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Shanahan adjusts his tune on McNabb

News flash — some/most/all NFL coaches fracture the truth from time to time.

The latest example?  A day after unleashing what appeared to be a prepared-in-advance explanation for benching quarterback Donovan McNabb (i.e., Rex Grossman is better suited to run the two-minute offense), Redskins coach Mike Shanahan now says that McNabb was benched because he’s not in good enough shape.

(Maybe he should have been required to do the conditioning test, too.)

Specifically, Shanahan said McNabb couldn’t handle the pace of the offense from a “cardiovascular standpoint.”

The phrase conjures images of the Eagles’ plodding two-minute offense in Super Bowl XXXIX, which was followed by reports and accounts of McNabb being tired to the point at which he vomited.  (McNabb continues to deny any and all losing of lunches.)  Only 15 days ago, we saw another curiously slow late-game effort from McNabb, when the Redskins needed two scores against the Colts.

The truth very well may be that the cardiovascular excuse is far closer to being the truth than the idea that that Grossman was better versed in the two-minute offense, especially since Moss has a hamstring injury and a shin injury.  But the shifting stories won’t help Shanahan or his relationship with McNabb.

Maybe in the end Shanahan will simply waive him.  As we’ve seen today, stranger things have happened.

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53 Responses to “Shanahan adjusts his tune on McNabb”
  1. pfii63 says: Nov 1, 2010 6:11 PM

    He failed to remember that Grossman isn’t skeletally qualified to hold on to the damn ball.
    Shanahan is even more of a tool than I thought him to be yesterday.

  2. joetoronto says: Nov 1, 2010 6:13 PM

    Every time this rat bastard opens his mouth, he spews more crap.
    What a jackoff.

  3. buckup says: Nov 1, 2010 6:13 PM

    Too much “chunky” in that soup he’s been the pin up guy for. I did have some big runs, but he looks like he’s sucking wind A LOT.

  4. JohnnyBallsack says: Nov 1, 2010 6:17 PM

    Thats it Rat Boy, alienate your best offensive player even more. He tried the same approach with Haynesworth…how did that one work out? Shanny is a douche and is way overrated as a coach. It must suck being a Redskin and having this piece of crap as your coach.

  5. CanadianVikingFanII says: Nov 1, 2010 6:18 PM

    Childress and Shanahan should both be fired.

  6. dallassholes says: Nov 1, 2010 6:20 PM

    Florio’s gonna work Moss into every post today, even if it means throwing in a typo.

  7. jpk6044 says: Nov 1, 2010 6:20 PM

    Wow. Shanahan will miss McNabb next year when he’s a Viking and Rex Grossman is losing 12 games for the Foreskins. What a dope.

  8. flavordave says: Nov 1, 2010 6:20 PM

    From Philly, to Washington, with love . LOLOL HAHAHA

  9. eaglesnoles05 says: Nov 1, 2010 6:20 PM

    Shannahan is the under-the-busin’-est mofo i have ever seen. He cares not for his relationships with his players.

  10. noah says: Nov 1, 2010 6:21 PM

    How out of shape do you have to be to not be able to quarterback a 2-minute drill at the end of the game?
    Are you kidding me? It’s not like Albert Haynesworth was running the 2-minute drill; it’s Donovan McNabb, who looked cool as a cucumber on the sidelines, and was the Redskins leading rusher in the game!
    With that kind of spin, Shanahan should be on FoxNews.
    Most absurd coaching decision I’ve ever seen in my life.

  11. mmcnulty says: Nov 1, 2010 6:21 PM

    Shocking how so many of the problems blamed on the Eagles offense migrated over to the Redskins this season?
    The guy just is not a good QB. I thought he was supposed to be the hallf of fame superstar QB that singlehandedly made the Eagles competitve year in and year out. Instead, it would seem almost anyone can do that job for the Eagles…if not doing it better.

  12. kosarsmyidol says: Nov 1, 2010 6:26 PM

    I’ve only seen one Redskins game this year, but I thought that McNabb looked thinner and faster. Even if a quarterback is having an off day, the last two minutes of the game is a strange time to bench him. In any event, Grossman is certainly rusty and he is still Rex Grossman.

  13. Indyeagle says: Nov 1, 2010 6:26 PM

    I’ve been saying it for years, but McNAbb is a major mouth breather and I truly believe he suffers from some sort of serious asthma or allergy related breathing problems. Deviated septum?

  14. rjgreen3 says: Nov 1, 2010 6:27 PM

    Shanadick wouldn’t know the truth if it hit him in the face, so don’t look for him to tell it. If McNabb wasn’t in shape why hasn’t it come out before today?

