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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: Dec 17, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:28 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

When he got fat in Philly, he lost 3 steps and now is a back-up to he's Grossman's Wingman...

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:27 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday


Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:27 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

This seems like a pretty biased and negative article.  With the Redskins out of the playoff hunt, why wouldn't they start Rex Grossman to see what they have there?  This offseason, the Redskins need to fill a TON of holes.  If Grossman seems like a capable starter, perhaps they can trade him to another team for a mid to late round draft pick that they can use to fill out the team.  Right now, Grossman's value is next to nothing.  Hopefully, he can perform well enough to change that, as sitting on the bench watching McNabb get beat up for a losing team isn't productive.  If he stinks, then they can see that and move on, filling his spot with John Beck and a potential QB for the future.

As a Redskins fan, I'm getting sick of the media and other "fans" bashing on the moves the team has made without looking at the bigger picture.  The fact of the matter is, the Redskins are not a playoff team, they have needs at every position on the field, and are several years away from turning this thing around.  I hope the Skins do more moves like this, taking some of the veterans out and getting some of the younger or more inexperienced players more playing time. 

So, I ask the author of this article, where did you get the "insider information" to assume that the coaches "no longer respect McNabb's game" or that "the discussion now focuses on which team with sign [McNabb] in 2011?"  Why couldn't this just be an evaluation move, one that perhaps McNabb was aware was going to occur if the team dropped out of the playoff hunt and one most fans should have expected?   

Since: Dec 16, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:22 am

Philly fans are stupid, hugh?

Where are all of those who called Philladelphia fans idiots for wanting McNabb gone? "He's an elite QB" they said. "You can't just replace a TOP 10 QB" they said. Now that he is being benched in lou of REX GROSSMAN (hahaha) by the pathetic Redskins, where are you all now, hugh?
Philly Fans - 1
90% of the National Sports Media - NADDA! Zip! Zero! Zilch!!!!

Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:21 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

YESSS!!!! took the dallas defense off of waivers JUST for this reason 2 days ago, when theys aid this MIGHT happen.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:21 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Dare I say my Skins should have kept Campbell? Uhh ohh

Let's be honest, McInterception has been awful this year as has the entire team & staff. What's the darn problem in DC????
Snyder??? Hanesworthless??? McINT??? ShanaCan't??? 

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. Bottom line, do something productive with the future because the past & present aren't getting it done.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:21 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Like I said, Shanahan has no idea what he is doing. He's turned the team on its ear. The locker room, apaprently, is divided between people who don't want Grossman to start and people who are stupid. In any event, they're divided. He cut off his own nose to spite his face concerning Haynesworth. How much leverage do the Skins have now when it comes time to trade him? That's right, they have none. And the offensive genius is skillfully guiding his offense into 27th place and his team won't make the playoffs. Things get messy without Elway, Davis, Rod Smith and a stellar line.

Since: Dec 24, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:19 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Mixed feelings here. And I don't want to rip Grossman because he's an innocent bystander here. But this shows how dramatic McNabb's dropoff has been this season. He's been a solid QB up to now. He probably should be replaced, given his spottiness. I realize there could be many reasons for his erratic year: Different offensive system, clashes with Shanahan, lousy O-line, zero running game. And age. Donovan's only 34. I can't remember very many QBs who suddenly went into the tank so drmatically this early. Did he get old overnight? Or are there other reasons for this?

Since: May 4, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:18 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Kerry Collins will/should retire - what does he have left that he can prove? He is 37 years old after all.
And, if Jeff is gone, that would be the impetus for Kerry to say 'so long to the NFL'.

But trading a 37 year older for a 34 year older in McNabb.... well I don't see much difference.

Here in Nashville, the thought is that Bud Adams will get rid of Jeff Fisher before he gets rid of Vince Young. After all, Vince was his boy and Bud will want to say face. Jeff Fisher will be on the coaching market for about 5 minutes before another team snaps him up. He is too good of a coach to be out of work for long, unless he decides he doesn't want to do this stuff anymore. But there will be some prime jobs open after the season.

As for Shanahan, making the move from McNabb to Grossman is typical of Mike. He doesn't give a rats azz what people think. He is going to do things his way, no matter what. IMO that is what finally sunk him in Denver. The joke there is that Bowlen then hires an idiot in Josh McDaniels who totally sunk that team - doing it Josh's way. It could take years for them to recover from Mike and Josh.

I am not a Titans fan but I can see some real devistation coming the way of this team....

Since: Jun 4, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:18 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Suck it up -- I've often said a fan can't change their stripes.  I'm a Cubs fan -- I'm stuck with it.  As you put it well, it would not be organic to root for any other team.  Try to enjoy the Capitals and Nationals?

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