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03-29-2012 12:28 PM #1
McNabb on First TakeDonovan McNabb was a failure playing for Mike Shanahan and Kyle Shanahan in Washington, and McNabb thinks Robert Griffin III will be a failure in the Shanahans? offense, too. But that won?t be Griffin?s fault.
Asked on ESPN First Take if Griffin is a good fit with the offense the Shanahans run in Washington, McNabb answered, ?No.?
McNabb, who was benched in his only season playing for the Redskins, said that if the Redskins, as expected, take Griffin with the second overall pick in the NFL draft, the father-and-son Shanahan combination will try to force Griffin into their own offensive system, rather than modifying their offense to capitalize on Griffin?s strengths.
?A lot of times ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington,? McNabb said.
Where ego comes into play, McNabb said, is that the Shanahans think a quarterback has to fit himself into their offense ? the same offense that Kyle Shanahan ran when he was the Houston Texans? offensive coordinator ? rather than tailoring their offense to accentuate the quarterback?s strengths.
?Here?s a guy coming out who?s very talented, mobile, strong arm, we?ve already heard he?s intelligent, football mind,? McNabb said of Griffin. ?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 have him kind of be embedded in that??
McNabb then took a shot at both Mike Shanahan and the other quarterbacks who have played for them, saying that Shanahan hasn?t had success with a quarterback since John Elway in the 1990s.
?We talk so much about Mike Shanahan and the things he was able to do in Denver,? McNabb said. ?Well, I have a couple of names for you that Mike Shanahan ? quarterbacks he?s coached ? and the lack of success that he?s had.?
At that point, McNabb ran down the last decade of quarterbacks Shanahan has coached (although McNabb curiously excluded himself from the list) and proceeded to suggest that the win-loss record proves Shanahan had failed with all of them.
?We had John Beck, who was 0-4,? McNabb said. ?Rex Grossman: 6-11. Jay Cutler, who was his prize possession: 17-20. Jake Plummer, a guy who had success, led them to the AFC Championship against Pittsburgh, as we know, and then benched him the next year, because he wouldn?t do what he wanted him to do. Brian Griese, who was supposed to be the heir apparent to John Elway, hasn?t had a lot of success.?
McNabb then suggested that if Shanahan can?t make the offense work with Griffin, Shanahan could be fired at the end of the season.
?I don?t think it?s a good fit,? McNabb said. ?If this doesn?t work this year, if we don?t see a splash like a Cam Newton splash, this could be it. . . . How long does he have with RG3? The seat is hot right now.?
McNabb compared his own talents to Griffin?s talents, and McNabb indicated that Shanahan doesn?t know how to use a quarterback with those talents.
?I was misused,? McNabb said. ?Absolutely, I was misused.?
And McNabb thinks Griffin will be misused, too.
I guess all those balls being thrown in the dirt were a product of the Shannys system. Thank God you got out and went on to continue your great play in Minnesota...oh wait....
The man is bitter and just didn't have it anymore. Part of the blame is on Shanny, yes, but McNabb never takes any responsibility at all for what went down in D.C. He honestly thinks he shouldn't take any of the blame.
03-29-2012 01:35 PM #2
I think it's funny he's STILL blaming everyone but himself, but he looked IDENTICAL in MIN and ignores that.
03-29-2012 03:03 PM #3
He absolutely was misused. They tried using him as a quarterback when clearly he wasn't suited for it.
03-29-2012 11:28 PM #4
They should have used him as head worm killer.
03-30-2012 09:54 AM #5
He is both bitter and correct.
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03-30-2012 10:30 AM #8
Shanahan didn't want McNabb, Snyder did.
It's no wonder that they didn't get along.
03-30-2012 11:03 AM #9
How is he correct? It wasn't the system's fault that he didn't succeed, because he went on to MINN and had all of the same problems all over again. He's just not good anymore, and he's lazy now too. I've heard quite a few people say that Shanny did modify his system to try and get Donovan going (remember that one game where Donovan threw like 30 screens...since it was the only pass he could complete?), but nothing worked. Shanny isn't as dumb/stubborn as Donovan thinks, and Donovan isn't as good as Donovan thinks.
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04-02-2012 03:24 PM #12Plus Member Since June 2010 All-Star
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I think Kyle has a pretty big hand print on the Skins offense. And that his style represents much more of what Houston does than what Denver did. IMO, the Skins way more pass oriented than any of those Denver teams ever were (and that's with the other RG3, Rex Grossman III).
04-02-2012 03:32 PM #13
I guess Donovan is saying that Shanny called the "5 step drop throw it into the dirt 5 yards short of the WR" play too often. I predict that if Shanny calls that play a lot with RG3, he won't be successful either.
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