the ball, McNubb is just finishing dropping back.

McNubb used to telegraph run and passing plays so consistently that you could call run or pass by watching his head movement. I noticed it and found it interesting to call "run" or "pass" and my friends would see that I was accurate. Don't tell me the other teams don't notice this.

McNubb's strength is being able to make something out of a busted play on a rollout. He is horrible in the pocket and has consistently thrown the ball right to defenders when they rush him. Several of those were pick 6's. Yeah, Grossman is an idiot and throws picks too, but McNabb consistently will give up the ball when pressured.

This offense needs someone committed to running the system. McNubb is committed to running HIS SYSTEM. Perhaps the Shanny's thought they could contain McNubb's tendencies, but they now know that Andy "Porky Pig" Reid was the best Special Ed teacher in America working with McNubb.

Was it a waste to trade picks for McNubb? Yes, but in a hindsight kind of way. Jason Campbell was a leadership challenged poof that was a slug on drop back - a slug on release - and had no history of success. McNubb had the potential to lead, but his inability to work the system is what bit him on the arse.

In the end, we find that McNubb is intellectually challenged, stubborn, inflexible, and has lost more than a step. Anyone who saw his knowledge of overtime and his inability to do common sense actions on the field knows he is two cups short of a full set. But you just hope the upside of his long ball makes up for his ground balls. And the Shanny's found his stupidity, his inflexibility, and his lack of game management to be too high a price to pay any longer. So they reached the correct decision at the expense of draft choices. Perhaps you know it alls should rent your crystal ball. I also assume you also have a set. Is that too much to assume?

Posted by: laserwizard | December 21, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

So happy to see Colt on the way to a full recovery. His heart was in the Redskins and it was a sad day for a lot of us when he was released.
But the Man Upstairs gives us what we need when we need it and the greatest victories emerge from the greatest crises.
God Bless, fast healing to all who ail.
Merry Christmas and HTTR!

Posted by: lizkauai | December 21, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Good insight. His take on this makes sense to me.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 22, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse


Maybe you have something interesting to say, maybe you don't, but I'm not going to waste my time reading a comment from someone whose idea of being clever is intentionally misspelling McNabb's name over and over. I'm not a McNabb fan, either, but really, are you in the 3rd grade?

Posted by: jksesq1 | December 22, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

Look, I'm no McNABB apologist...Never wanted him in the first place...But now that you have him, you lose patience and sit him down. I find that ironic because they have the Worst REDSKINS DEFENSE in franchise history with the 3-4, but everyone (including SHANANAGAN) preaches patience and growing pains, yet they won't keep that approach towards McNABB. Don't worry everyone, Midnight will strike and GrossBURGER will revert back to that Pumpkin that we all knew about. Pretty soon that glass slipper is gonna shatter!
These coaches want it both ways, and it isn't working... As a fan, my patience is slipping with this current philosophy, and I 'm starting to view all the coaches as PUMPKINS!!!

Posted by: wagenstill | December 22, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

The "System" has not created a single playoff team in last 5 years and that includes ALL of Kyles years in NFL.

What happened to the top 10 defense from last year? Was the "System" not responsible for that?

It sounds like Shanahan's are robot master...

Posted by: SeedofChange | December 22, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

gman54, snyder bailed out of six flags a few years back when that organization starting going down also. if only he would get out of the skins business as fast!!

Posted by: astroman215aolcom | December 22, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Colt, I always thought you had a little Brett Farve in you. It's too bad QB play is so over analysed that gunslingers don't get a chance anymore. It's kinda like golf, all those great players of old had little quirks in their swings; but now they all look like swing clones. Work hard everyday, you'll get another chance somewhere.

Posted by: Skin4Life1 | December 22, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

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