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Shanahan Responds to Statement By McNabb's Agent

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The following is a statement by Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan in response to a statement issued by Fletcher Smith, agent for Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb:

"As I stated earlier, when I traded for Donovan McNabb I had hoped that he would lead us to the playoffs. No one wanted him to be more successful than me. When the team was 5-8 and mathematically out of the playoffs, I made the decision to evaluate our other two quarterbacks. This was not personal, but strictly professional. The decision was made in the best interest of the Washington Redskins and I stand by my decision.

"I will attempt to talk to Fletcher Smith directly to clear up every one of his misconceptions."

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