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Posted at 5:37 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Donovan McNabb's agent begins the exit strategy

By Rick Maese

Fletcher Smith, Donovan McNabb's agent, said a lot of things in the explosive 525-word statement he launched Thursday afternoon. And in between every line, one thing was clear: McNabb doesn't think he can co-exist with Mike and Kyle Shanahan beyond the 2010 season.

We've been talking to people familiar with both sides of the issue for several weeks now, and though McNabb has had very little to offer publicly, it's clear that he and the people in his camp have tired of media reports and anonymous sources that have questioned McNabb's ability to play quarterback. Smith's statement seemed to be a counterattack, intended to both defend his client and focus some attention on the Redskins' offensive coordinator.

McNabb hinted during his weekly radio show Tuesday that his relationship with Kyle Shanahan had become rocky at best. Smith made clear that the relationship raced passed the rocky stage long ago.

By saying that "this an extremely difficult relationship to maintain," Smith has effectively told the Redskins that McNabb can no longer play for either Mike or Kyle Shanahan. Thursday's statement was more about salvaging McNabb's future and his reputation in the NFL.

Media reports have suggested that McNabb couldn't grasp the Shanahans' offense and that, at 34 years of age, his skills might be declining. McNabb's camp couldn't afford to allow those reports to circulate without a response. McNabb expects to play somewhere next year and the statement from his agent was designed to defend what he'd spent 12 years building, while also making certain that 31 other teams realize that if there was a problem in Washington, it might not have been all his fault.

McNabb and his camp also know that the next move isn't theirs to make. To be sure, they'd prefer a gracious parting of ways, but the Redskins will be the ones who decide on the terms of any split. McNabb is under contract for next year, so it will be Shanahan who decides whether McNabb leaves via trade or whether he's simply released -- or whether he stays and becomes the most highly-paid No. 3 quarterback in league history next season.

While Shanahan may or may not have made up his mind about McNabb's future in Washington, the quarterback seems to realize that his relationship with the head coach and the offensive coordinator would make it nearly impossible for him to return and achieve any level of success here.

By Rick Maese  | December 23, 2010; 5:37 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan  | Tags:  Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan, Mike Shanahan  
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Comments

"Both sides of the issue" implies there is something at issue. I don't think there's an "issue" here; I think the issue has long been resolved with the Redskins' apparent decision to part ways with Donovan McNabb... and along the way, jerk him around a bit.

I would've gone with "both camps" since it's these guys versus these guys in what is now a lame PR exercise.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 23, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Agent quotes ... Toolbox of the unconnected journalist & malcontent player...?

Posted by: cray | December 23, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

I think Maese is spot-on here. McNabb and his agent are trying to make sure he is employable (to someone) next year. Can't let the "rumors" of him declining and being unable to grasp a new offense build up steam.

Neither of them gets paid next year if they don't find some team to hire him. This is an effort in "it wasn't my fault".

Posted by: smurff11 | December 23, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

We're stuck with the shanahans, so hope they make it work. That said, Kyle has yet to prove a thing.

Last year, Houston had the #4 offense (#1 passing, #30 rushing). Andre/Shaub are pretty good.

This year, Houston is #5 overall (#5 passing, #10 rushing). They're doing fine without him.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 23, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Last year, Houston had the #4 offense (#1 passing, #30 rushing). Andre/Shaub are pretty good.

This year, Houston is #5 overall (#5 passing, #10 rushing). They're doing fine without him.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 23, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

And they were #3 overall in 2008...

Posted by: AdamCr | December 23, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Now that Fletcher Smith has returned fire, you can bet Shanny's move will be

-to keep McNabb on the roster;
-never let him play;
-make him run the scout team;
-McNabb will bristle at running the scout and a distracting media circus will ensue
-other teams will inquire about trading for him;
-Shanny will decline;
-he will wait until the trade deadline has passed and then deactivate him citing insubordination for failing to run the scout team effectively;
-the he'll be cut
-the Redskins would have spent another $16.5 million on top of this year's salary and the draft picks traded away and gotten zippo in return for one of the league's premiere talents at QB

But hey!

It's all part of the winning culture that Shanny is building around here!

Posted by: p1funk | December 23, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Smith has his work cut out finding a trade partner cuz he and DM5 have zero leverage. Nothing like a motivated shopper.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 23, 2010 6:13 PM | Report abuse

Blah, blah, blah.

The dude wasn't wanted in Philly, he signed an extension here of his own volition, and has done nothing to improve this team.