  15. Naynay says: Nov 1, 2010 6:27 PM

    Stranger things indeed. Almost as strange as “Moss” having a hamstring and a shin injury? Let’s check our work before we publish.

  16. brett favres crocs says: Nov 1, 2010 6:28 PM

    Is this his excuse for everything. Don’t ask me how this guy ever won 2 super bowls when he constantly embarasses his players in public in an effort to make himself look like less of a retard. If I was donavon, I’d be getting the moving truck ready. No way I’d even consider resigning with the skins after this whole charade.

  17. YP2K says: Nov 1, 2010 6:30 PM

    Maybe Shanahan should just stop talking to the media too . . .

  18. ladybucs&steelersnut says: Nov 1, 2010 6:30 PM

    So Shanny felt the need to come up with a bullsh!t story to cover his previous, harder-to-believe bullsh!t story for what reason? Why can’t he just come out with the truth? McNabb has really been stinking at the end of the half & at the end of the games. There! Wasn’t that easy?

  19. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Nov 1, 2010 6:34 PM

    Again, this is a case of where the coverup is worse than the crime, even if the reasoning is closer to the truth. His late game struggles two weeks ago were brought up as the most likely reason. And last week he was outsucked by Cutler. Still, a childish and immature and wrong way to handle this. You can’t ostracise you offensive leader in front of others like that. Rat should know better.

  20. RunningOutOfCommentNames says: Nov 1, 2010 6:37 PM

    What a joke….If you had listened to the press conference, he also said he had bad hammies in both legs, and a quad injury, besides the cardio stuff. It was a pitiful tale of lies by the HC. The simple fact is Donnie-boy was benched cause he does not possess the mental ability to remember two plays in the hurry up offense. He played the entire game, had a few runs, and in the last two minutes, “money time”, he’s benched for Rex freakin Grossman? And it’s a cardio issue?Shanahan must think everyone thinks the world is flat…

  21. tjacks7 says: Nov 1, 2010 6:38 PM

    Another bogus reason to bench your QB. How good of shape do you have to be in to run a 2 minute drill? Come on Shanny cut the jokes.

  22. gameday says: Nov 1, 2010 6:42 PM

    Face it Skins fans. The Eagles snookered your dumb owner, much like most other teams and agents have done as well.
    McNabb is washed up. The Eagles brass saw it, their fans saw it, neutral fans saw it, but ol Danny didn’t see it.

  23. realitypolice says: Nov 1, 2010 6:42 PM

    So will McNabb have to pass a conditioning test before being allowed to return to practice?

  24. letsgobroncos says: Nov 1, 2010 6:48 PM

    Was shanahan a tool also, when he won 2 rings?????

  25. LE says: Nov 1, 2010 6:49 PM

    Now McNabb has been both benched and insulted verbally by his head coach.
    Wow. The Redskins can’t do anything right. I mean literally ANYTHING.

  26. WorldChampionBears2009 says: Nov 1, 2010 6:49 PM

    Mike Shanahan hates black people.
    lol
    seriously what other quarterbacks go through this other than black quarterbacks. Rex Grossman is just about the worst QB in the league and Shanahan says he’s the best for the situation. yea ok.
    White quarterbacks last d*mn near forever in this league with the arm of a wet noodle. Yet one black QB with the same qualities is just about banished from the league.
    Just admit it just like the rest of America they want to see black people in positions of power fail.

  27. letsgobroncos says: Nov 1, 2010 6:51 PM

    JohnnyBallsack, watch your mouth dude. How many wins did the redskins have last year???How many wins do they have this year? How many superbowl rings does shanahan have? How many wins does shanahan have as a coach?
    Maybe shanahan screwed up, it happens man. Every coach screws up, ask bellicek how that 4th and 2 call went for him last year. This website should start boycotting ignorant people that know nothing about football.

  28. Gautam says: Nov 1, 2010 6:54 PM

    Randy Moss really saved this guy’s ass today… seriously what exactly was that Shanahan ?

  29. Crowder911 says: Nov 1, 2010 6:55 PM

    McNabb should answer that he is willing to do a conditioning test when Shanahan agrees to “!try!” an IQ test

  30. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Nov 1, 2010 6:57 PM

    Uh-oh. The meglomaniac at work again.
    You know what’s funny, though: you know who talks down to Shanny? Who embarrasses Shanny? Mrs. Shanny, that’s who.
    Wonder how long of a leash Danny-boy has given Rat?

  31. Mooch says: Nov 1, 2010 7:01 PM

    So he said he was too dumb or unprepared to run the drill.
    Then he realized that sounded bad.
    So he said he was too fat to run the drill.
    Then he realized that sounded bad.
    So he said he was too hurt to run the drill.
    Then he realized that sounded bad. Because Grossman took no snaps all week, McNabb played 58 minutes, and he said after the game it was a “gut decision”.
    THE DECIDER.

