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Mike Shanahan says plenty about McNabb without saying anything

Donovan McNabb, Quincy Black, Michael Bennett

Albert Haynesworth will probably outlast Donovan McNabb in Washington too.

That was the only logical takeaway from Mike Shanahan’s press conference Friday, after we filtered his words through our Shanahan translator.  Shanahan said he had a “great conversation” with McNabb’s agent Fletcher Smith for about 90 minutes.

“We’ll make a decision right after the draft exactly what direction we’re going to go,” Shanahan said.

Translation:  We want to let McNabb go, but we’ll wait until we get a quarterback we like in the draft just in case.

The trick, of course, is that “after the draft” will likely be in the middle of a work stoppage.  So it will be tricky to trade McNabb when a new CBA is agreed to, whenever that happens.

Shanahan’s words hardly come as a surprise.  But if he was interested in possibly re-making McNabb as a potential starter, that process would begin now.

Instead, Shanahan came to Indianapolis with a specific message to get out there.  He made it clear in his first words since the end of the season that McNabb has no future in Washington.  (Even though he didn’t really say anything.)

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30 Responses to “Mike Shanahan says plenty about McNabb without saying anything”
  1. skoobyfl says: Feb 25, 2011 6:06 PM

    McNabb has no future in the league, much less Washington. He has more mileage than I-75 has ever witnessed.

  2. vikesfan4ever says: Feb 25, 2011 6:07 PM

    Speaking of Haynesworth….Been a whole 13 days since an NFL player arrest. Breaking records

  3. harmcityhomer says: Feb 25, 2011 6:09 PM

    Has Mike even made a playoff appearance without a HOF QB?

  4. 4evrnyt says: Feb 25, 2011 6:11 PM

    How psyched are Redskins fans about Shanahan now? Guess the honeymoon is over sweetheart.

    Enjoy your future hall of fame coach.

  5. goriidskiiin says: Feb 25, 2011 6:13 PM

    Shanahan knows what he is doing. Give it some time. Immediate results are not always practical in the NFL. It will take time to undo the havoc that Snyder and his boy Cerrato did to the Redskins. If there is anyone with credibility in the organization, it is Shanahan. Give it time.

  6. lasher1650 says: Feb 25, 2011 6:20 PM

    Shanahan’s words made McNabb want to throw up.

  7. chargerdillon says: Feb 25, 2011 6:24 PM

    Shanahan didn’t like Jason Campbell and sent him packing and Jason had a better record than the Redskins did.

    He doesn’t like Donovan and will obviously trade him to another team, and there’s a solid bet looking at the talent level of the Redskins that virtually anywhere Donovan goes he’ll have a better chance to have a better record than the Redskins will if there’s a season in 2011.

    So Shanahan wants to draft a new QB who expects will instantly perform better than veteran QB’s who’ve dealt with bad offensive lines before.

    Good luck with that

  8. nealc53 says: Feb 25, 2011 6:36 PM

    Shanahan’SSSSSS are F’N IDIOT’S to let McNabb go……… He is the BEST the Skinnies will get/have in the short run!!!
    and I’m a die hard(35 year) SKINS FAN!!

  9. alott96 says: Feb 25, 2011 6:50 PM

    McNabb is done. I think it’s a good bet Washington starts Grossman early in the year or possibly all year while they groom a rookie. The last 3 games of the year that Grossman started the offense was dramatically better.

  10. prmpft says: Feb 25, 2011 7:28 PM

    …that amazing – because he can also say plenty about NOTHING by saying EVERYTHING!!!

  11. sufferingbirdsfan says: Feb 25, 2011 7:49 PM

    To ask McNabb to do in 2010 what he had to do ten years ago, which is carry a total dogsh*t offense by himself was unrealistic. He deserves better and may end up getting it elsewhere. Go ahead and go with Grossman Shanny, we’ll take the two easy wins next year.

  12. Deb says: Feb 25, 2011 8:03 PM

    Just curious … does your Shanahan translator speak Rottweiler or Pitbull? That guy is a dog.

  13. CKL says: Feb 25, 2011 8:06 PM

    harmcityhomer says: Feb 25, 2011 6:09 PM

    Has Mike even made a playoff appearance without a HOF QB?
    ____________________________________
    Yes. Unfortunately I know this too well because my team is the only team he has ever beaten in the playoffs w/o Elway. It was the 05 Broncos with the immortal Plummer @ the helm.

