Speaking on the NFL Network's All Access show this week, Redskins star TE Chris Cooley said there is "probably not a chance" Donovan McNabb will return to play for the Redskins in 2011. Cooley was respectful of McNabb and declined to criticize him directly, but did say things didn't go as planned after the veteran signal-caller was acquired in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. Cooley said McNabb and Mike Shanahan believed there would be a short learning curve coming to the west coast offense used in DC, but it quickly became apparent that things were going to be more difficult than originally forecast.
"The offfense not functioning the way it was being coached to function" - a problem Cooley blamed on the entire offense, not just McNabb.
As to what the QB position will look like in the likely absence of McNabb, Cooley says he believes the starting job will be a competition between John Beck and Rex Grossman, though he concedes the team will have to bring someone else in to whatever training camp the team has in 2011. Whether that someone else is a veteran like Carson Palmer or a young developmental project remains to be seen.