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Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 12/15/2010

Donovan McNabb not worried about rumors that Rex Grossman might replace him

By Barry Svrluga

Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said Wednesday he can't and won't think about reports, rumors and innuendo that Coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan have been preparing backup Rex Grossman to replace him, and that he considers the final three games of the season - with the playoffs out of reach - important for Washington's offensive development.

"I can't afford to," McNabb said when asked about reports, particularly by Fox's Jay Glazer, that the Redskins might replace him. "If I don't get that from the guy who makes the decisions, then I don't focus on it. There's been reports and sources saying all throughout the last couple years of my career. So I think if I spent too much time focusing on that, I wouldn't focus on the task at hand. So I really don't worry about that. The only thing I can really put my mind on is what we need to do to beat Dallas."

McNabb said he had no doubt that he would start Sunday at Dallas, what would be his 14th start of the year. McNabb has played in all 16 games just once in the last six years.

"I feel great," he said.

He also continued to dismiss the idea that Grossman -- who infamously came in with 1 minute 50 seconds remaining in what became a Redskins' loss at Detroit on Oct. 31 - took more reps in practice last week, a supposed indication that there was an increased chance McNabb could be benched.

"It wasn't too much different than what we've been doing," McNabb said. "Maybe one rep, two reps. It's not an issue. It's not an issue."

By Barry Svrluga  | December 15, 2010; 12:26 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman  
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Comments

Re: The McNabb Booing.

Dude was the face of the division rival Iggles for more than a decade. His acceptance here isn't automatic. Now that he's putting up his career worst season for us, it shouldn't be surprising he's not fully embraced by local fans.

Replace McNabb with Tony Romo (or Eli Manning) under the same circumstances and I'm pretty sure you would see a very similar reaction.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 15, 2010 12:16 PM

Posted by: Alan4 | December 15, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

On Sunday...

"Donovan McNabb is inactive for today's game against the Cowboys because of an "unspecified injury". Coach Mike Shanahan stated that McNabb "just didn't look comfortable" during warm ups but would not elaborate. McNabb was unavailable for comment but was very visibly upset on the sidelines. Quarterback Rex Grossman will start today's game."

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 15, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

If McNabb is beat up, why not let Grossman play. The Skins aren't going anywhere this year.

Posted by: min7th | December 15, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

I'd still lay several lines of pipe to that ass, no questions asked.

Posted by: RedDMV | December 15, 2010 11:50 AM

Noooooooo Red! Her a$$ is 100% all fake everything....Have you ever touched a fake a$$? It's hard and lumpy. Not soft and tendor.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 15, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Re: Banks

If opponents are changing their kicking strategy b/c of him, then he's doing his job.


Re: Grossman rumors

If I'm McNabb, I wouldn't be worried about Grossman rumors either. If I'm the rest of the Redskins who would have to play with Grossman under center, then I'd be worried about the rumors.


Re: McNabb

We're not gonna trade/get rid of him. We have him in a contract that is favorable toward the Skins. Despite McNabb's poor play this season, he is a security option for the team - not only b/c our QB situation is unsettled, but because the CBA situation is unsettled. If CBA negotiations drag on and on into the offseason, then it is going to hamstring team-planning and free agency. Having McNabb on your team in that scenario is better than not having McNabb on your team.

Posted by: p1funk | December 15, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

What the heck would be the point of starting Grossman now? No playoff shot, and he's a backup. If he's a Redskin next year, it will be as a backup.

McNabb's future with the Redskins is less clear, so if you're evaluating players for next year, why would you not give him every opportunity to show you (or a potential trade partner) what he's got?

Jay Glazer is a cotton-headed ninnymuggins.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 15, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

He is 25th in the league in Passer Rating. He has the 5th most INTs with 15. He is 20th in TD passes. He has more INTs than Tds. He is 27th in the league in comp %.
It is fair to say that McNabb sucks this year.


I've been off the McNabb bandwagon since Week 3.

Sobriety is my new way of life now that I'm not drunk on the notion that Shanahan plus McNabb was somehow going to equal playoffs and not the stupor of continued mediocrity.

It's good that now #5 has amassed numbers--such as they are--my thinking and observations were justified.

Too, McNabb defenders ignore that even where the skins' improved line play isn't the best, the receivers, playcalling, head coaching and running backs are much better than what JC had the past 3 years.

I'd like to think we are to McNabb like what the Giants were Kurt Warner: a way station, a stopping place a veteran quarterback goes through a struggle before moving on to his final destination.

