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Posted at 3:46 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Shanahan would welcome McNabb as a backup next year

By Jason Reid

Coach Mike Shanahan is pleased that demoted quarterback Donovan McNabb hopes to return to the Redskins next season, but Shanahan said he disagrees with McNabb's version of how McNabb was informed about some details of his benching.

"It's great," Shanahan said Wednesday after practice at Redskins Park. "It's a conversation we had last Thursday when I sat down with him and kinda went over why we're making the quarterback change, and his playing time, in each one of the games, and why. It was an evaluation period for me, so we'll wait and see."

Shanahan said he definitely would welcome back McNabb if McNabb were willing to return to the Redskins as a backup "but I'm not sure he would, which I would understand. But I think that's why we're talking about hypothetical situations. I don't think that would happen. But if he was interested in that, obviously, that'd be a possibility."

During his weekly radio show Tuesday on ESPN 980, McNabb expressed frustration with two parts of Shanahan's decision: That Shanahan did not inform him until Thursday that he had been benched in favor of former backup Rex Grossman and that information was leaked to the media before Shanahan told him about the move.

Shanahan said he did not inform anyone of his decision before he spoke with McNabb and Grossman Thursday. "People might have speculated on it," Shanahan said. "But there was nothing else."

Although McNabb knew Grossman would move to the top of the depth chart for the final three games, the 12-year veteran said he was not told he would be demoted behind former third-stringer John Beck for the last two games, against the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants.

"I did talk to Donovan [about] exactly what his role was gonna be, just like I shared with [reporters]," Shanahan said. "That he was gonna be No. 2 [against Dallas], and then the next two games he was gonna be No. 3 and I explained why.

"With John Beck getting the reps, just like I did to you guys [reporters], I went into detail about that. I really felt that after I was done, it was a good conversation and we'd go from there."

As for McNabb saying he learned about his new role as a third-stringer from media reports, "I don't know how that's possible," Shanahan said. "Because the first person I told was him. And we actually talked about it for five or 10 minutes.

"I went into detail about why I was playing John in the last two games, why he was going to be No. 2, and why he [McNabb] was going to be No. 2 [against Dallas]. I'm not sure how that got misinterpreted."

By Jason Reid  | December 22, 2010; 3:46 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Rex Grossman  
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Comments

That's what he'll tell you today, just wait though. This guy is freaking nuts...

Posted by: Stu27 | December 22, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Explaining it "more" isn't actually helping, Mike. I think you can stop talking about this now.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Well one things for sure, someone's lying.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

This is all too much...I'm thinking I may just quit reading and watching all this crap all week...and just sit down each sunday and be surprised.

Posted by: PlayAction | December 22, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse


I don't know if people thought Zorn was a moron (although a lot certainly did I'm sure) as much as they thought he was castrated by a much bigger moron (Cerrato.)

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 2:47 PM |
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you left out the biggest moron of them all scamp

Posted by: hessone | December 22, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

"Shanahan said he definitely would welcome back McNabb if McNabb were willing to return to the Redskins as a backup..."

So one game was enough to evaluate Grossman, unless Shanahan is prepared to start either Beck or someone not on the roster yet.

At this point, Shanahan seems to be saying that no matter WHO else is on the roster, McNabb isn't starting.

If McNabb felt disrespected before....

Posted by: Alan4 | December 22, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Zorn: sincerely good-natured but totally unqualified for his job, in over his head, etc. Easy come, easy go.

Cerrato: ruinous mix of incompetence and arrogance; malignant like a tumor, and just as difficult to get rid of.

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 22, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

you left out the biggest moron of them all scamp

Posted by: hessone | December 22, 2010 4:04 PM |

I'm sure you mean the littlest one.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell is starting next week.
~

Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | December 22, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

My only wish for the rest of the season is to beat the Giants and piss in their playoff corn flakes.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

To: Donovan McNabb

Re: Mike Shanahan

He's just not that into you.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 22, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Rich Tandler tweet

Asked about Portis' comments about the #Redskins playing scared, Shanahan: "Clinton had better worry about his stomach and getting well."

