Redskins coach Mike Shanahan walked into a controversy when he benched quarterback Donovan McNabb. Photo by Mike Frandsen.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan’s bizarre decision to bench quarterback Donovan McNabb for Rex Grossman with less than two minutes to go and the Redskins down by six in Sunday’s 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions seems even worse now than it did then.  See my article on Examiner.com here.

First, “Shenanigan” said McNabb didn’t know the terminology of the 2-minute offense as well as Grossman.  Then he backtracked and instead questioned McNabb’s “cardiovascular endurance” because of injuries.

Let’s face it – the whole thing is weird.  McNabb hasn’t played that well, but the Skins don’t exactly have a good running game, a passable receiving corps, or even a solid offensive line.  And the defense gives up yards in bunches.

Maybe Shanahan is trying to show the team that no one is above anyone else.  He messed with Albert Haynesworth by not playing him against the Colts, benched Derrick Dockery, and cut Devin Thomas. And at other times during the season, Haynesworth has played sparingly, despite the fact that he has shown he can be dominant against both the pass and the run.

Washington traded for McNabb last spring for these moments, because he has been one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL for the last decade.

McNabb has made the Redskins a significantly better team than they were in 2009, already leading Washington to as many victories as it had all last season.

It’s very doubtful that former Hog Russ Grimm would have made that decision had he been head coach.

At least Shenanigan has given us something to talk about during the bye week.

To see the rest of my article on Examiner.com, click here.