This whole Donovan McNabb getting bench things is getting weirder and weirder. Here are a few of the more recent developments that are making this story more complex then we originally thought. The first is from Rich Campbell.
Just got back from #Redskins open locker room. Each player we spoke to, except Rex, thought McNabb was hurt. That tells you something.
I think I know what that "something" is. Most players on the sideline can tell when a player is replaced because he is not performing well, or if another player gives them a better chance to win the game, as Coach Shanahan described it. If the first reaction players had to seeing Grossman on the field was that McNabb must be hurt, they must not have thought that Grossman was out there because he gave the team a shot in the two minute drill. Like everyone else who was watching the game, the players weren't sure why McNabb got pulled, and that doesn't speak very positively about the decision Shanahan made.
The second tweet is from Ryan O'Halloran, and it is even more alarming then the first.
Five quickies from #Redskins: 1. Grossman said he called the plays during his two possessions. Doesn't appear McNabb has such freedom.
Even if Coach Shanahan thought that Grossman had a better grasp of the two minute offense, that doesn't explain why he was allowed to call his own plays when the starting quarterback doesn't have that freedom. Either McNabb doesn't have a very good handle on the offense, or Coach Shanahan has a ridiculous amount of trust in Grossman. Either way it doesn't bode well for the Redskins quarterback situation.
This thing is getting more strange by the moment. From these to tweets, it seems that Shanahan is the only one who has that kind of confidence in Grossman, and that he appears to trust him more then he does McNabb in crunch time. What exactly is going on here?
This thing isn't over, not by a long shot. We'll have all the updates as they become available.