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Donovan McNabb Benched In Washington

Back when the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, Washington TE Chris Cooley claimed “This is one of the top 10 biggest bonehead trades in the history of the NFL.” Halfway though McNabb’s first season in Washington, it looks like Cooley was right… just not like he first thought.

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As the Redskins were trailing the Detroit Lions by just one score in fourth quarter, Mike Shanahan pulled McNabb from the game in favor of Rex Grossman. Grossman promptly fumbled the ball and had it returned for a TD on his first play.

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On one hand it’s hard to say that McNabb hadn’t earned the benching. He’s got QB rating of 76 and has thrown more INTs than TDs this year… but when your backup is Rex Grossman, it’s hard to figure how he might be better than McNabb. Either way, this just seems to cement what a disaster the trade has been from a Redskins standpoint. Coupled with the fact that McNabb is in the last year of his contract and doesn’t appear close to signing a extension, it’s very likely that the Redskins will have give their division rivals a 2nd and a 3rd or 4th round pick for one season of poor QB play. It will especially galling for the Skins when they hand the Eagles a pick in the upcoming draft for a player that at that point won’t even likely be a member of their team.