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Donovan McNabb “very disappointed,” “I strongly disagree”

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Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb issued a terse statement through his publicist today after coach Mike Shanahan announced he had benched McNabb.

“I respect Mike’s decision as a head coach, but I strongly disagree with it,” McNabb said.

McNabb hasn’t given any in-depth interviews, but he did talk to his buddy Mike Wilbon, who said on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption that McNabb described himself as “very disappointed.”

Wilbon, who made no pretense of objectivity as he ripped into Shanahan, said that McNabb has no ill will toward Rex Grossman, who has replaced him as the starter. In fact, Wilbon claims that one of the things McNabb is upset about is that Shanahan waited until after Thursday’s practice to make the move, depriving Grossman of the opportunity to work with the first-string offense on Wednesday and Thursday.

Whether Grossman has been properly prepared this week or not, he’s the Redskins’ quarterback now. Shanahan and McNabb are clearly unable to work together.

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  1. joetoronto says: Dec 17, 2010 6:45 PM

    It all makes sense once you realize the rat is tanking the season.

    Think about everything he’s done and how he’s said he wants to draft a QB.

  2. krow101 says: Dec 17, 2010 6:45 PM

    DC meltdown in progress. Stand back.

  3. FinFan68 says: Dec 17, 2010 6:49 PM

    “one of the things McNabb is upset about is that Shanahan waited until after Thursday’s practice to make the move, depriving Grossman of the opportunity to work with the first-string offense on Wednesday and Thursday”

    I call BS on that one. McNabb would have been just as pissed if the decision were made on Monday. The passive-aggressive game begins…but this time the media will do it for him. He deserved to be benched and the right thing for the coach to do is to evaluate the rest of the QBs to see what the team should do this off-season. People were screaming for Favre to be benched; several other teams have made similar moves so (for those of you that think it is about race) this is not a case of the mean white coach picking on the black QB.

  4. uncommon1 says: Dec 17, 2010 6:58 PM

    I know it would be uncharacteristic of them, but The Vikes might want to take a run at McNabb in the offseason

  5. bodybaggame says: Dec 17, 2010 7:01 PM

    “In fact,Wilbon claims that one of the things McNabb is upset about is that Shanahan waited until after Thursday’s practice to make the move, depriving Grossman of the opportunity to work with the first-string offense Wednesday and Thursday.”
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    Yeah, OK, Sure. This sounds totally McNabb like. Wait til Sam and Wilma get word of this….

  6. charleswoodson says: Dec 17, 2010 7:07 PM

    Sure, Shanahan is wrong to think he has a successful replacement on his roster for McNabb.

    But McNabb is no longer an elite QB, based on his performance this season.

    So Shanahan has obviously decided he’ll start someone besides McNabb in 2011 — with Grossman and Beck long shots to be long-term answers.

  7. tatum064 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:10 PM

    this guy, Dan Snyder just throws money away. Mcnabb got a 3.5 mil signing bonus..and he’s due $2.5 million (+ $10 million option bonus + $750,000 in per-game roster bonuses next year).

    Think the Cards are going to pay that? The Jake Locker or Cam Newton era will start in Arizona next year, unless they dig up Matt Hasselbeck in FA again.

  8. bodybaggame says: Dec 17, 2010 7:16 PM

    The Eagles received two draft picks for McNabb, a 2nd and i think a 4th, which if i remember correctly was conditional, and could have been a 3rd if he reached certain incentives with the Skins, so maybe the rat is holding him out so he doesn’t have to give up a 3rd, but then again i was so happy McChoke was gone i could be mistaken…

  9. hobartbaker says: Dec 17, 2010 7:19 PM

    “Donovan, and I’m paraphrasing here, ‘strongly disagrees’ with the decision”, stated the publicist, massaging his blistered ears gently.

  10. joelvis72 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:20 PM

    I challenge anyone posting here to come up with another non-Super Bowl-winning quarterback whose butt has been kissed more than McNabb’s. He wants all this “respect,” and for what? He needs to go to Arizona and have a decent season next year so we can quit watching him pout.

