Tag:Rex Grossman
Posted on: January 6, 2011 5:30 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 5:31 pm
 

Campbell says he was Redskins 'scapegoat'

J. Campbell said he was Washington's scapegoat before he left for Oakland (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Not surprisingly, Raiders QB Jason Campbell, coming off a decently-successful season in Oakland, doesn’t look back on his time with the Redskins especially fondly. Or, you know, you could say he’s actually pretty bitter about the whole thing.

In fact, he told Washington-based blog Mr. Irrelevant that he was the team’s scapegoat.

“That last season I put up really good numbers, and my star running back was out,” Campbell told the blog. “Clinton Portis was out for most of the season. Then Ladell Betts came in and got hurt. We lost Chris Samuels. We lost our right guard and our right tackle.

“So you’re still out there fighting hard in every game … and there were a lot of close games we should’ve won.

“The fact that I was the scapegoat for all of that, it really stung a little bit. It was tough.”

Campbell also had this to say about his former boss, owner Daniel Snyder.

“I was always trying to put my heart into everything (the Redskins) did. The owner or whatever it was, the owner was always pointing the finger at me. It was always like people were out to get me.”

Campbell has a point (though he does come off a bit paranoid). In 2009, he threw for 3,618 yards, 20 TDs and 15 INTs, and he had the best statistical stats of his career. But Redskins coach Mike Shanahan couldn’t get him out of D.C. fast enough, and at first, it did sound like a good plan (who wouldn’t basically trade Campbell for Donovan McNabb at that point?).

But Campbell has the last laugh. Sort of. Sure, he doesn’t have a head coach at the moment, even if the Raiders are coming off an 8-8 season. Of course, he also doesn’t play for a team whose top quarterback currently is Rex Grossman.

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 7:24 pm
 

McNabb denies report that he wants out of D.C.

Posted by Will Brinson

On Sunday, a report emerged that Donovan McNabb wanted out of Washington. This is the least shocking thing in the world, since he was replaced as the starter by Rex Grossman and spending his days as the third-string quarterback for the Redskins.

However, after Grossman ran his lifetime record against the Jacksonville Jaguars to 4-0 on Sunday, McNabb told CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco that there was no truth to that report and that he's content in D.C.

"I don’t know where that came from," McNabb told CBSSports.com. "I know nothing about it."

When informed that McNabb would be the "only one" who would know about the report, the quarterback agreed, but reaffirmed the denial.

"That's right," he said. "And I don't know anything about it."

McNabb might claim to know nothing about his own publicly-expressed desire to get out of the Redskins organization, but the truth is that he'd be insane to want to hang around, given the way he's been treated by the organization (regardless of how he's played).

Of course, that doesn't mean he'd want to tell everyone in the world he hates Washington, particularly when, if they became really desperate, the Redskins could still pick up his $10 million option for 2011. 

That seems unlikely, and it's all but guaranteed that McNabb will be shopped for the second-straight offseason after the NFL wraps up its year, but it doesn't mean you'll see a guy like McNabb publicly admit his sincere distaste for his current situation.

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Posted on: December 26, 2010 1:11 pm
 

Report: McNabb wants out of Washington

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Donovan McNabb will ask the Redskins to release him after the season, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Naturally, this is not a surprise, because … well … McNabb has been demoted to the third string so Rex Grossman and John Beck (Grossman and Beck?!!?!?) can get some playing time. McNabb feels disrespected, as well as he should.

From the article:

McNabb wants to be in a position where he can pick the place to finish his career, not have it dictated to him as was the case last season when Philadelphia traded him to Washington.

It's highly unlikely the Redskins initially would release McNabb, not when they believe he still has some trade value. Washington would want to recoup as much as possible for the player whom they surrendered second- and fourth-round picks.

What will test McNabb's trade value is the $10 million option bonus in his contract that another team might have to pay. Yet there are any number of teams -- Minnesota, Seattle, San Francisco, Carolina, Tennessee and Miami -- with significant quarterback questions looming for 2011.


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Posted on: December 23, 2010 7:46 pm
 

Shanahan responds to McNabb's agent

Posted by Will Brinson

Ever know a couple that are together even though everyone knows they're wrong for each other and they keep fighting publicly and everyone keeps wondering why they won't just go ahead and break up and save their friends the awkwardness of watching their relationship go up in flames?

