Donovan McNabb to bolt Washington after the season is over?

Washington Redskins' quarterback Donovan McNabb is seen on the sidelines against the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland on October 10, 2010. The Redskins went on to defeat the Packers 16-13. UPI/Kevin Dietsch Photo via Newscom

This may be an overreaction to what happened yesterday in Detroit, but Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post predicts that Donovan McNabb will not re-sign with the Redskins this offseason.

With just over two minutes remaining and the Redskins trailing the Lions by only one score in the fourth quarter on Sunday, Mike Shanahan pulled McNabb and inserted Rex Grossman at quarterback. On his first play, Grossman was hit, lost the ball and Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh scooped it up for a 17-yard score.

Following the game, Shanahan told the media with a straight face that Grossman gave the Redskins their best chance of winning. After he was finished laughing, it had to have hit McNabb that his head coach doesn’t have complete and utter faith in him to get the job done.

Wilbon, who is a close friend of McNabb’s, doesn’t “believe for a second that Donovan McNabb’s gonna be here next year now.” Not a total surprise given what transpired on Sunday. But the Redskins haven’t been overly aggressive in re-signing him either, so maybe both sides have already soured on each other.

One would think that Shanahan wants to draft and develop his own quarterback. McNabb was a way to make the Redskins more competitive (which they have been), but Shanahan knows that this team is too devoid of playmakers on the offensive side of the ball to be playoff contenders. And by the time they’re ready to compete for a postseason berth, McNabb will be well past his prime.

That said, the hot topic right now is how Shanahan benched McNabb. So it’s not surprising that one of the first articles out of Washington was from a writer stating that McNabb won’t be back next year. The key, however, is that the writer is Michael Wilbon, who doesn’t throw crap against the wall just to see if it’ll stick. He’s well respected in the D.C. area and he knows McNabb, so maybe he’s onto something.

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Reaction to Wade and Bosh’s interview on ESPN

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh just announced in an interview with Michael Wilbon that they’ll be signing with the Miami Heat.

Here are a few random thoughts about the interview:

– Wilbon did a pretty good job of asking pointed questions (Wade-Chicago, Spoelstra-Riley, Bosh-Toronto, Bosh-Cleveland) but when Bosh sidestepped the Cleveland S&T question, he let it go.

– Wade spoke as if he didn’t have any inside info about where LeBron will play next season. He said he’ll be in front of the TV like the rest of us.

– Wade said that he’d take less money if it meant that the Heat could bring in better players. How much less is the real question.

– Wade said that he chose the Heat because Bosh wanted to play in Miami. That’s interesting, because Bosh seemed open to joining the Bulls as well. Basically, Wade put the onus of his decision NOT to play in Chicago on Bosh’s desire to play in Miami.

– Wade on Chicago: “Chicago, they had my heart. I tear up a little bit right now just thinking about the opportunity I had.” Of course, Wade has said before that his heart was in Miami, so it must own a couple of homes.

– Wade said that Erik Spoelstra is his coach, and is Bosh’s coach, but he accidentally called Pat Riley “Coach Riley.” Freudian slip, I say.

– When Wilbon asked Bosh to give LeBron one last pitch, he declined, saying that LeBron already had enough people in his ear.

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– SPARTY & FRIENDS argues that Michael Wilbon is “full of crap” for saying that he’d physically assault Urban Meyer if he were in Jeremy Fowler’s position. It’s easy for Wilbon to say this now, but Fowler’s first instinct was to diffuse the situation.

– BLACK SPORTS ONLINE (still love that blog name) comments on Tim Tebow’s dad’s prediction that Tebow will go in the top 15 picks.

– DEUCE OF DAVENPORT profiles the Washington Wizards’ new owner, Ted Leonsis.

– MIDWEST SPORTS FANS lists seven memorable moments of goofy whiteness.

– SPORTS MEDIA WATCH reports that “Joe Buck Live” may very well be over and Mr. Buck doesn’t seem to care…like the rest of us.

– SPORTSbyBROOKS has a photo of Erin Andrews and her partner on “Dancing With the Stars” getting a little…um…cozy.

– DEADSPIN has a few recollections from one of the former producers of MTV’s spring break events, including a pretty funny one about Paris Hilton and still-unnamed rock star.

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