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Posted at 4:18 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Tom Boswell: this was a dumb move

By Washington Post Sports

Tom Boswell writes that the real problem is the person who traded for Donovan McNabb back in April, then decided to bench him in December. That would be Mike Shanahan.

To read his column, click here.

By Washington Post Sports  | December 17, 2010; 4:18 PM ET
 
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Comments

Someone call the Post's sports editor...

Pabrian and Alan4 have hacked into Boswell's account and are posting articles!

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | December 17, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Boz writes and a key theme is that too much power into one person is usually a disaster. Then he almost verbatim states something I mentioned not long ago ... that Shanahan has no checks and balances. What I wrote in ZEKE'S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES a few weeks back:

What mattered to Shanahan about the McNabb incident is the same thing that mattered to him about his issues with Haynesworth. When Shanahan sent messages to these specific players, others were copied on memo: No one is to challenge Shanahan. Not any players, not Bruce Allen, not Dan Snyder, not Haslett and certainly not Kyle Shanahan. MS has taken actions towards his two most highly paid players. No one has told him to cool it. Shanahan has absolute power to do what he wants in DC. No checks, no balances.

He is a control freak that understands power. He knows the owner can’t stop him and players can’t challenge him. He’s smart enough to hire coaches that respect him and his accomplishments. Of course, they really can’t leave, either – its doubtful any team would hire Kyle or Haslett into a similar position at this point.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 17, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Kyle or Haslett into a similar position at this point.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 17, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Um, newsflash genius, Kyle Shanahan was a very well respected offensive coordinator with Houston for a couple of years before coming to DC. He was widely regarded as a top young offensive mind. He would have no problem getting another coordinator job.

Why do you play sports writer? You are really not very good at it.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | December 17, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I don't agree with Bos that the benching is necessarily dumb. Their season is over. Let's see what the other QB's can do. Although I doubt will get anything out of it other than a better draft position.

I do agree that trading for a guy then determining so soon that he's not going to work is pretty dumb. There was nothing in McNabb's history that told the Shanahan's that he wouldn't work in their system?

Posted by: skinswest | December 17, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

DM5 beeps

Posted by: kerzon417 | December 17, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Z. He's evaluating the offense. I think he feels he hasn't seen it run right yet.

Posted by: mack1 | December 17, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

There was nothing in McNabb's history that told the Shanahan's that he wouldn't work in their system?

Posted by: skinswest | December 17, 2010 4:43 PM

My own theory is that McNabb's play has been worse than they expected. He hasn't been as good this year as he was in the past. But -- and this is only a hunch -- the deal killer was the relationship between McNabb and his offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan. I'm betting that McNabb openly disrespected Kyle on multiple occasions and the Shanahans realize that he's not going to fit in with the direction they want to take the team. They handled this badly, starting with wasting those draft picks.

Posted by: beep-beep | December 17, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone seen or heard from Bruce Allen lately?

Is he "one and done" too along with McNabb?

Posted by: hapster | December 17, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

DMac = 2010 Skins scapegoat

Who will be next year's candidate? We all know it won't be the Shanahans.

Posted by: Neisha_H | December 17, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

The benching is fine. Time to start looking at any other talent we my have at all positions. I was never 100% behind the McNabb move, but had a lot of hope. Still do. Still, it is time to use actual games to evaluate what other talent we have. I certainly don't think Rex will be the QB next year. What the heck... if we play alternate players and lose, we save a little face, and move closer to the #1 pick for a young QB phenom. Then we build with new and young players, and the handful of certain and proven vets we have. Good bye AH, DM, CP, LL, CR, and many others... Including coach JH.

