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Fletcher Smith vs. Shanahans continues

Donovan McNabb, Kyle Shanahan

So much for peace on earth and goodwill toward men.

With Christmas here and warmth filling hearts throughout the world, agent Fletcher Smith and father-son Shanahan tag team continue to provide an NFL sideshow that surely has more and more Redskins fans hoping that owner Daniel Snyder will wake up on Monday, January 3 and clean house all over again.

On Friday, Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan tried to drive a wedge between quarterback Donovan McNabb and agent Fletcher Smith by claiming that the content of Smith’s recent statement taking aim at Kyle did not come from Smith’s client.

Among other things, Smith claimed that Kyle Shanahan didn’t appreciate suggestions made by McNabb regarding the offense the Redskins were using, and that the changes McNabb recommended were implemented after McNabb was benched.

“I called Donovan on the phone, mentioned I wanted to have a conversation with him to find out what this was all about,” Kyle Shanahan said.   “And when I talked to Donovan [on Thursday], he said he didn’t say any of that.”

This time around, Fletcher responded not with a statement released to multiple outlets but with a traffic grab for SportsBUZZ.com, an athlete-driven pay-for-play website in which we suspect McNabb and/or Smith possess a financial interest.

“Donovan and I talk constantly and have done so with more frequency during this season,” Smith said.  “We are absolutely on the same page.  I stand by my statement and will reserve any further comments until after I have had a chance to speak, directly, with coach Shanahan.”

In other words, Smith says that Kyle is incorrect at best, lying at worst.

The problem, in our view, comes from McNabb’s desire to have it both ways.  He wants to continue to be perceived as a guy who won’t make trouble, but he apparently wants his agent to twist tails on his behalf.  Thus, McNabb needs to either ratify or refute the things his agent has said.

We’ll assume that silence constitutes ratification, unless McNabb fires Smith in the immediate future.

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30 Responses to “Fletcher Smith vs. Shanahans continues”
  1. eaglesnoles05 says: Dec 25, 2010 10:30 AM

    What the heck are you guys doing to/with my Qb over there, ‘skins? You guys are turrrible, in every sense of the word. Maybe mcnabb can’t throw an accurate crossing route, but damn…

  2. nceaglesfan says: Dec 25, 2010 10:35 AM

    Mike..

    Take the day off. It’s Christmas Buddy.

  3. bspurloc says: Dec 25, 2010 10:37 AM

    .
    non story.

    the shanahans are idiots and the constant non stories about mcnabb are ruining his status also.

  4. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Dec 25, 2010 10:40 AM

    “Coach, your system isn’t working. Could we make some adjustments, please?”

    “Damn it, he changed the play and scored a last-second touchdown. He’ll never take another snap for ME”

    End the error. Boycott the Daniel Snyder ‘Skins!

  5. youaretheworst1 says: Dec 25, 2010 10:45 AM

    Who cares… Everyone involved stinks

  6. paulnoga says: Dec 25, 2010 10:46 AM

    HC Shanahan is a joke. His son is a joke. Both are real bad jokes on the Redskin fans.
    Both Shanahans would be out of NFL coaching long ago if it was not for QB John Elway. Until the Rdskins fire the Shanahans and get a top flight head coach, they will be an embarrassment to their fans and the NFL.

  7. jacksrants says: Dec 25, 2010 10:50 AM

    Wow the Shanahans are displaying some really poor behavior running the Redskins .

    Mike Shanahan publically questioned McNabbs physical conditioning , mental approach and intelligence already this year.

    Now his son is engaging in he said she said publically with McNabbs agent .

    His dad botched the Haynesworth situation . No one blamed him as he didn’t bring Haynesworth to DC . Instead of eliminating the problem he let it fester for 12 weeks of the season cuasing a huge distraction to a team trying to find it’s identity .

    No one denys Mike Shanahan can coach . He’s proven that . His son not so much but maybe he can . However giving Mike Shanahan total control of the Redskins was another poor move by Dan Snyder.
    Mike Shanahan made the trade to bring McNabb to DC . Now he and his son are acting like kids .
    They coulda benched McNabb and not caused all this turmoil .Why engage in public agruements with an agent ? Don’t they have more important things to do ? Judging from thier record they need to focuson winning some football games . They have also damaged their leverage in terms of trading McNabb . McNabb can also cause them some problems if he doesn’t agree to report to the team that trades for him .

    If I was a Skins fan I would be ery concerned about how Shanahan is running thing in DC .DO you really want him making decisions on a top 10 pick , with no one to stop or question him ?