  14. theuncletodd says: Feb 25, 2011 8:15 PM

    Hey McNabb—–buh bye

  15. sterilizecromartie says: Feb 25, 2011 8:35 PM

    I really hope they get no trade offers and they just have to release McNabb. Give the guy a chance to actually choose where he plays for a change. First the Eagles trade him to Washington where he gets treated like crap, then they extend his contract, and now they will trade him. He’s only got maybe one or two years left. Let him choose where he wants to spend those years.

  16. beastofeden says: Feb 25, 2011 8:50 PM

    Atleast McNabb BEAT Philly IN Philly. I was there. Philly Sucks!! Skin’s gonna sweep their sorry behinds next season!!

  17. Deb says: Feb 25, 2011 8:55 PM

    People may not like me saying so, but the way Shanahan has treated McNabb, he is a dog. McNabb has been a class act throughout his NFL career. He deserves better than having this rabid egomaniac controlling his destiny.

  18. arnoldziffel says: Feb 25, 2011 8:59 PM

    Can’t say as though I follow the Redskins all that closely but …

    1. Didn’t they trade for McNabb just a year ago?
    2. With McNabb being a veteran, shouldn’t they have known pretty much all there is to know about him BEFORE making the trade?
    3. Didn’t they trade with a division rival … thus making the Eagles a little bit stronger?
    4. Didn’t they then proceed to bench McNabb at the tail end of the season? Something about not being able to run a two minute drill?
    5. Didn’t they just sign him to a long term contract AFTER they benched him?

    Again, I don’t follow the Redskins all that closely but, do these guys know what the heck they’re doing? Seems like they’re wasting a lot of time, energy and money for nothing.

  19. runtheball says: Feb 25, 2011 8:59 PM

    McNabb is the most overrated player ever. As soon as he left Andy’s dink and dunk 1 read offense he was exposed as the fraud that he is.

  20. theallegedone says: Feb 25, 2011 9:08 PM

    Reading these posts about Shanahan and McNabb and how the Redskins plan to trade him blah blah blah make me laugh. NO TEAM IS GONNA TRADE FOR MCNABB. Not because he has no game left, but NO TEAM IS GONNA TAKE ON THAT MONSTER CONTRACT. Shanahan is already an idiot, but thinking he will be able to trade McNabb makes him a full blown idiot. The Redskins will have no choice but to cut McNabb, otherwise he will get a monster bonus when/if camp starts.

    My guess, he gets cut and McNabb lands in the lap of the Vikings. Where he will have weapons at every position. Unlike Washington where he NOTHING and got all the blame.

  21. rraider says: Feb 25, 2011 9:48 PM

    This is the best of both worlds…….. Shanahan left desparate for a QB and McNabb left twisting in the wind with his legacy being questioned.

    Hey Donavan- Had you agreed to come to Oakland, the Raiders probaly would have still gone 8-8 and Al Davis would have given you a 4 year 30 million contract!!!!!!!!! people may be calling you the savior of the Oakland franchise.
    What an arrogant ass.

  22. pwnpatrol says: Feb 25, 2011 9:58 PM

    As a Philadelphia sports fan, I was right up there with the happiest people to see McNabb go. I thought they should have gotten rid of him a year earlier. He embodied the name choke-artist, threw too many balls in the dirt, and his demeanor when he threw interceptions, made bad plays or was criticized was enraging to watch.

    That being said, the dude isn’t a thug (in fact, he is one of the nerdiest guys I’ve seen playing in the NFL), he has an actual, legitimate degree from a good University (i.e., not “Leisure Studies, Hotel Restaurant Management) and he SEEMS to be good person.

    In the world of football, however, McNabb’s talent level after all the years of above-average play has declined, and now he should embrace the fact that he may not be a starting-caliber quality quarterback anymore. At the very least, he definitely is no longer a “franchise quarterback.”

    As much as I hated the dude at times in his Philadelphia days, he was a good, not great, quarterback, and he should be treated a little bit better than he is being treated now.

