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Posted at 3:50 PM ET, 12/15/2010

McNabb? Grossman? Mike Shanahan isn't telling

By Jason Reid

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan was playfully evasive Wednesday afternoon in responding to reporters' questions about the status of quarterback Donovan McNabb, who, according to some reports, could be in danger of being supplanted by backup Rex Grossman sometime during the final three games.

Shanahan declined repeated opportunities to squash the ongoing McNabb-Grossman speculation, reminding reporters who cover the Redskins regularly that he doesn't discuss strategy. Apparently, revealing whether McNabb, who has started the team's first 13 games this season, would start Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys constitutes strategy.

"I don't go through the starting lineup. I told you guys that before," Shanahan said. "We talk about it every week. Sooner or later, you come to the game, you'll find out who's starting."

Shanahan enjoys trying to keep an opponent guessing, and he seemed downright giddy as he sidestepped a volley of questions about McNabb, Grossman and the Redskins' quarterback situation in general. Shanahan's disposition has improved since he suspended defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth for the remainder of the season without pay, and Wednesday's post-practice interview session seemed to give him another reason to smile.

"I like people getting prepared for a lot of different people," Shanahan said. "Even though they say it's a meaningless game, it's not meaningless to us. We've got a big game, we'll get a lot of preparation, and you guys will have to show up and you'll get all the starters."

Asked whether his response could be perceived as him having a lack of confidence in McNabb, Shanahan said, "No it doesn't. No it doesn't. It's people getting ready for a game. They've got to get ready for a couple of players. That's good for us."

In a conference call after Shanahan spoke, Dallas interim coach Jason Garrett focused on the big picture of the Redskins' offense.

"Well, we're preparing for the Washington Redskins," Garrett said. "And whoever plays quarterback."

But if McNabb is physically sound, there's no way Shanahan would start Grossman against Dallas, right? And there's no way Shanahan actually believes the Cowboys are actually preparing for the possibility of facing Grossman, right?

"Maybe you answered the question," Shanahan said.

By Jason Reid  | December 15, 2010; 3:50 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

Shanahan's way of saying to the media: "have fun getting caught up in your own hype"

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 15, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Nannie Nannie Boo Boo

Posted by: PlayAction | December 15, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

REPOST:

Perversely, would like to see Rex start and show us exactly what young Kyle allegedly 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 additional 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.

Just desserts for everyone!

Posted by: Vic1 | December 15, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Just deserts = Olde English idiom that means everyone should get exactly what they deserve.

Posted by: Vic1 | December 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Nannie Nannie Boo Boo

Posted by: PlayAction | December 15, 2010 3:57 PM


EXACTLY! He's a Genius, for sure.

If Grossman starts and does well (I can't change the font, but that is a super-huge "If"), he may get a chance over the rest of the year. I mean, you gotta rest McNabb's hammies for next year, right?

Besides, it might be nice to sing Hail to the Redskins to the Benny Hill theme song.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 15, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

That there is even a question about mcNabb pretty much says, mcNabb shouldn't have been our guy, IMO

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 15, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

I watched most of the press conference.

Coach Shanahan has his devilish smile back for sure!

He answered 90% of the questions with a quick, "That's for me to know and for you to find out."

At one point, he cupped his hands over his ears and yelled, "La la la la la la la la la," very loudly.

He asked the reporter to please repeat the question. As the reporter attempted to repose the question, Coach Shanahan did it again.

He seemed very happy and proud of himself.

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

Just stop it.

Posted by: wireman65 | December 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Where's WikiLeaks when you really need it?

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I need a newspaper with reporters that actually reports news instead of trying to be IRs on Sports staffs....this is pathetic.

Posted by: ejharrisjr40 | December 15, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Who cares which QB starts? Given the way this sorry team has been playing and the new fire that's lit under Dallas, guess who'll win this Sunday. It won't be the burgundy and gold, that's for sure.

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

I'm certain that the Dallas cowgirls are absolutely terrified of the thought of Grossman starting... ranks right up there with Nancy Pelosi slipping you the tongue...

Posted by: oldnova | December 15, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

ranks right up there with Nancy Pelosi slipping you the tongue...

Posted by: oldnova | December 15, 2010 5:09 PM
+++++++++++++++++++++

That is terrifying. I'm sure Dallas is not at all scared of any QB on our roster.

Posted by: splitbill | December 15, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually starting to think that Mike Shanahan has some sort of mental problem.

Posted by: p_chuck | December 15, 2010 6:05 PM | Report abuse

This should end well.

I guess looking for another QB is no different than the 12 or 13 other positions where the team needs to find somebody new. Maybe the league will give them extra picks!

Posted by: 54465446 | December 15, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, here is another opportunity for you to criticize mike and redskin organization....Go skins Go....

Posted by: mazbar | December 15, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, here is another opportunity for you to criticize mike and the redskin organization....Go skins Go....

Posted by: mazbar | December 15, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, here is another opportunity for you to criticize mike and the redskin organization....Go skins Go....

Posted by: mazbar | December 15, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, here is another opportunity for you to criticize mike and the redskin organization....Go skins Go....

Posted by: mazbar | December 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Lavar, here is another opportunity for you to criticize mike and the redskin organization....Go skins Go....

Posted by: mazbar | December 15, 2010 7:47 PM | Report abuse

With the losing season, the recent empty seats at FedEx, and I'm sure declining broadcast ratings they have to do something to try and jack up interest. Why not try going back to the tried and true QB controversy.

Personally, I think they ought to start rumors that one of the TE's will play wearing women's underwear....

Posted by: 44fx2901 | December 15, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

At 5-8, I'm sure that opposing coaches are losing sleep over who starts for the Redskins(at any position). Shanahan has the look of someone who is updating his resume..

Posted by: markappraiser1 | December 15, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

The skins should make McNabb the holder and give Hunter Smith a shot at QB.

Posted by: josettes | December 15, 2010 11:14 PM | Report abuse

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