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Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:28 am
Edited on: December 17, 2010 2:02 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit

The Redskins didn’t wait until the final two minutes of a close game to throw their “franchise quarterback” under the bus this week: according to Kelli Johnson of Comcast Sports Net, Rex Grossman is getting the starting nod over Donovan McNabb against the Cowboys.
R. Grossman (US Presswire)
Grossman and McNabb have been splitting the first team reps in practice the past two weeks or so. It is believed that Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan thinks Grossman has a better grasp of the system (Grossman played for Shanahan in Houston last season).

For the Redskins, this is a potential nightmare that could make the Haynesworth fiasco look trivial in comparison. Johnson reports that several players are “extremely upset” and that the locker room is divided. Jason La Canfora of says many players believe Kyle Shanahan (and, one would assume, Mike Shanahan, as well) has lost credibility because he is using McNabb as a scapegoat. The Redskins offense ranks 27th in scoring.

In November, McNabb signed what was believed to be a long-term megadeal with the Redskins. However, the media later discovered that Washington would be on the hook for just $3.75 million if McNabb was cut after the 2010 season. That scenario now looks likely.

Replacing any quarterback with the turnover-prone Grossman is a move that speaks volumes about the quarterback being replaced. In other words, the Skins aren’t turning to Grossman because they like his potential; they’re turning to Grossman because they no longer respect McNabb’s game.

The backlash from this move, particularly if Grossman struggles, is going to be monumental. Word is Mike Shanahan was utterly ill-prepared to face the scrutiny after benching McNabb against Detroit. Shanahan is not ill-prepared this time. He wouldn’t open Pandora’s box if he thought McNabb was going to be in Washington next season.

For McNabb, whose 77.5 passer rating ranks 25th in the NFL, the discussion now focuses on which team will sign him in 2011. One has to figure the Arizona Cardinals will be at the forefront of that discussion.

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Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:37 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

The same thing happened to Jason Campbell last year, and now he's doing just fine with the Raiders
actually he's not, he has his good games and he has his BAD games where he's been benched for Gradkowski. Campbell is average, short and simple. He is not as good as people think or as bad as people think. McNabb is better than Campbell is, Campbell was said to be mobile, but i rather have McNabb in his old age running than Campbell. Campbell's arm is ok, but it's not great. i am GLAD we got rid of Campbell, it is time to move on, and we tried with an older quarterback and next year they will try with a younger quarterback, and it's likely Jake Locker.

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:34 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday


Since: Dec 28, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:23 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

"There is nothing more pathetic than an aging QB as he moves from team to team in his final seasons."

Yes there is.  Better to be a has-been than a never-has-been.  Most people would be quite happy just to have played only one game in the NFL - that in itself is quite an achievement.  It is a plain fact that McNabb has accomplished a lot in the NFL.  I wonder what you have accomplished by comparason... but, well, your bitterness is quite telling.  You sound like, umm, Limbaugher Cheese.    Sealed

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:59 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

is cutler any better?

Since: Mar 13, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:23 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

"This is one of the top 10 biggest bonehead trades in the history of the NFL"
-Chris Cooley, Sept 15th, 2010

Chris, you were right, except it was you and the rest of the Skins team/management that were the boneheads

And to all you Skins fans, fans across the nation, and the media, who were ripping the Eagles and their fans, I've got one thing to say........


Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 9:12 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Some moron posted that Shanahan was "dumped in Denver for a good reason". Are you forgetting that McNabb's dumping by Philly was also for a good reason? Give it up already. The McNabb defense project has become tiresome and embarrassing. McNabb NEVER had any receivers in Phiily, but Clark Judge wrote a column in pre-season that touted the Eagle WR's as the best in the NFL. Of course he went on to point out that as usual, McNabb had nothing in Washington. It's gotten ridiculous. After a loss a couple weeks ago by Washington, one writer pointed out that McNabb faced "tricky winds" in the game. The question is why the tricky winds didn't affect the opposing QB? The McNabb thing is 100% political. The media went "all in" with McNabb the very moment that Rush Limbaugh declared him to be overrated, and that the media was desirous that a black QB emerge and do well. Of course Limbaugh was right, but his comments stung. Every single sportswriter made a blood pact that day to go to the mat to prove Limbaugh wrong. Terrell Owens was scourged and blackballed by the media for daring to criticize McNabb for choking in the Super Bowl. Of course Owens was right, but the media was determined to bury him for his comments. The press savagely goes after anyone who cirticizes McNabb, and now Mike Shanahan is the latest target. He will no doubt be labeled as a racist, and all that other crap. McNabb stinks this season, and has for some time. Andy Reid knew it. It's OK to disparage and demean Rex Grossman, but how much worse can he be? This isn't about Grossman. It's about Shanahan trying to evaluate what he has, and make the necessry changes for next season. If Grossman and Beck can't cut it, they will be tossed to the curb with McNabb. It's over for McNabb. He's beyond done. He will land somewhere else, but it's over. There is nothing more pathetic than an aging QB as he moves from team to team in his final seasons. McNabb isn't the first or last QB that went out on his back. Get over it.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 8:20 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Mike Shanahan,

I guess you were quite overrated. Starting Grossman over like replacing a Picasso with Corcky's finger paintings.

Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 8:15 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Hey Mike, to partially steal a line from Rick Pitino "the negativity in this room sucks. Elway, Davis, and Sharpe aren't walking through that door"

Since: Jan 20, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 7:40 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

I feel sorry for Redskins fans with Rex Grossman as the starting QB.  As a Bears fan, Grossman was an enigma.  You never knew which Rex would show up.  Is Grossman talented? Yes. Does he have a good arm? Yes. Can he win you games? Yet to be determined.  My heart goes out to you Redskins fans.

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 7:19 pm

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Agreed, the 2 Shannahan's are cowards. I hope it blows right up in their faces. McNabb has never gotten the respect he deserves. He is a class act and I hope he ends up with a team that can appreciate his accomplishments!

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