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. 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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