And no matter what happens with him here, we all hope that Arizona is Donovan McNabb's last stomping ground (he does have a home there, after all).

Maybe he needs a job there, too.

Posted by: MistaMoe | December 15, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Why are we talking about MCNAbb might be getting benched?

I thought y'all had Shanny figured out??

Shanny leaked McNabb might get benched to the media as to motivate McNabb. That's how he pushes the big named players....

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 15, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Perversely, would like to see Rex start and show us exactly what young Kyle purportedly sees in him.

Would also like to see at least some hint of something worthwhile in this so called offensive scheme that Kyle has designed and McNabb can't seem to master.

I suspect if it were all aired out in the clear light of day, it wouldn't merit much worth further consideration -- and then perhaps the adults could get back to the business of trying to win football games.

Kyle must still be upset his little tantrum that led to the benching of McNabb for all of two minutes earlier this season seems to have backfired.

Not that Daddy would ever intervene in such silliness -- particularly when he's grooming junior to replace him in another year or so.

Precocious little pup!

Posted by: Vic1 | December 15, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Grossman going in wouldn't be such a bad thing?

Nothing to lose, see if this guy can be our 1 year tutor to a new QB.

Can't get any worse.

Plus we should be running the ball way more anyway, like the 1st 30 minutes of the Tampa game.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 15, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

Re: Banks:

I think what wasn't said in the Banks article about team's kicking away from him, is that they don't have an incentive to kick to him. Yes part of the reason they kick away from Banks is his ability to take one to the house or across midfield. But the other part of the reason is who cares if you give the Redskins the ball on the 35 or 40 if the offense is so inefficient that they can't score points. If McNabb and company were a high powered unit, you'd still rather try to pin them back, than risk the long return. Right now though there is no threat on offense, so why risk the one chance the Skins have at scoring?

Re: McNabb:

People want to make excuses for McNabb, about a bad, o-line, WR's, RB's and a new playbook, but for some reason those excuses weren't good enough for Campbell last year. Plenty of teams have had multiple issues like McNabb is facing yet their quarterbacks are preforming better. And it isn't just about the numbers. Look at Eli he leads the league in interceptions, yet the Giants (even in a year where 3 OL have been out, their top TE, and top 2 WR's) always have a better chance to win. Sure Eli might through some more picks, but he is also converting more 3rd downs and leading more scoring drives. McNabb is throwing picks, but doesn't have anything positive to show for it. He fails in every category: Inaccurate, Inefficient on 3rd downs, Inefficient in the red zone, takes too many sacks, throws too many interceptions... what is McNabb's upside, that he throws a deep ball? Fantastic, because that means nothing. The Redskins have basically won this year in spite of McNabb not because of him.

Posted by: Steveo11 | December 15, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? This franchise is irrelevant

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 15, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Lets not throw mcnabb under the best just yet. can't compare eli to mcnabb this year. eli has gone 5 games without a sack, and he still has all those picks. put eli on this team and you would get worst results than mcnabb. we need to build or OL and you will see the problems go away.

Posted by: poulosjoe | December 15, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? This franchise is irrelevant

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 15, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse


Apparently people like yourself care; otherwise they wouldn't take the time to log on, read the post and respond.

Posted by: p1funk | December 15, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Lets not throw mcnabb under the best just yet. can't compare eli to mcnabb this year. eli has gone 5 games without a sack, and he still has all those picks. put eli on this team and you would get worst results than mcnabb. we need to build or OL and you will see the problems go away.

Posted by: poulosjoe | December 15, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Whaaaa? The OLine is worst this year, than last year. McNabb changed has to learn an offense after being in the same one for 11 years. He has extended plays longer to try to make plays. Even Chris Cooley said, this is the most down the field action he has ever seen for this offense. And we have one of the worst running games because of the OLine as well in the history of the redskins.

Eli Manning - Everyone said he has had one of the best OLines this year. And they apparently have depth as well.....something we have neither of. Eli's INTs is just Eli being Eli he throws the ball. But also, everyone acknowledges he has Good WRs (Smith, Hicks, Whoever else).

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 15, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Re: McNabb:

People want to make excuses for McNabb, about a bad, o-line, WR's, RB's and a new playbook, but for some reason those excuses weren't good enough for Campbell last year. Plenty of teams have had multiple issues like McNabb is facing yet their quarterbacks are preforming better. And it isn't just about the numbers. Look at Eli he leads the league in interceptions, yet the Giants (even in a year where 3 OL have been out, their top TE, and top 2 WR's) always have a better chance to win. Sure Eli might through some more picks, but he is also converting more 3rd downs and leading more scoring drives. McNabb is throwing picks, but doesn't have anything positive to show for it. He fails in every category: Inaccurate, Inefficient on 3rd downs, Inefficient in the red zone, takes too many sacks, throws too many interceptions... what is McNabb's upside, that he throws a deep ball? Fantastic, because that means nothing. The Redskins have basically won this year in spite of McNabb not because of him.