It's hilarious that after only 13 crappy games in the burgundy and gold he feels is owed some measure of loyal from the team.

Modern pro sports is filled with too many cry-babies.

Trade him to whoever you can and get whatever you can for him.

He won't be missed.

Posted by: MrRedskin21 | December 23, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

There is no exit strategy he signed the extension that gave the Skins all the leverage.

I will ask you guys one question if McNabb was playing great and the Skins were winning does he sign that same extension.

No f-cking way

He waits and makes the Skins pay out the a$$ for him.

He signed it because he is playing bad and new it was his best shot at making a lot of money next year.

Hold his rights until someone trades for him if there are no takers cut him the day before the first game.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 23, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I think Maese is spot-on here. McNabb and his agent are trying to make sure he is employable (to someone) next year. Can't let the "rumors" of him declining and being unable to grasp a new offense build up steam.

Neither of them gets paid next year if they don't find some team to hire him. This is an effort in "it wasn't my fault".

Posted by: smurff11 | December 23, 2010 5:56 PM |

To further the point, why in the hell would any coach bash away at a player that they intend to try and trade? Me thinks that there aare a lot of a hole media types in this city that LOVE to print all sorts of conjecture and BS just to get a stir.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Hope everybody doesn't hurt themselves jumping off the Rexwagon after he reverts back to form these last 2 games...

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 23, 2010 3:34 PM

It's not that peeps are on the Rexwagon, they just realized on Sunday what this offense could look like if the QB ran the plays called.

Rex is not the answer, but he can run the offense as called and help the coaches evaluate the other offensive players.

The other thing we learned on Sunday is that DM5 is part of the problem.

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 23, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

How's that "respect the veteran QB" thing working out in Minnesota...

Brett Favre runs that team and has run it into the ground...

I guess we should let McNabb continue to throw "dirtballs" until he picks up the offense.

Posted by: rickyroge | December 23, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Hope everybody doesn't hurt themselves jumping off the Rexwagon after he reverts back to form these last 2 games...

Posted by: Rypien11 | December 23, 2010 3:34 PM


Ryp,

Theres a Rexwagon and you think people are on it, this has nothing to do with Grossman. The back up could be Joe sh-t head and he still ran the offense in that game better then Mcnabb has all year.

Rex is not the future he is what he is the future QB isn't on the roster yet.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 23, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

"And in between every line, one thing was clear: McNabb doesn't think he can co-exist with Mike and Kyle Shanahan beyond the 2010 season."

EXIT STRATEGY??

I wouldn't hire Fletcher Smith to cut my grass. At 16.25 million due to McNabb next year he's either going to be traded or cut.

That's it that's the list. This dufus needs to keep his pie hole shut because two EXCELLENT football coaches have essentially sacked NcNabb twice in less than a yr.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 23, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Now that Fletcher Smith has returned fire, you can bet Shanny's move will be

-to keep McNabb on the roster;
-never let him play;
-make him run the scout team;
-McNabb will bristle at running the scout and a distracting media circus will ensue
-other teams will inquire about trading for him;
-Shanny will decline;
-he will wait until the trade deadline has passed and then deactivate him citing insubordination for failing to run the scout team effectively;
-the he'll be cut
-the Redskins would have spent another $16.5 million on top of this year's salary and the draft picks traded away and gotten zippo in return for one of the league's premiere talents at QB

But hey!

It's all part of the winning culture that Shanny is building around here!

Posted by: p1funk | December 23, 2010 6:00 PM |

Well, let's wiki this and see what happens shall we?

NEW WIKI PAGE ALERT!!!

Let's start a wiki page with everyone's predictions on what will happen in the Shanny/McNabb saga.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Unleash the sock puppets!

Posted by: Vic1 | December 23, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

From game ball in Week 4 to this in Week 15, another season ends in a laughingstock for Danny's World.

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | December 23, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Unleash the sock puppets!

Posted by: Vic1 | December 23, 2010 6:30 PM |

Unleash the whiny 5 year old girls.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 23, 2010 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Outstanding analysis of the family dynamics of Team Shanahan from today's KidsPost writer Fred Bowen.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/12/22/AR2010122205089.html

Among the highlights:

"...the Redskins players must be wondering if Dad Shanahan is blaming all the team's offensive problems on McNabb because he doesn't want to point the finger at his son's offensive system."

Posted by: Vic1 | December 23, 2010 6:35 PM | Report abuse

NEW WIKI PAGE ALERT!!!