  11. tatum064 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:21 PM

    actually according to Shefter “The Washington Redskins’ marriage with Donovan McNabb is over. It’s over.” The Skins probably won’t hold the 34-year-old quarterback hostage all offseason. Look for McNabb’s $10 million option bonus to be declined – but who will pay that guy after this season.

  12. ttommytom says: Dec 17, 2010 7:21 PM

    I think Shanahan has lost his mind.

    Benching is not the issue, Rex Grossman is the issue. Are you kidding? He is awful.

    Derek Anderson, Bulger, Carr, Grossman, Tavaris Jackson, Croyle are terrible. Alex Smith is barely 1 step up.

    The NFL needs to be 24 teams. There are not enough QB’s or sellouts to justify 32 teams.

    What is sad is Rosenfels is one of the best 24 QB’s. Maybe he is smart: Getting paid and not getting beat up.

    p.s.

    Shanahan and Snyder deserve each other. Dumb and dumber.

  13. geniusesq says: Dec 17, 2010 7:25 PM

    This would be more logical if the Redskins had a good backup Quarterback. Rex Grossman. Enough said. FAIL.

  14. emmac13 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:25 PM

    If McNabb wants with the Vikes he will have to fight Delhomme for it. Honestly Arizona looks more appealing than Minnie.

  15. FinFan68 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:34 PM

    @tommy:
    Sage Rosenfels? No way! He is a capable back-up for no more than a 2 game stretch. He couldn’t beat out Tavaris Jackson in Minny, and he could not play for the Dolphins when they would have started the waterboy if he could throw. Grossman is better than you think. He is not great, but he has ability.

  16. gigity says: Dec 17, 2010 7:37 PM

    Mcnabb’s skills have diminished. He’s now the 26th ranked QB actively playing. But on the upside, that means there’s 6 teams he has a chance with.

  17. flavordave says: Dec 17, 2010 7:43 PM

    Mike Wilbon must have cried for hours with Wilma McNabb on the phone. Sometimes they go shopping at the mall together to pick up their spirits during these hard times. She usually winds up being him an ice cream in the end. So cute.

  18. bobashleyloves2poop says: Dec 17, 2010 7:52 PM

    Shanahan is a liar

  19. bspn2 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:58 PM

    Attention Dan Snyder: Go find a deserted island in the Pacific Ocean, buy it, and move there for the rest of your idiotic life. The Redskins will be better off.

    I’m not a Redskins fan, but I don’t dislike them either. I remember how great of an organization it used to be back in the 80’s with John Riggins, Joe Gibbs, Russ Grimm, etc. Now the team is in the cellar. What a shame. I feel bad for the fans that pay hard earned money for tickets, jerseys, and other Redskins stuff. :(

  20. tiffpats4eva says: Dec 17, 2010 7:58 PM

    If Rex Grossman is the answer, I don’t want to know the question.

  21. mistrezzrachael says: Dec 17, 2010 8:02 PM

    McNabb continues to throw up all over himself.

    The guy has limited talents…limited to below top 10 material. Kinda reminds me of when NE traded Bledsoe…only Bledsoe better.

  22. mattman2900 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:27 PM

    according to the contract extension it allows for the Redskins to release McNabb at the end of the season with no further money due.

    So with the benching… McNabb will be released and someone will take a look at him. If Childress was still at the helm in Minnesota, I’d think McNabb would look there. But now it will be between SF and Arizona on where McNabb will end up. Donovan trains in Arizona in the offseason, but with Alex Smith and Troy Smith both Free Agents, that leaves SF with Carr and Nate Davis. I’d go with Davis as the Starter, but McNabb as the starter might be too much to pass up, especially if Singletary stays put as the HC.

  23. lowleadman says: Dec 17, 2010 8:30 PM

    I think McNabb has lost astep AND Shanahan is a freaking Nazi. Snyder is a spend foolish owner and there is always Albert. This is mis-direction and incompetence from the top down. I feel bad for the fans because this team is out of control.