  8. polegojim says: Dec 25, 2010 10:52 AM

    You know what would shut this whole Redskins/Shanahans crisis up?

    Winning – at least showing progress.

    I know it’s just year one of rebuilding, but make no mistake, this is Shanny’s team and it’s doing very poorly.

  9. andyr2120 says: Dec 25, 2010 11:03 AM

    This year vindicates a lot of the negative feelings I’ve held about Shanahan for a long time. I’m a lifetime Raiders fan, and he played the same stupid games when he was our coach. He’s on a hell of a roll now!

  10. zimmyman says: Dec 25, 2010 11:13 AM

    Oh my goodness ShanaRat and Rat Jr. are making the Redskins look more inept than Snyder has in the past. Would never have believed that possible.

    Shanny looks like he should have taken another year or twenty before taking another head coaching job and Jr. looks like he ought to be a grade school gym teacher in a Denver suburb.

    No John Elway and you can tell it to your mother that no one would have ever heard of Shanny or Rat jr.

  11. jwil444 says: Dec 25, 2010 11:29 AM

    Sorry, after seeing mcnabb play this season I defer to the Shanahans. If mcnabb is upset about being benched he shouldn’t have sucked. Rex outplayed his ass big time last week and no doubt gives the skins the best chance to win.

    And yes, mcnabb does want it both ways as he has his entire career. There is a reason philly dumped him on the skins………….

  12. bigjd says: Dec 25, 2010 11:31 AM

    I don’t think McNabb’s agent is doing him any favors. Who want to have to deal with a clown like this who doesn’t know when to just STFU? It didn’t work out, shut up and move on, quit crying about.

  13. bubbabart says: Dec 25, 2010 11:35 AM

    If you ask me…Nepotism sucks!

  14. redskin1 says: Dec 25, 2010 11:36 AM

    please mr.snyder,i didnt think i would ask you to butt in,clean this mess up with the shannahans and hassslett,go out and give a young coach a chance,please,fan since 1943

  15. hank10 says: Dec 25, 2010 12:01 PM

    Just more of the same passive-aggressive attitude by McMartyr. Don’t say we didn’t warn you about him.

  16. penitentiaryofdreams says: Dec 25, 2010 12:20 PM

    McNabb can’t say what he really wants ever because he hates conflict. This is why TO was jettisoned from Philly. McNabb couldn’t stand up to the organization for the guy he lobbied the team to bring in. I’m not a fan of how TO behaved but McNabb never really took any kind of stand.

    He loves playing the victim and martyr and has an elephant’s memory when it comes to remembering any perceived slights or disrespect. Perpetually insecure, he constantly feels he he has to manage and protect his image and legacy. Donovan McNabb reminds me of a couple of my ex-gf’s.

  17. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Dec 25, 2010 1:07 PM

    Paging Daniel Snyder.

    Paging Daniel Snyder..

    silence…

    Daniel, step in and end this!

  18. akos420 says: Dec 25, 2010 1:11 PM

    dan snyder has nothing to do with this for all you idiots that think he does. this is mike shanahan and bruce allen taking over for years of crap in DC under VINNY CERRATO, who never gets any blame for this mess.

    No, this is not Mike Shanahan’s team. He brought in some new guys, and tried to lean on Mcnabb, and it hasnt panned out. Hes still left with a bunch of garbage from Cerrato, aka haynesworth for example.

    Mcnabb has played medicore, needs to stop being a baby, and just play better. Hes a class guy, but as a skins fan, he was not good this season and has missed a lot of throws.

  19. silk32 says: Dec 25, 2010 1:12 PM

    I’ve been a Skins fan since I could walk . . . had to wear #43 in honor of Larry Brown or I wouldn’t play sandlot with the fellas. Shanahan is more of a “dictator” than a coach . . . trying to prove to everyone he’s the boss. Instead of getting into a cat fight with McNabb and Haynesworth, a real coach would have designed his offensive and defensive schemes around the only two playmakers he had. Put us out of misery and send Shanahan and his son back to where they came from.

  20. betharu says: Dec 25, 2010 1:38 PM

    And you wonder why we chased him out of Philly?

    [1] He was know for his “Passive-Agressive” comments – classic being the Arizona NFC Title Game choke. “Well, when I left the game, we had the lead – and then the defense gave it up.” He called out the young players last year when it was clear that his problems were the same problems that he had since coming into the league – low throws, inaccurate throws, no touch on his passes, conditioning, being too quick to check down to the underneath receiver than risk an interception.

