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Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 12/20/2010

Redskins market McNabb to sell season tickets

By Dan Steinberg

Football organizations are wide-ranging outfits, with marketing and business and community-relations and football operations arms. You can't really expect the football people to tell the ticket people what they're doing.

And yet still, you have to admit it's an odd sort of week when the coach benches his starting quarterback and says he can't guarantee his future with the franchise ON THE EXACT SAME DAY that the ticket people send out a solicitation letter inviting fans "to join head coach Mike Shanahan and quarterback Donovan McNabb for the 2011 season."

A bunch of people apparently got these letters over the weekend. And I'm guessing more than one of them had a sad, sad chuckle when they read those accursed words. Click on the above image to see the full letter, if you dare.

(Thanks to Reader T., who sent this along.)

UPDATE: I'm told the concept for this letter was approved in November, and the letters were mailed early last week, before the quarterback switch was announced. Like I suggested above, unfortunate timing.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 20, 2010; 12:36 PM ET
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To be fair, it's not set in stone McNabb is going to leave, he is under contract. Plus, Grossman will probably remind us very soon who he really is. McNabb could be the perfect qb to hold down the fort next season while they groom a rookie.

Posted by: eternale5150 | December 20, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Well, marketing is all they have to keep the money rolling in because they don't win. And given that they started the 2011 preseason last Sunday against Dallas ("we need to evaluate players since we are mathematically eliminated"), it seems about right to start marketing next season now. They will have to wait until February to throw money at some aging star. But featuring DM is rich indeed.

Posted by: buster5 | December 20, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

and Portis' picture is on the tickets... hey he may not be back either, hehehehe.

Posted by: tommycat | December 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

New marketing slogan:

Join Donovan McNabb... on the bench... at FEDEX Field.

If "you're not in" either, at least you'll be in some good company.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 20, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Just another embarrassing footnote in this long, sad chapter of the Redskins franchise history.

Would it have been hard to push the abort button on the e-mail blast the minute McNabb was benched and his future with the team was thrown into doubt? I guess nobody in Ashburn could be bothered.

Posted by: kungpow9960 | December 20, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

"Act now and receive free tickets to Redskins vs Giants at FedExField on January 2, 2011."

Wait...I thought FedEx was "Sold Out"?!? How could they have tickets available for the last game? Doh!

Posted by: matt555 | December 20, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Rumor is, because of and in response to Little Lord Danny and his hand-picked front office, the NFL is going to institute a per-game player contract policy starting in 2011. *NYUK* *NYUK* *NYUK*

Posted by: ericenderle | December 20, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

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