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Mike Shanahan, still playing games, won’t declare McNabb starter

Mike Shanahan

Welcome to another odd week of seemingly unnecessary mental warfare from Redskins coach Mike Shanahan.

After increased whispers that Rex Grossman could start at quarterback for Washington Sunday in Dallas, Jay Glazer of FOX appeared to close the door shut on the issue by reporting that Donovan McNabb will indeed start.

Shanahan decided to open the door on Wednesday, if only to have a little fun.

“We’re not committing to tell you who the starters are at any position,” Shanahan said via the Associated Press.   “They’ve got to get ready for a couple of players. That’s good for us.”

(Following that quote, the Cowboys began to feverishly prepare for backup outside linebacker Chris Wilson in addition to Brian Orakpo.)

Shanahan appeared to be having fun with the media, and no one seems to believe Grossman will start this week.   That includes McNabb, who said he’d expect to hear from Shanahan if he was getting benched.

“I would have hoped,” McNabb said. “That’s professionalism. Communication.”

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21 Responses to “Mike Shanahan, still playing games, won’t declare McNabb starter”
  1. commandercornpone says: Dec 15, 2010 7:34 PM

    he’s done. now the media is milking it for sure.

    he should go into the booth.

  2. razic3k says: Dec 15, 2010 7:36 PM

    I don’t understand why coaches think that think this kind of deflection makes any impact in another team’s preparation.

    If anything, I think it hurts the Redskins. If you want your quarterback playing his best, you need to not rip his confidence in public.

  3. commandercornpone says: Dec 15, 2010 7:45 PM

    now it’s sort of fixed…

    mcnabb needs to study the playbook.

  4. rick1922 says: Dec 15, 2010 7:45 PM

    Mcnabb will be gone before March 1st.

  5. FinFan68 says: Dec 15, 2010 8:11 PM

    If you look at all the numbers for this season, benching him is not out of line at all. QB of a 5-8 team with more picks than TDs. He has similar numbers to Chad Henne, who also got benched…and he has 2 more wins than McNabb.

  6. boysroll says: Dec 15, 2010 8:17 PM

    does not really matter who starts? boys are going to rip this team 35-0. they are playing sb caliber ball right now and 4skins are headed to last place.

    HAIL SUCKAS!!!

  7. pt8106 says: Dec 15, 2010 8:34 PM

    the only way making another team prepare for 2 quarterbacks works is for the 2 quarterbacks to be polar opposites. In this case, you have McNabb who is not playing well and Grossman who is much worse.

  8. kolbfan says: Dec 15, 2010 8:58 PM

    Oh this drama is just wonderful. I’m sooo glad he’s the Vagskins problem now.
    It’s like watching a wonderful car wreck in slow motion.

  9. ppdoc13 says: Dec 15, 2010 9:04 PM

    let’s start a poll – What is the over-under on how long Shanny coaches the Foreskins before he is either fired or quits.

    my guess is that he is gone within 18 months.

  10. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Dec 15, 2010 9:37 PM

    Shanahan is a lot like Joe Gibbs second try….when it comes to coaching football, the world has passed them by. Both were great coaches in their time, but not any more. Shanahan is making a fool of himself, including the ‘Skins.

  11. bwisnasky says: Dec 15, 2010 10:16 PM

    The world passed Shanahan by when Number 7 decided to call it a career cause his knees were shot. My wife could have coached Elway to those two Superbowls once they gave the man a running game to go with his ridiculous QB skills. This coming from a Raider fan. Shanahan never did anything worth anything after that. He won one playoff game, and got blown OUT in several others. He was always an average 8-8,9-7,7-9 sort of guy that took advantage of a weakening AFC West a couple of times post Elway. His entire running game was based on illegal chop blocking…. He never got along with any of his QB’s…. Hell, Jake Plummer retired after Shanahan threw him under the bus for Cutler. I just never understood why anyone outside of the milehigh air ever thought this guy was a “great” coach. He always was a sleezy, cheating, jerk, that for some reason the media annointed a god based on Elway’s heroics at the end of his career. Keep showin em who you are there Shanny… oh.. and thanks for Campbell.. he may never lead the Raiders to the promised land, but he’s growing.. and I like that in a young guy….

  12. tinopuno says: Dec 15, 2010 10:28 PM

    @boysroll says: Dec 15, 2010 8:17 PM

    does not really matter who starts? boys are going to rip this team 35-0. they are playing sb caliber ball right now and 4skins are headed to last place.

