As the accolades continue to come in for Michael Vick, something very different is happening to his predecessor as the Eagles quarterback.
Donovan McNabb will be benched for the second time this season when the Washington Redskins face the Dallas Cowboys.
McNabb has gone from potential savior, to benched for the 2-minute drill against Detroit, to a mega-contract that turns out not what it appeared to be, to benched ... in favor of Rex Grossman.
And this was a guy who played in the Pro Bowl last season. What a downfall.
There is some question as to whether McNabb was told he would be benched before word started through the team Thursday night. During his weekly news conference Wednesday, McNabb said no one had told him anything about not starting.
Mike Shanhan said he told McNabb on Thursday that once the team was mathematically eliminated he had to look at the other guys. Grossman will start and John Beck will bbe the backup.
He also said he couldn't guarantee that McNabb would be back next season but that he would be honest with him moving forward.
Needless to say, Camp McNabb is not very happy.
"Disrespectful is probably not strong enough of a word," Fletcher N. Smith, McNabb's agent, told Jason Reid, of the Washington Post. "Donovan has handled himself with nothing but class, not just in Washington but as an ambassador for the league. To treat him this way ... it's beyond disrespectful."
"I almost don't even know where to begin, but it really started with Detroit and it was just wrong the way Donovan was treated. Just the way Mike [Shanahan] handled the whole situation in Detroit, and in almost every instance since that time, and this is, I guess, the culmination of that. I think it's ... again, it's beyond disrespectful."
Download our NEW iPhone/Android app for even more Birds coverage, including app-exclusive videos and analysis. Get it here.