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Please stop talking Mike

Posted by: jblacknj | December 22, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Check this out. I'm pretty much right along with this guy in my thinking. I would add a couple of players such as One Man Gang and AA but that would make 12...not 10.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Should Rodgers stay or go?
By Rich Tandler

Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers is going to be a free agent this coming offseason. Should the Redskins try to keep him? Or should they let him go? We examine that question in this week’s edition of the wildly popular Point-Counterpoint.

Point — Carlos Rogers is — and I know some people cringe at the phrase — a core Redskin. The Redskins drafted him with the ninth overall pick in 2005 and put him in the starting lineup soon after that. He has emerged as one of the leaders in the secondary and one of the better corners in the league.

That being said, I know a lot of fans will be happy to drive him to the airport to get him out of town when his contract is up. All they see are the dropped interceptions, which we’ll get into later. But you won’t find a lot of teammates or coaches who would be glad to see him go and if he hits the market a lot of teams would welcome him with open arms.

Counterpoint — No doubt Carlos is a great guy. He is one of the best interviews in the locker room because he gives informative answers and not just the usual stock answers. And he has worked hard and he’s been a great teammate. But it’s time to turn the page.

Rogers is going to be 30 before training camp starts. If the Redskins can’t learn from their own mistakes, maybe they can learn from another team’s bad contract. The Cowboys gave cornerback Terence Newman a six-year, $50.2 million contract with $22.5 million guaranteed a few months before his 30th birthday. Now, two years into the deal, Newman still is one of the top-paid corners in the league but he can’t even hang with other teams’ second receivers. The Redskins, who probably will be rebuilding around a rookie quarterback, don’t need to be spending a lot of money on a cornerback whose skills will be diminishing just when the team might be rounding into contending form.

(more)

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Check this out. I'm pretty much right along with this guy in my thinking. I would add a couple of players such as One Man Gang and AA but that would make 12...not 10.


http://www.homermcfanboy.com/2010/12/22/10-redskins-to-build-around/

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

My only wish for the rest of the season is to beat the Giants and piss in their playoff corn flakes.

Posted by: iH8dallas | December 22, 2010 4:18 PM

If we can beat 'em with our "B" team, they don't deserve to be there.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 22, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

For those of us that wants to see the youngsters play, I think we get our chance this week....

DE: New guy they just signed today. Gholston likely out.

NT: Bryant. Maake is IR

OLB: Wilson, Alexander. Orakpo may not play

ILB: Riley, Blades. Mac may not play

CB: Westbrook? Probably not.

S: Harris, Moore. Might actually see Rogers play back here. Or maybe Barnes again.

Posted by: smurff11 | December 22, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

mcnabb to the cards or vikes for a 3rd or 4th... book it...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 22, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Point — Let’s talk about the dropped interceptions now. Who is this guy’s personal trainer anyway, Roberto “Hands of Stone” Duran? It goes back to his rookie year. In the playoffs in Seattle the Redskins had just taken a 3-0 lead midway through the second quarter. On the first play after the kickoff Matt Hasselbeck threw a pass right to Rogers. There was nothing in between him and the goal line but green field turf and white stripes. But he dropped it, the Seahawks drove for a touchdown, and the game swung Seattle’s way instead of the Redskins having all of the momentum. That set the tone for his career.


In 67 career starts over almost six seasons he has seven interceptions. Most starting cornerbacks can stumble into that many picks every couple of years or so. Maybe this was acceptable in years past but with the 3-4 defense being all about takeaways — because, heaven knows, they can’t stop anybody — the Redskins need a corner who can catch the ball. That just isn’t in Rogers’ skill set.


Counterpoint — We could make the lame “he catches the ball just fine in practice” argument but the fact is that Carlos will never rack up a bunch of interceptions. Part of the reason is because opposing teams don’t throw his way often. Remember when Jay Cutler said that he would throw at DeAngelo Hall all day again even through Hall picked him off a record four times? That sounded dumb, but part of that has to do with the fact that Rogers patrols the other side. He’s not a shutdown corner. There are very few of those in the NFL these days. He is, however, the closest thing the Redskins have to one. And while he doesn’t make many big plays, he doesn’t allow many, either. Remember on Sunday when Hall gambled for the interception and missed, allowing Jason Witten to walk into the end zone? Do you recall Rogers doing something like that? Keep thinking, and get back to me if you come up with one of the very few times he has made such a play in six seasons. Hall makes the big plays but Carlos is as fundamentally sound as they come.

