*There is upheaval in Washington and it has nothing to do with the outcome of Tuesday’s elections.
Redskins fans are still buzzing about the sudden benching of quarterback Donovan McNabb in the final two minutes of Sunday’s 37-25 loss against the Detroit Lions – and now one of his former teammates is piling on.
The subject of McNabb’s benching was one of the topics on “The T.Ocho Show,” Owens’ reality show with fellow Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco. Chad, like many Skins fans, couldn’t understand why Coach Mike Shanahan would bench McNabb in favor of backup Rex Grossman in the closing minutes.
“That’s just wrong,” Ochocinco said. “It really makes no sense. What message are you really trying to send?”
Owens responded: “Well, I don’t really want to start anything, but I did play in the Super Bowl and there were rumors where he couldn’t get our two-minute offense going at the end of the game. I’m just saying.”
Owens famously butted heads with McNabb while both were playing for the Philadelphia Eagles. The receiver suggested that McNabb was tired in the fourth quarter of their Super Bowl loss to New England that completed the 2004 season. McNabb responded harshly and the two didn’t speak for a long time during training camp. Owens was kicked off the team midway through the 2005 season – in part because of his comments about his quarterback – and was eventually released.