Put your endgame of the Shanny/McNabb debacle here.

http://redskinsinsiders.wetpaint.com/page/Shanny%2FMcNabb+Debacle+Predictions

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

best as I can tell, everyone comes out looking pretty bad from this. Its lose-lose-lose.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Among the highlights:

"...the Redskins players must be wondering if Dad Shanahan is blaming all the team's offensive problems on McNabb because he doesn't want to point the finger at his son's offensive system."

Posted by: Vic1 | December 23, 2010 6:35 PM |

Never heard of him so could give two sh-ts about what he writes.

Vic you hate Snyder you have said it many times, yet your on here advocating Snyder do exactly what you hate him for.

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 23, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

and, as long as we're thick into this ... why not rerun ..

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

ZEKE’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES, as always, brought to you by Yahoo!’s finest

I had a different idea in mind for the week’s effort, but had to bench it for an inferior idea. Time to weigh in on McNabb. I was in the minority regarding his trade – I didn’t like it. Not because I expected McNabb to have a bad year, but because we had bigger problems. This edition is not an “I told you so”.

Back when I was a young pup, we had an annual QB controversy over Billy Kilmer and Sonny Jurgensen. At one point, SJ9’s career in DC was on the razor’s edge. He’d have just one chance to perform in a preseason game or he’d be done in DC. He did fine and after the game, Warner Wolf said something simple and pretty darn smart. He said that SJ9 is a QB who has proven himself over 15 years to be one of the best in football. It made no sense to determine his fate over what happened in a single a preseason game.

Warner was right about SJ9, and in a different context, I’m going to use the same logic with McNabb. He has had a bad year. Like SJ9, McNabb has proven that he deserves the benefit of the doubt. Not by his play in DC this season, but by his body of work. This season is the exception in McNabb’s career.

McNabb isn’t young, but he isn’t at an age where QBs drop off a cliff. When we made the trade for him, I looked at what happened with comparable QBs at the same age. They had an average of 4 seasons left as a primary starter, and those seasons were evenly distributed between QB ratings that were bad (below 80), fair (80-90) and good (above 90).

I’m not buying that he is a bad QB. He is a good QB having a bad season.

I had not made a decision on whether I’d want Donovan back in 2011, though I was leaning against it. The downside is that McNabb is incredibly expensive and we have other needs. The upside is we have no QB who has ever demonstrated anything near the ability of McNabb. If we are going to have a good QB in 2011, easily our best chance would be for McNabb to rebound. Up until the divorce papers got served late last week, it wasn’t a far-flung scenario.

Grossman deserves credit for playing well, especially after the shaky start. Top QBs execute in the red zone and make clutch plays like 2 point conversions. He did both. A late drop by Moss cost the Skins a win. Kudos to Rex. But …

It is also just one game and not Grossman’s norm. His body of work says he doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt. We’ve all seen 1 game wonders (clint longley) and 1 season wonders (Derek Anderson).

Warner Wolf ‘s criticism was about misguided judgment. He railed against using the ‘what have you done for me lately” standard. Shanahan apparently felt that 13 games was enough to figure out McNabb wasn’t worth it, ignoring a lengthy a track record of success. McNabb had done too much right over too many years to be so casually discarded.

That is a wrap of ZEKE’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES, as always, brought to you by Yahoo!’s finest

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 23, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

See vic, that is a reasonable article that you pulled. It's perfectly okay to ask questions and examine dynamics from a purely unbiased point of view. All these other Post hacks with an axe to grind slinging conjecture with zero factual content is ridiculous.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 23, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

What the heck, the 'Skins gave McNabb a shot and it didn't work. Let's move on, try for Luck in the draft and let the coach remake this team, geez.

Posted by: namelsac1 | December 23, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

Redskins’ Jerermy Jarmon, Adam Carriker fight in weight room

Posted by Michael David Smith on December 23, 2010, 6:46 PM EST

Step aside, Albert Haynesworth vs. Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb vs. Kyle Shanahan. The dysfunctional Washington Redskins have a new feud.

Redskins defensive ends Jeremy Jarmon and Adam Carriker got into a fight in the team’s weight room, multiple media outlets are reporting.

Kelli Johnson of Comcast Sportsnet reports that Jarmon and Carriker fought after practice, and it took about 10 people to break it up.

Jason Reid of the Washington Post quotes one veteran as saying, “Yeah them boys got to rumbling in the weight room.”