  32. owumd says: Nov 1, 2010 7:01 PM

    Day one: I made the decision I made because my QB is stupid.
    Day two: I meant to say, I made the decision I made because my QB is fat and out of shape.
    And the players are expected to see themselves as contenders with a QB who, according to the team’s head coach, is both fat and stupid?
    Yikes. Sometimes it’s just easier to tell the truth.

  33. JohnnyH says: Nov 1, 2010 7:02 PM

    Well McNabb could litteraly hide behind Andy Ried but Shanahan is far to skinney for that to happen.

  34. SDW2001 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:02 PM

    1. McNabb sucks.
    2. Shanahan made a bad decision.
    3. Shanahan’s explanation was crap.
    4. His second explanation was even worse.
    5. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

  35. CaliBoy says: Nov 1, 2010 7:03 PM

    The damage is done and will never be repaired.
    Shanahan should get on his hands and knees and thank John Elway. Without the benefit of having him as his QB in Denver, Mike would be just another coaching hack in the mold of Chilly, Singletary and Kotite. Probably couldn’t even carry Tom Cable’s jock.

  36. We need linemen says: Nov 1, 2010 7:08 PM

    I didn’t mean to imply you were stupid Donovan, it’s just that you’re too fat.
    Way to mend bridges Shanny.

  37. winslow says: Nov 1, 2010 7:08 PM

    Specifically, Shanahan said McNabb couldn’t handle the pace of the offense from a “cardiovascular standpoint.”
    That is quite a damning condemnation, given that many NFL quarterbacks look like they train at The Cheesecake Factory.
    But I don’t buy it. Sounds like a rationalization.
    John Elway must have been better than widely acknowledged to have dragged Shanahan across the Super Bowl finish line twice.

  38. Buck Stallion says: Nov 1, 2010 7:14 PM

    All the laughing Eagles fans on here might want to wait until after they play the Skins again. After all most people didn’t criticize the decision to dump #5…it was where they sent him to.
    & if they consistently lose to the disfunctional Skins, it’s still a stupid decision.

  39. 90ragtop says: Nov 1, 2010 7:16 PM

    Dammit! That rat-faced Satanahan just busted my bullfeathers meter again!

  40. BDiddy says: Nov 1, 2010 7:17 PM

    By saying McNabb is lacking from a “cardiovascular standpoint,” is Shanahan telling us McNabb doesn’t have enough “heart”?

  41. Viper2000 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:22 PM

    The main reason why he was benched because the O line was killing McNabb. He didn’t want to risk him getting killed! Instead of taking it out on all of the O line he singles out the qb.

  42. dflyn003 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:36 PM

    Shanahan is going to totally F this team up. I don’t even like the Redskins that much but I hate to see any team tanked by the head coach and what seems to be a real personality issue.

  43. CYGNUS X-1 says: Nov 1, 2010 7:37 PM

    haven’t the redskins sucked for years?shanahan is to say the least a little more qualified than some lawyer turned intenet hack to run a team.nobody said it would easy to turn around the team and it hasn’t been so he is doing what he can with what he has and that isn’t much. apparenty andy reid knew what he was doing when he got rid of mcnabb and shannahan is finding that out now.guess what their #1 pick will be this year?can grossman realy be any worse than what mcnabb has done this year? he has sucked and lived off his name and rep.

  44. Green740i says: Nov 1, 2010 7:56 PM

    The eegeeles got that big Ass whooping last week and the Cowturds lose every week, no fun to pick on them anymore,,, eblurb

  45. The Hogster says: Nov 1, 2010 7:59 PM

    Was he in good enough shape to run for his life all day, and wind up leading the team in rushing??
    Rex Grossman is in great shape alright. ROUND.
    I guess all those hours with the Shake Weight didn’t really help Grossman with “ball security.”

