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Mike Shanahan not happy with how Donovan McNabb practices

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan can say his decision to bench quarterback Donovan McNabb at the end of Sunday’s loss to the Lions was about Rex Grossman having a better handle on the two-minute offense, or about McNabb having problems with his cardiovascular conditioning.

But whatever Shanahan says publicly, there are growing indications that privately, he just doesn’t think much of McNabb.

The latest indication comes from ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, who reported Monday night that both Shanahan and his son and offensive coordinator, Kyle Shanahan, have been unhappy with the way McNabb practices. According to Mortensen, McNabb doesn’t practice at the tempo that the Redskins’ coaching staff wants to see from him.

And Mortensen says Shanahan even considered benching McNabb after the Redskins’ win over the Eagles, a game in which the Redskins beat McNabb’s former team despite McNabb going just 8-for-19 for 125 yards.

Mortensen calls Shanahan’s displeasure with McNabb “The worst-kept secret in the league.” After Sunday’s benching, it’s not a secret at all.