We've been waiting for anybody who is actually involved with the whole situation (either the team or McNabb himself) to react to the benching. Now, it appears the first bit of legitimate reaction comes to us from McNabb's agent, via Jason Reid of the Washington Post's Redskins Insider. As you might imagine, he's not too pleased with it.
"Disrespectful is probably not strong enough of a word," Fletcher N. Smith, McNabb's representative, said in a lengthy phone interview Friday. "Donovan has handled himself with nothing but class, not just in Washington but as an ambassador for the league. To treat him this way ... it's beyond disrespectful."
"Just the way Mike handled the whole situation in Detroit, and in almost every instance since that time, and this is, I guess, the culmination of that. I think it's ... again, it's beyond disrespectful."
On one hand, I kind of agree with him. Donovan McNabb does not deserve to be pulled for the likes of Rex Grossman. But on the other hand, he hasn't really played like a quarterback who has secured his hold on the starting job this year. I think the Redskins have made a sideshow of the whole thing, but that doesn't necessarily mean that McNabb doesn't deserve to get pulled.