Sunday, December 19, 2010

NFL Fox Sunday Pregame Notes - Week 15

From Fox Sports -

FOX NFL SUNDAY NOTES - 12/19/10

Long: Shanahan & Redskins Have Handled McNabb Situation Without Class

Glazer Reports with Exclusive Video on Flagrant Foul by Panthers’ Tyler Brayton While NFL Investigates Incident

Johnson: Benching McNabb the Right Decision for Redskins

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 FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer has more details to the Donovan McNabb benching after first reporting last week he was on a short leash: "Despite the fact that Donovan McNabb was efficient in that loss last week, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was furious and told people that's the last snap he wants to see Donovan take.  Early in the week, they intended to bench him and then something changed. I know Dan Snyder was not in the country while all this went down but eventually the younger Shanahan got his way.  It was misreported that Donovan McNabb would be the emergency No. 3 quarterback today. He will be the No. 2 quarterback today for the Redskins.  Finally I was told by someone in the Redskins organization today that if Rex Grossman stinks today and this doesn't work out, Dan Snyder may change the locks on the coaches’ offices. Snyder is not happy about this."

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Analyst Howie Long on the way Mike Shanahan has handled his problems with Donovan McNabb: “Donovan hasn’t played well. He’s been inaccurate. If Mike Shanahan and the Redskins want to move on, fine then move on. I think they have handled this situation, as an organization and as a head coach, without class. Each subsequent explanation that Mike Shanahan gave for sitting McNabb has been disappointing. Donovan deserves better and it’s an organization that typically gives us better.”

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NFL on FOX analyst John Lynch, who played for Mike Shanahan as a member of the Denver Broncos, offered: “I played for Shanahan and let me tell you, once you are in his dog house, you’d better get used to staying in there.”

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Co-host Terry Bradshaw on Mike Shanahan benching Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman: “It’s unfortunate. The Redskins realized right after they traded for McNabb that is wasn’t going to work because Mike Shanahan didn’t like him. If it was later in Mike Shanahan’s tenure in Washington, I’m sure McNabb would still be playing because he’d be trying to save his job but that’s not the case here.”

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Analyst Michael Strahan on whether Donovan McNabb has what it takes to still play well in the NFL: “If Rex Grossman can still play in the NFL, McNabb can play in the NFL.”

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Analyst Jimmy Johnson on Mike Shanahan’s decision to bench McNabb: “This is the right move. He knows McNabb will not be there next year and he wants to see what he has in his backup quarterbacks.”

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FOX NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported and produced exclusive video of another incident last week involving an opposing team's personnel purposely interfering with a gunner: "Everybody knows about Sal Alosi and the Jets but what nobody knows is there are actually two incidents of flagrant fouls on gunners that the NFL is investigating. We’ve got the video. Tyler Brayton of the Carolina Panthers clearly goes from the bench area all the way up to the white line and clearly levels Chris Owens of the Atlanta Falcons with a reverse elbow right to the head. This one is worse than Alosi because there was clear intent. The NFL will level a serious fine on Tyler Brayton." 

EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF TYLER BRAYTON INCIDENT ON FOXSPORTS.COM - http://is.gd/j1rtY

Glazer on how common this type of interference is in the NFL: "I've talked to a lot of special teams coaches and they actually have names for it. There are some teams who coach that blocking wall and one team said they call it Pink Floyd as in Pink Floyd's album "The Wall."  They actually instruct players that if the gunner gets behind them to suddenly break up and walk up the sideline so the gunner can't get back on the field.  This is a lot more widespread than people think but it is legal. A head coach that told me this morning that one of his coordinators this year leveled a gunner.  Another special teams coach told me that he leveled a gunner. That coach said there are cameras everywhere these days. One of us is going to get caught sometime we better stop."

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Analyst Jimmy Johnson on the NFL restricting the bench area border furthest away from the sidelines to only players who are immediately coming in or out of the game as a result of last week’s incident with Jets’ coach Sal Alosi: “Alosi was wrong for tripping but I have no problem with players and coaches gathered by the sidelines within the legal limits. They were legally standing in the coaching box.”

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