  46. JohnnyBallsack says: Nov 1, 2010 8:15 PM

    letsgobroncos says:
    November 1, 2010 6:51 PM
    JohnnyBallsack, watch your mouth dude. How many wins did the redskins have last year???How many wins do they have this year? How many superbowl rings does shanahan have? How many wins does shanahan have as a coach?
    Maybe shanahan screwed up, it happens man. Every coach screws up, ask bellicek how that 4th and 2 call went for him last year. This website should start boycotting ignorant people that know nothing about football.
    ————————————————
    Hey Bronco Boy- I will say whatever the hell I want and there is not a damn thing you can do about it. I am not a Redskin fan, I just live in the DC area now. I am a Giant fan. The NYG defense would put Orton in a body bag if they played this year. With that porous defense they might put up 100 points on you.
    Shanny didn’t build the Broncos, he just let Elway do his thing and stayed out of the way. He inherited a team with Elway, T Davis, Shannon Sharpe, Rod Smith, a great O-line and a great D-line and secondary, all of which where there before he was. In 10 years without Elway and TD he only made the playoffs four times. Even if you throw in the Elway years he only made the playoffs 7 of 17 years. In his last four years he is a .500 coach, soon to go down into the .400′s.
    Oh- and Bronco Billy- enjoy watching my Giants in the playoffs. A 2-6 record is a joke and not gonna get you anywhere. You have said nothing, ever, that has given me the impression that you know dick about football. You have no room to be calling people out until you have something intelligent or factual to say.

  47. Volskins says: Nov 1, 2010 8:26 PM

    As a long life skins fan I was disgusted by what transpired on Sunday, Hell, I had to call DirecTV to get another remote, for I threw mine across the room. With that being said, Shanhan is the best coach we have had since Gibbs 1.0. Though I dont agree with what he did, I will give him the benefit of the doubt, and hell, who knows maybe Randy Moss falls to us in the waiver wire. I would rather have a mcnabb to go out and sling it and hope, then to have sexy rexy who gets sacked and fumbled….GUH! Lastly, the last time Mcnabb was benched he came out after that and lead the eagles to the playoffs….so who knows, a man can dream cant he?

  48. Stubbs156 says: Nov 1, 2010 8:38 PM

    gameday says:
    November 1, 2010 6:42 PM
    Face it Skins fans. The Eagles snookered your dumb owner, much like most other teams and agents have done as well.
    McNabb is washed up. The Eagles brass saw it, their fans saw it, neutral fans saw it, but ol Danny didn’t see it.
    =================
    What the f makes you think Skins fans didn’t see it? Hope inspires blind faith so maybe the fans that immediately bought into McNabb were responding in a similar fashion as those that hear God talking to them. Then there are us realist that spent an entire decade downplaying McNabb’s abilities that, guess what, have not changed their opinion.
    For you eagles fans, please keep in mind one thing, the Skins are +1 so far this season. The carousel is turning at your end as well.

  49. Mooch says: Nov 1, 2010 8:44 PM

    “The main reason why he was benched because the O line was killing McNabb. He didn’t want to risk him getting killed! Instead of taking it out on all of the O line he singles out the qb.”
    No, actually, that’s why Kevin Kolb got benched.
    McNabb got benched because Shanahan doesn’t want to coach. He wants to roll out the ball to an Elway and TD.

  50. ST214EVER says: Nov 1, 2010 10:02 PM

    Sometimes parents do or say stupid things to cover for their children.

  51. brasho says: Nov 1, 2010 10:25 PM

    WHat the hell does Moss have to do with anything?
    Does anybody really think that Dungy, R. Harrison, and Deion would be making such a stink about the McNabb situation if McNabb were a white QB being replaeced by a white one?
    LaVar Arrington said he suspected that McNabb was pulled because he is black!??!!!! He even called it, “Pulling out the race card.” Are you effing kidding me? Did he really go there?
    As for Dungy, Deion, and R. Harrison, I seriously doubt any of them would have batted an eyelash if it were an old white guy that clearly outplayed a younger black guy but still the younger black guy retains the job (Garcia and McNabb in Philly).
    Why is this rampant reverse discrimination allowed? If I were a head coach, I would be hesitant about signing a black QB because if he fails then EVERY freaking black “analyst” has his back. I mean it took 12 weeks of the Kerry Collins-V Young crap 2 years ago for the black analysts to finally admit that perhaps Collins was the better QB to lead the team. It’s freaking ridiculous.
    Rooting for a guy because he is the same color as you is just as bad as rooting against a guy because he is a different color than you. Call it whatever you want, but the truth is that it is racism.

  52. NeishaH says: Nov 1, 2010 10:33 PM

    I agree with ST214EVER… He couldn’t say that his kid was out coached and lacks the necessary play-calling experience. He cannot make in game adjustments. Bottom line!
    McNabb has been running for his life the entire season and this man has the nerve to imply that he isn’t smart enough to run the offense?! Throw your QB under the bus and then praise the offensive line?! “Coach” Shanahan is an idiot! Redskin fans, get ready for a coaching change. Perhaps Coach Haslett was a better choice!

  53. runtheball says: Nov 2, 2010 8:01 AM

    The reality is he just isn’t very good. You do not move the ball in the 2 minute drill by dumping the ball off to your running back. McNabb is only accurate throwing 10 yards or less. He could throw all day to Cooley, but they will run out of time before they score.

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