On Thursday, Donovan McNabb blasted Washington Redskins coaches Mike and Kyle Shanahan. He claimed that they will put their egos ahead of what’s best for the Redskins and force quarterback Robert Griffin III to fit into their system instead of accommodating to his strengths.
On ESPN’s First Take, McNabb said, “Are you going to cater the offense around his talent and what he’s able to do?”, directing the question to the Shanahan’s. McNabb, a six-time pro-bowl selection and Syracuse star, went through a list of quarterback’s that he says weren’t successful under Mike Shanahan. On his list he included John Beck, Rex Grossman, Jay Cutler, Brian Griese and Jake Plummer.
Now lets face it, McNabb’s short time in Washington was never a good fit from the start. McNabb spent the better part of his career playing in Philadelphia, leading the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games.
However, the Eagles only advanced to the Super Bowl one time and fell victim to Tom Brady and the New England Patriotsin 2005. McNabb’s move to Washington was as unpopular as Brett Favre’s move to Minnesota, and common sense tells you that choosing to play for a rival team will never win you many supporters.
McNabb’s play in Minnesota last season was even more embarrassing than the catastrophe in Washington. His ridicule of the Shanahan’s only comes across as an excuse for his own poor play at the end of his career, blaming it on the ‘egos’ of the father-son coaching tandem. Let’s not forget that Mike Shanahan won two Super Bowls in Denver, something McNabb has failed to do in his career.
The Shanahan’s know how to win and they will find a way to both fit RG3 into their system and build off of his strengths, despite what McNabb’s own ‘ego’ has to say about it.