Posted December 12, 2013

Donovan McNabb rips Mike Shanahan for RGIII benching

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Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb played one season under head coach Mike Shanahan in Washington. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb played one season under head coach Mike Shanahan in Washington. (Elsa/Getty Images)

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, who spent his second-to-last season playing under Mike Shanahan in Washington, ripped the head coach following his benching of Robert Griffin III on Wednesday, saying it was all about Shanahan’s interest in giving playing time to Kirk Cousins and added “the locker room has turned their back on RGIII, and now [he has] solidified it.”

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Speaking on NBC Sports Radio following the big news out of Washington on Wednesday, the 37-year-old, six-time Pro-Bowler questioned the timing of Shanahan’s decision to shut down RGIII with three weeks to go in the season, taking a jab even at Shanahan’s son, Kyle, an offensive coordinator on the Redskins:

“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.”

[h/t Sarah Kogod of The Washington Post]

Last season, the team played Griffin while he was dealing with torn ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee, and on Wednesday Shanahan said it was his decision to bench him for the season, despite RGIII being healthy, because, after discussing with team owner Dan Snyder, who Shanahan said “[couldn't] care less about the other positions,” they were worried about the fact that Griffin has been sacked 38 times this season, 24 in the team’s last five games, which were all losses for the 3-10 Redskins:

“Any time you’ve been hit as many times as he’s been hit, I thought it was in his best interests, and the organization, to talk about whether we should continue playing Robert if he’s been hit as much as he’s been hit.”

McNabb went on to say that  Shanahan should stop pointing fingers and should instead look in the mirror because he feels the subpar play from Griffin should be on him:

“I’m used to this whole deal because, listen, I was benched for Rex Grossman,” he said. “And [Shanahan] came out and said he gave the team the best chance of winning. Well, Rex Grossman finished the season 1-2 or 1-3. I mean, that didn’t help nothing. And so, the whole thing about it is, sometimes you have to look in the mirror and look at yourself. Stop looking at everybody else. I don’t think that he and Kyle Shanahan can do that. And I say that because they feel like what calling should be ran effectively.”


31 comments
wanganui
wanganui

Does Donavan McNabb speak English?  "I don’t think that he and Kyle Shanahan can do that. And I say that because they feel like what calling should be ran effectively.”

freighthogger
freighthogger

Mike Shanahan has progressively become that which he despised in Al Davis.

TChara
TChara

Will anyone have enough character to speak the obvious. In a league with over 80% player diversity this reveals another troubling dirty secret in the NFL. Compared to what RG3 received K.Cousins didn't even get his Jersey soiled. Coach &son sent a clear message to potential buyers. After setting up the shutdown with vicious media leaks from Incognito style locker room, coach called O line protections and plays that resulted in record sacks for RG3. Just as McNabb warned with media speak about QB being unable to Read because of his College! Coach doubled players practice after shutdown. Compared to what RG3 received K.Cousins didn't even get his Jersey soiled. Coach &son sent a clear message to potential owners for this coaching service in the league. This was not a players audition but a Coach & Son audition. All Cousins had to do was drop back with time to read a book read the open man & throw. It was shameful. The O line even blocked behind him at times, no chance of him being kicked in the groin. With more Afri.Amer. QB's coming out of college, perhaps another Heisman,into a system with less than 3% QB diversity, times are desperate to maintain shameful status quo. Coach advertised ideal system for weeding out the RG3,J Freeman's, T Pryors, V.Young, D McNabb, M Vick that we prayed would have the opportunities that B Favre & K Warner had. Bring back Christian coaches and players before all integrity is lost. Thanks M. Irvin J Madden K Warner for integrity.

ChristopherGriffin
ChristopherGriffin

Mcnabb ones greatest Qbs ever! He tells truth if had not been Terrell Davis that terrible coach would never had a career. Davjs saved shannan and elway legacy....The fact is mike never looks in mirror he destroyed Plummer, mcnabb and now trying tarnish rg3 very young career...The guy can't coach! Take Terrell Davis and guys career would be nothing!i

Mark112
Mark112

McNabb is the one brother that has even less soul than Tiger Woods.

Mark112
Mark112

McNabb got benched in Philly, D.C. and Minnesota, which makes him a three-time loser in my book. And he barfed in the Super Bowl while showing a complete lack of leadership.

godfather361
godfather361

Should have listened to him, huh RG3? Now who looks like the ignorant idiot

JohnFerguson
JohnFerguson

Shanahan rode John Elway's coat tails to a Super Bowl. Following that he has got nothing done. He always blame the quarterback. First Jay Cutler then Kyle Orton then Donovan McNabb and now Robert Griffin. He never takes responsibility for the team's failures.