Yeah, that's Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb apparently. After McNabb's agent Fletcher Smith issued a scathing statement directed towards Shanny and his son Kyle on Thursday (which was based on Shanahan saying that he'd welcome McNabb as a backup in 2011 which was based on McNabb saying he'd been disrespected, which was based on Shanahan benching him for Rex Grossman), the Redskins countered with their own statement from the head coach.
"As I stated earlier, when I traded for Donovan McNabb I had hoped that he would lead us to the playoffs. No one wanted him to be more successful than me. When the team was 5-8 and mathematically out of the playoffs, I made the decision to evaluate our other two quarterbacks. This was not personal, but strictly professional. The decision was made in the best interest of the Washington Redskins and I stand by my decision. I will attempt to talk to Fletcher Smith directly to clear up every one of his misconceptions."
Now, this is actually pretty good public relations, because Shanahan is saying what he should be saying -- that he respects McNabb as a person and a player and that he's doing what's best for the team.

Unfortunately, this is pretty contradictory to the whole "we'd love to have him for a backup" public statement that defines "backhanded compliment."

And at this point, we all know they're breaking up anyway; the nice thing would be for them to just go ahead and cut ties and let everyone move on. Or everyone involved could keep firing off statements that are either directly or indirectly insulting to the other party. That would be fun too.

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:33 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 8:54 pm
 

McNabb's agent, Shanahan exchange public barbs

Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier, we mentioned how Mike Shanahan said he'd be absolutely thrilled to have Donovan McNabb return in the role of a backup quarterback with the Washington Redskins.

There was also some mention of a back-and-forth that would likely occur in the offseason between McNabb's camp and the Redskins coaching staff. Scratch "likely" from that, because McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, fired a shot back at the Shanahan and his son. (Update: Shanny's sent a shot back at Smith, calling everything below "misconceptions" and saying that things are NOT personal.)

To the lengthy blockquote machine! 
I think it is important to clarify some misinterpretations following Donovan comments made earlier this week on his radio show.

Donovan did say that "he didn’t want to go anywhere" and that he "enjoyed himself" in the Washington DC area. He and his family truly enjoy living in the Washington,DC, area and are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support the fans have shown him this year.

He stated that he wishes to stay in Washington because he came to complete a task - and that task has not yet been accomplished.

While Donovan’s feelings about Washington remain the same, the Shanahans - both Mike and more specifically Kyle - have made this an extremely difficult relationship to maintain.

Their comments have been beyond disrespectful and unprecedented for a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback such as Donovan.

There have been many reports leaked of Donovan not being in shape and not being able to grasp Kyle’s offense.

The fact is Donovan came into camp in the best shape of his career having dropped 10 pounds in the offseason. Donovan spent most of his offseason in Washington working out with the Redskins and never missed a practice.

Unfortunately, it appears as though the Redskins coaching staff decided that their 12-year veteran quarterback, who flawlessly executed one of the NFL's most complex offensive systems (in Philadelphia), is unable to grasp Kyle’s offense.

I believe there is tension between Donovan and Kyle that's rooted in the fact that Donovan has suggested modifications to Kyle's offense based on intricacies Donovan has learned in his NFL career.

For example, Donovan has asked all year that the team run more screen passes to help manage the pass rush more effectively. Ironically, Kyle decided to employ Donovan's suggestions after he unceremoniously benched him on Sunday.

After Donovan quickly led the Redskins down the field and scored what appeared to be the game saving drive against Tampa Bay, Kyle was quoted as saying "He’ll (McNabb) never take another snap for me again."

Remember that statement came after Donovan led the Redskins on one of their best drives of the entire season.

Donovan is coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2009 where he threw for 3,500+ yards on 60% completions, with a TD:INT ratio of more than 2:1. He also led his team to the playoffs with an 11-5 record, and that's what he hoped to accomplish in Washington.

This year, Donovan was on pace to set the Redskins all-time passing yards mark before being benched. Every week he went out there in solidarity with his teammates with one goal: to win as much as possible for the fans in this town who deserve a championship caliber team.

Make no mistake, this has been a difficult season for Donovan. Some may say that he has had a down year....that is true specifically because of the high standards that he has set as an elite NFL quarterback in his previous 11 seasons.

Donovan has maintained a high level of professionalism on and off the field. He is determined to continue his relentless commitment to win and looks forward to the opportunity wherever that may be!

Fletcher Smith, III

President, Blueprint Sports Group
So, what can we discern from this statement? Well, basically that McNabb won't be a Redskin in 2011.

Because, really, at this point, it's gone past "he may or may not be out of shape and/or past his prime and/or a good fit for the offense" and things have gotten straight-up personal.

Or not, if you believe Mike Shanahan, who issued the following statement via the Redskins on Thursday night.
"As I stated earlier, when I traded for Donovan McNabb I had hoped that he would lead us to the playoffs. No one wanted him to be more successful than me. When the team was 5-8 and mathematically out of the playoffs, I made the decision to evaluate our other two quarterbacks. This was not personal, but strictly professional. The decision was made in the best interest of the Washington Redskins and I stand by my decision. I will attempt to talk to Fletcher Smith directly to clear up every one of his misconceptions."
So, really, now the only question is how the divorce papers will actually get filed.

