Shanahan says McNabb wasn’t physically fit enough to run two-minute drill

DETROIT - OCTOBER 31: Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan watches the action during the game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on October 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The Lions defeated the Redskins 37-25. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Mike Shanahan now has a new excuse for why he pulled Donovan McNabb with the game on the line Sunday in Detroit: Donovan didn’t have the “cardiovascular endurance” to stay on the field and run Shanahan’s two-minute offense.

Come again? Shanahan is kidding right? This is all just one big joke that he and McNabb are in on and they’re eventually going to let everyone else in on it at some point, right?

I don’t care if McNabb lost both of his legs and was throwing up profusely – there’s no way I’m taking him out with the game on the line and putting in Rex Grossman. I know McNabb has been rather average this year and that Grossman knows the offense better after playing under Kyle Shanahan in Houston last season but he’s still Rex freaking Grossman.

Rex Grossman or Donovan McNabb? Donovan McNabb or Rex Grossman? *Makes the gesture of levels with both hands and moves them up and down.

It’s Rex Grossman! Am I on another planet here? Are we in some alternate universe where Grossman led his team to multiple NFC title games and made six Pro Bowl appearances and McNabb was the former first round bust that couldn’t hold onto a starting job (or the ball) with the Bears despite leading them to the Super Bowl? I mean, come on – it’s Rex Grossman…Rex Grossman.

How could McNabb be in good enough shape to play 95% of the game and rush for a team-high 45 yards, but not have enough “cardiovascular endurance” to operate the two-minute offense? Shanahan is full of s*&t. Either that, or he’s completely and utterly delusional.

For the Redskins’ sake I hope it’s the former, although that would mean that their head coach has no faith in his starting quarterback.

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