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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: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:12 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Part of me feels this move is a play not against McNabb but a draft positioning move.  The Skins have less of a chance to win with Grossman in my opinion so maybe that's the angle. They've lost there best DL because he was lazy.  They are on their 4th or 5th RB.  Shanahan will make this team a winner.  He doesn't have the talent currently to do so.  The draft and Free Agency will help.  Haynesworth will find a home and make some coin elsewhere.  I don't believe in Grossman as a starter but McNabb isn't exactly dialing up stats either. 

P.S.- Love the tiny hands comment.  It's so true.  Grossman was a mess in the Super Bowl a few years back because it was in the rain and he couldn't hold onto the ball very well.

Since: May 13, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:05 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

what?  ryan leaf wasn't available?

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: December 17, 2010 11:03 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Cut Portis, Haynesworth, Grossman, McNabb, and Kyle Shannahan. Draft Justin Blackmon or that stud reciever from S Carolina
Portis will be cut, Haynesworth will be traded (likely for nothing), Grossman could stay as a backup, McNabb MAY stay as a temp. starter and YEAH RIGHT on Kyle Shanahan. As for Blackmon, he likely will be looked at and that STUD reciever from S. Carolina can NOT come out to the draft. HERE's what i see happening. Washington drafts Jake Locker (from Washington) because he's perfect for Shanahan's bootleg plays and he will remind Shanahan of a more athletic Jay Cutler. in Free agency, i see some signings of 3-4 players and i could also see Vincent Jackson being a Redskin, if not him, they sign a reciever and/or Darren Sproils too.
If the Titans keep Fisher, that likely means they'll trade Vince Young
THIS i could see too, but what would the deal be??? i expect (if this trade did happen) it would also involve Albert Haynesworth. So the Redskins would get Vince Young and the Titans would get Haynesworth and likely a draft pick from the 5th or 6th round, if the Redskins made this trade, i wouldnt mind, the Redskins arent high on McNabb and i would like this trade because Vince Young could sit for a year, learn from McNabb then take over, but i dont (for some reason) see this happening.

Since: Sep 7, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:59 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

The line wasn't that bad, especially compared to the Bears current one.  To say he didn't have a run game supporting him (Thomas Jones and Benson) is an absurd comment.  Grossman single-handedly lost multiple games with his boneheaded decisions and turnovers, not to mention those tiny little Burger King hands.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:58 am

McNabb to repeat Warner history in Arizona!!!!

Now there's article title that would make headlines.  A quarterback with his talent, needs to have decent receivers.  He finally got them in philly and got shaft without having the oppurtunity to play with his new toys.  McNabb & Fitzgerald, now there's a combo!!!  The guy was throwing 5 TDs a game with cry baby TO.  Imagine throwing to the best route runner in the league.

Since: Jan 14, 2009
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:55 am

How Can I Go On Being a Redskins Fan?

I have a huge dilemma on my hands.  Sincerely.  I was literally born a Redskins fan, like my father before me, like my sons as well.  But, I am seriously questioning why I have been such a loyal die-hard fan since Dan Snyder took over this team from a truly great and underrated owner, Jack Kent Cooke.  These are not the Redskins that I grew up with, that my father loved.  And, it has nothing to do with wins and losses.  I really mean that.  How can I continue to support a team that not only makes bone-headed decisions, but does so blindly and with such a cavalier attitude?  Why should I?  Haynesworth and McNabb are only the latest of arrogant mistakes.  The list is so well established, that I need not go into it here.  Nothing Dan Snyder does is ever appropriate or well thought-out.  I do not know what my alternative would be.  It's not as if I am going to run out and select a new favorite team.  That is just not organic.  I can't force myself to like a team that I do not have a passion for.  This is just one big disaster.  I am really unsure what to do here.  I am tried of supporting a team, whose owner does not do the right thing... ever!  I want to hear everyone's sincere thoughts on what they would do if in my place.  Thanks. 

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:54 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

I'd say that the Redskins should bring back Patrick Ramsey but the Vikings already scored that gold mine.  (Sarcasm should be apparent here)

Since: Nov 28, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:54 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

Ouchie for McNabb, getting benched is one thing, getting benched for the Load that is Rex Grossman is another.

I'd retire if I were him before I let that happen.

Since: Nov 13, 2008
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:53 am

McNabb to the Titans in 2011

If the Titans keep Fisher, that likely means they'll trade Vince Young.Kerry Colins will be a year older and not starter material, so it makes sense that they could approach McNabb.I could see him in Arizona as well, but Tennessee would be where I see him fitting in best.

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 17, 2010 10:52 am

Grossman to start over McNabb Sunday

This franchise is garbage. It is time to clean house but at least wait until the season is over. All the coaches are doing now are making themselves look like dicks. Cut Portis, Haynesworth, Grossman, McNabb, and Kyle Shannahan. Draft Justin Blackmon or that stud reciever from S Carolina and one of the many decent QB's in the draft. All three if you can and hope you are still not the butt of jokes in 3 years from trying to cure your ills through terrible offseason veteran pickups (like all 4 mentioned above).  

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