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McNabb: Shanahan won’t take blame, so RG3 is the scapegoat

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Donovan McNabb’s feud with Mike Shanahan continues.

McNabb, who played for Shanahan in Washington and parted with Shanahan on bad terms, said on FOX Sports Live that he thinks Shanahan is setting Robert Griffin III up to get the blame for this disappointing season.

“There’s a scapegoat in every situation, and who’s the scapegoat? Robert Griffin,” McNabb said, via CSNWashington.com.

McNabb said that was the way Shanahan treated him, too.

“This is something that I’ve seen, obviously, when I was in Washington and I’ve been seeing it since I left, at what point as a head coach will you say, ‘I need to get the guys prepared. It’s my fault. We didn’t play well, I’ll make sure that we’re ready tomorrow,’” McNabb said. “This is something that’s been a problem, even since when I was there, when things go wrong.”

After winning the division last year, Washington is now 3-8 and in last place. Both Shanahan and Griffin deserve some of the criticism for the disappointment that is the 2013 season in Washington. There’s plenty of blame to go around.

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  1. cjnunes426 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:06 PM

    This is obviously just biased feud talk.

    RGIII is the one who is shell shocked out there. At this point, the only thing I’d blame Shanahan for is not benching Griffin. Cousins has been a pretty good QB.

  2. skins1970 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:07 PM

    Here we go I knew sooner or later Donnie McNugget will have to give his opinion which no one asked him for.

  3. cantstopalex says: Nov 26, 2013 5:08 PM

    If there’s anyone that knows what it’s like to NOT take blame, it’s Donovan.

  4. ctattles says: Nov 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    It is quite obvious that Shanahan is aware that he will not be with Washington next year.

    It also is starting to seem like RG3 is ready to move on as well and is hoping to be cut/traded.

  5. mrsmell says: Nov 26, 2013 5:11 PM

    Shut up McNabb. Run your mouth way too much lately. The only scapegoat should be Haslett or Kyle. Ill lean towards Haslett cause quite a few games got off way too fast.

  6. worknman24hours says: Nov 26, 2013 5:11 PM

    Bad coaching let RG3 run his knee until it blew up last year and bad coaching has simply run the entire Washington team into the ground this year.

    Nobody has to say it-we see it every week.

    Monday was just more of the same nightmare that has been going on since last year.

    Everyone’s looking out for when the axe drops and they want to be healthy enough to go elsewhere when it does.

    I can’t say I blame any one of the players.

    This is dreadful-every week and it’s getting worse.

    If that’s even possible.

  7. ebr362 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:12 PM

    Mcnabb should shut the h*ll up. No one cares what he has to say. Stop trying to act relevent. Shanahan did what a coach is suppose to do with an aging and unproductibe QB, he replaced him and McNabbs ego cant accept it. Move on and learn to fish.

  8. mad55555 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:12 PM

    “Washington is now 3-8 and in last place.”
    In their right place in the world.
    If they are 6-10 next year then you can call that real progress and a successful season for them in 2014. They are life long cellar dwellers. The cellar is there domain…….

  9. twilson962 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:12 PM

    Sour grapes

  10. goraidersgospurs says: Nov 26, 2013 5:12 PM

    Al Davis seen this a LoNG LOnG time ago!!!

  11. myeaglescantwin says: Nov 26, 2013 5:13 PM

    Won’t this guy ever go away.

    RG3 is not the scapegoat, they mortgaged the franchise for him.

    Everyone in the world knows it’s the Shanana’s that are to blame.

    look at their track record.

    Shanana was never a good coach..
    Elway was a good QB

  12. mrlaloosh says: Nov 26, 2013 5:13 PM

    McFlabb needs to shut his pie hole. Nothing halfway intelligent has ever been uttered by this clown.

  13. dickshotdogs says: Nov 26, 2013 5:14 PM

    From the best finger pointer of all time.

  14. minnesoulja says: Nov 26, 2013 5:14 PM

    Enter Stage Left :

    LogicalVoice: This is all God’s fault. Why are you and Roger Goodell in cahoots against our chosen destiny? Life is so unfair! RGIII is going to sprout wings his next game and fly to the heavens and avenge his lot in life. No. Wait, now it’s all of your fault’s. Why are you doing a voodoo curse to my team. Hail to the Redskins.