  24. buccaboo says: Dec 17, 2010 8:37 PM

    Shannahan is ALMOST as overrated as Gruden

  25. gjrich says: Dec 17, 2010 8:38 PM

    joelvis72 says:
    Dec 17, 2010 7:20 PM
    I challenge anyone posting here to come up with another non-Super Bowl-winning quarterback whose butt has been kissed more than McNabb’s. He wants all this “respect,” and for what?
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    I’l take that challenge. Here are a few: JaMarcus Russell, Akili Smith, Jeff George, Vince Young,Rob Johnson, Ryan Leaf, Drew Henson, Tony Romo. Need I say more?

  26. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Dec 17, 2010 8:44 PM

    Andy Reid to Danny Snyder: I totally schooled you, midget boy!

  27. jwil444 says: Dec 17, 2010 8:49 PM

    Seriously, what is the big deal here? Skins going nowhere, let’s see what the rest of the roster looks like against starters in game conditions. Shannahan knows he has a major rebuild on his hands and wants to start now.
    Finally, why all the fuss over McNabb? He has been average for years.

  28. moochzilla says: Dec 17, 2010 8:55 PM

    If T.O. called out a coach’s decision like this – even an idiotic one like this – I have to think a lot of people would be on here ripping him for not being a ‘team player’.

  29. eaglelover1 says: Dec 17, 2010 9:00 PM

    You know i was going to say somethings in Mcnabb’s favor like those 37 sacks Redskins leading the league in dropped passes or being what 30th in the league on defense but, since everyone knows Mcnabb is done maybe he and Manning can go find better teams together.

  30. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 17, 2010 9:06 PM

    joelvis72 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:20 PM

    I challenge anyone posting here to come up with another non-Super Bowl-winning quarterback whose butt has been kissed more than McNabb’s. He wants all this “respect,” and for what? He needs to go to Arizona and have a decent season next year so we can quit watching him pout.
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    the love affair over Phillip Rivers has been pretty profuse. not saying he’s no good, but dude routinely gets a free pass into the elite qb conversation.

  31. dannywoodrow says: Dec 17, 2010 9:10 PM

    McNabb is such a drama queen, I can understand why Shanny can’t stand the guy. He has been way oversold for most of his career…

  32. PCa Survivor says: Dec 17, 2010 9:19 PM

    I’d like someone smarter than me (99% 0f PFT posters) to post what contractual incentives McNabb may miss out on by being benched and whether this also changes next year’s 3rd round pick to the Eagles to a 4th.

  33. golonger says: Dec 17, 2010 9:23 PM

    Wow…I think Dan Snyder needs to be congratulated. I think he has finally found a coach that is dumber than he is………….

  34. infinitig says: Dec 17, 2010 9:33 PM

    The Eagles received two draft picks for McNabb, a 2nd and i think a 4th, which if i remember correctly was conditional, and could have been a 3rd if he reached certain incentives with the Skins, so maybe the rat is holding him out so he doesn’t have to give up a 3rd.

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    They get a 3rd if he takes 70% of the snaps or goes to the Pro Bowl… not see the Pro Bowl in his future.

  35. skins2win says: Dec 17, 2010 9:39 PM

    The way the defense is playing, and the rest of the team in general, they can have Tom Brady start and still lose all the remaining games they have left. So who cares if they bench McNabb to find out if the back ups have what it takes to maybe stay on the team next year? McNabb is playing mediocre at best, so if Rex or Beck can go in and light it up, we know McNabb is done. If not (and more than likely) McNabb isn’t the issue, and needs a better team around him. I hope they can get V.Jackson from SD next year. And the Raven’s Defense.