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    Shannahan is exhibiting signs of pre-senile dementia. It happens.

    This tool (boysdrool) doesn’t have enough gray matter to ‘dement’.

  13. mean13 says: Dec 15, 2010 10:33 PM

    boysroll says: Dec 15, 2010 8:17 PM

    “does not really matter who starts? boys are going to rip this team 35-0. they are playing sb caliber ball right now and 4skins are headed to last place.”

    SB caliber ball? The Brokeback Mountain Boys? Maybe out on the range with bovine but certainly not in the NFL.

  14. vahawker says: Dec 15, 2010 11:20 PM

    Shanny is looking more and more like Josh McDaniels every day. Maybe it’s a Denver or a Bronco thing

  15. FinFan68 says: Dec 16, 2010 12:11 AM

    Shanahan is an “old school” type coach. Many of today’s players have no concept of discipline. He may deal with the media indirectly but he is direct when players step out of line or underperform. He doesn’t coddle them and many players are not used to that. They expect everybody to please them at all times and when they get knocked back a little bit, they strut and try to look like a badass or victim. He is not ruining the redskins, he is making them a better team. It is easier to win with disciplined players than with loafers or attitudes. Mcnabb has not been playing up to standards and benching him seems to be the only way to get through & break him out of a funk.

  16. importantpftcomment says: Dec 16, 2010 12:46 AM

    boysroll says: Dec 15, 2010 8:17 PM

    does not really matter who starts? boys are going to rip this team 35-0. they are playing sb caliber ball right now

    ____________________

    Then the DVD of 1979 Dallas Cowboy highlights ended…….

  17. polegojim says: Dec 16, 2010 9:41 AM

    That’s exactly the point – ‘old school’.

    There should be no such thing as ‘old school’. Either your current and coaching, or you should be commentating or watching from home.

    There should be a ‘play book to coaching’ that is required reading.

  18. dukemarc says: Dec 16, 2010 11:58 AM

    I’ll ask again – what has Mike Shanahan accomplished that didn’t include John Elway or Terrell Davis? The guy is an average coach at best – just look at his final 3 seasons with the Broncos

  19. FinFan68 says: Dec 16, 2010 12:56 PM

    polegojim says:
    Dec 16, 2010 9:41 AM
    That’s exactly the point – ‘old school’.

    There should be no such thing as ‘old school’. Either your current and coaching, or you should be commentating or watching from home.

    There should be a ‘play book to coaching’ that is required reading.
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    With “old school” I was referring to the mindset exhibited by great coaches such as Landry, Shula, Madden, Parcells, Belichick, Lombardi etc. Those guys were/are real coaches that didn’t tolerate the “nobody appreciates me” drama exhibited by many of the whiny players of today. Hard-nosed, disciplined teams get to and win the SB. Every once in a while an undisciplined team makes it but they rarely win. Some of today’s coaches function more as HR managers than coaches.

  20. FinFan68 says: Dec 16, 2010 1:02 PM

    dukemarc says:
    Dec 16, 2010 11:58 AM
    I’ll ask again – what has Mike Shanahan accomplished that didn’t include John Elway or Terrell Davis? The guy is an average coach at best – just look at his final 3 seasons with the Broncos
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    That question/statement is dumb. What did Belichick accomplish without Brady? What did Walsh accomplish without Montana or Rice? How about Johnson without Aikman, Smith or Irvin? Lombardi without Starr? Based on your statement, you must think the Billick is the best coach ever because he won a SB with no offense…Everybody knows that Dilfer was the QB but not many could name two other starters on that offense that won the SB.

  21. dukemarc says: Dec 16, 2010 4:25 PM

    That question/statement is dumb. What did Belichick accomplish without Brady? What did Walsh accomplish without Montana or Rice? How about Johnson without Aikman, Smith or Irvin? Lombardi without Starr? Based on your statement, you must think the Billick is the best coach ever because he won a SB with no offense…Everybody knows that Dilfer was the QB but not many could name two other starters on that offense that won the SB.
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    Actually I think Billick and Shanahan are in the same group – both of them are average at best. Probably the main reason Billick is out of football and Shanny is on his way, again.

    After those 2 Super Bowl seasons(and Elway retiring), Shanahan went 91-69(about a 9-7 annual average record) in the regular season and 1-4 in the playoffs with 1 Divisional Championship.

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