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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 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: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:23 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

I was at the game..McNabb was playing horrible and making bad decisions.  Why not give someone else a shot?

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:22 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

We will sure take him in San Francisco

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:19 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

It made no sense.  I'm a Lions fan and I was thrilled to see Sexy Rexy come into the game.  McNabb is an elite QB who was having a not so good game, but he gave them the best chance to win.  I still consider him a top 10 QB.  Rex Grossman doesn't have 'potential' like Kevin Kolb.  He's a known entitity - he's not that good.  So why sit McNabb?? I don't get it.  Thanks Shanahan... helped my Lions. 

Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:18 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

grossman has a better understanding of the two minute offense? And all the so called "experts" are always trying to convince people that shanahan is actually a good coach. He`s benched his best defensive player? And that would be??? It sure as hell isn`t lazyfatassalbert.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:16 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

Isn't Donovan McNabb the one who didn't know that games could end in a tie?

So why should I trust him in the 2 minute drill if he doesn't even know the rules?

Seriously, he's been overrated most of his career.  People have made excuses for him, like he had no good receivers in Philly until TO got there, etc.  The fact is he's good but he's not that good.  If Washington gets him some better receivers he might be OK there, but I'm starting ot wonder if they are even going to re-sign him.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:15 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

      He brought in just about that entire team that won back-to-back titles. That was his job, so he obviously did it well. He brought McCaffery, Sharp, the O-Line and scheme that anyone could run behind, then he brought in a beast like Terrell Davis, who nobody spotted but Mike Shanahan, and he turned them into winners.

 Shanny also made that team competitive for a lot of years. They blew a game vs Jacksonville when they were the best in the league (record wise), and they made it to the conference championship with Jake Plummer, only to lose to the Steelers, who won it all.

  He put a$$es in the seats, had a competitive program, and people liked to play for that program and for him. If you look at what is going on in Denver now, there will be not too may free agents wanting to play in that gong show. Shanny attracts great talent because he is great talent and knows how to win. The players still have to buy into the system and act like champions. Not sure if you ever played competitive sports, but there is a huge difference between the overall attitude of a championship calibre team and the attitude of a lame duck team. Washington has been lame duck for so long that it will take time to change it from a culture of 'just playing and getting paid', to a culture of, 'we can win it all'. Trust me on this point, I do have some experience with that.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:08 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

;     &nbs
p;   The 2 minute drill in Shanahans system is quite complex and takes a bit to understand. They are running 6 plays (4 pass, 2 run) with several variations of that play, different blocking schemes, protection packages, etc, all run by the pivot. Obviously, the coaches know something that we don't. I am sure that they practice the 2 minute drill extensively (like every other team) and they feel that McNabb cannot yet fully grasp it to where they are comfortable that he can win.

  McNabb is a great athlete, has a strong arm, can run well, and is a pretty good QB. Unfortunately, because people like him a lot, they think he is a great QB. That's not the case. He has always had trouble managing the clock in the last few minutes and I can't recall too many last minute heroic drives. IE. He's no Elway or Montana.

 Finally, I don't think the benching of McNabb was the problem here. The usually strong defense had a bad game. I am sure they will rebound from this. It's too bad though, this was a game you really should have won, and may be haunted by down  the road when you are competing with the Giants and Eagles for the division. This game may be the one that forces you to compete for a wild-card, particularly since the Giants play Seattle after their bye week and Seattle is worse than my Broncos.

  MNF against the Beagles will be HUGE for this team. This is not the time to create dissention, going into the bye week, coming out against your division rival and McNabb's old team. People in Washington need to support this team and the coach to build confidence and unity going into that game. Unfortunately, DeAngelo Hall is never a team player, never thinks of the team first, and never will.

Since: Aug 12, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:06 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

If it wasn't for the fact the Shanahan has two titles I would think he is the dumbest coach in the league. Rex Grossman or McNabb? Is there any question. 5 NFC championship games, 1 superbowl, numerous 4th quarter comebacks and a hall of fame resume. I now see why he was let go in Denver. You run the two minute offense with your back up quarterback instead of McNabb because he was more equipped to run it? Who believes that? McNabb has been there since easter! Both Shanahan's are Dumb and Dumber! Its still early but that might be the lost that keeps you out of the playoffs. Millions of dollars on the Shanahans, millions of dollars on McNabb. Pulling McNabb for Grossman in the 4th quarter of a winnable game because he knows the 2 minute offense better?. Priceless! 

Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: November 1, 2010 1:57 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

What were Mike and Kyle thinking?  This is the second blunder they have made.  The first being the decision not to play Haynesworth against the Colts.  Shanahan has done some really good things, like drafting Trent Williams.  But there is another side.  He doesn't seem to have faith in his players.  And that's gotta kill moral.  Detroit is a good, but inferior team to anyone in the NFC East.  It should have been a win.  So should have been the St. Louis game and the Houston game.  The Redskins are still in the hunt.  They are undefeated in the division and have two games against the Giants left.  Still, the coach has created an atmosphere where his team plays up to and not above the level of competition on any given week.  Certainly he, Shanahan, has made strides in the right direction.  They are true playoff contenders, as long as they keep winning the division games, but they should be sitting at the top of the division.  They haven't met their true potential.

Coaches deserve more than one year, of course.  And next year they could be true contenders for the Conference title......if they decide to play NFL football next year.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2010 1:56 pm

The locker room repercussions in Washington

Maybe this will finally expose Shanahan. What has he ever done without Elway and a healthy Terrell Davis? Answer: nothing. If he didn't lose credibility by hiring his kid to run the offense, he surely lost some after this horrid decision. 

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