There’s no word yet on what caused the fight, or what exactly transpired. I’d put my money on the 6-foot-6, 311-pound Carriker beating the 6-foot-3, 286-pound Jarmon by decision.

UPDATE: Rich Campbell of the Free-Lance Star reports that Carriker and Jarmon exchanged only words, with no pushes or punches. That’s a little hard to square with the report that it took 10 people to break them up.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 23, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse

I am much more concerned with this year's historically bad defense than our offense. Haslett, the Defensive Coordinator has gotten off scot free this year and has had very little accountability for one of the historically worst defensive seasons in recent memory.

When are Redskins fans going to hold him accountable for this?

McNabb/Grossman/whomever is not the main concern when you give up 59 points to a division rival (I believe 45 pts at the half)

The D line and corners are terrible (DHall and Rogers are overrated-at least DHall can catch), the linebackers are average, (Orakpo notwithstanding) and the free safety position remains a mess.

Complain about the QB all you want, but until the defense improves, get used to 35 to 25 losses rather than 20 to 10. Either way, its still a loss.

Posted by: dabwilldo40 | December 23, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Flounder21 | December 23, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Flounder

I didn't mention Snyder here, you did.

Nor am I advocating that he do anything -- because he'd probably screw that up too.

Was just pointing to the curious coincidence that the questions of Shanahan family allegiances, nepotism and whether McNabb or Kyle should shoulder more of the blame for the failure of this offensive "system" had already been addressed by this very same newspaper, and on this very same day.

It is also noteworthy that it was written in the sort of preschool language that even a "whiny 5 year old girl" like you could understand.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 23, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Why not just cut McNabb and end all of this drama? Then we will see that the Skins' future failures will be tired directly to their poor coaching, lack of talent and poor leadership. What a f'ing joke!!

Posted by: Neisha_H | December 23, 2010 7:02 PM | Report abuse

*tied

Posted by: Neisha_H | December 23, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

Since we r getting rid of D-Mac why not try Beck out to start one of the last two games. I mean one game isn't a fair assesment of Grossman. I mean he fumbled and threw 2 picks, (flashbacks of his "Ruin the chance for a Chitown superbowl days") So I'd like to see Beck play. I've been to every game this yr (season tickets....thx SKins...well worth it) including pre-season and I was impressed with his release/accuracy. I think he has a higher ceiling then Grossman and could be payed far less money leaving us with more money to fix our terrible joke of an interior line. We also need a coverage S and RT,RG,....right side of the line at all really...or atleast get a good LG so we can Run/screen TWilliams way all day.

I mean we won a super bowl with Mark Rypien...the 2nd worst QB to win a ring (Dilfer being number one when the Ravens D scored more pts than he did most games. So if we fix the line..keep torrain healthy then our QB won't make or break the team...Just Sayin...and thanks HAS...runoff the best DT we've had in yrs and for putting our typically top 5 D in the basement....someone fire him already

Posted by: DGreen28BestEver | December 23, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

I am much more concerned with this year's historically bad defense than our offense. Haslett, the Defensive Coordinator has gotten off scot free this year and has had very little accountability for one of the historically worst defensive seasons in recent memory. From: dabwilldo40

Excellent point, if anyone needs to go it's Haslett.

Posted by: namelsac1 | December 23, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Skins have got to be the featured team on Hard Knocks 2011. Training Camp is going to be a zoo with Haynesworth, McNabb, and Portis. Yeah, they'll all be around cause shanny is not going to eat their contracts no one is going to trade for them.

Posted by: coparker5 | December 23, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

McNabb and his defenders, hired or otherwise, might have the better half of the argument if not for the fact that Reid dumped him as soon as he could. Even to a contender in his own division.

That says something, I think, about McNabb's willingness to follow directions.

As in most cases, the truth is somewhere near the middle here. The Shanahan's poorly handled a "difficult" player.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 23, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Why is the team always a joke? Snyder really f'ed things up

Posted by: Salinas1 | December 23, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

No matter what people want to say about the Shanahans the fact remains that McNabb was not getting anything done this season. You would think that after film study mini camps ota's and all that that after 14wks he could have been a little more consistent but he never did so the Shanahans put in Grossman while I understand they didnt win but you can tell he understands the system better and knows where he should go with the ball so for that I fully support the benching this guy for someone else. Grossman will be the starter next yr while they groom the future and insert him in wk 9 or 10 next season thats it that all period.

