So maybe there is more to this benching than “injuries” and “familiarity with the two minute offense” …
As the fallout from Mike Shanahan’s decision to bench Donovan McNabb late in Sunday’s loss to the Lions continues, there’s increasing talk that the Redskins’ coaches are frustrated because McNabb doesn’t go hard enough at practice.
On Monday night ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Shanahan wasn’t pleased with McNabb’s practice habits, and on Tuesday morning ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck, who spent some time on the Eagles’ roster during McNabb’s tenure in Philadelphia, said poor practice habits are par for the course for McNabb.
“I was a teammate of Donovan McNabb’s in Philadelphia,” Hasselbeck said on Mike and Mike in the Morning. “One of the things that drove them crazy in Philadelphia was the lack of tempo at which he practiced. . . . It was always something where you’re leaving the quarterback meeting and it would be, ‘Hey, listen, the head man wants a little more tempo today.’ Nearly every single day. That’s been the deal with Donovan McNabb. I know exactly what Mike Shanahan is talking about.”
Hasselbeck still disagreed with benching McNabb overall in last Sunday’s loss to the Lions, but said “that he can understand” some of the reasons behind the benching itself.
It’s certainly going to be an interesting bye week.