Donovan McNabb spent one year of his long, successful NFL career with the Washington Redskins, so it is natural for him to be keeping a close eye on what is going on in the nation’s capital. With the recent benching of Robert Griffin III, McNabb has even more of a reason to pay attention to the team and he has decided to weigh in on the controversial decision from head coach Mike Shanahan.
As you would expect, McNabb doesn’t agree with the decision and he thinks that it is time for Shanahan to own up to some of his own issues.
From the Washington Post:
“This is about Mike Shanahan. Mike and Kyle Shanahan trying to show why they feel like Kirk Cousins gives them the best chance of winning. So many things have leaked out, and I’ve always kept my ear on things that are happening with the Washington Redskins, teams that I’ve played with. And when you hear reporters that I know are linked to Mike Shanahan talk about [RGIII’s] preparation, you talk about he’s missing some reads, you know, he’s not reading some things. And I knew that he was big on having Kirk Cousins to get out there and run the offense.
Now, when we see it on film, yeah he’s missed some throws. Everybody misses throws. What about the balls that are dropped? What about the offensive line not blocking? What about the defense can’t tackle anybody? Yeah, I understand this kid has been banged up. He’s coming off of ACL injury. I’ve had ACL/MCL injury. But you wait 13, 14 weeks in the season to say, ‘I want him to be healthy going into the offseason?’ You might not even be there in the offseason. And so, what message are you sending to the guys in the locker room who are banged up in the training room every morning that are still going to meetings and out there practicing? We’re gonna rest the franchise quarterback, but you guys gotta get out there and play and finish the season out the right way and hopefully you don’t get hurt.
I think that the locker room has turned their back on RGIII, and now you’ve solidified it.”
There are plenty of people that think Shanahan has made the decision just so that he could force his way out of Washington and it looks like that’s the direction he is headed.
It’s hard to imagine Shanahan doing enough over the final three weeks, if he makes it that far, to convince Daniel Snyder that he should remain the coach. The good news for all of us, however, is that we still have three weeks of Redskins drama to enjoy.