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Brian Eller

Moving past the whole McNabb fiasco

I'm not quite sure most people know when something is truly ironic. We hear the expression used in our daily lives, usually somebody trying to be witty by chiming in with "well, that's ironic."

A lot of times, whatever's being discussed isn't ironic, but we like to think so. (Wait, is it ironic to talk about irony not being ironic? I'm so lost.)

The reason I'm making yours and my head hurt with this whole discussion is I'm about to delve into some irony myself. Appearing on ESPN980, Washington's radio affiliate, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb said he was tired of dealing with the fallout of his benching in the final minutes of the team's loss to Detroit.

"It's over to me," he said on the show. "I just look to move on."

You know what, McNabb? Me, too. I think it's time we all moved on from this, particularly the media. (Do you see the irony yet?)

It's been more than a week since this whole mess transpired and following a bye week, the Redskins need to turn their attention back to the NFC East, where the Giants look to be the class of the conference at 6-2 and the Eagles are coming off of a huge win against the Colts and are heading in the right direction.

Over the past week and a half, we heard plenty of reasons/excuses as to what coach Mike Shanahan and son Kyle Shanahan were thinking benching McNabb in favor of backup Rex Grossman. There were the original claims that McNabb wasn't in prime condition to run the final minutes and that Grossman was more knowledgeable in the two-minute system. Then we heard McNabb was dealing with some health issues. The icing on the cake came when former No. 1 overall pick Jamarcus Russell reportedly tried out for the Redskins, causing even more uproar.

Whatever the stupid reason was, it's in the past. The Redskins will welcome the Eagles on Monday Night Football in six days and come game time, McNabb will be starting under center.

It's time we all moved on, people. Fans, players, media members especially. I'm writing to say we should never write about this again. OK, starting now.

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