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

This benching and the team failing is not about RG3 but  losers runing with it because it sounds better than talking about the defense , crap O-line  terrible recievers other than Reed.. if anything The Skins became something again after RG3 arrived and it did'nt sit well with other players.... trust me there are a lot of other Qb's having just as bad of a year as RG3 like matt Ryan one of the biggest failers in the NFL considering the talent he had around him he only managed one playoff season in his time in atlanta...

A player like Cam brandon Lafelle is his main weapon... imagine tring to Win with Lafelle.. because any defensive coach takes away steve smith... and gives up a catch here and there to Olson.... Brandon Lafelle... lol

PhillyPenn
PhillyPenn

McNabb never misses a chance to run his mouth.  

G-Dog
G-Dog

I don't think this is about McNabb being bitter. This is about what McNabb has to say about the Washington situation. I will take what he said for face value. He offered his own experiences with Shanahan as support.

rskins09
rskins09

Don't understand why  McNabb is so bitter ... He had a great career in Philly , played in a Super Bowl .. Is he going thru a midlife crisis or what ...?    Is he going to be the next  TO  after retirement  ? ? ...

rskins09
rskins09

McNabb  should have retired when in Philly ...He was washed up, worthless when he came to the Redskins-- and about  50 lbs overweight ...It's the world's fault that he stunk the place out  when traded to Redskins...When McMouth  got to Washington  he looked like Jackie Gleason  after a two week vacation ....Redskins gave him the starting job but he blew it  big time ...I don't care what McMouth says ....

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

A chance to blast Shanny?  I'm all in. -McNabb

PritchBomb
PritchBomb

Hey Donovan, you got benched because you stunk up the joint too. Maybe YOU should look in the mirror instead. 

PaulKelly
PaulKelly

McNabb has such a huge opinion of himself it is destructive. He would not take a backseat in Philly when it was obvious he lost his skills. He could have retired there as a hero and team ambassador but he was such a pain in the butt that they sent him out to pasture in Washington. Now he is bitter at the whole NFL and jumps at a chance to deride the very people that carried him at the end of his career.  IQ wise, he is one of the dumbest people to play in the NFL. If he wasn't able to throw a football a mile, he would have been driving cabs around Philly for the last few  years but he is so dumb he would get lost alot. This is one lucky guy. 

sunalsorises
sunalsorises

Just in case anyone cares what McNabb says.

Tommy1969
Tommy1969

Shanahan minus Elway does not equal HOF.


NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

McNabb never misses a chance to prove his bitterness, this time toward a coach who traded for him and started him even though his completion percentage was worse than Tebow's. Just shut up already Donovan. 

DugoutBoyz
DugoutBoyz

God Bless Mike Shanahan.  Of course, RGIII's benching was a performance issue and not to 'protect' him.


He is the latest in a string of players....McNabb included....that could/would not follow the coach's play calling.  McNabb and Griffin both don't seem to know the definition of "option" and instead totally rely on their God-given athleticism


There is NO offensive line in the NFL than can 'block' for more than six seconds.  NONE!  ZERO!  NADA!


McNabb refused to follow Kyle Shanahan's play-calling and so does pretty boy Griffin.

champdailey24
champdailey24

Would someone please put a muzzle on McNabb. He is so predictable.






ChristopherGriffin
ChristopherGriffin

Correction elway and mike road Terrell Davis legs to Super Bowl! Ijs

Akagi
Akagi

@JohnFergusonExcept for three division titles, defeating the defending Super Bowl champions New England Patriots in the playoffs, and getting to the AFC championship game, and Orton was brought in after that fool Josh McDaniels ran off Cutler, don't blame that on Shanahan. And this with head cases like Brain Greise and Jake Plummer...

JosephCWren
JosephCWren

@JohnFerguson 

You forgot about him blaming Plummer.....   It was so bad Plummer didn't even wanna be an NFL QB afterwards.....

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

@rskins09 How is he bitter when basically every one else is either agreeing or scratching their head at this whole thing. What are you talking about, I guess you missed all the leaks and stories of Shanahan wanting to quit last season, not happy with RGIII and Snyders relationship, etc. Or do you have an axe to grind, with the ad hominem attack? How is he like TO in any way? 

AnthonyPatterrson
AnthonyPatterrson

@rskins09 I see you refuse to acknowledge anything that has occurred with the Washington team this season, and instead will attack Mcnabb personally like an immature child, ironically making yourself out to be the clown you're trying to portray him as. Grow up, no wonder your team has sucked for so long, you're anger and blame are misdirected. And you do care, thats why you keep posting.

Akagi
Akagi

@JosephCWren@JohnFergusonSee him the the AFC Championship game against the Steelers....good reason to blame Plummer...he was a head case and he totally melted down in that Steelers game.