Things appear to be unraveling in Washington. On Sunday, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan benched Donovan McNabb with just under 2 minutes left in a game against the Detroit Lions. After the game, Shanahan claimed that he sat McNabb, because the QB was not familiar enough with the "terminology" of the two minute offense. Today, he changed his story and said McNabb was benched because didn't have the "cardiovascular conditioning" to run the two minute drill.
On Monday Night countdown, ESPN's Chris Mortenson said that this dissatisfaction with McNabb is something that has been brewing all season. He called it "the worst kept secret in the league" that Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle are not enamored with Donovan McNabb and haven't been since the summer. Mortenson reported that they've been upset with the way McNabb practices, specifically that he doesn't practice with the tempo they want and they're unimpressive with his accuracy.
He also said that after the week four win over the Eagles, Shanahan discussed benching McNabb then. It was a good win for the Redskins, but McNabb played poorly in the game. Both Mortenson and Adam Schefter noted the timing of this benching because the Redskins next game happens to be against the Eagles in two weeks.