- Brian Orakpo hasn't forgotten this. (Photo: Jay Westcott)
Brian Orakpo is still mad. And the Redskins linebacker let the media know about it during this morning's open locker room session at Redskins Park in Ashburn.
"I can't wait until the offseason," said the second-year linebacker, who appeared to be held by Tampa Bay left tackle Donald Penn on the Buccaneers' go-ahead 41-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 17-16 Redskins loss. "I gotta find a way to get these hands off me."
Both Orakpo and Redskins fans have complained throughout the season that offensive linemen are taking too many liberties when the Texas alum rushes the passer, and that officials are keeping the flags in their pockets. "How many [uncalled holding penalties] is that?" Orakpo rhetorically asked the media members gathered at his locker today.
When asked if he'd seen the film of the play, Orakpo responded, "We came in. We saw it, blatant as day. The [official] was just watching. He was being a fan instead of doing his job."
Meanwhile, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb shrugged off any suggestion that there might be a quarterback controversy and insisted that he wasn't bothered by rumors that Rex Grossman is one bad outing away from taking his place.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported on the network's pregame show Sunday that the Redskins were prepared to pull McNabb in favor of Grossman if McNabb played poorly against Tampa Bay. McNabb took every offensive snap in the 17-16 loss, completing 22 of his 35 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns. After the game, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan disavowed Glazer's report, saying "I have no idea what all these reports are about."
Today, McNabb was adamant that he was not bothered by the rumors: "There's been reports and sources saying things throughout the last part of my career. I really don't worry about that." McNabb also restated his belief that he would be the starter in Sunday's game at Dallas and reiterated that there had been no difference in the number of respective reps he and Grossman had taken in practice last week.
Orakpo, for his part, left no doubt when asked about the confusion: "As of right now, Donovan McNabb is our starting quarterback." When asked if he was surprised that the issue had come up, Orakpo stated: "No, I'm not surprised. We're the Washington Redskins. It seems like we've been dealing with turmoil week-in and week-out since I've been here."'