  36. warriorking1112 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:04 PM

    about time this chump gets benched! Anyother qb would have by now! He will be traded to along with fat al in the deal that will move the Skins up to the 1st pick to GRAB THE BEST QB IN THE DRAFT SINCE PEYTON MANNING!! ANDREW LUCK WILL BE A REDSKIN, HE HAS THE best arm and highest football iq and is ideal for Kyle’s WCO !! He was born in DC AND WILL PLAY IN DC!! SHANNY PRETTY MUCH GAVE IT AWAY WITH THE YOUNG SAM BRADFORD COMMENT! HECK NO TO THAT EYE CANDY CAM NEWTON WHO WILL BE A BUST! He has a WORSE ARM THAN JASON CAMPBELL BUT BETTER LEGS! NEWTON WILL NEED ALOT OF REPS AND TIME MAYBE 4years BEFORE HE COULD START! HTTR!! We are outta the playoffs so lets see what rexy has to kno if we bring him back!!

  37. warriorking1112 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:06 PM

    I DON’t CARE WHAT IT COSTS TO MOVE UP 6 or 7 spots to grab the man that could be better or as good as peyton manning! ANDREW LUCK WILL BE A STAR AND THE SKINS NEED HIM!!

  38. joelvis72 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:14 PM

    gjrich:

    I would agree with Tony Romo; most of those other guys are scrubs. I did laugh at Rob Johnson though.

    And Rivers…grr.

  39. anonymouslyanonymouscommentor says: Dec 17, 2010 10:18 PM

    Guys, McNabb and Shannahan were doomed from the start. As people, they are opposites. You can bet each can’t stand the other’s way of doing things. McNabb will probably be better off elsewhere anyways, as will the Redskins.

    It’s starting to look more and more like that “long-term” contract he signed was just for public perception. I don’t think Shannahan ever really intended to keep McNabb unless he drastically improved his game.

  40. pftisprocensorship says: Dec 17, 2010 10:24 PM

    wow that is bad

  41. kimcon22000 says: Dec 17, 2010 11:22 PM

    krow101 says:
    Dec 17, 2010 6:45 PM
    DC meltdown in progress. Stand back.

    ————————————————–

    Says the loser Panther’s fan from his momma’s basement.
    STFU …..

  42. gtnc72 says: Dec 17, 2010 11:33 PM

    One of these years Little Danny is going to get lucky, and field a decent team. He’ll justify his approach then. So sad. Bring back the Cooke’s.

  43. goldsteel says: Dec 17, 2010 11:34 PM

    In this episode of the Shattering Shanahans, we’ve discovered that the Redskins have given up on the season. Donovan McNabb is being prepared for Trade Opportunities next year. The rest of the team is upset because they have realized the Shanahans are playing for a draft pick next year and the players are expected to give their all. Assuming there is a draft.

  44. cityofchampyinz says: Dec 17, 2010 11:54 PM

    Certainly looks like another bad decision for Snyder. Can this guy do anything right?

    Shanahan is just awful, the game has passed him by.

  45. mean13 says: Dec 18, 2010 12:15 AM

    McNabb is a washed up turd. UFL next year.

  46. Deb says: Dec 18, 2010 12:23 AM

    @finfan68 …

    Did anyone say it was a mean white coach picking on a black QB. Seems the color issue is your problem. Shanahan has been behaving like an overbearing jerk who can’t make up his mind. If they didn’t like the way McNabb was doing his job, they shouldn’t have given him that big contract extension–which they’ll, no doubt, screw him out of. If your employer played with your head that much, you’d be a little miffed, too. Judging from your racist comments, if he were black, you’d be really miffed. But you could always call into Rush’s radio show and commiserate.

  47. johnnyballsack says: Dec 18, 2010 12:40 AM

    This franchise is the biggest joke in football! A textbook example of the blind leading the blind. Snyder is clueless, Shanarat has never won anything without Elway and TD, and they are getting older every day. Wasting money and talent. JOKE!

  48. jlmill15 says: Dec 18, 2010 12:46 AM

    Why would you sign a QB to a multi year extension only to bench him a few weeks later. Finally a franchise that is more dysfunctional than Cleveland. I think people need to look long and hard at Shanahan in Washington. To be honest after Elway left Denver he has been garbage. Sometimes coaches’ successes are products of players they are given. ( see: Eric Spoelstra).

