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Shanahan responds to McNabb's agent

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Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan released a statement Thursday night in response to the one put out earlier by Donovan McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith.

"No one wanted (McNabb) to be more successful than me," Shanahan said. "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."

Smith's statement accused Shanahan and his son Kyle, the team's offensive coordinator, of making McNabb's time in Washington "an extremely difficult relationship to maintain."

McNabb has thrown a career-high 15 interceptions this season and lost his starting job to Rex Grossman in Week 15.

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