    Where am I? Why do these walls have pads?

  15. losangelesbillsofbuffalo says: Nov 26, 2013 5:14 PM

    RGIII isn’t the answer. It’s a good thing they didn’t invest too much in him, like say multiple 1st round draft picks. Because if they did, they’d be inclined to waste more time keeping him in there with a shallow team from top to bott–

    Oh wait.

    Just imagine how much better this team would be with Cousins and the other 1st rounders.

  16. dccowboy says: Nov 26, 2013 5:14 PM

    Does anyone really care what a washed up never was thinks?

  17. grantgoodman93 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    I don’t get the RG3 hate. Shanahan and this organization are running a talented young quarterback to the ground. This is the mans career and the staff is ruining it before it could even take off. RG3 is a 2nd year QB who doesn’t trust his knee yet. With a poor receiving corp, decent o line, and these clown ass coaches, it’s understandable that he’s struggling. Shanahan’s gotta go and I’m a cowboys fan. Can’t stand to see RG3 get run to the ground

  18. jessefootball says: Nov 26, 2013 5:15 PM

    Whether you like Donovan or not, he isn’t totally wrong here.

    Haven’t seen Shanahan, his son, or RG3 take any responsibility. Team doesn’t seem to have much in the way of leadership.

  19. bennyb82 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:16 PM

    Someone needs to sit McNabb down and tell him to let it go…and someone needs to sit Shanny down and tell him to sit RG3 because the status quo is not working.

  20. zoxitic says: Nov 26, 2013 5:17 PM

    McNabb: Scorned lover

  21. sportnorcal says: Nov 26, 2013 5:17 PM

    I’m not the biggest Shanahan fan, but he isn’t the one throwing the INTs.

    I think Shanahan is a great OC. That doesn’t always translate into a good HC. I never understood making a successful Coordinator the HC – it’s not really the same thing at all.

  22. dasboat says: Nov 26, 2013 5:17 PM

    McNabb may be right. But coachspeak like “We’ve got to get better and it’s my job to fix it” is meaningless. What if Shanahan stood up and said “Hey, I’ve won a couple of Super Bowls and it took great quarterback play and we don’t have that here.” Equally meaningless.

    Ultimately, it’s all about what happens on the field for 16 games. Then owners get to decide who gets to continue to work there.

  23. steelersaregodsteam says: Nov 26, 2013 5:19 PM

    Meanwhile, the Steelers are on the march.

    Hut 1, 2, 3, 4.

  24. redskinsfanatic says: Nov 26, 2013 5:20 PM

    Hmm, McNabb went to Minnesota and just how did that work out for him? Kind of kills his credibility don’t you think?

    That being said, the O-Line sucks. RG3 does not know how to operate a route tree with timing patterns. Maybe that will come with a full offseason of work. You can see that he is waiting for receivers to make their cuts before throwing the ball.

  25. thepftpoet says: Nov 26, 2013 5:20 PM

    Mcnabb is like the crazy ex girlfriend who won’t let this go

  26. bennyb82 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:20 PM

    It’s pretty amazing how last year the running qbs were the future. This year they feel like they are the past.

  27. arrogantnation says: Nov 26, 2013 5:21 PM

    Can’t believe we all have to sit through Redskins vs. Giants next Sunday night.

  28. drs76109 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:21 PM

    More puke.

    Sincerely, T.O.

  29. cool10857 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    “I’ll trade Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith straight up for RG3 any day of the week.” From a very disappointed Jets fan.

  30. scrp2 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:22 PM

    I think Dan Snyder should bring McNabb on board as a consultant. What the h*ll? Might as well try anything at this point.

  31. blu4l1fe says: Nov 26, 2013 5:23 PM

    There’s certainly enough blame to go around and there’s definitely not one person who should be pointed at.

    From Shanahan, who happened to have experienced some sort of success at some point in his overall NFL coaching career, to Griffin, who, everyone knows, has not handled himself quite well. The failure of the team is because of the failures of it’s personel. From the owner, YES, the owner, the coaches, down to the players. Even McNabb should get some of the blame, as he seems to not get the sign that says, NO ONE CARES!!!