Point — Yes, the Redskins are going to be rebuilding, but cornerback is one of those positions where you have to be very careful. If you have a weak link there that opposing quarterbacks can exploit it will be difficult to evaluate the rest of the players on defense. And look at the receivers in the division. The Eagles have Maclin and Jackson, the Giants have a few good, young receivers, and Dallas has the overrated but still dangerous Miles Austin and Dez Bryant. That’s no place to throw in a rookie.

You could go after a free agent like Eric Wright, who is younger. Or they could go the other way and try to lure back Champ Bailey, who is three years older than Rogers and had his best years in Denver with Mike Shanahan. But why not invest in and reward one of your own?


Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

(conclusion)

Counterpoint — This whole discussion is centered on what may be a false premise. We are assuming that Rogers even wants to come back and that he may give the Redskins a little bit of a hometown discount to stay. He may, however, want to get as far away from Ashburn as possible. He is one of the few who have been through all of the drama and soap operas, both real (Sean Taylor’s death) and manufactured (Albert, Donovan, coaching changes). One couldn’t blame him if he wanted a change of scenery. Even if he wants to come back, though, the Redskins shouldn’t show him a whole lot of money. They gave $55 million to Hall in 2009 and having two expensive cornerbacks puts a big crimp in the team’s salary structure. They have been grooming Kevin Barnes and Byron Westbrook for the past couple of years. Barnes needs some polish in coverage but he can dish out some hits. Westbrook has good speed and is very coachable. Give the kids a shot and maybe take another one later in the draft.

Point — Good teams, the smart ones, know when to let a player go. There is no way in the world that the Steelers or Patriots would give a 30-year-old cornerback like Rogers the kind of contract that he’s going to command. Maybe you can’t cure stupid quickly but you can at least start in the right direction.

Counterpoint — Pittsburgh and New England are great models but you can’t start copying their methods right off the bat. They have been accumulating depth through the draft for years. I suppose you have to start somewhere but starting by blowing a hole in a critical position isn’t necessarily the way to do it.

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Call it blasphemy but im rooting for draft position.

Posted by: Stu27 | December 22, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Are they going to pay McNabb $16 mil to be a back up? Of course not. So they're going to cut him and expect him to resign for what? $2 mil? Why even say this? Shanahan should only read from a script

Posted by: jblacknj | December 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Ugh...I have two words for Mike Shanahan to make this all go away:

No comment.

To quote Brennan Huff, "Shut your mouth. Sh-sh-shut your mouth. You're coming off stupid."

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 22, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

wow, this is truly insane. So, we're "evaluating" Grossman and Beck. But, we already know - regardless of those evaluations - that McNabb would only be a backup at best? Shanahan is insane. Which makes sense, because he looks insane.

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | December 22, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

McNabb is in Shannys doghouse and will never be allowed to return to the big house. DM must have really pissed off little Shanny.

Posted by: SPUD2 | December 22, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Didn't realize the Rogers was 30, wasn't he drafted in 05 along with Campbell who will soon be 30 too? Wow, so the Skins don't just sign old players they drafted them old too.

Posted by: Jase21 | December 22, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe Shanahan had the
"balls" to tell Mcnabb to his face that he was behind Beck. Plus what is the point of that? Except to insult the guy. Seriously he really wants to evaluate the 3rd stringer?

Posted by: bobilly1 | December 22, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe Shanahan had the
"balls" to tell Mcnabb to his face that he was behind Beck. Plus what is the point of that? Except to insult the guy. Seriously he really wants to evaluate the 3rd stringer?

Posted by: bobilly1 | December 22, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

McNabb privately needs to seek a trade to the Cardinals, Vikings, etc., whoever will take him. Shanahan isn't using "everyone competes for their jobs" language; he's using "the best players will play" language. Shanahan has concluded his evaluation: McNabb rates no better than a backup in his mind. McNabb's situation is just like Jason Campbell's was last year. There's nothing at this point that McNabb can do to change Shanahan's mind. For McNabb, the competition for a starting job in DC is already closed. At what point would the Skins release McNabb? Hopefully for McNabb, somebody will see the advantages of picking him up. McNabb's contract is structured in a way that is very attractive, so they may get draft picks for him. This is another sad chapter for Skins fans.

