The “Odd Couple”: McNabb and Shanahan

The Most Underappreciated QB Of All-Time?

Can we take a step back in time for a moment here? Donovan McNabb gets traded to Washington, they bring in Mike Shanahan, and everyone’s talking about the Redskins being a force to be reckon with? Those were the days, right? This is the same time period in which people were talking about the Cowboys having a home game for the Super Bowl. Oh, how things have changed.

The Redskins season has started out in mediocrity and appears to be heading south. Much of this can be placed on the shoulders of McNabb. Whether you like McNabb or you don’t, you can’t deny that he hasn’t played very well this year. He didn’t even play well when they beat the Eagles. Remember when he ran out of bounds in the fourth quarter stopping the clock for us?

McNabb’s poor play even has his head coach lacking confidence in him. You may have had that feeling in your gut for a while now, but their last game in Detroit proved it to the entire nation.

Why did Shanahan bench McNabb? Is it because Rex Grossman knows the play calls better? No. Is it because Grossman is in better cardiovascular shape then McNabb? Doubt it. However, these are the reasons Shanahan is giving us.

It was a mistake to bench McNabb for Grossman, but piling on all these excuses just make matters worse.

The Redskins have not extended McNabb’s contract yet, and that comes as no surprise. He hasn’t done anything to prove he deserves an extension. If he wants to be extended in Washington, he’s going to have to prove something on the field during the second half of the season. However, you have to question McNabb’s feelings about wanting to play for Shanahan.

When Reid benched McNabb in Baltimore, it created a similar uproar. McNabb ended up being forgiving, but Reid and McNabb had a long and successful relationship prior to that. McNabb also ended up getting his “financial apology.”

Shanahan and McNabb clearly don’t have that same bond. Will they be able to patch things up and move forward? Maybe. However, even if they do, I can’t see the Redskins having a lot of success the rest of the season.


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