    [2] He lets others speak for him – Fletcher Smith, his mommy and daddy. The type of leader you want on your team? Oh – he is the leader – because EVERY single interview, press conference, article – contained those words – “I’m the leader of this team.”

    [3] The benching – my SINGLE FAVORITE DONOVAN moment. He gets benched in the Ravens’ game for Kevin Kolb (oh – he was also upset we drafted him too). Why did he get benched? He stunk! Then the Eagles had to pay him a FINANCIAL APOLOGY because he was upset? Give me a break!

    Over on the Redskins board, some fans want to hold on to him so they can get draft picks. Are you kidding me? He will now have been dumped by Andy Reid and Mike Shanahan – two pretty good football minds. No team is going to give up anything for him. They know the Redskins will release him rather than pay that contract. Maybe a wildcard – aka Vikings, Cardinals or Raiders – will take a run at him. But I think he will be released after the Super Bowl.

    Oh – one more thing – all those Pro Bowl appearances – how many were because players backed out and he was the 4th alternate? That research to follow…

  21. cubano76 says: Dec 25, 2010 1:49 PM

    I NEVER thought I would say these words, “where is Daniel Snyder in all this, he needs to step in.” Holy Smajokers!

  22. kingjoe1 says: Dec 25, 2010 2:22 PM

    McNabb is an odd sort of dude, but rarely would I consider him someone to play a bunch of games.
    The more I see out of DC, the more Kyle Shannahan gives me the willies. With so many stupid thing being done my the Shanahans in the last 8 weeks, I am beginning to wonder what the true intentions are for them.
    It seems as though either The Shanny’s have gone completely off the deep end or they are trying to force Snider to fire them.
    The only redeeming item out of this is that I see no way any franchise would hire Kyle as their head coach. He has shown such poor leadership and professionalism that he has now a built in lack of respect.

  23. reverseapachemaster says: Dec 25, 2010 2:31 PM

    Felcher Smith is not a bad guy, he works hard for his clients anyway.

  24. damnskins703 says: Dec 25, 2010 4:01 PM

    Shanahans have to go

  25. sportsmediacritic says: Dec 25, 2010 4:14 PM

    Nepotism sucks. No matter how bad Kyle does, he ain’t going nowhere, because, surprise, his daddy is the coach. As a business owner, I would NEVER hire a relative. Creates way to many problems, and people within the business just resent it. I’m sure the players just look at Kyle with no respect and say, “you’re only here because your daddy is coach.” No wonder the team has quit.

    Of course, the media won’t point out this fatal flaw. The media are Shanahan apologists.

    Kyle will probably end up like Don Shula’s son. Fail in the NFL and end up running steak house.

  26. mean13 says: Dec 25, 2010 4:36 PM

    Doesn’t sound like Smith is calling Kyle a liar to me. More like he is implying that McNabb didn’t have the nuts to admit to Kyle all of the crap he says behind Kyle’s back.

    Smith has made some bold accusations and to this point his pampered client hasn’t backed them up. Donovan is a coward. And he would be sitting the bench if he were still in Philly too.

  27. jpk6044 says: Dec 25, 2010 7:38 PM

    The only people who will be shocked when McNabb wins 11 games next year for a team other than the redskins are Mike and Kyle Shanahan.

  28. cleverbob says: Dec 25, 2010 8:08 PM

    Don’t get confused, McNabb approves of everything Fletcher Smith is saying and doing. He’ll sit back, play the passive-aggressive game AGAIN (for instance deriding the play calling out of one side of his mouth while denying the comments out of the other side), then claim to be the “classy” guy while instructing his agent to stir up trouble on his behalf. The guy is a prima donna and a snake, and at this point in his career he just isn’t worth it.

    Merry Christmas D.C.

  29. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Dec 25, 2010 8:49 PM

    akos420 says: Dec 25, 2010 1:11 PM

    “dan snyder has nothing to do with this for all you idiots that think he does. ”

    Hmm, Dan Synder has been the Owner for 11 sucking years of futility. How can you say he has nothing to do with the suckage?

  30. CKL says: Dec 26, 2010 11:38 AM

    ONLY Eagles fans (like the ones above)and a few other fans understand what a whiny, passive-aggressive, martyrlike, overrated douche McNabb really is. I have never ever…. not even with Favre who actually has some critics… seen almost 100% of media completely blind to exactly what a player is.
    It’s incomprehensible.

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