Posted by: dannykurland1 | December 22, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Didn't realize the Rogers was 30, wasn't he drafted in 05 along with Campbell who will soon be 30 too? Wow, so the Skins don't just sign old players they drafted them old too.

Posted by: Jase21 | December 22, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Didn't realize the Rogers was 30, wasn't he drafted in 05 along with Campbell who will soon be 30 too? Wow, so the Skins don't just sign old players they drafted them old too.

Posted by: Jase21 | December 22, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I love how all the geniuses here seem to take McChoke's side on all of this over Shanahan's. comparing stories it sure seems like McChoke is lying in the media about when he was told of the benching and how it came about and why.

and the Chadhia hit-piece on Shanahan defending McChoke on SI.com is classic race-baiting nonsense filled with misinformation and flat out falsehoods. great job there black sportswriters.

Rush was right, the liberal sportswriters always rush to defend the mediocre black players. now they pile on to that sick white-hate by blaming Shanahan for "mishandling" McChoke, all backed up by lies and wrong details. great job dooshes.

Posted by: greatteamdan | December 22, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

Leave race out of it, this is a Tea Party. The Redskins are sorry and it doesn't matter what color the QB is.

Posted by: Jase21 | December 22, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan told three different stories after he benched McNabb during the Detroit game. That suggested to me that Shanahan might not be an especially truthful person. Unfortunately for him, he's not a convincing liar either.

Posted by: CAmira5 | December 22, 2010 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Correction, this isn't a Tea Party so leave race out of it.

Posted by: Jase21 | December 22, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Did McNabb sleep with Shanahan's daughter or something? Shanahan seems hell bent on publicly humiliating McNabb.

Posted by: TripLBee | December 22, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Again, here this team/organization goes devaluing it's players. they are so intent on disrespecting players they lose all football savvy, if they ever had any.

So what I just read said "McNabb will be released from the Redskins before next season." Thus, football savvy teams know not to trade for him. Just wait out the Skins because they don't want him!

Their approach to managing this team is just stupid.

Posted by: oknow1 | December 22, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

This obviously makes McNabb look like a liar.... Out to make coaches look bad. Whom do you believe - McNabb or Shannahan? I know McNabb has had conflict everywhere he's been... I don't want him on my football team - as starter or backup. Grossman ain't perfect, but Ill take him.

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | December 22, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

Shanny seems to be instigating right now. No need to keep talking about this. If if McNabb was misrepresenting how it went down, who cares really at this point. You know you're not going to have him back next year, so what is the point of saying "sure we'll have him back, if he wants to be a back up."

Also interesting how you go from a 100+ million dollar contract to a back up in the course of l/4 of a season.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 22, 2010 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I guess the evaluation process is over. If he's not comfortable w/ McNabb as a starter, why would he be comfortable w/ him if he needs to come in as a backup? No doubt if Shanahan didn't go into coaching, he'd be selling used cars.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 22, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I agree completely oknow1, this is the dumbest group of people in sports.
Why would you devalue a player that you do not want to have on your team?

People let their blind hate for McNabb overshadow the mistakes and mismanagement of this team. I 'll admit, I didn't like the Shanahan hire, didn't like the McNabb trade and I was in favor of Kyle Shanahan as OC. I wanted Shanahan to succeed, hell I wanted Jim Zorn to succeed. But this guy Shanahan is a donkey.
McNabb might be crappy player in this system but he's a pro. Kyle Shanahan on the other hand seems to be throwing a rock and hiding his hand. He also seems to be blaming his O's inefficiency on a single player. When its obvious the whole offense is crappy. Players, coaches, schemes, and playcalling. The play design is the only decent thing about this offense.

Posted by: priceisright | December 22, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Capitalist-1: What are you smoking? McNabb has only been ONE place in the NFL before coming to DC. He NEVER had conflict with anyone except T.O. (who hasn't?) and he still took the high road. Meanwhile, Shanahan told 5 different stories as to why he benched McNabb, lied about Haynesworth's "headaches" this summer in Detroit and now he's coming out with McNabb can come back as a backup next year after "evaluating him for 13 games" but watching Grossman play one game. In case you weren't watching, they LOST that game and the Cowboys had the ball for almost 11 minutes longer than the Redskins. That's on the QB and the Off. coordinator. The Shanahans are a joke! At least Zorn was honest...

