The Shanahans should probably stop talking now.
Donovan McNabb’s benching: The Explanation has hit day three and shows no signs of slowing down. The latest chapter was written by Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who said that his father’s words may have “come off wrong” on Monday.
The younger Mastermind only created more confusion. He said that McNabb’s injuries were a big part of the equation, and that McNabb was told that he could be benched if he was struggling.
A short time later, McNabb was on the radio. “I didn’t hear that part,” he said, via the Associated Press.
At least McNabb finds some humor in the issue. McNabb interrupted wide receiver Anthony Armstrong during an interview Tuesday and asked, “How’s your cardiovasular endurance?”
All of this drama came on a day when the Redskins worked out JaMarcus Russell, of all people. Despite it all, McNabb says he’s cool with Kyle Shanahan.
“[We have a] great relationship. Did you see us walking together? We were just kind
of skipping and holding hands. Everything’s good,” McNabb said to laughter via the Washington Post.
The Shanahans swear that McNabb’s work ethic is not an issue, but something is clearly wrong here. We think it’s pretty clear what happened.
Mike Shanahan loves playing mental games with his players, and he was frustrated. He decided to send McNabb a very public message that they aren’t thrilled with him, and that no one is untouchable. It’s up to McNabb to deal with the fallout.