  23. fatfreddystubbs says: Feb 25, 2011 11:23 PM

    Wow, great point pwnpatrol. Now that Donovan’s gone, the Eagles finally have a QB that would never panic in the last two minutes and throw an incredibly stupid interception in a playoff game……oh, wait.

    And if you think Donovan isn’t still starting caliber in the NFL then you’re an idiot that flat-out doesn’t watch football. Seriously, stop letting Cataldi and Missanelli do your thinking for you and actually watch a game that doesn’t involve the Eagles. Donovan isn’t what he once was, but he’s better than half the guys starting in the league right now. And that says as much about a lot of the guys starting as it does about Donovan.

  24. wipastor says: Feb 26, 2011 12:21 AM

    Shanahan should not have come back to coaching after Denver. His rep. is taking big hit.

  25. pwnpatrol says: Feb 26, 2011 12:55 AM

    Obviously, you aren’t a Philadelphia sports-fan – or not a real football fan at all, for that matter, fatfreddystubbs. Vick threw an ill-advised pass, to the end zone, that ended up being intercepted to end the game. He didn’t go 4 and out, like Donovan McNabb has done continuously and more frequently in pivotal moments towards the end of his tenure with the Eagles. The interception Vick threw was a crappy way to end a season, but not 1/100th as bad as McNabb’s choking, ball-in-the-dirt, turnover on downs plays. Any real Eagles fan (or football fan for that matter) would much rather have the quarterback attempt to win the game with a shot into the endzone, than to not make it to the opponents 40 yard line and turn the ball over. ANY fan.

    True, Donovan McNabb can definitely start on some football teams that are in dire need of QB help. What I’m saying is, he isn’t going to take you to the playoffs anymore, and he most definitely isn’t going to win you a Super Bowl. When he does that, I’ll eat my words, otherwise, and for the time being, you don’t know what you’re talking about (no surprise there, Mr. Internet Muscles). The goal is to win a SUPERBOWL – not have an above .500 record, which is about all McNabb will give you at this point.

    Regardless, I’m not here to have a pissing contest with a teenager who throws out intelligent lines regarding local Philadelphia radio personalities – which, by the way, I don’t/can’t listen to since I haven’t been in the Philadelphia area in years. You’re welcome to your opinion, kiddo, but maybe you should watch a few more games before you comment on things you that you’ve only heard about on SportsCenter and 1st and 10.

  26. hooterdawg says: Feb 26, 2011 3:18 AM

    @rraider – you have seen the last 8-8 season ( or better) for awhile The arrogant a$$ is your senile owner. Don’t blame McNabb for avoiding Oakland – few if any veteran players will voluntarily go to Oakland. Even Seymour threatened to hold out after being traded there. But once there, it is an undisciplined country club who just fired their only disciplinarian coach since Gruden.

  27. nagidac says: Feb 26, 2011 7:13 AM

    Is McNabb the future of the Skins? Nope. Is he the best that they have right now? Yep. So why antagonize, belittle and embarrass the best shot that they have to get any victories right now, plus reduce the value you can get in trading him by pointing out his weaknesses?

  28. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Feb 26, 2011 9:34 AM

    rraider says: Feb 25, 2011 9:48 PM

    This is the best of both worlds…….. Shanahan left desparate for a QB and McNabb left twisting in the wind with his legacy being questioned.

    Hey Donavan- Had you agreed to come to Oakland, the Raiders probaly would have still gone 8-8 and Al Davis would have given you a 4 year 30 million contract!!!!!!!!! people may be calling you the savior of the Oakland franchise.
    What an arrogant ass.

    ———————————

    I see the Crypt Keeper’s dementia has infected you…

  29. laurdass says: Feb 26, 2011 10:05 AM

    Lots of people make mistakes in “they” lives, and the Redskins made one last year…….

  30. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Feb 26, 2011 5:10 PM

    nagidac says: Feb 26, 2011 7:13 AM

    Is McNabb the future of the Skins? Nope. Is he the best that they have right now? Yep. So why antagonize, belittle and embarrass the best shot that they have to get any victories right now, plus reduce the value you can get in trading him by pointing out his weaknesses?
    ~~~~~

    Welcome to the highly dysfunctional, failure-driven world of Mr. Daniel Synder.

    Failure is the only option!

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