Last Friday, Mike Shanahan made the decision to bench quarterback Donovan McNabb in favor of starting former Florida Gator Rex Grossman. While the Washington Redskins were unsuccessful against the Dallas Cowboys, losing a tight 33-30 game in Dallas, Grossman looked good, accumulating 322 yards in the air and 4 touchdowns. That will not stop his agent, Fletcher Smith, from criticizing the decision made by the Redskins’ brass.
Prior to Sunday’s game, Smith said the following,
“Disrespectful is probably not strong enough of a word. 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.”
“I almost don’t even know where to begin, but it really started with Detroit and it was just wrong the way Donovan was treated. Just the way Mike [Shanahan] 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.”
Remember that McNabb contract extension reportedly worth $78 million, with $40 million guaranteed that Smith had his client sign back in November? There really was only $3.5 million guaranteed for 2010. That’s it. It seems as though the Redskins fully expected that McNabb would not be the starting quarterback in 2011. That $78 million deal sure sounded pretty on paper, though.