Posted by: wattsicon | December 23, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

The Shanahans are not the sharpest knives in the drawer, really nothing more than school bullies. If they want to make idiots of themselves regarding McNabb, that is their business. But as has been pointed out, they completely devalued McNabb in any trade (as they did with Haynesworth and others). In addition to being plain professional, the reason you don't urinate on your own people is you need to show other teams that they have value. Why in the world would any team trade for McNabb when they know that eventually the self-proclaimed geniuses in charge of the Skins will be forced to release him outright?

And what free agent would want to walk into this loony bin when the head coach and his son take pride in wrecking careers? Would you work for someone like that if you had other options?

This incident may end costing one or both Shanahans their job, and good riddance. There is such a thing as losing with pride and building a foundation for the future.

Posted by: haunches | December 23, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

McNabb has gotten one of the most free rides in the history of the game because he's a man of character. That's all well and good, but it doesn't change the fact that he's had a declining skill set for years. No one is saying that he's not a good guy. They're saying that he's not a good starting qb. His agent can spin it any way he wants, but if McNabb didn't suck on the field, he wouldn't be in this situation.

Posted by: ElSith | December 23, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

I don't get the Shanahan haters. It seems unreasonable to expect him, or anyone for that matter, to turn this disaster around in one year. At least he appears to know how to it.

Posted by: gareacy | December 24, 2010 4:40 AM | Report abuse

Agree! The problem here is not Shannahan. Any monkey could see that Grossman ran the offense far better and that he managed the game a lot better. He has better touch on the screen. McNabb has problems and we have seen what he's all about and frankly it's obvious that he's a bad fit here. I think that Grossman can do a fine job in this offense which is well suited to his skills. And no! Don't cut McNabb!!! Trade him for draft picks!

Posted by: egrib | December 24, 2010 7:01 AM | Report abuse

Ah, I see we are becoming the Bullets of the early 1980's.

Let's sign players over 30, and give away talented speedster's to other teams for their own rebuilding process.

Only the Redskins can fudge up a perfect opportunity to utilize McNabb in his last few productive years.

At this point, McNabb has been a class act, even going as far as walking into the coin toss for the Dallas game.

Myabe the Redskins deserved a guy like Haynesworth. We Redskins fans kept knocking Haynesworth, but perhaps the Redskins organization of today deserves someone crapping on it. Because they certainly have a great ability to crap on others who show nothing but loyalty. Like us fans :P

Posted by: jmounadi | December 24, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

TALK ABOUT B.S., WHY WOULD DONOVAN COME OUT AND PUBLICLY SAY HE WANTED TO REMAIN WITH THE TEAM NEXT YEAR...AND A DAY OR SO LATER HE SAYS(THROUGH HIS AGENT) THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS THAT THE WP REPEATS OVER AND OVER!

BEST SCENARIO.. since more than one team will want McNabb next year...hold on to him...even through training camp(if there is one) next summer. At least one team will off a draft choice to insure getting him...so, wait for the offer(s)..don`t just cut him loose. Besides the fact that several teams need a QB now...injuries during camp...may increase the number of teams who have QB needs.

Posted by: blazerguy234 | December 24, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

This team sucks an is an embarassment to the NFL. All this drama an no wins , playoffs etc every year

Posted by: BeatDontStop | December 24, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Maybe someone closer to this team then me can explain what else did the Redskins do to improve the team besides bring in Donovan.

No O line.....very average receivers.....the nut case Portis did nothing....again! Running game non existent,again! Cooly played nice...about the only highlite.....some decent D play....occasionaly.

Shannahan and his staff have failed to put this team in position to make a run!

Posted by: PhiEagleII | December 24, 2010 9:41 AM | Report abuse

I don't think McNabb will be hurt too much in the eyes of other teams by this fiasco.

He gets a mulligan from most GMs for playing in Washington. It's well known that players underachieve when they play here and excel elsewhere. It's the whole environment.

Posted by: loux24 | December 24, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

Adios McNabb! Take your $3.5 million so no one feels sorry for ya.

Posted by: thorhero | December 24, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

Both sides are part of the problem. I think McNabb thought he could just keep doing what he was doing and wouldn't listen to a 30 y.o. coordinator. If McNabb's going to continue to have success in the NFL with diminished mobility, he's going to have to work on accuracy. On the other hand, Shanahan's contempt for anyone who doesn't practice perfectly is over the top. I read where he lost faith in Jake Plummer over a miscommunication about some off-season workouts Plummer missed. For that, he wound up junking a quarterback with a high winning percentage. You've seen how angry he gets when folks don't practice "right." If you read Sally Jenkins' story a while back about how Shanahan wanted to keep playing after nearly dying on the field, you get a picture of either a guy who's really dedicated or who is a little nuts and can't understand when other folks, who might still be good players who care, aren't as hard core as he is. He's proud of being such a harda**. Gotta be careful about pride--he's in danger of taking it too far.

