Include me in this group. Actually, maybe I should be in the "he must be crazy" group. But I stilll believe McNabb has a few great years left. I really don't feel that we have always put him in the best position to succeed--even with our current roster. There is a large part of me that believes we are ending this relationship prematurely.To be fair, I think most of us expected to see at bare minimum, a more competent version of Mcnabb this season.
Those sources really bother me as well. The FO is either purposefully or accidentally leaking info about McNabb's practice habits and other capabilities. Why? To make themselves look better? Fine, i understand the defensive nature of most of us, but I am hoping they did not damage his trade value too much.Maybe. I have to think there is more to it than just game day performances though. The whole benching thing just struck me as something no intelligent coach does unless they feel their QB isn't paying attention, is tone-deaf, or doesn't care what the coaching staff thinks. Could be wrong, but that's the only way I can make sense of it.
A lot of what is being leaked by 'sources' seems to indicate an unwillingness on Mcnabb's part to adopt the Shanahan's scheme or commit all of his energy and attention to practice.
Then again, don't all players perform better once they leave D.C.? It pains me to say it, but it seems to be a fact.
It's not beyond possibility. That's the kind of thing that happens and makes us all look foolish. I just don't get the feeling Shanahan is impressed with Mcnabb in any way and that they legitimately think they can do more with Grossman in there. We shall see what we shall see...Don't dismiss the chance that it isn't some Shanny mind game designed to light an offseason fire under McNabbs ass either.
He may already have determined that he's gonna keep McNabb another year, and he's setting the stage for that.
A good boss can sometimes get great production out of employees who hate their guts.
Ask Phil Simms.
Agreed Goal. Thing is, the whole 'the fans don't know' stuff is somewhat tongue-in-cheek. Truth is, there are a lot of *smart* fans, and many of them have challenged and questioned decisions that, in retrospect, deserved to be challenged and questioned. But there are plenty of fans whose biggest problem is, short of playoffs every year and a Super Bowl run, are calling for coaches to be fired.
Shanahan has made his share of mistakes, and I think you're dead-on that his two biggest were over-estimating this roster's talent level, and placing a value on Mcnabb far beyond what it really was. To be fair, I think most of us expected to see at bare minimum, a more competent version of Mcnabb this season.