Sources: Donovan McNabb Benched..Rex Grossman to Start for Redskins


I think we can safely assume the Donovan McNabb era is over in DC.

Maybe he and Albert Haynesworth can go ice fishing on something and take Clinton Portis with them.

The Washington Redskins have decided to start Rex Grossman over Donovan McNabb at quarterback in Dallas on Sunday just a month after signing McNabb to a much-ballyhooed contract extension, according to multiple media reports, which cite anonymous sources.

From the beginning, it doesn’t appear Mike Shanahan was ever comfortable with McNabb as his quarterback— which of course begs the question why did they trade for him?

Rex Grossman is still Rex Grossman, so I wouldn’t expect any miracles from him, but going forward, what are the Redskins going to do?

They can’t go back to McNabb next year. Grossman is not the answer and they will probably make an awful decision of drafting Ryan Mallet or someone.

Hopefully McNabb will resurrect his career in Arizona or Minnesota next year.

The agent for Donovan McNabb is not taking the benching too well:

Disrespectful is probably not strong enough of a word,” Fletcher N. Smith, McNabb’s representative, said in a lengthy phone interview Friday. “Donovan has handled himself with nothing but class, not just in Washington but as an ambassador for the league. To treat him this way … it’s beyond disrespectful.”

I agree about McNabb handling himself with class. I don’t think the benching was disrespectful, just the way it was handled. Either way, I am curious what McNabb will say about it.


  1. Did anyone ever say that this benching was permanent? I believe this is being blown out of proportion, but I admit I don't know all the details. I also don't understand how this signifies him being done in DC? Did they say they were cutting him?

  2. Mr. Littal, the benching was disrespectful. Even though McNabb has not had the best season, he is still 7th in the league in passing yards. He is on pace to eclipse 4,000 yards. Is he really the biggest issue that plagues the Skins or is it the egomaniac head coach who has already alienated his best defensive player? The Skins already has an impotent general manager in Bruce Allen, who is GM in name only. They may very well have the worst group of offensive playmakers in the league. But, let's blame it all on McNabb. What a circus and joke DC is.

    • I think anyone can be bench. That is the coaches decisions regardless of stats. I think you can disagree with it, being disrespectful is a different type of action. That is why I said getting benched isn't disrespectful, how he is getting bench is.

  3. I find it interesting that this classy player gets traded to a team in the same division and is now benched for Rex Grossman??? I have to wonder if we've all been bamboozled as to what kind of person McNabb is.

    • McNabb is not perfect and depending on who you believe he has his issues that is masked by the fact that the media loves him, but in this particular situation it seems more of the Redskins than McNabb.

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