Posted by: preacherskid | December 24, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

WOW!! What a circus. 5 will be released, a team in need of serious roster upgrades is not going to pay a back-up QB 14 million dollars, and no NFL team is going to trade for a guy that is going to be cut. Note to Kyle Shanahan - On a team with Andre Johnson (human mismatch) and good backs, anybody could be the offensive coordinator. Another poster made the point, Houston is still in the top 5 offensively and lil Shanny is not there. Some of you that post here have no clue about sports. It's just like life, the simpler...the better!! OUT!!

Posted by: cab1fam | December 24, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

If Donovan was so upset with the Shanahans, why did he sign the contract extension? Love McNabb, but I'm sick of everyone blaming the coach for mishandling things. McNabb has been nothing but bad this year and at this point the Skins need to look at other options. If you want more respect, play better.

Posted by: jonlarkin | December 24, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

i am reaaly enjoying little dick synder screwing up again..he hires shanny and here comes his immature ass h son ..they disrespect a player who has proven himself...let him go with respect..
synder take your ego and pls goaway..you are the laughing stock of the community esp jewish community....daddy money is the only thing that has made you staya around.....get loss a hole

Posted by: carolina1 | December 24, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

I'm expecting he'll be cut, perhaps just after the draft after the Skins fail to make a trade for him. That's an awful lot of money for a QB who is at odds with the head coach. While some of the readers that the Insider is playing to may feel personal satisfaction of McNabb getting paid mucho too humiliate him by running the scout squad, that's too much money for people who have to pay it.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | December 24, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I don't think it will take much to convince the rest of the NFL that alot of the problem here can be blamed on the Shannys. What a fiasco.

Posted by: nyskinsdiehard | December 24, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

I think the agent has made a big mistake here. Release a statement--that's fine. Release a nasty statement like this and what you'll get are fewer people interested in D-Mac next year. The agent may have been trying to "correct the record" but he overcorrected it with the vitriol. As everyone knows, the agent is merely parroting D-Mac. If D-Mac really feels this way, then who would want him? Sounds like another disgruntled crybaby. Now the whole world knows.

Big mistake.

Posted by: ktp70 | December 24, 2010 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with Haunches on the comment that Shanahan is stupid based on the following:

(1) The media will put their own spin on the DM and Shanny situation. How do you tell a 5 Time Pro-Bowl player that you want to re-evaluate the QB position after 13 games?

(2) Watching the last half of the Dallas game you could see the redskin offence was in sync and everyone was very efficient and in the flow of the game. Even though we lost the game the offence never looked better or more “CRISP” as compared to the past 3 seasons.

(3) That was a smart move by Shanny to try to find out why the offence looked so bad (even when we win the games they looked ugly). Hell, even our point afters were good (two 2 pointers in a row) - that is unheard of.

(4) No one in their right mind expected the redskins to make into the playoffs this year considering the poor drafts the previous regime orchestrated.

(5) McNabb's skills have declined to where the Eagle's had no fear of trading him within the division. Shanahan took a gamble believing what Zeke stated earlier. But it was becoming more common place when DM was getting ready to pass the football people were wondering if he was going to hit the open receiver or skip the ball in front of him.

(6) It was a smart move by Allen/Shanahan to sign DM to an extension. Hopefully, a team that does not end up with A. Luck in the draft might consider DM (i.e. Cardinals, 49ers, Vikings, etc.) and be willing to give up a draft pick (unfortunately not enough to make-up for what the Skin’s gave up) believing that his poor play this season was do to his skills not match-up with the Houston offensive strategy that Kyle is trying to institute here in DC.

(6) I doubt if Hainsworth would be a Redskin if Allen/Shanahan took over the team a year earlier. The front office is just trying to clean up the miss left behind by Vinny and company (fantasy football wannabees). And it looks like it will take more than one season.

Posted by: flyinggoose1 | December 24, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Lol you are all so smart? Especially the ones of you that were at practice or in the locker room or on the huddle. Oh wait, you probably weren't and neither were any of the leach reporters that write whatever causes a discussion or argument so they can sell some papers. Like bookies who don't care who you bet on, only that you bet.