    Could the team have duplicated, or come even close to the success they had the previous season? Of course. I just think that they, themselves, did not make that easy so it could have been accomplished. Veteran leadership would have served them well because someone would have told them how to approach this season seeing as teams now will have one full season of tapes on Griffin. With all the pre-season back and forth with his recovery and his essential return to the field, it just didn’t help. There’s no question he rushed himself back. As a coach, Shanahan should have taken more of a command and put a stop to that, if he really valued him as a player. Now, Griffin looks like a rookie out there, and even worse, without his much heralded running capability.

    Washington may not just lose their team name or their season, they may have just lost their future QB.

  32. ambitoos says: Nov 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    McNab shouldn’t even be a analyst. He’s a negative person and the audience can see right through it.

  33. charlie2254 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:24 PM

    Not sure why you dopes whimper so much about McNabb. He’s an analyst who gets paid to give his opinion and there’s value to it since he played for Shanahan a few years back. If you don’t like it then don’t read it. People hating on McNabb just to leave a comment is getting pretty old.

  34. badmoonrison says: Nov 26, 2013 5:25 PM

    McNabb is like the new version of Warren Sapp. Always running his mouth and dissing his old organization & coaches. Does he think his input is helping? He’s just trying to stay relevant. Let go McNabb. You’ll feel so much better about yourself when you do.

  35. phillyphannnn83 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:27 PM

    For those of you making the asinine comments about him making statements and trying to be relevant, here’s a little news flash for you…McNabb is now part of the media. He is on a show on Fox Sports 1 and he is on a radio show. HE IS PAID TO TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL! He’s not a former player who’s making random statements to the media, he IS the media. THAT’S why you see statements from him all the time. Please educate yourselves before coming to the comments section to run YOUR mouths and give YOUR opinion that no one asked for.

  36. pillowporkers says: Nov 26, 2013 5:29 PM

    Sadly, I have to agree with McNabb on this one. Isn’t it funny how all of those reports have started coming out about Shanahan didn’t want RG3 and stuff now, and how Shanahan was almost the victim last night (“I’ve never seen us get dominated like that before”). This is what Mike does. He knows he’s done in Washington and is trying to save face for his next job.

  37. realfootballfan says: Nov 26, 2013 5:30 PM

    This is the truth. Eddie Kennison said as much 10 years ago when blasting Shanahan after going to Kansas City. Look at all the defensive coordinators he threw under the bus while with Denver. John Elway wouldn’t even get involved with the Broncos for years even though he was repeatedly asked until Shanahan was gone because he hates him, too.

  38. ravenswhat says: Nov 26, 2013 5:32 PM

    ::popcorn::

  39. chaddukesthebuttpirate says: Nov 26, 2013 5:33 PM

    badmoonrison says: Nov 26, 2013 5:25 PM

    McNabb is like the new version of Warren Sapp. Always running his mouth and dissing his old organization & coaches. Does he think his input is helping? He’s just trying to stay relevant. Let go McNabb. You’ll feel so much better about yourself when you do.
    ———————————————————-
    True, except Sapp made the HOF, which is something McNabb has zero chance of ever doing.

  40. jdillydawg says: Nov 26, 2013 5:33 PM

    RGIII may be having trouble adapting, but any quarterback would have difficulty if their O-Line was as effective as a screen door on a submarine.

    RGIII needs to just shut up, but I’m not a big fan of Shanahan at all.

  41. coltzfan166 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:34 PM

    I actually get amusement from listening to McNabb talk. Coming from the biggest finger pointer of all time, doesn’t anyone else think this is hilarious?

  42. FinFan68 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:38 PM

    Of all the former athletes that still love to hear themselves babble, McNabb is one of the guys with the least credibility. His career was rife with backhanded compliments and petty complaints and his tendency to paint himself as the victim while he carries on a passive-aggressive attack is extremely annoying.

  43. chillyball says: Nov 26, 2013 5:39 PM

    McFlabb: 0 championships, not currently in NFL.

    Shanahan: 3 Superbowls, currently in the NFL.

    The Chunk Soup curse continues.

  44. emoser says: Nov 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    Maybe they should double down and trade their ’15, ’16 and ’17 first rounders for a shot at another QB.

  45. baltimoresnativeson says: Nov 26, 2013 5:45 PM

    I’m no McNabb fan but he did warn Griffin this would happen; Griffin pretty much told him to get lost.

  46. hyprcaffeinated says: Nov 26, 2013 5:47 PM

    Aaaaand their first round pick belongs to the Rams.