  49. jlmill15 says: Dec 18, 2010 12:52 AM

    joelvis72 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:20 PM

    I challenge anyone posting here to come up with another non-Super Bowl-winning quarterback whose butt has been kissed more than McNabb’s. He wants all this “respect,” and for what? He needs to go to Arizona and have a decent season next year so we can quit watching him pout.

    Dan Marino

  50. moochzilla says: Dec 18, 2010 8:42 AM

    True, but Marino’s numbers are just insane.

    Ultimately, both are over-hyped because they’re guys who give good interviews. Much like Rex Ryan. Another guy who is overexposed.

  51. bbambrose says: Dec 18, 2010 9:46 AM

    I’ve watched McNabb for 11 years. After the first 3 years in Philly there ALWAYS seemed to be drama surrounding him. The Eagles trade him and now the drama is in DC. What’s the common denominator here?

  52. bbambrose says: Dec 18, 2010 9:51 AM

    Maybe Reid doesn’t get enough credit for how well he coaches QBs. Ever stop to think about how his QBs perform? Favre is a hall of famer and he squeezed what many think is a borderline HOF career out of McNabb (even though I disagree). He also made Jeff Garcia look great, made AJ Feeley look so good they got a 2nd round pick for him, Made Vick an MVP candidate, and Kolb into a promising QB. Pretty impressive.

  53. goforthanddie says: Dec 18, 2010 10:21 AM

    As a Cowboys fan, this pleases me. McNabb deserves better though

  54. deiong says: Dec 18, 2010 10:53 AM

    is Shanahan senial? seriously thought he used to be a good coach, now i think he got lucky more then anything else. who would have thought a coach could take a team and attack every facuet that he could. well its good for the rest of the league, i just wish they would have imploded before they played the bears..

  55. FinFan68 says: Dec 18, 2010 11:14 AM

    @Deb:
    I don’t have a problem with race…never have. That comment was in response to the many racist comments that show up on the articles involving McNabb’s poor play or benching. I agree, Shanahan could have handled things better but the facts are that McNabb does not have the confidence of his coach and the coach is trying to see what he has in the other guys. The contract stuff was to McNabb’s benefit not his detriment and that is why he signed it. They have not told him that he would definitely be back so they wrote the contract in a way that virtually guarantees he could not feasibly be traded. If they don’t want him back, they will cut him in the off-season and he will be free to choose his next team, rather than be forced via trade to play somewhere he does not want to be, like Buffalo.

  56. Deb says: Dec 18, 2010 2:35 PM

    @FinFan68 …

    Have to say I never recall seeing you post anything like that before. I just get so tired of that issue always being raised with McNabb because of something one boob said years ago. ESPN had no business hiring a political guy to do sport analysis; of course, he was going to try to create political controversy–that’s his schtick. Unfortunately for Donovan, he was the fall guy and it’s going to follow him forever..

    I know Donovan has slowed down. That’s the natural progression of things. But Shanahan has really been jerking him around. I grouse about the Pack forcing out Favre and Reid dumping McNabb, but truth be told, I understand. You’ve got aging icons who still have more in the tank. But you’ve also got the future of the franchise getting antsy on the bench. It’s business. You can’t afford to lose the future to be loyal to the past. It’s an awkward position, and I don’t envy the coaches having to make that decision. (Wouldn’t have dumped McNabb for Kolb, but Vick’s a different situation.)

    But Grossman??? Please. Shanahan’s like the maniacal masterminds in the old Bond flicks. He’s not evaluating talent. Grossman’s been around long enough to get plenty of look-sees. Shanahan’s just making a power play to show Donovan’s who’s boss. It’s Haynesworth all over again. I thought Haynesworth was being a jerk. Now I’m not so sure. The little dictator seems pretty petty from my perspective. I would like to see Donovan go to AZ. Whis is a QB’s coach.

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