Donovan McNabb’s brief time as a Washington Redskin was a disaster. He often looked lost on the field, which sources have claimed was due to him not bothering to take the time to learn the playbook, and eventually suffered the ultimate indignity in football: being pulled from the game in favor of Rex Grossman.
Now, McNabb has come forward to prove that he hasn’t put any of that stuff behind him and he’s, in fact, a bitter old man. In an interview on ESPN’s “First Take,” McNabb suggested that the Redskins are a bad fit for the player everyone expects to be the No. 2 overall pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, Robert Griffin III.
McNabb said that Washington coach Mike Shanahan and his son, offensive co-ordinator Kyle Shanahan, allow their egos to get involved with their coaching and said that it will hamper Griffin’s ability to succeed in the NFL.
“Here’s a guy, who’s coming out, who’s very talented,” said McNabb. “Mobile, strong arm, regarded as being very intelligent, football mind. Are you going to cater the offense around his talent and what he’s able to do, or are you going to bring the Houston offense with Matt Schaub over to him, and just have him embedded in it?”
McNabb is suggesting, of course, that the Shanahan’s failed to tailor Washington’s offense to his strengths after trading for him prior to the 2010 NFL season. He conveniently left out the part of the story where he was benched for not knowing the plays and/or being out of shape. He also didn’t mention the fact that he was released by Washington prior to the 2011 season and then totally sucked for the Vikings, under completely different coaches.
But it was all the Shanahans’ fault, of course.
The Shanahans have not commented on McNabb’s recent claims, but they have said in the past that they tried to tailor the Redskins offense to McNabb’s strengths by adding in more short passes. They have argued that McNabb simply failed to execute the plays properly.
McNabb suggested that head coach Mike Shanahan should be fired if he is unsuccessful with Griffin.
“I don’t think it’s a great fit. The D.C. fan base will support RGIII because they love the acquisition and they think he will be great for the area, the DMV, as they call it. But, if this doesn’t work this year, if we don’t see a Cam Newton splash, this could be it.”