Tag:Rex Grossman
Posted on: October 31, 2010 4:34 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2010 5:08 pm

Shanahan pulls McNabb for Grossman

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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Posted on: September 5, 2010 12:17 pm

McNabb likely to start for 'Skins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though he said a week ago that he wasn’t sure if his starting quarterback would be ready to play the season-opener, Washington coach Mike Shanahan predictably has reversed course.

On his weekly coach’s show, Shanahan said he expected McNabb to play vs. the Cowboys.

"Yeah, I feel very good about him being ready to go," Shanahan said in quotes captured by the D.C. Sports Bog. "In fact, I think he'll be able to practice in the next couple of days. And I feel very good about the direction he's headed."

So, there you go. Redskins fans rejoice. Backup Rex Grossman gnashes his teeth. And everything is as it should be in the world.

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Posted on: August 29, 2010 3:39 pm

Shanny doesn't know for sure on McNabb for Week 1

Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb was ruled out on Sunday for the Redskins' final preseason game because of an ankle injury, according to Mike Shanahan. Washington's coach had a bit of even worse news for 'Skins fans though -- there's a chance McNabb might not play in the season opener .
Shanny pronounced McNabb "day-to-day" and said he doesn't "know for sure" whether McNabb will be ready for the game against the Cowboys on September 12.

That's obviously a date that's pretty far off (at least now): McNabb has two weeks to rehab the ankle and get it ready for the regular season.

Otherwise it's Rex Grossman time and panic-watch in Washington.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 7:05 pm

McNabb: Ankle 'absolutely' improving

Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb's ankle is a sore spot -- both for him in the literal sense and for Redskins' fans who hope not to see John Beck or Rex Grossman get a whiff of the regular season, blowouts excepted.

So it has to be considered good news when McNabb told the press today that his ankle has "absolutely" improved.

“Absolutely," McNabb said. "It does feel a lot better than when I actually came out of the game and the last couple of days. It’s continued to progress over the last couple of days.”

Fortunately, Mike Shanahan doesn't think it's too terribly big of a deal if McNabb can't make either of the next two preseason games.

“Well, he is missing a half," Shanahan said. "We would like him to have that half, but we know it is not possible. But, he has got a lot of reps in the OTAs and he has been working. Those things are going to happen all year round, so you deal with it. He has gotten a few snaps in his career, so I think he can handle it.”

Bear in mind, of course, that Shanny also told the press recently that if this week WERE a regular season game, chances are "slim" that McNabb could suit up and start.

McNabb added that he didn't ask to be taken out for the last series following the injury because, "I'm a football player. I get banged up. I just continue to fight through it." He also pointed out that he didn't feel the extra series created any additional damage to the ankle.

All this talk to the press is good and well and everything ... until the regular season starts. No one minds seeing how Grossman looks now, but if McNabb starts moving slowly when the games matter, it's a whole different story.
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