As well reported this past weekend, Rex Grossman started for the Washington Redskins this pas weekends in place of veteran and possible future hall of fame member Donovan McNabb who hasn't been performing up to Mike Shanahan's standards.
A lot of speculation is now occurring as to whether or not Shanahan's decision was the right one.
Is Rex Grossman the franchise quarterback the Redskins have been looking for, or is he just a washed up former college star who couldn't amount to anything in the NFL?
So the question is, is Mike Shanahan a genius or a joke for benching McNabb?
Shanahan is sitting pretty after last weeks performance by Rex Grossman. Grossman threw for 322 yards for four touchdowns but had two interceptions in the Redskins' three point loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
McNabb had only thrown a high of 2 touchdowns on the season, so as of right now, Shanahan is looking smart by playing Grossman.
Rex Grossman has not been too great over his career. In fact, he has some of the worst numbers of all time.
He has a turnover to touchdown ratio of 52 to 38. He has not been too great at keeping the ball secure and scoring. This had many people scratching their head, as McNabb was sat for this.
McNabb was not producing like he used to. He just isn't the same player he was a few years ago and he wasn't taking the Redskins anywhere.
I don't know if Grossman is the answer, but it definitely isn't a washed up injury prone quarterback.
Shanahan is a joke because he made excuses all season to sit McNabb. This isn't the right way to go about things. He needed to be upfront and tell everyone why.
Be honest coach.
They didn't make the playoffs, so why not try to do something worth while and get someone else experience. It makes since that if a coach doesn't have confidence in a player, and they are already mathematically out of the playoffs, the coach might as well play the younger player.
Not releasing McNabb. It doesn't make sense to just bench McNabb. If you don't want to play him, cut him. Although they will probably trade him over the off-season, it's still not respectful to McNabb to be treated the way he has been this season by Shanahan.
The organization as a whole needs to have some management practices reviewed, especially in the player relations department, ie. Albert Haynesworth.
Shanahan made a move that will be highly scrutinized, and looked at, but in the end it was a good decision and a bad decision. It was good that he benched McNabb, because obviously he didn't work out in his system, but going with Grossman doesn't seem like a great alternative.
Sure he had four touchdown passes, but he just isn't the type of quarterback that you want as the face of your franchise.