This week on ESPN980, Donovan McNabb said he would still like to be in Washington despite the fact he felt both he and the team were disrespected by Head Coach Mike Shanahan, supposedly due to the timing of the announcment that Rex Grosman would start. Hmmm, would it have felt any better if Shanahan had told McNabb Wednesday or even Tuesday? Me thinketh not.
This morning on ESPN’s Mike and Mike, Chris ’Guessed the Grossman Switch‘ Mortenson opined that McNabb may have hurt himself strategically by saying he wants to return to DC. Do tell. (That’s southern for ‘Interesting, but I am not inclined to believe you.’) Number 5 makes a habit of speaking around difficult or emotional issues, saying the right thing, etc. That’s why when he actually expresses his feelings his fans and the media should stand up and take notice. I believe he truly would like to stay in DC, because I think he thinks he can take Grossman in a one-on-one competition in training camp, assuming there is a 2011 training camp. If he does, he may be wrong.
The jury is out on Rex Grossman until the Redskins complete their schedule, and may still be out even then. But, if Grossman plays as well as he did against Dallas or better, Bruce Allen may very well be on the phone shopping McNabb for a draft pick as the clock winds down to zero at the end of the Giants’ game. (I was going to go to that game, but StubHub was too appealing.)
Any reasonable person would not expect Donovan McNabb to be on the roster next year. Then again, I’m a reasonable person, and I thought Shanahan would use the last three games to complete his evaluation of McNabb. How wrong was I? Like, totally. There are still some variables in this drama. History tells us Shanahan won’t tip his cards until he actually makes a move. It would be a waste of time to outright ask him. And if I were you, I wouldn’t bother reading the tea leaves. On the other hand, I wouldn’t buy those deeply discounted burgundy Number 5 jerseys, even if I was looking for a cool last minute gift for the devoted Redskins’ fan in the family. You could always check out one of the ticket exchange sites. After all, live game memories tend to last longer than quarterbacks and coaches in Washington.