It seems that Redskins fans can’t go an entire week before another controversy rears its ugly head. Not even days after firing punter Hunter Smith, rumors are swirling that Donovan McNabb might be benched in favor of backup quarterback Rex Grossman when the Redskins go to Dallas. Coach Mike Shanahan again reiterated to the press that he will not discuss the lineup, so once again fans -and players alike- are left guessing. Here is the case for, and against, McNabb.
Donovan McNabb might be watching the game against the Cowboys from the sidelines. In player interviews of late, there seems to be a lack of faith not just in the Redskins proper, but in McNabb as well. These are veiled references, as no player in their sane mind is going to come out and speak ill of their team’s star quarterback. That is unless of course you are Randy Moss. If any of you out there were able to listen to Riggos’ Rag’s blog radio show The Backfield Wednesday night, Ryan Estorninos was able to catch up with tight end Chris Cooley and got him to open up. Cooley said something to the effect that trust in McNabb is still being built. Cooley is of course a veteran receiver and a potent (and unfortunately misused) powerhouse on the Redskins offense. His frustration is telling and I think it is highly possible the Redskins might try to shake things up given that at this point in the season anything that happens really doesn’t matter in the scheme of things.
Then again, things might have been blown out of proportion as usual and McNabb will start. Why? Rex Grossman. Come on now. Rex Grossman starting against the Cowboys? Seriously? It’s not like the Redskins have a solid young backup like Tim Tebow who can be plugged in to assess his growth. I know the season playoff hopes are done, but why alienate fans and players alike by yanking your starting quarterback for someone who has almost no play-time during the year. The one thing Grossman is known for right now is a botched two-minute drill resulting in a fumble and a loss to the Detroit Lions. Sanity might be McNabb’s best hope for starting against Dallas; Sanity that no one in their right mind would sit him. We will have to wait Sunday to find out whether or not McNabb starts. As mentioned previously, Shanahan doesn’t talk about the lineup. And unfortunately it seems the Redskins like to keep their fans guessing.