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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 NFL.com 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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Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 7:02 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Everybody wants the Redskins to turn it around, right? You're not going to do it with McNabb so you might as well find out what you have in your other QBs. The Redskins need to be shaken up. Look I think McNabb is a stand up guy but his time has passed. Just look at the stats. The Skins need to make major changes and coach is willing to do it. It will take 3 years for them to be contenders so you might as well get started. Believe me, I don't think Grossman is the answer either but you better find out now before you lose another season. Hard nosed coaches are usually the successful ones in the NFL. Most just don't have to start all over like Shanahan. HAIL TO THE SKINS!

I agree that we do need to shake things up around here, but I don't think benching McNabb is the solution.  Look at who he has to throw to.  Look at who he has for protection.  The same thing happened to Jason Campbell last year, and now he's doing just fine with the Raiders (never thought I would say that).  However, since this is all behind us now and there's nothing we can really do about it, as I doubt McNabb will ever want to take a snap with the Skins again, we just have to look to the draft.  Personally, I would like to take Mallett, but I'm sure we'll trade a first and second round pick to get Patrick Ramsey back or something...




Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:29 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

You don't want Locker. Very inaccurate and has no head. Completely overrated.
i think (if on the right team) he will be good, i rather have Locker than Mallett and Newton
Blessed with all the physical tools, but suffered under shoddy coaching under Willingham and Sarkisian.
yep, that's why and i think Shanahan's system could help him improve.
If the team is serious about wanting to improve, keep McNabb, draft a qb (plenty in next years draft) and 2 stud receivers
and honestly, what i see happening is the Redskins draft Jake Locker, keep McNabb and have him as a one year starter, i expect them to sign a free agent reciever and draft one either in round 2 or a later round and i expect the Redskins to sign other players in free agency who fit Shanahan.



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:09 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

I hope your right. I agree with a lot of what you are saying, but I think the staff and management did what they have always done and tried to buy their way to wins. Hopefully with Mcnabb gone at the end, and Al gone at the end along with some of the good players getting some rest and coming back healthy (LaRon Landry) to name one...taking a serious look at QB, Running backs, O Line and trying to work out the problems with the new D, maybe in a few years, Mike's project may just work...but to me, it seems like the Redskins are just so poorly managed and organized that I fear this team may forever rest in the bowels of the lower echelon. But I am a Redskin all the way! Hail to the Redskins, Hail victory! I hope coach is right!!!!



Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Everybody wants the Redskins to turn it around, right? You're not going to do it with McNabb so you might as well find out what you have in your other QBs. The Redskins need to be shaken up. Look I think McNabb is a stand up guy but his time has passed. Just look at the stats. The Skins need to make major changes and coach is willing to do it. It will take 3 years for them to be contenders so you might as well get started. Believe me, I don't think Grossman is the answer either but you better find out now before you lose another season. Hard nosed coaches are usually the successful ones in the NFL. Most just don't have to start all over like Shanahan. HAIL TO THE SKINS!




Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 5:29 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Fact 1 -- McNabb has had a TERRIBLE year in Washington.  Is Washington's record entirely McNabb's fault?  Absolutely not, but he does deserve a portion of the blame as he has not played well at all.

Fact 2 -- Things will NOT improve with Rex Grossman at QB.  Rex has had 8 years to win a starting job somewhere and has not been able to do that, save the 1 year in Chicago, and his numbers were not great then.  To even begin to think that Grossman gives Washington a better chance to win than McNabb is simply ridiculous.  You cannot improve a bad team by weakening the QB position.



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:27 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Even TOM BRADY  Couldn't Win with THat Team In WAshington   !



Since: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:21 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Shanahan  Is A Bad  Coach   !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  without John Elwat he cannot win at all  



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 4:18 pm
 

Shanahan needs to go

Shanahan and his joke of a coordinator son need to go. An additional 3 or 4 years of this regime isnt going to help the franchise at all. Snyder tried to step back but leaving Shanahan in control was a mistake. He made the Haynesworth issue a national story and team distraction. He got rid of young players like Devin Thomas who may have a future in the league for a player like Joey Galloway. Instead of properly rebuiliding from the ground up he wastes crucial draft picks on players like McNabb and Brown. It would be different if the Skins were a player a two away from being a contender. That never was the case.


 Now that it is apparent that he has screwed the pooch, he is trying to act like the Haynesworth distraction and McNabb's play were why this team wasnt successful. He has failed to accept any culpability for the Skins play this year and has not indicated any plan for the team going forward. Snyder is a shrewd business man, he has to know when its best to cut losses at start anew. This team needs a coach who can work with the players not dictate to them. They also need a GM who can evaluate personnel not just crunch the salary cap numbers. Until these things are corrected it doesnt matter what players they bring in the Skins are still going to find themselves in the NFC East basement. Please Denver take your little orange Napoleon back.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 3:11 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

I'm from DC and I know what's going on here.  McNabb asked for the weekend off!!  He remembers his last two trips to Dallas and they were painful...  He would prefer to let the Superbowl quarterback Rex-man have the helm for one week. It's also nice to let Kyle be in charge for one week...  (Tough week however / Dallas is playing ball again)
Different Take:  If Dallas isn't going to have Romo / Wash will go to their backup to make things even...



Since: Feb 28, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 2:46 pm
 

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

I feel bad for McNabb, as an Eagles fan I have always liked him.  I think he's done in Washington but I could see him playing for the Cardinals or Vikings next year.  McNabb has always been good at having a TD to INT ratio of 2 to 1 over the last few years, in 09 he had 22 TDs and 10 INTs and in 08 23 TDs with 11 INTs.  The Eagles let him go since they knew we had Kolb and Vick, I was surprised that Andy Reid was actually willing to get rid of him with how close the two of them are.  I still think Donovan can get the job done, the Redskins are just a mess and it's affecting everyone on the team.  I don't like the way they have treated him this year and it sure looks like they are done with him.  I hope he ends up with the Cardinals and maybe they draft a QB to be his backup for a year or two and then he should retire. It's a shame he's never had a solid running game behind him in his career, Eagles idea of a running game with him was about 15 screen passes a game and the Redskins have had a lot of injuries this year at running.  I wish him the best of luck where ever he goes.


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