Rex Grossman will start in place of Donovan McNabb against the Cowboys on Sunday. On the surface, this seems simple enough: The Shanahans aren’t impressed with McNabb’s performance — nor should they be — and they think Rex gives them the best chance to win. And while wins don’t matter as far as playoffs are concerned, they matter to two coaches hoping to keep their jobs.
Whether the Redskins offense is better right now with Grossman or McNabb running it doesn’t matter for us, as fans. Because we shouldn’t care about how many meaningless wins the Skins can put together over the last three weeks. What matters is next season. And the one after that. If we want the future to look better than this abortion of a season, then it can’t include Donovan McNabb. He’s proven himself to be a shell of the star this team played against in Philly. He’s old, completely mediocre, and owed too much money if he stays. This isn’t a team that can win now. This is a team that needs to rebuild. McNabb can’t be part of that process.
That’s why starting Rex Grossman is good news for Skins fans. This move says something more than the Shanahans thinking Rex is the better QB; it says that Mike Shanahan isn’t committed to Donovan McNabb. It says that Shanahan wants to see what he has with Grossman. It says that maybe he doesn’t think McNabb can be the quarterback for this team now, and in the future.
Maybe Grossman shits the bed. He probably will. That’s not the point. Shanahan has already made a statement by doing this, and it’s a statement that gives us some tiny glimmer of hope about the future in an otherwise miserable 2010 season.