McNabb 'disrespected' by benching

McNabb 'disrespected' by benching
December 21, 2010, 5:25 pm
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010, 12:59 p.m.

By Ryan OHalloran
Staff writer


During his weekly radio show Tuesday, Donovan McNabb said he was somewhat disrespected by his benching as the Redskins starting quarterback and called the timing of being informed so close to game time odd.

McNabb had not spoken publicly since being informed by coach Mike Shanahan after Thursdays practice he was out after 13 games and Rex Grossman was in for the final three games.

Speaking on ESPN 980, McNabb was mostly politically correct in his comments but was clearly irked by his demotion and especially about the constant national media reports citing sources who were critical of his play.

I think the way it was handled everything was handled awkwardly and was somewhat of a disrespect to me and to the team because of the timing, because of all the leaks and everything that was put out there and there was no putting out the fire, McNabb said.

McNabb watched from the sideline Sunday against Dallas as a non-injured, non-starter for the first time since he was a rookie 11 years ago.

Throughout this whole process, everybody has to understand the way this whole thing went down was off and one I strongly disagreed with because Ive always believed that if you start something, you finish it, he said.

McNabb doesnt expect to play in the final two games. He posted a 5-8 record as a starter, throwing a career-high 15 interceptions. Reading between his lines, he intimated he was a scapegoat for an offense that failed to exceed 27 points under his direction.

If were evaluating me, then you evaluate everybody else, he said. Thats kind of the key that no one is looking at. Do you evaluate everybody else or just the quarterback position?

Regardless of his benching, McNabb said on at least three occasions he wanted to return to the Redskins next year although it would seem highly unlikely.

I do want to be back here, I look for good things to happen here with the Redskins, he said.

McNabb said hes not looking for an apology from Shanahan for how the situation was handled, but was critical that he went through two practices as the starter before being informed.

Normally if you go through a process like that, you would hear about it on a Monday or a Tuesday, you dont hear about it happening much Thursday going into a Friday practice, McNabb said. Nothing against Rex or John Beck because were a close bunch, but as a quarterback, player and leader, the team expected me to be out there and I expected to be out there.

McNabb was asked about his rapport with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who has reportedly been unimpressed with the quarterback.

From my side of things, I thought we had a good relationship, yes indeed, McNabb said.

Emphasis on McNabb saying, had a good relationship.

As for the leaks from sources, McNabb said, I know where its coming from, but would not reveal his idea and also said hes had no communication with owner Dan Snyder or general manager Bruce Allen since the benching.

McNabb was acquired on Easter Sunday for a second-round pick in last springs draft and a fourth-round pick in next years draft.

McNabbs replacement, Grossman, threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns in the Redskins 33-30 loss to Dallas.

I was very happy for Rex, being able to get into that rhythm and the offense rallying behind him, McNabb said. He was able to fight back and get the guys going and put us in position to win.

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