Really people do you think aynone wants to throw away draft picks pr money for nothing? You think they didn't do everything they could to make it work? If it doesn't work it doesn't work. Mcnabb may do well in Arizona where they just run around and wait for Fitgerald to get open and then hit him with a third of the passes you throw for big plays. We don't have that kind of team scheme or coach so it isn't going to work. if we get a 3rd or 4th back for him in a reade because one team doesn't want to wait until the final cut of camp to get him then great. Otherwise keep him, try to get him onboard with the offense, and if evryone elkse stays healthy and is a better more economical fit then release him on the final cut. If you hold him and someone gets hurt during camp, you still have a NFL starter to play until they get back.

To me the team looked better on opening day last year and during the games than they did the year before with a much harder schedule. If they look that much better next year then I will be happy no matter what draft picks they used, got or lost or what FA stayed or left. Let's not pretend we know more about what is going on in Ashburn then the people that are there, and let's not pretend that each side does not have an agenda and face to save.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | December 24, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

"To further the point, why in the hell would any coach bash away at a player that they intend to try and trade?"

Please Google "Shanahan Haynesworth" Much has happened while you were in the coma.

Posted by: AlohaFan | December 24, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love anyone who wants to anoint Grossman the savior after throwing 3 TD's with the game hopelessly out of reach! He's had how many years to work himself into a back up role on a bad team!

Posted by: PhiEagleII | December 24, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Little tired of people making DM out to be some victim; not surprised. The bottom line is McNabb, who I like played like crap and his attitude on the sidelines and field did not show of a leader. I really didn't like his childish behavior when Rex was on the field and when the team scored.
I believe Rush was right on McNabb, but I wanted to give him a chance, but McNabb now decided that since he has performed poorly on the field this year he has decided to blame younger Shanahan for his demise. I didn't think he was that big of a baby and had to have the plays that he wanted.

We don't need him and I would package that sorry Carlos Rogers, Hall, Moore, Doughtey, Buchanon, Haynesworth, Portis, McNabb and get as many high draft picks as possible!

Would love to land a top DB, OL, QB, DE out of the next draft and trade a bunch of the dead wood collecting a check, off season for players that want to play; not just TALK like MeAngelo Hall, Carlos Rogers, but can actually cover and hold on to a EASY interception! I would package up McNabb and Hall to a Minnesota; they need both for a first round pick. I would package Haynesworth, Rogers, Buchanon for another first or second round pick, then put Portis, Doughtey, Moore and possibly Cooley for another first or a first; or a second/four pick. I would try and get two or three first round picks and land one of the top DBs, QB, OL, DL. Then in the second round, third or forth, depending on what we can get in massive trades go after the best DB, DL out there and during free agency go after a really good RB, DB, LB and more OLs.

I would package up about 7 or 8 guys; what ever it took to get two additional first round picks and maybe several 2nd,3rd,4th round picks.

I would love to get LUCK, the DB from LSU, one of the big time DEs, if they are gone get a top OL, or to DL that can play in our system. I didn't pick WR because I feel we get find some good ones in either the late part of the draft or free agency.
This team has some many holes to fill!

Posted by: wcdun1 | December 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

As an Eagles fan who was a supporter of McNabb, I can tell you all that your team would do well to cut McNabb NOW. There is no reason to have this drama. I was glad that we got rid off him and didn't care to which team because the loss to Arizona in the NFC Championship game was the last straw, at least for me. I got tired of watching the same old passes at the feet of receivers, inaccuracy, the giggling, the playing the role of victim and those mouthy parents, etc. McNabb is a classy guy but he also makes me wanna scratch my head about stuff he says. He said he would like to return to Redskins next year. Really? Is he that stupid? He is a classy goofball who is not a leader and who is on the decline. Your team should go in a different direction. No team would give your team much in a trade. Just think of the fact that Arizona said "No, thanks" when he was made available. They wanted to give the reins to Matt Leinart instead. 49ers said "No, thanks." Why? He is on the decline folks. He isn't accurate enough or smart enough to play in this league anymore. Smart enough? It is his football IQ I question. There were many occasions I recall when McNabb would be looking at 15 seconds or less to go, with ball in the red zone, no timeouts remaining. What should he do? Throw into the end zone and kick a FG if the pass didn't work. In EVERY single instance, he threw to the check down and cost the team a FG because the clock ran out. I don't know how he did it for 11 years with that kind of Football IQ. He is clearly on the decline.

