Posted by Josh Katzowitz
For reasons that nobody seems to understand – announcers, sports writers, Rex Grossman’s family – Redskins coach Mike Shanahan benched starting QB Donovan McNabb for a late fourth-quarter series as Washington, losing to the Lions by six points at the time, attempted a game-winning TD drive.
Shots from the sideline showed McNabb (17 of 30 for 210 yards, one TD, one INT) walking around normally and drinking from a paper cup without a trainer anywhere near him. Before backup Rex Grossman entered the game, McNabb went over to wish him luck.
Either that, or he gave Grossman his condolences.
On the first play of the drive, Detroit’s Kyle Vanden Bosch crushed Grossman from behind, forcing a fumble. Ndamukong Suh picked up the fumble and returned it for the TD to give Detroit a 12-point lead.
Perhaps McNabb had some unknown injury. If not, Shanahan will have to explain his reason for bringing in Grossman for what was almost an unwinnable situation.
UPDATE (4:46 p.m.): Shanahan just said in his postgame presser that he inserted Grossman because he felt the backup QB gave his team the best chance to win. Okaaaaaay, then.
UPDATE (5:07 p.m.): Specifically, it had to do with who could run the 2-minute offense better. If Shanahan really feels like Grossman has a better idea of how to run the 2-minute offense than McNabb, that's pretty stunning.
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