Posted by: Kolchak | December 22, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who endorses Rush Limbaugh's opinion on anything other than prescription drugs is a bigger moron then Limbaugh. Rush Limbaugh is a flat out racist that want's to keep this country divided
and black's and whites at each other's throat's.

Posted by: dargregmag | December 22, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Dear Santa,

All I want this year is for the Skins to get a decent head coach (Cowher or Gruden)
and demote Mike Shanahan to Off. Cordinator
and demote Kyle Shanahan to special teams coach.

Posted by: lclemons76 | December 22, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

This takes Shanahan's comment about McNabb out of context. Go watch the actual news conference. Jason needs to be more careful, unless he was just trying to make up stuff to be incite discord.

Posted by: cl82507 | December 22, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Personally, I liked it when our right to know did NOT supercede our right to exist...tired of hearing about the drama. Bottom line is the Redskins are not winning and something needs to be done. If it's letting Grossman play to see if we have a better chance, so be it. Regardless of playing players for the future, it's about winning games. The Redskins haven't done that enough. This is almost like the government....enough already.

Posted by: msuic76 | December 22, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

I can't tell who is more full of isht- Shanahan or McNabb. Neither means a word of what he says.

They should both go into politics.

Posted by: ArmchairGM | December 22, 2010 11:53 PM | Report abuse

http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2010/11/04/jake-plummer-feels-donovan-mcnabbs-pain/?related=1

Jake Plummer:
“It just seemed like every game I could have completed these four more passes or these five more shots here and it would have been perfect. And that just wasn’t my personality… But Shanahan wanted perfection and he wore a lot of us down there.”

Plummer didn’t sound surprised by the current circus unfolding in Washington, D.C., between Shanahan and Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb.

“I think Shanahan is still searching for John Elway,” Plummer said. “Somehow, someway, he thinks there’s going to be another guy like John Elway.”

“He coached a team to almost perfection (with Elway) so he wanted that again, he wanted that every time we went out there. It’s just not realistic.”

Posted by: BenThere | December 23, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

Thanks for posting that link BenThere. Good article-doesn't Plummer look like Zach Galifianakis?

Posted by: ArmchairGM | December 23, 2010 1:39 AM | Report abuse

Cmon people, what in the hell is so hard to believe about mcnubb being benched?! he hasnt done squat for a 'vetern qb'. shanny isnt gonna waste anymore time with this guy. i love shannys balls, hes not afaid of the shock factor ripping him a new terdhole. I foe one dont believe hes evaluating just grossman and beck, but the offensive system as a whole. Mcnubb got a gift of 3.5 mill to play this season, he gets a 10mill bonus around next march IF hes on the roster. Shanny was just buying time and locking mcnubb up by giving him the extension. Mcnubb wont see a penny of that 10mill and we will get something, probaly not much but something for him. as for mcnubb saying he still wants to be here next year, well what hes really saying is, i want that 10 mill bonus. he knows not one other single team in the nfl will pay him that next year. so anyway people just relax. shanny will build us a nice little roster over the next couple seasons and we will be fine.

Posted by: SkinEm1 | December 23, 2010 2:49 AM | Report abuse

I keep reading "One man gang" and pro-bowl and talent and not a single word about HE SUCKS and the defense is the worst in NFL history almost! 97 is a practice squad, bum street, overachiever, special teams wedge breaking, jack of all trades-master of nothing. these fans are the dumbest ma'hunchies i have ever seen in my life time. Stupid may bee too soft.

Posted by: doyouktt | December 23, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

This obviously makes McNabb look like a liar.... Out to make coaches look bad. Whom do you believe - McNabb or Shannahan? I know McNabb has had conflict everywhere he's been... I don't want him on my football team - as starter or backup. Grossman ain't perfect, but Ill take him.

Posted by: Capitalist-1

Duh, everywhere he's been? just how many places has McNabb been? Causing problems everywhere, dude are you in orbit somewhere for you are way off base.

