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McNabb Betrayed, So Am I

When the Redskins traded for Donovan McNabb last Easter, I thought the Easter Bunny had delivered me a gift (even though I’m Jewish).

The Skins now had an elite Hall of Fame caliber quarterback to go along with a competent coach. Oh how I was wrong. 

Oh, I was right about the quarterback thing. Even though McNabb has struggled this year with a career-high 15 interceptions and a passer rating the lowest it’s been since his rookie year, he’s still led the Redskins to 5 wins on a team with very little talent around him.

Today – for some unknown reason, Mike Shanahan decided to bench #5 for Rex Grossman! Yes, that Rex Grossman. Gross-man!! McNabb’s agent says his client feels completely betrayed by the head coach. And quite frankly, so do I.

It’s Mike Shanahan that’s now got me worried. I had my doubts when the Redskins signed him a year ago.

Shanahan made the playoffs in half of his 14 seasons in Denver and had only two losing seasons with the Broncos– 6-10 in 1999 and 7-9 in 2007 but I now realize that perhaps John Elway made Mike Shanahan. He won 2 Super Bowls with Elway as his QB. After Elway retired, Shanahan’s playoff record is 1-4.

Shanahan’s greatest successes came early, with back-to-back Super Bowl titles after the 1997 and 1998 seasons with running back Terrell Davis and quarterback John Elway. But the Broncos went 9-7, 7-9 and 8-8 in his final 3 years in Denver.

So is McNabb to blame for one of the worst offensive lines in football, no legitimate wide receivers and a 6th string running back that’s now starting?

If McNabb isn’t QB of the future, I understand that. But did the Redskins have to trade 2 draft picks for him if they were going to bench him with 3 games to go? Clearly, this is the end of McNabb in Washington. Is Shanahan going to follow him out of DC?  I don’t know, does that Easter Bunny dude grant wishes?

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