December 2010 - Washington Redskins Wiretap
McNabb Defends Agent's Tough Talk
Donovan McNabb sees "nothing wrong" with comments made by his agent in which he attacked Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. However, McNabb also tried to distance himself from that statement Tuesday in his weekly radio appearance on ESPN980. He said he wasn't aware that his agent was planning to release the statement before it came out last week. "He put his thoughts into the whole deal, not Donovan's thoughts," McNabb said. "I support my agent," he added, "and I support his thoughts. ... When I read the whole thing, I didn't see nothing wrong with it."
McNabb To Ask For Release
Donovan McNabb plans to ask the Redskins to release him following the current season, according to a source close to the quarterback. McNabb wants to be in a position where he can pick the place to finish his career, not have it dictated to him as was the case last season when Philadelphia traded him to Washington. The Redskins will attempt to trade McNabb initially. Minnesota, Seattle, San Francisco, Carolina, Tennessee and Miami are all likely to be interested in acquiring a quarterback this offseason.
Kyle Shanahan Met With McNabb
Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan says he met face-to-face with Donovan McNabb to clear the air following the veteran's benching last week. Shanahan also addressed Thursday's statement by McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, calling the missive "disturbing," "entertaining," and "a joke." He said that his relationship with the benched McNabb remains "workable." Shanahan stated that they've "never had a confrontation all year."
Jones-Drew Doubtful Against Redskins
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is doubtful for the team's contest against the Redskins on Sunday. Jones-Drew didn't practice Friday because of a knee injury, the third-straight day he sat out. He missed all of practice last week, but played against the Colts. He tallied just 46 yards in a loss.
McNabb's Agent Blames Shanahans For Dispute
Donovan McNabb's agent made blistering statements towards Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and his son on Thursday. Fletcher Smith took aim at the Shanahans for the way they have handled the benching of his client. "I believe there is tension between Donovan and Kyle that's rooted in the fact that Donovan has suggested modifications to Kyle's offense based on intricacies Donovan has learned in his NFL career," Smith wrote. "For example, Donovan has asked all year that the team run more screen passes to help manage the pass rush more effectively. Ironically, Kyle decided to employ Donovan's suggestions after he unceremoniously benched him on Sunday." McNabb listened to questions from reporters Thursday while sitting in his car after practice but did not answer before driving off. He was benched before last Sunday's game against Dallas and told by Mike Shanahan that he would not play the remainder of the season.
McNabb Calls Benching 'Awkward,' Wants To Return
Donovan McNabb didn't like the way he was benched by Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, but he's willing to finish what he started. "Everything was handled awkwardly," McNabb said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on ESPN980, "somewhat to a disrespect to me and to the team." McNabb disagreed with the decision, but he has a bigger problem with the way he says the organization leaked the news to the media before informing him. "Because of the timing and because of all the leaks and everything that was put out there, and no putting out the fire, so to speak," McNabb said, "I'm hearing everything through the media." The Redskins signed McNabb to a contract extension last month, but it contains a clause that allows the team to release him before next season without further financial obligations. "The way this whole thing went down to me was 'off' and one that I strongly disagree with because I've always believed that if you start something you finish it," McNabb said. "I wanted to be out there with the team. ... Other quarterbacks have struggled a little bit, but I'm the one that's got to go through this 'evaluation process.' "
Redskins Slash Prices Of McNabb Jerseys
The Redskins continue to disrespect Donovan McNabb. In the wake of his benching, the team's official store has slashed the prices on his jerseys by 50 percent. The standard price of replica jerseys is $80, but Washington is selling McNabb's for $39.95. The team has done the same with Albert Haynesworth.
Teammates Livid Over McNabb's Demotion
The move to start Rex Grossman at quarterback against the Cowboys on Sunday over Donovan McNabb has angered the latter's Washington teammates. "The guys are extremely pissed," one player told NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan says that there's no guarantee McNabb will play again this season. "I also told him," Shanahan said, "that I cannot guarantee him that he will be back next year."
Agent On McNabb's Benching: 'It's Beyond Disrespectful'
Donovan McNabb's agent has criticized the Redskins and coach Mike Shanahan for his plan to bench McNabb in favor of backup Rex Grossman against the Cowboys. "Disrespectful is probably not strong enough of a word," Fletcher N. Smith, McNabb's representative, said. "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."
Redskins To Start Grossman Over McNabb
The Redskins will start Rex Grossman over Donovan McNabb, according to sources. McNabb's teammates are very upset over the decision. "The guys are extremely pissed," one Redskins player told Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan is attempting to blame McNabb as the reason for the team's struggles. "Disrespectful is probably not strong enough of a word," Fletcher N. Smith, McNabb's representative, told The Washington Post on 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."
Shanahan Won't Commit To McNabb As Starter
Mike Shanahan wants to keep the Cowboys guessing heading into Sunday's game.
'Frustrated' Snyder Urges Patience With Redskins
Dan Snyder believes the Redskins are in good hands with Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan.
Redskins Suspend Haynesworth For Season
Albert Haynesworth's time in Washington is nearly an ugly end.
Haynesworth: Hangover Story Is 'Slander'
Albert Haynesworth says he went out Thursday night, but he wasn't hungover during practice on Friday.
Redskins Won't Release Haynesworth
There have been reports that the Redskins could cut ties with Albert Haynesworth.
Teammate Calls Out Albert Haynesworth
Phillip Daniels has had enough of Albert Haynesworth putting himself ahead of the Redskins.
Redskins Opted To Bench Haynesworth
The drama between Albert Haynesworth and the Redskins continues.
Redskins TE Coach Leaving For Colorado
Washington tight ends coach Jon Embree will coach at his alma mater.
Report: Haynesworth Calls In Sick Against Giants
Albert Haynesworth didn't feel well when he woke up on Sunday morning.