Posted by: getagripped | December 23, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

d44 you forgot to include the double moves that rodgers can not cover. he is not a top corner and he is not worth more than he is being paid now.

Posted by: rls1041 | December 23, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

As soon as Shanny wins two in a row people will be calling him a genius.

Posted by: trebor0012 | December 23, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

If McNabb felt disrespected before....

Posted by: Alan4

Give it a break.

Disrespect: Lack or respect or courtesy. Insult.

Where does Shanahan does that with McNabb?

By meeting with him and discussing his plans for the QB position?

By letting him know in private that he was not cutting the mustard and that he would look someplace else?

By not going to the press and saying that Mcnabb was lying?

Where does that disrespect come from? Give it a rest. The guy was not producing, Shanahan called and informed him in a private conversation - out of respect for him - that he needed to look at others.

If anyone is disrespected is the coach.

Posted by: hock1 | December 23, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Mcnabb is washed up, get over it. Nobody owes anybody in the NFL a starting job so stop it with the drama. All this disrespectful BS is about him being a black QB who was "disrespected". Maybe if he actually showed some heart in practice he would still be the Skins black QB

Posted by: rryan007 | December 23, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure how you demote someone without being disrespectful. Maybe the next time that someone loses their job or gets cut, they should also get a thoughtful note and chocolates from the organization.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 23, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe that Shanahan has officially ended the McNabb project with only 12 starts under the guys belt. I mean, McNabb even trotted out onto the field for the coin toss, which shows how much class and lack of bravado the guy has.

McNabb must really have rubbed Mike and/or Kyle the wrong way, because they are basically saying that McNabb failed in what was essentially a 12 game trial period. And he is free to pursue a job elsewhere.

Because McNabb certainly isn't going to say "Thanks for the backup job Mike. I was so scared that you didn't like me, so I've decided to pass up a multi-million dollar contract in Arizona to be your whipping boy."

Posted by: jmounadi | December 23, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable! This guy has no class, diplomacy, or sense of humility-the anti-Joe Gibbs. He honestly believes that Rex, John Beck, a draft pick, or free agent would be a superior choice than McNabb? It's one thing to say Donovan would be welcome to compete for a job, but quite another to imply that it would only be in a back-up role. Based on what, one week in Dallas where Rex despite doing some nice things had two very costly turnovers (plus a forgivable one at the end)? Oh yeah, all the other losses were all Donovan's fault-he's supposed to be playing defense (wasn't the 3-4 YOUR idea?), running the ball, blocking, and kicking field goals too I guess. No he isn't perfect, but he has not been one of our major problems, so let's shelve a six time pro-bowler since we have no more pressing problems to address in the draft or free agency-not! This is going to come back to bite Shanahan in the rear.

Shanahan will be gone also, only at the end of 2011 and after additional damage has been done to our roster and the fan base. He has no idea how to earn the respect of his players as he feels entitled to demand respect regardless of his failure to reciprocate. I've got news for you Mike, authority flows bottom-up, not top-down. Unless you change, you and your "precious" son will be out of town in another year.

Note to Dan Snyder: I love the idea that you stepped back and let football people make decisions, however, this is still your team and you have an arrogant Machiavellian martinet damaging your investment. Remind him please that YOU are the boss. He has already wasted millions of dollars in pro bowl level player investments you made (some at his request) AND he is costing you millions more in ticket and memorabilia sales. To date, I don't see where his mettle as a football coach overshadow his poor judgment, lack of discernment, and tactlessness.

Posted by: SoutheastDC1 | December 23, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

C'mon McNabb, find a team that is committed to having a decent offensive line and receivers who can catch and get open and sign with it and let Rex flounder with the Skins getting chased all over the place. The problem with the Redskins is you have to have the pieces in place to expect results. When both your offensive and defensive fronts get dominated every week you can't expect the people behind them to perform well, that is basic football.

Posted by: justgeoff | December 23, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

Donovan,

Please stand up and tell the idiot that you don't want to come back to his sinking ship and out the entire organization for the incompetent mess that is and has been. Stop being nice to these clowns.

Posted by: jdb70 | December 23, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

McNabb is a classy guy and doesn't deserve Shanny's idiot mind games.

