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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 5, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:21 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

watched Mcnabb religiously for the past 11 years and i can't think of one sucessful 2 minute drive in the past 5-6 seasons. 

HOWEVER, we are talking about REX Grossman!  He blows and now McNabb who has a fragile ego is going to go into the tank for th rest of the season, thanks Shanahan for taking your team out of the race!




Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:13 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

with all the comebacks (McNabb’s) had in his career ...

What comebacks has McNabb had in the last 4 to 5 years?  Give me a break...





Since: May 16, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 3:05 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

What Shanahan did was ABSOLUTELY right if he felt Rex gave the "team" the best chance to win. A coach can't be worried about egos when making decisions about the team. And McNabb should understand the decision. I am sure his pride is hurt because he is a winner and wants to help the team win. But if he isn't as familiar with the 2 minute offense than Rex, he should just suck it up and get ready to start in 2 weeks. No one should feel alienated or players feel they have to pick sides. Support the coaches decision and get ready for the next game. Does Shaq feel alienated when he is not chosen to shoot technical fouls??? The decision is what is best for the team. Some work out and some don't, but that is why the coach is in charge to make those decisions. Period!




Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:59 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

FIRST OFF....anybody who comes on these message boards, and starts off with "McNabb is a loser"...is probably very much a loser themselves.  Let's see...you probably work a garbage 9-5 job Agent47, like the rest of us....and you probably don't like your job that much.  You may have had some athletic ability at some point in your life, but those years are way behind you.

Donovan McNabb, gets paid millions of dollars to play a game he loves, and he only has to work a few hours a day compared to the 8-10 hours you have to work.  Oh yeah, Donovan is also loved by fans all over the country, whereas nobody outside your street knows who the heck Agent47 is.

Agent 47 = loser.  Donovan McNabb = winner.



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:57 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.''

What comebacks is Daniels talking about exactly. Since 2005, McNabb is 3-13-1 in games where in the last 5 minutes of the 4th quarter, his team is tied or trailing by 7 points or less.



Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:53 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

First off dont ever reference passer rating. Passer rating was invented by sabermetric dopes. Stats lie, McNabb is a loser.
Im not an Eagles fan, I'm not a Redskins fan, not a McNabb hater or apoogist. He has been a prodcutive quarterback for an extended period of time but a good distance shy of great by any measure. Now this benching is simple, his contract is up & he has no ties to Shannahan. The Redskins were desperate for a veteran, McNabb was available. Now  for whatever reasons Shanahan has determined McNabb is not the guy & made his point loud & clear. Thats the issue here is that he could have just played out the year & moved on but he decided McNabb needed to be embarassed. That is the issue.




Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:43 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

True, McNabb should have known a game should end in a tie. 

But according to your logic, does that mean he can't ever play in the last 2 minutes of any game? 

And the fact that he had no good receivers in Philly is not an "excuse".  It's the truth. 

McNabb has a top 20 passer rating...of ALL TIME! 

Obviously, you are not knowledgeable of McNabb's career. 



Since: Nov 1, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:34 pm
 

THEY ARE CONFUSING FAVRE WITH MCNABB!

You can also blame the dismal offensive line and lack of running game.




Since: Dec 31, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:33 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

The Redskins offense has just been so out of whack this whole season and it is not just Donovan Mcnabb's fault. Yesterday the offensive line looked dreadful, but some credit should go out to the Lions defensive line which is probably a bit under rated. How can anyone expect Donovan to do anything if he has 300 pound guys in his face from the snap? but to make it worse Donovan has been completely ruining all of the few chances that he has had to make some kind of play on offense witht he exception of a few. He is very spordic with his accuracy which is nothing new, but it is very frustrating to watch him do that when the game is close. That being said, no way in hell would I consider benching him for REX GROSSMAN at the end of the fourth quarter with the game on the line! What was Mike Shanahan thinking? First he went for that fourth and long conversion and then bench McNabb? The good thing for Shanahan is that he cant really stoop any lower than Zorn had last year at this point, but this sure is starting to look familiar from a fans perspective.



Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:33 pm
 

The locker room repercussions in Washington

What McNabb did in Philly is the reason Washington obtained him. Unfortunetly for the Redskins, McNabb is not preforming at the same level as the expectation. 
In McNabb's defense, this is a new system for him, and he also doesn't have the same talent around him as he did with the Eagles.
To specifically address the benching during the crucial moment of the game we need to focus on what was happening during the game. The Lions were living in the Redskins backfield. McNabb was constently under pressure, being sacked 5 times, hit a dozen or more and hurried at almost every throw. This game wasn't as close as the final score showed.
The Lions outplayed the Redskins in every aspect of the game except special teams, which was the only reason the Skins were still in the game.
Was Shanahan correct in benching McNabb? Wel certainly not for Grossman, but McNabb was not playing well. Then again, neither was the rest of the team.
I felt Shanahan made a mistake by pulling McNabb, but it wasn't because he dosen't know the 2 min. drill, rather I believe that is what Shanahan told the press to avoid saying McNabb wasn't getting the job done.

In the end, the Lions were the reason the Redskins lost, not pulling McNabb.


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