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The locker room repercussions in Washington

Posted on: November 1, 2010 12:53 pm
Edited on: November 1, 2010 12:54 pm
 
Posted by Andy BenoitD. McNabb (US Presswire)

The Donovan McNabb benching remains, by far, the biggest and most bizarre story from Sunday. Expect it to gain some serious legs over the next few days. Some of the Redskins’ most prominent veterans are saying they were as surprised by the move as the rest of America.

Highly respected leader Phil Daniels said, according to Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan, ''It surprises me with all the comebacks (McNabb’s) had in his career ... but as players we don’t make decisions.''

Mike Jones of TBD.com reports that Daniels, along with outspoken cornerback DeAngelo Hall, said he thought at the time that McNabb must have been injured.

This is the type of situation that could cost Mike Shanahan the locker room. Shanahan has now very publicly benched his best defensive and offensive players for not being erudite in the Redskins’ system. Obviously, sitting a malcontent like Albert Haynesworth does not compare with sitting your star quarterback. But at the end of the day, players could look at both situations and decide that they’re playing for an arrogant head coach.

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Since: Jan 20, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:26 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

Cuda, I get what you're saying, but don't try to compare Grossman and McNabb as far as career accomplishments go.  That's just silly. Yes, they've been to the same number of Super Bowls, but the Bears went in spite of Grossman, not because of him. What's the comparison as far as Pro Bowls go? Playoff wins? Division titles? Conference championships? Overall numbers?  Not even close.

And as for this "decade" head start? Just how old do you think McNabb is????



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:24 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

Highly respected leader Phil Daniels said, according to , ''It surprises me with all the comebacks (McNabb’s) had in his career ... but as players we don’t make decisions.'' 


 So what?  What does Andy Benoit know about the inner workings of the Washington Redskins locker room, that die hard Skins fans don't know?  ?  If you listen to what the players are saying, the players are behind the staff 100%.  I'm no locker room insider, but it sounds to me like Shanahan is far from "losing" this locker room.   What Daniels said is hardly an indictment on the coaching staff.  It's surprising.  Big Deal.  The Redskins have been winning football games.  They beat the Packers.  The defeated the first place Bears and Philly on the road.  They are still in solid position, still being undefeated in the division.  They still control their destiny, and can beat any team on a given week - Donovan will take this in stride and be back rested and ready after the bye week - He's a veteran and he's come back from this kind of stuff before - Whatever Shanahan did with Haynesworth, it is paying off and the defensive players are on board with the coaching staff -  They say they feel they can trust Big Al more than ever before and feel that he has paid his dues and is part of the team.  The Skins get a week to rest and heal and the will be at home on Monday night against an Eagles team that is reeling - They should go to 3-0 in the division after that game.  It will all come down to how they match up with the Giants, and which Giants team shows up when they play the Skins.  The Skins are capable of splitting games with NY.  The point is that the Skins are very relevant right now.  They have two weeks to re-group, re-coup, and prepare for the Eagles.  McNabb will be back and he will be up for that game - The Skins defense has been very opportunistic.  No matter who plays QB for Philly, it's going to be a hard hitting battle that favors the Skins at home.   They make some headlines yet - 




Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:22 pm
 

REX GROSSMAN???

I understand the logic behind benching McNabb, but that's only if you have an average QB as a backup.  To put in REX GROSSMAN is utterly ridiculous!!!!

Shanahan has been making bonehead moves ever since Elway left.



Since: Jan 28, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:16 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

Turning on your star player is a time honored tradition for coaches who aren't living up to expectations. Sometimes the player is Latrell Sprewell and the coach gets choked out.



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:06 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

If this isn't the most bonehead move in recent history, idk what is. Rex Grossman? Smh. Just smh. 



Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 4:02 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

donovan mcnabb dosen't equal winner...
not that you know what you are talking either...
he will always be known as a guy who could never get it done.



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:51 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

Good points Mrs. Grossman. Go Rexy!



Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:50 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

Shanahan's bizarre behavior is no suprise.  How many coaches have one Superbowls with mutliple franchises?  There is some humor in this miserable season for Cowboy fans.



Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:47 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

Complain about Shanahan if you want, but leave Rex alone.  Last time I checked, Grossman and McNabb have the same number of Super Bowl appearances and McNabb has about a decade head start.  Grossman's been in the system for 2-3 years, the fist time that's happened in his NFL career, and is not the laughingstock the media paints him to be.  GO REX!!!



Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:40 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

I have to say "WOW".  When I heard this I could not believe it.  Maybe McNabb isn't the quarterback he once was, but still to replace him with Rex Grossman??  Are you kidding me?  And then it really blew up in Shanahan's face.  How about fixing the offensive line?  Everybody always raved about the O-line when Shanahan was in Denver, but he obviously doesn't have that same magic anymore.  I saw someone post stats about McNabb's record late in the game over the last four years when the teams were tied or his team was down, but what are Grossman's stats throughout his career??  I think Mike Shanahan needs to look in the mirror today, maybe there was a good reason Denver let him go.



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