However, people claiming the media hasn't overhyped McNabb need to get out more! Even with true elites like Brady and Manning, they come up for air every once in a while to mention Wes Welker or Dwight Freeney. When was the last time Cooley or Fletcher got air time? Who are the photos of in pre-game? Who gets shown first, last and in between? To the national media, we weren't the Redskins this season, we were McNabb.

I'm not a racist nor am I a Rush fan, but he called this one correct. He wasn't saying blacks can't be outstanding QBs - he was saying the media wants one so badly they overpromote anyone who's halfway decent.

Posted by: messykat | December 23, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe McNabb. He was sharing reps with Grossman for the 1st time all season. Only an idiot (or a disingenuous egomaniac) couldn't figure out that something was up.

After 2 days of sharing reps in a side-by-side comparison, Shanny declared Grossman the winner. Rex knew the offense better and ran it better too.

McNabb still hasn't gotten over it. Anything he says from here on is only to save face.

Hey Donovan...making Shanny look bad doesn't change the fact that you play bad. In the end, the change happened because you sucked.

Posted by: howjensen | December 23, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe McNabb. He was sharing reps with Grossman for the 1st time all season. Only an idiot (or a disingenuous egomaniac) couldn't figure out that something was up.

After 2 days of sharing reps in a side-by-side comparison, Shanny declared Grossman the winner. Rex knew the offense better and ran it better too.

McNabb still hasn't gotten over it. Anything he says from here on is only to save face.

Hey Donovan...making Shanny look bad doesn't change the fact that you play bad. In the end, the change happened because you sucked.

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

I don't believe McNabb. He was sharing reps with Grossman for the 1st time all season. Only an idiot (or a disingenuous egomaniac) couldn't figure out that something was up.

After 2 days of sharing reps in a side-by-side comparison, Shanny declared Grossman the winner. Rex knew the offense better and ran it better too.

McNabb still hasn't gotten over it. Anything he says from here on is only to save face.

Hey Donovan...making Shanny look bad doesn't change the fact that you play bad. In the end, the change happened because you sucked.

Posted by: howjensen | December 23, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe McNabb. He was sharing reps with Grossman for the 1st time all season. Only an idiot (or a disingenuous egomaniac) couldn't figure out that something was up.

After 2 days of sharing reps in a side-by-side comparison, Shanny declared Grossman the winner. Rex knew the offense better and ran it better too.

McNabb still hasn't gotten over it. Anything he says from here on is only to save face.

Hey Donovan...making Shanny look bad doesn't change the fact that you play bad. In the end, the change happened because you sucked.

Posted by: howjensen | December 23, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Cheer a real team... right in your neighborhood.
GO GO GO RAVENS!

Posted by: ftlmikeflorida | December 23, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

McNabb's a "come here". He's done nothing in Washington to merit any special treatment.

When Billy Kilmer replaced Sonny Jurgenson there was no talk of "disrespect"...and No.5 is not, and never was, half the QB that No.9 was. If you play badly, you should expect to sit...and not be suprised when it happens. That should go for QBs too.

This town's ex-player blowhards and talk show knuckle heads have been clamoring for stability in the Skin's organization for years. Now we've got a coach who sticks to his guns and an owner that appears to have learned his lesson. So what if Shanny's not the most transparent personality. He's bringing discipline and sorely needed leadership. Sure, he's made a few mistakes. Those that haven't can throw the first stone.

Posted by: snake23 | December 23, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Fire Shannahan

Posted by: mofares | December 23, 2010 7:55 PM | Report abuse

If Shanahan doesn't work out (and it's definitely not looking promising), that'll do it for me as a fan of this organization. If you can't get it right on your SEVENTH coach in a dozen years, you shouldn't own a major sports franchise. If Snyder really loves this team, he should sell it to someone who actually knows how to operate it.

Posted by: randysbailin | December 23, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Personally I beleive that McNabb started out good but has continually thrown easy completions into the ground,underthrown at least two touchdowns and lots of other careless mistakes that has cost us downs and everone knows that downs are important. So lets see what Grossman has to offer what can it hurt...also clinton portis needs to retire he is garbage and Santana need a complimentary receiver next to him and also Orakpo need to do what he was doin last year....oh yea how can i forget this............we need

Posted by: topoftheworld32 | December 23, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

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