The Washington Redskins will square off against the Philadelphia Eagles in a Monday night clash between bitter rivals.
For Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb, this game has special significance. He will face the team that traded him unceremoniously to the Redskins.
McNabb was underappreciated in Philadelphia. Now he is playing for a coach who has publicly questioned his manhood.
When McNabb was asked by ESPN's Mike Tirico yesterday about being benched by head coach Mike Shanahan, McNabb stated he was "a little shocked."
He continued, "I just went along with it."
How can McNabb just go "along with it?"
According to McNabb, he wasn’t even dignified with a response as to why he was benched in favor of a journeymen quarterback.
McNabb told Tirico, "I heard it like everyone else did."
Surprisingly, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, McNabb and his camp will re-enter negotiations with the Redskins to hammer out a four-year contract extension.
Are you kidding me?
It has been two long weeks since McNabb was benched by Shanahan. It has been the subject of much debate.
Do you think race played a factor in how McNabb has been treated by Shanahan?
Many experts suggest McNabb's benching is unprofessional and idiotic.
I suggested race played a factor in why McNabb was benched and how Shanahan handled it. For McNabb to be benched from lack of “cardiovascular conditioning” and for not knowing how to “run the two-minute drill” was a way of stating African-American quarterbacks like McNabb can't hack it under pressure and can't think.
That latter is rather interesting because Shanahan will square off against the No. 1 ranked quarterback in Michael Vick, who happens to be African-American.
In any event, journalist John Feinstein also suggested Shanahan’s treatment of McNabb was a form of racial coding.
Feinstein stated, "I think there's racial coding going on here. And it's my belief that kind of behavior is worth firing a coach for."
Feinstein is white, so don’t think it is just me playing the race card. There are people who can detect race irrespective of one's complexion.
Just so happens when African-Americans suggest race, they are playing the race card. Yet when whites like Feinstein suggest race, they are forward-thinking and insightful.
Care to explain the contradiction?
Based on how Shanahan has treated McNabb, it is difficult to embrace the notion of him wanting to stay in Washington. Ray Charles can see McNabb is not appreciated by Shanahan, and Charles is blind and dead.
McNabb needs to move on to a team where he is appreciated for the skills. He should finish out his career with a franchise where he doesn’t have to worry about being treated unprofessionally.
On a personal level, I have a problem with McNabb on how he has handled this whole situation.
McNabb, as in most cases, has totally diffused this situation. He is the consummate "turn the other cheek" type who rarely speaks his mind when it is clear that he needs to.
It is understood all people have different temperaments. It is understood people handle things differently.
But what is equally true is there comes a time when you are challenged and must take a stand, whether it is in your personality or not.
In my opinion, McNabb needs to speak out. McNabb needs to get a spine, for once, and suggest what is really on his mind instead of adopting this docile complicit way of handling situations.
McNabb has been bullied by Shanahan and he has chosen not to fight back. Shanahan broke the code that exists in most NFL locker rooms.
Typically, if you have a problem with your quarterback, you handle the situation like men behind closed doors.
In this particular case, the situation has been handled poorly by both Shanahan and McNabb. Shanahan was an arrogant, insensitive moron who lacked the stones to take McNabb behind closed doors let him know how he really feels.
McNabb has handled this situation poorly because he lacks a spine. He continues to allow people to publicly humiliate him, yet he refuses to summon the guts necessary to assert himself as a man and denounce his accusers when wronged.
We will see how the strained relationship between McNabb and Shanahan plays out tonight. Winning has a way of diffusing difficult situations.
If it doesn't, sadly McNabb will find a way to diffuse a bad situation and "go along with it."