Posted by: pcot | December 24, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

McNabb will be fine! a real GM and Coach can see right through this crapp! Everyone around the NFL know that the Shannys are a joke!!!! except for Danny!!

Posted by: gwest1 | December 25, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

What idiot agent would ever let their client sign a deal that permits a team to control his clients right up until the first game of the next season for 3.5M. The kind of agent that knows that there is no market for his client.

Sadly for DM5, the Redskins can cut him the Friday before the first game next year and pretty much ensure that he does not play for a 1st tier team next year either.

DM5's agent better find a trading partner willing to relinguish a 4th rounder in this years draft.

Posted by: m_p_holmes | December 25, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Hard to beleive how low the Redskins have sunk worst is that nobody can get along if Haynesworth is back that's the final straw. McNabb to Minnesota, what scares me is shanahan says the skins need to rebuild if he trade orakpo for several picks i hate to say it but it would not surprise me this is insane. The way this team is not getting along makes me wonder if Shanahan is the right person for the job i really am fed up with this travesty

Posted by: southportwave | December 25, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

McNabb is not having a good year, but that may have more to do with the fact that the Redskins as a whole are not having a good year.

This miserable season does not rest on McNabb's shoulders. He is a capable, cooperative, hardworking QB with a couple of years left in him. The Shanahans have made a mess of this season. Every move they have made has made things worse, and I don't see why McNabb is supposed to stand around silently while they run him down to the press. Of course his agent is speaking up in support of his client.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | December 26, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

first of all mcnabb skills are declining, that comes with age. secondly, the eagles saw this and decided to go young, NOW LOOK AT THE RESULTS 10-4 and on top of the division. but the skins continue to play old players NOW LOOK AT THE RESULTS 5-10 and if Jacksonville beats them, tied for last with dallas at 5-10 WOW. mike and ike need to first tell the truth of why they benched him instead of a thousand and one excuses. It’s clear that mcnabb skills are declining and/or he can’t grasp mike’s offense either but most of all he’s not the player he was five years ago. But remember when Jason was qb and the plays were limited but when Collins replaced him the offense opened up and the ball was going deep down field, it’s the same with mcnabb or with any black quarter back because the white establishment at deadskin park refuse to allow a black quarterback to succeed. under synder marvin lewis was never promoted to head coach, to bad he didn’t have the success in Cincinnati that he deserved but that’s the mentality at deadskin park. I am not supporting mcnabb, I think he's a bum, but put him behind a average o-line and maybe the skins would have won six games instead of five.

Posted by: geg5100 | December 26, 2010 10:20 AM | Report abuse

FORGET IT mcnabb is inaccurate, stupid (for thinking he will be back at qb with the skins), and a fool for thinking mike ike or danny gives a damn about him. he has an extremely low football IQ, and probably can not grasp mike and ike offense, but the mcnabb faithful CANNOT believe that all those limitations makes for a sorry player especially at quarterback. Trade danny, mike/ike, moss, fat albert and allen to the lanham boys and girls club and them hire some competent coaches, owner, and gm if you ever want to have a winner again. If you think I am lying, look at the last ten years, same old sorry product, producing the same old sorry results, a season with a record below .500 and NO DIVISION TITLE.

Posted by: geg5100 | December 26, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

While McNabb may no longer the threat he once was, Grossman has never demonstrated the kind of game in and out skill and accomplishments as McNabb. As pointed out by another poster, the Shanny Group seems to have gone out of their way early this season to publically humiliate and lay blame at the feet of a Pro Bow level QB in a way I have rarely ever seen. Few QBs can go entire games running for their lives and win with consistency. If you have any doubt about that, you've only to look at how the Giants beat Tom Brady in the superbowl, clearly a a QB whose skill is unquestioned and yet the constant rush by the Giants defense was the difference. As good as Peyton Manning is, the teams that have had success against the Colts have done so by getting to him or keeping him off the field. The Shannys have also gone out of their way to kill any value McNabb may have had in a trade. The only thing that makes sense to me to explain this is that McNabb has been chosen to take the heat for their collective coaching inefficiency, in particular, Shanny junior. Otherwise, why bring him to DC only to treat him poorly and do little to even create a workable option for him to go elsewhere and let the Redshins get something in return. What sane QB would want to come here after witnessing this circus? What goes around comes around.

Posted by: listner1 | December 26, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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