Posted by: Steveo11 | December 15, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse


McNabb's upside is that he throws for yardage (top 10 in the league) which means opposing defenses have to account for his arm - unlike certain other folks who make a living off a checkdown.

His upside is that he has pocket-awareness and can make plays on the run - unlike certain other folks who drop back and get immediately sacked if protection isn't perfect.

His downside is accuracy.


The Giants are not in the same situation we are. The Giants are not in Year 1 of their offense. The QB, coaches and players have been running that system efficiently for years.

A better example would be to look at what's going on in Arizona with Derek Anderson or Cleveland with Jake Delhomme - both veteran "pro bowl" QBs in Year 1 of a new offense with new coaches and players.

Posted by: p1funk | December 15, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

And we still have those red zone problems that we have had since forever.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | December 15, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? This franchise is irrelevant

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 15, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse


Get lost Feinstein!!

Posted by: moseley_brian | December 15, 2010 1:31 PM | Report abuse

What the heck would be the point of starting Grossman now? No playoff shot, and he's a backup. If he's a Redskin next year, it will be as a backup.

McNabb's future with the Redskins is less clear, so if you're evaluating players for next year, why would you not give him every opportunity to show you (or a potential trade partner) what he's got?

Jay Glazer is a cotton-headed ninnymuggins.

Posted by: freakzilla | December 15, 2010 12:46 PM
------------------------------------------
The school of thought is McNabb has had the last 13 games to show us what he's got and it has not been much. So, let's see if there is any other QB on the roster worth keeping next season. You might be of the mindset that you keep McNabb around next year as a caretaker, but maybe Grossman can be a caretaker that knows the offense.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | December 15, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

McNabb deserves better than this. Hopefully, he and the Skins part ways and he winds up with the Cardinals.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 15, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Count the number of missed throws for the rest of the year by McPick if he plays. He has 4 or 5 in the dirt, and 4 or 5 high every single game. His accuracy is gone.....I don't care if we had R. Moss and Hines Ward or Andre Johnson. You can't catch the ball when it's 5 yds in front of you or 10 ft. over your head. Reid knew what he was doing when he let him go. Because Nabb is a great person, it was one of his hardest decisions. He is a great guy, but his best years are long gone.

Posted by: Riggo2 | December 15, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Bench McNabb again? For this conversation to be taking place is completely nuts and unfortunately, par for the course. The last accepted QB here was Rypien, but not always accepted. The locals have bought into the theory that this is a high profile job and that they are only a good QB away from deep runs in the playoffs. Wrong. The Skins lack front office strength and have been completely unstable with coaches. Shanahan, Zorn, Gibbs, Spurrier, Turner have all been here since Reid arrived in Philly. Worse, look thru that string and find a common thread to build on.

Second, Grossman is just like a lot of UF QBs. They are great in college and never equal that level in the pros. For a team desperately in need of continuity and leadership, is this where you expect to find it? Neither Shanahan has succeeded in the NFL in the last 6 years and to expect them to raise this ship in 1 year is unreasonable. But to step on McNabb's toes again is unwise no matter who the Skins pick in the offseason. He will have to help train his successor. Logic dictates that Grossman is not the long term answer and Kyle has not proven he can mold a successful QB.

Posted by: concerned13 | December 15, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Bench McNabb again? For this conversation to be taking place is completely nuts and unfortunately, par for the course. The last accepted QB here was Rypien, but not always accepted. The locals have bought into the theory that this is a high profile job and that they are only a good QB away from deep runs in the playoffs. Wrong. The Skins lack front office strength and have been completely unstable with coaches. Shanahan, Zorn, Gibbs, Spurrier, Turner have all been here since Reid arrived in Philly. Worse, look thru that string and find a common thread to build on.

Second, Grossman is just like a lot of UF QBs. They are great in college and never equal that level in the pros. For a team desperately in need of continuity and leadership, is this where you expect to find it? Neither Shanahan has succeeded in the NFL in the last 6 years and to expect them to raise this ship in 1 year is unreasonable. But to step on McNabb's toes again is unwise no matter who the Skins pick in the offseason. He will have to help train his successor. Logic dictates that Grossman is not the long term answer and Kyle has not proven he can mold a successful QB.

