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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 11:48 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

neither is Rex Grossman for the Redskins, so why make the move at all? Simply to make some people angry? I don't get it. Obviously when Grossman throws 7 picks this next game, Shanahan can't go back to McNabb, so buckle up!
actually he could go back to McNabb, i just think though that Shanahan is preparing to move on from McNabb and is looking towards the 2011 NFL Draft, if everything goes like he wants, he should get the guy he covets and i think Shanahan wants Jake Locker.

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:47 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

McNabb was a very good quarterback. He was never great. It takes multiple seasons of playing at a high level to be considered great. I disagree with rating a quarterback as great just because the team won a lot of games. There are so many players that figure into that. A good running back, good wide receivers, a good line, a good defense, coaching, clock management. The Eagles did win with McNabb but all too often I thought they won in spite of him, not because of him. He always had problems reading opposing defenses, was too inaccurate, and never showed the fire that an elite quarterback needs to be successful. I repeat he never showed the fire, he may have had the fire internally but those of us watching could never see it.

Now the Redskins have an aging, out of shape, ex-good quarterback. If they were smart they would do everything possible to start the re-building process NOW. This team is several years away from winning anything. A fire sale is in order for quality players who won't be around in three years. They need to collect draft picks and trade for young talent with an upside.

I am not a redskin fan but it has been too long since our nation's capital had a football team who could compete.

Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:47 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Washington DC is a crazy place. Congress killing this country again this month. Adding trillion more to our debt with new tax bill passed.  We have 2 teams Redskins, Nationals and Wizards all that sukc. All that have high end payrolls and players. Yet none of them win no matter how much they pay the players or coaches. Wash DC teasm are cursed. Look at Nationals they just way over paid for a good player in J Werth not one who rates 126 million. These teams enever learn. Even the Knicks are getting better with who they pay but not any Wash DC teams lol.

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:45 am

What do Arizona and Washington have in common?

This is even more puzzling than the decision by the Cardinals to drop Leinart and go with Derek Anderson. Deek Anderson was not the future of Arizona's franchise, and neither is Rex Grossman for the Redskins, so why make the move at all? Simply to make some people angry? I don't get it. Obviously when Grossman throws 7 picks this next game, Shanahan can't go back to McNabb, so buckle up!

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:40 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

i think Shanahan can fix the team, we just have to be patient, we need to make the RIGHT free agent signings (remember Haynesworth was NEVER a Shanahan signing). McNabb was brought in to see if he could be better than Campbell (who was out in Washington since Shanahan came in), i think Shanahan wanted either Bradford or Locker last year, but Locker staying in school didnt help him, so he drafted Trent Williams, traded for McNabb and moved on, now that the Redskins are out of the playoff race, i think Shanahan is looking at Locker again as the guy he wants to quarterback his team for the next years that he's here and i expect McNabb to either stay one more year or get cut after this year.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:36 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

don't you think the entire league already knows what Grossman is about? Surprised he's still on someone's roster.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:36 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Lifelong skins fan here too and I feel your pain.  It's sad when you think about it and the good memories from your team are all 15 years ago or older.  The Riggins run, Doug Williams and the 35 point 2nd quarter.  Art Monk, Darrell Green, The posse, the fun bunch, RFK stadium shaking.  Now memories are of 7 or 8 different coaches in 10 or 11 years one hired as an OC then promoted before the season even started.  Draft busts, when we actually have picks, overpriced free agents that underperform and old players that need to be replaced every other year. Not to mention exorbitant ticket and parking prices, the banning of bringing signs to the stadium a few years ago and the general crappy treatment of fans that have been there through the good and the recent embarrassment of a franchise.  I moved out of the area this year and blew $300 to get NFL Sunday ticket to watch this team because I've been a loyal fan for my entire life but I don't think I can justify this next season.  What to do from this point I will continue to support my team because I love football and cannot support another team because it does not have the history that the skins do for me.  I will support the players and continue to dispute despise the ownership, something that being a loyal fan that has spent money at games gives you the right to do.  Basically you have to make a choice continue being a diehard fan and support the players on the field, we have a few decent ones like Orakpo, Landry, Cooley and so on or decide to cut ties and pretty much become a casual football fan.  For me the hope that one day the skins turns the corner and become a serious team again keeps me on the fan side, I haven't gone through 15 years of crap to give up now.  If I stop being a fan today and then 5 years down the road the skins make a superbowl or become a real contender will I still have the same passion I did for them when they won it back in the early 90's....I kind of doubt I would but if I stick through another 4 or 5 or however many years of misery as a fan and eventually they reach the pinnacle of their sport again and possibly win a super bowl it will make it that much sweeter.  Don't let a jerk of an owner ruin your team for you we cannot change the owner, he's young and he's going to be there for a long time we might as well accept that and choose to still support the guys on the field, the same as we supported the guys on the field during hte glory years.  I like Jack Kent Cooke too but I never yelled his name after a great play or win and I never cursed him after a bad one.  Support the team, support the coaches, disagree with's your right.  Hate the ownership again it's your right.  But don't let the ownership take your team away from you

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:31 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Dare I say my Skins should have kept Campbell? Uhh ohh
NO WAY!!!!!  Campbell is so good he gets benched too for Gradkowski at times, plus he plays in an easier division.
This team needs a total overhall, get rid of all the aging players, suck worse for a few years, and get some young talent in there to build on.
what this team needs and will likely do, is a new quarterback and (like i said) Jake Locker will be that quarterback. he fits Shanahan's mold of quarterback, big arm and can move in the pocket. the defense will likely be filled by free agents and i could see Washington sign a free agent reciever and draft one in the 2nd round.
Where are all of those who called Philladelphia fans idiots for wanting McNabb gone
never did, i said that the Eagles wanted to move on and they did.

Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:30 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

I think you mean - huh?

Horrible move, Redskins are going to be on a fire sale this offseason.  If there is this much of a problem with McNabb, why did they sign him to an extension 2 weeks ago? 

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:28 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

So, when McNabb had TO in 2004, and a pro bowl TE in Chad Lewis, he had nothing? Oh, and Westbrook too. Stop it. I love Larry Fitz since he was at my alma mater, but even he can't catch balls off his shoes on every 3rd throw. If you want Arizona to suck, you can have McNabb. He is toast. His physical skills are far diminished, and he just cannot be a full time starter anymore.

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