    #RGNoKneeMessedUpThisFranchiseForFiveYears

  47. dcstinks says: Nov 26, 2013 5:48 PM

    McNabb,

    Go back to doing what you do best. Sleep. Sad how you got to throw your two cents in when its not worth one cent. Get over it already. You were great as an Eagle for a few years, after that you started thinking everyone had arms that hung to their shoes. Stop crying, if you want to play so bad, I think you might be needed in the CFL. ICE UP SON!

  48. souldogdave says: Nov 26, 2013 5:48 PM

    Shanarat does it again.

  49. slugdc says: Nov 26, 2013 5:49 PM

    It absolutely blows my mind that anyone still cares what McNabb has to say about anything.

  50. upperdecker19 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:49 PM

    “at what point as a head coach will you say, ‘I need to get the guys prepared. It’s my fault. We didn’t play well, I’ll make sure that we’re ready tomorrow,’”

    **************************************

    Straight out of the Andy Reid press conference handbook……minus the coughs, throat clears and “time’s yours” reference.

    Just because you were coddled in Philly doesn’t mean it works everywhere, Mr OT.

  51. sterling7 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    My only question is why would anyone hire Donovan McNabb to do anything? Who could possibly give a rat’s ass about anything Donovan McNabb could possibly conceive of in his warped, everyone has forgotten who I think I am brain……

  52. dcstinks says: Nov 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    phillyphannnn83 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 5:27 PM
    For those of you making the asinine comments about him making statements and trying to be relevant, here’s a little news flash for you…McNabb is now part of the media. He is on a show on Fox Sports 1 and he is on a radio show. HE IS PAID TO TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL! He’s not a former player who’s making random statements to the media, he IS the media. THAT’S why you see statements from him all the time. Please educate yourselves before coming to the comments section to run YOUR mouths and give YOUR opinion that no one asked for.
    —————————————–

    As an Eagle fan… Who Cares what McNabb says?

    Let Shanarat and RGKnee be around forever!

  53. deweyaxewound says: Nov 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    McNabb is a professional victim – always has been.

    I remember when he said, “I take more criticism than any other QB in the league” — and this at the time when the media’s favorite pastime was making up jokes for which the punchline was always: “Rex Grossman”, and kicking that poor guy every time he was down.

    McNabb also cried and played the victim when Rush Limbaugh spoke the truth about him: McNabb WAS overrated, and he DID benefit by having a good defense in Philly all those years, and a lot of the hype was also because the media wanted to see a black qb succeed.

    McNabb also cried and played the victim with the T.O. debacle, and after every failed playoff appearance.

    I think he’s projecting his own inadequacies and insecurities onto RGIII (who has plenty of his own, and doesn’t need any of DM’s).

  54. yahmule says: Nov 26, 2013 5:58 PM

    Donovan got the CTE.

  55. vusnu says: Nov 26, 2013 5:58 PM

    I blame McNabb.

  56. dcstinks says: Nov 26, 2013 6:00 PM

    Shanarat is taking one from Reid,

    “I gotta do a better job.”

    Wait, no he didn’t. He never said that, Shanarat that is..

  57. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Nov 26, 2013 6:00 PM

    Snyder (the fat little pixie with bling) will have to pay Shanahan 7 million next year, whether he coaches the Redskins or not. Snyder is a cheapskate, meaning the Shanahans will be back in Washington next year. Shanahan and Snyder deserve each other. It’s a bad break for RGIII being stuck in that joke of an organization. Next year won’t be any better for him. Ouch.

  58. bdickey33 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:01 PM

    Donovan – Please just go away! You are making me and I’m guessing a few more glad you never won a Super Bowl. Watching you spike 50% of your short passes into the turf would drive any coach nuts!

  59. jagsfan1 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:02 PM

    Regardless of what McNabb says – Shanahan has ALWAYS been OVERRATED and OVERPAID…

  60. bdickey33 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:06 PM

    phillyphannnn83 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:27 PM

    For those of you making the asinine comments about him making statements and trying to be relevant, here’s a little news flash for you…McNabb is now part of the media. He is on a show on Fox Sports 1 and he is on a radio show. HE IS PAID TO TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL! He’s not a former player who’s making random statements to the media, he IS the media. THAT’S why you see statements from him all the time. Please educate yourselves before coming to the comments section to run YOUR mouths and give YOUR opinion that no one asked for.