Posted by: AZborn | December 17, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

C'mon Y'all. Boz is correct. It is not about the benching. It is not about the offense being run properly. It is not about whether Kyle Shanahan can get another job. It IS about Mike Shanahan, God of Football Operations, spending two high draft picks for a QB that will not be on the roster next year. It IS about Shanahan continuing the Skins slide into the ditch by imitating Vinny and spending valuable draft picks for a vet who doesn't fit, won't pan out. It IS about Shanahan being a less than credible personnel guy, talent evaluator, draft guru. Regardless of what happens for the remainder of the season, the relative truth is - Shanahan sent two draft picks to a division rival for a QB that will be gone next season. Three roster positions gone. Nice trade. It is shameful the mess the Skins have become.

Posted by: thurston57 | December 17, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

The only thing dumb about this is Tom Boswell dumb. Long In The Tooth Boswell who suffers from a serious condition called Old Fartitis which is the clouded judgment and irrational behaviour of one who should be retired grazing in a pasture somewhere. Go Shanahan. Your record is 5 and 8. QB is partially responsible. Season gone. Veteran should already know the offense. Andy Reid knew what he was doing. Desean Jackson said that they would be a better team without McNabb. Should have benched McNabb 4 games ago. Shut up old man.

Posted by: getitritegov | December 17, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

The thing about Boz is, well, his analysis of the McNabb deal was all wrong back in April when they traded draft picks to the Eagles.

So while his column is amusing it's not terribly insightful. Again, Sally Jenkins' more or less gets it.

Posted by: Pepper5 | December 17, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

JASON REID OBVIOUSLY DISAGREED WITH THE DECISION DURING THE SHANNY PRESS RELEASE. WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SALLY JENKINS (CORRECT ARTICLE) HE HAS PILED NEGATIVE POST IN HIS BLOG.

HATTERS...WE ARE 5-8, WE HAD OVER 200 YARDS RUSHING AND MCNAB HAS SKIPPED PASSES, AND MISSED READS AND HAS BEEN TERRIBLE ON 3RD DOWN. ANDY REID AND MIKE SHANAHAN ARE PROVEN COACHES AND ARE MUCH MORE RELIABLE THAN YOU FAIR WEATHER FANS AND JASON REID (WHO LOVES MCNAB MORE THAN THE SKINS). GO TO BALTIMORE HATTERS.

HTTR!!

Posted by: rodskin | December 17, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder, if you wonder why I never take advantage of any of those 'skins ticket offers you send me. This is it. I refuse to pay any money into a franchise that continues to be unable to find its butt with both hands.

Posted by: Mark20005 | December 18, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

Boswell has it right except for one more step -- why not bench the coach and let Donovan run the team as coach/player. There is a reason Denver dumped a Super Bowl coach. Mike's SuperBowm teams were teams built by other people. He took over and did more with them than anyone else but when he got to his own selections, Denver sank over time. At least
DC would finally have a class act with Donovan as player/head coach and then we would know if the problem was the coach and his son or the quarterback. Kyle may have been a good coach in Houston -- they won so many titles and led the league in offence how many times? Donovan has won how many championships? Pro Bowl selections? Has how many years as a pro? Who is respected more by the other 52 guys on the team -- Donovan or Mike? Who would the other 52 guys rather go to battle with -- Donovan or Mike/Kyle?

Dan, make the right decision. Bench the coach for the next 3 games and let Donovan run the team on Sunday. Then Washington might be proud of its football team. You would finally have a winner!!

Posted by: Farmjo | December 18, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

It's time for the Danny to step in and realize that Shanahan has issues, and release him. Granted, McNabb is clearly on the downside -- that was obvious in Philadelphia -- but the way Shanahan has treated him and Haynesworth leaves a lot for contemplation.

On the other hand, maybe Bruce Allen ought to do the deed. Isn't he the GM? And why haven't we heard from him?

Posted by: dsda3731 | December 18, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

It's time for the Danny to step in and realize that Shanahan has issues, and release him. Granted, McNabb is clearly on the downside -- that was obvious in Philadelphia -- but the way Shanahan has treated him and Haynesworth leaves a lot for contemplation.

On the other hand, maybe Bruce Allen ought to do the deed. Isn't he the GM? And why haven't we heard from him?

Posted by: dsda3731 | December 18, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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