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Posted on: December 23, 2010 2:46 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 7:52 pm
 

Shanahan would welcome McNabb in '11 as a backup

Posted by Will Brinson

Donovan McNabb went on the radio Tuesday and said that he'd been "disrespected" when Redskins coach Mike Shanahan decided to make him the third-string quarterback.

So you have to wonder how McNabb feels now that Shanahan has decided to lob out an offer to take McNabb back in 2011 ... as a backup. (Update: McNabb's agent has released a statement, and so has Shanahan, via the Redskins.)

"I'm not sure he would [return as a backup], which I would understand," Shanahan said via Jason Reid of the Washington Post. "But I think that's why we're talking about hypothetical situations. I don't think that would happen. But if he was interested in that, obviously, that'd be a possibility."

Shanahan also said that "people might have speculated" on Grossman starting over McNabb but it was never actually realized until he told both quarterbacks last Thursday.

But that's really semantics, because the dissonance between McNabb and Shanahan is almost mind-boggling at this point. After all, it's not like Shanny's sitting on a franchise quarterback right now (although theoretically Grossman could be his Jake Plummer-like bridge to whatever his Washington version of Jay Cutler will be, but, um, have fun with that).

Not to mention, the Redskins signed McNabb to an extension, which means they'll have to cough up an extra $10 million if they want to keep him in 2011. They could trade him, of course, but it seems a lot less likely that another quarterback-needy team (Seattle? San Francisco? Minnesota? Carolina? Arizona? Bueller? Bueller? Anyone?) will part with anything of significant value knowing that Shanahan doesn't perceive McNabb worth the amount he'll cost his own team.

As a result, the most likely way this plays out is the Redskins cutting McNabb approximately one minute before the deadline to pick up his option, after a lengthy offseason filled with "I want to play but I want to start" quotes from McNabb countered daily by "We'll welcome Donovan back any time he wants as long as he understands his role" retorts from Shanahan.

So, yeah, just like Albert Haynesworth's whole thing minus all the vitriol.

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Posted on: December 21, 2010 2:08 pm
 

'Disrespected' McNabb: 'Let's just move on'

Posted by Will Brinson

It wouldn't be a day in NFL coverage if there weren't some story relating to the Washington Redskins, would it? And thanks to Mike Shanahan starting Rex Grossman over Donovan McNabb in Week 15, we've got enough gossip juice to keep us rolling for the rest of the season, even if Albert Haynesworth stays off the radar.

Tuesday, McNabb appeared on ESPN 980 radio to talk about his benching and he had plenty to say about how he was "disrespected" by Shanny.

"Everything was handled awkwardly," McNabb said. "Somewhat to a disrespect to me and to the team."

McNabb lamented the evaluation process as well as the way that Shanahan handled the benching, not telling the QB of the decision until Thursday (and letting him hear about it through the media).

"Because of the timing and because of all the leaks and everything that was put out there, and no putting out the fire, so to speak," McNabb said. "I'm hearing everything through the media."

And, of course, he was asked about being placed behind even John Beck, into the third-string quarterback slot, something that didn't really thrill him too much.

"Yeah, I don't think too many guys go from 1 to 3," he answered. "That's an unfortunate situation that I guess I'm one of a few to be a part of."

The whole Washington thing is an "unfortunate situation" -- McNabb hasn't played well this year, and Shanahan has every reason to try something else out (although, Rex Grossman, really?) in the spirit of evaluation.

But the difference between the way he and McNabb are handling things publicly is stark, to say the least. McNabb continually says the "right thing," even when it involves him not looking for an apology ("At this point, let's just move on") or possibly returning to the Redskins in 2011 ("I do want to be back here").

Shanahan continually acts towards his would-be franchise quarterback in a manner that could, at best, be considered "motivational" in the right situation.

In this scenario, the only real word for it is exactly what McNabb used -- disrespectful.

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Posted on: December 20, 2010 3:45 pm
 

NFL Week 15 Podcast Review

Posted by Will Brinson

Week 15 provided some pretty, pretty high drama, particularly in the form of the Eagles' comeback over the Giants.

Did Vick and the Eagles' comeback end with the greatest regular season climax of all-time? What'd you think of Rex Grossman's play? And how about Tim Tebow? Can the Packers salvage something from their Sunday night loss to the Patriots

All those questions answered (plus, much, much more) below -- just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

If you can't view the podcast, click here to download .
 
 
 
 
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