Posted by: concerned13 | December 15, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

oh please let Grossman start against Dallas. Please let him go out and show his stuff. Mcnabb put your pride aside and let them stab themselves in the butt. Let the Shanahan's be exposed.

Posted by: oknow1 | December 15, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Little Lord Danny's patience must be wearing thin. First he has his $100 Million Dollar Man thrown under the bus, now rumors fly that his latest marquee bust is going under there with him, only a few weeks after he signs a long-term contact. Or, maybe Shanny just has some wet dream about getting to .500 in an effort not to become another two-and-out coach in Dannyland. Who the hell knows. Admitting to being a Skins fan anymore is like handing someone a spiked club and yelling "Beat me over the head! I love it!".

Posted by: ericenderle | December 15, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

There's no reason to keep McNabb in this year. If he's our QB of the future, then keep him fresh and healthy for next year. If we lose, who cares? Better draft position results. If he's not our QB of the future, then let's try someone else.

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | December 15, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I will lose my f-ing mind if this turns out to be anything more than grist.

If Shanny wants to lose the fan base instantly all he needs to do is bench McNabb and admit he gift wrapped our #2 and #4 picks and handed them to the f-ing disgusting hair gel slime trail yo yo yo date rapist eagles fans.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 15, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

What am i saying this rummor mongering is BS mcnabb starts.

Hail.

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | December 15, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Never read the post - just reminding you losers to stop giving danny your money for a decade of crap product.

Posted by: lylewimbledon | December 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Noone with any intellectual capacity cares.

Posted by: HenryBurlingame | December 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Noone with any intellectual capacity cares.

Posted by: HenryBurlingame | December 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Noone with any intellectual capacity cares.

Posted by: HenryBurlingame | December 15, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

How's The Shanny's record without Elway ?

McNabb threw into the dirt as an Eagle...often,why did anyone expect better behind an this O line and with this running game ?

Posted by: petebowling1 | December 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins should be thinking strongly about the drafting of a Top notch QB in the upcoming draft,and build for the future at this position ! Look what the JETS ,AND TEXANS hAVE DONE !

Posted by: HLSHAP | December 15, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins should be thinking strongly about the drafting of a Top notch QB in the upcoming draft,and build for the future at this position ! Look what the JETS ,AND TEXANS hAVE DONE !

Posted by: HLSHAP | December 15, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins should be thinking strongly about the drafting of a Top notch QB in the upcoming draft,and build for the future at this position ! Look what the JETS ,AND TEXANS hAVE DONE !

Posted by: HLSHAP | December 15, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Fans discussing hot stove topics during december, punter released late in the year, background reports of coaching staff unhappy with players and top it off only 66OOO fannies in the seats. This ain't the skins I most be in Nawlins during the seventies.

Posted by: snake_taylor | December 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

if we're talkin bout Sexy Rexy starting football games at the Qb position, all i can say is that shanahan must be gunning for that number one spot. Holla at me Cam!

Posted by: lilhollywood10 | December 15, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Who cares both teams are loosers. McNabb isn't worried about being benched...it would probably do him a favor. Yeah, it would be nice if the Skins beat Dallas, but the game doesn't mean anything to Skins fans otherwise. So what if the Skins win one more game for the season. They are perennial loosers.

Posted by: omegamgt | December 15, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

The problem is universal------beginning w/ the Head coach and his son! He-they--are not that good, beginning w/ clock management! Wake up people!!!!

Posted by: neuron1952 | December 15, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

the problem is universal--owner, coach etc!!The head coach (a has been) and his son have proved nothing--apart from acting like spoilt children (same w/ some players)! Wake up peoplethe "Skins will go nowhere w/ this staff!

Posted by: neuron1952 | December 15, 2010 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Hlshap the texans didn't draft their qb he was with the falcons. Ummmm

Posted by: clwalker1906 | December 15, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

forget them both, lets trade a few draft picks to Minn. for Favre for next year!

Posted by: Redskinrex | December 15, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

Yep, LOOK AT WHAT THE TEXANS AND JETS HAVE DONE....

Sanchez looks like Joe Willie back there of late...doesn't he,just !

Posted by: petebowling1 | December 15, 2010 11:41 PM | Report abuse

What difference does it make? The season is down the tubes anyway. Plus, our defensive line opens the gate and invites the opposing team in to sack our quarterback anyway -- so it doesn't seem to matter who's in the position.

Posted by: gitouttahere | December 17, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

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