    ————————————————-

    Hey Philly,

    News flash, this is a sports blog comment section therefore people will comment how they see fit with THEIR opinions out of THEIR mouths (well fingers, but you get the point). If enough people do not like Donovan and he is annoying to the vast majority I believe he will not have his contract renewed and then we don’t have to see him again. So those that do not want to hear his opinions may not have to if enough people show their distaste for him. Make sense?

  61. johnniemayes says: Nov 26, 2013 6:08 PM

    McNabb didn’t mention how awful he played. Stunk it up in Minnesota too. Clearly Shanny was right on him.

  62. realdealsteel says: Nov 26, 2013 6:09 PM

    NO…….

    Mcnabb has a point and I’ll tell you why:

    Remember last year when Mcnabb was saying this about Shananhan and everybody just said it was sour grapes?

    Now..here we are a full year later and you have to ask, where is the leadership on this team? Why is a second year QB taking all the heat for the entire team? Where is London Fletcher???? He’s suppose to be the head of that horrible defense but why isn’t he stepping forward? Why isn’t Shananhan stepping forward and taking responsibility? He’s the coach/GM on this team!

    Yes we can question RG3 play but truthfully, he shouldn’t be playing. He isn’t healthy. And Shananhan should of Cousins getting ready and being the QB of this team through the first six games of the season.

    But Shananhan (the GM) didn’t want any controversy if Cousins would shine at the QB position. So he rushed RG3 back too soon.

    So who’s fault is all this really? It’s Shanahan’s fault. Clearly..if you think about everything in it’s totality.

  63. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 26, 2013 6:10 PM

    Man what a colossal miscalculation that whole Luck vs Griffin debate was for the draft. Now it’s not even in the same solar system.

  64. duece8 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:16 PM

    People need to lay off Mike Shanahan!!! How can anyone say he’s a bad coach??? EVERY COACH that has won a super bowl had either a great qb OR an unbelievable Defense!!! Look at the run game!!! That’s Shanahans stamp all over it!!!! Mike is NOT calling the plays!!!!! And also look at Dan Snyder!! How can you be a Redskins fan and not like him??? He has stood up for our beloved NAME!!! he has spent endless money trying to better the franchise!!! And when it didn’t work he finally stepped back and hired a GM!!!! I’m sick of fake fans blaming SNYDER who is a die hard fan!!! Everyone keeps saying we have Sucked ever since he bought the team. Well if you are a real fan you WOULD KNOW that we were a losing franchise for five years in a row before he bought the team and he has tried very hard to change things around!!!! Things will get better in the next 2 years!!! You have to remember we got stuck 36 million right before free agency!!! quit blaming the wrong people!!!!! MIKE NOR DAN are missing tackles,dropping balls,nmissing blocks,throwing picks, or getting burned!!!!! After this draft and free agency we will be stronger, we can’t keep changing systems!!!! HAIL

  65. sillec28 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:17 PM

    I don’t like Shanahan at all but I don’t recall him blaming Griffin for anything. Seems to me Griffin is being blamed for the ‘Skins’ poor season because his play is in fact one of reasons for that. Not the only reason but certainly one of the most important.

  66. balzer41 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:17 PM

    Donovan McNutcase is a true r-e-t-a-r-d. Shanahan doesn’t need to make RG3 the scapegoat, he sucks all on his own. His teammates are starting to realize this and they know he’s full of himself. RG3 will be unemployed or playing for another team in 2 yrs. because his teammates will hate him.

  67. vaughnjoe says: Nov 26, 2013 6:18 PM

    He’s got a point, but at the same time.. get over it @mcnabb

  68. tropicpurple says: Nov 26, 2013 6:22 PM

    “I’ll trade Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith straight up for RG3 any day of the week.” From a very disappointed Jets fan.

    =================

    I’ll raise you a Ponder, Cassel, Freeman, Webb and a 2nd round draft pick for him… From a much more disappointed Vikings fan.

  69. smitty113 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:22 PM

    Wow, such an articulate argument by McNabb. This ranks right up there with Emmit Smith. “He got Blowed up”

  70. thrstr says: Nov 26, 2013 6:22 PM

    anyone that cares what McNobb thinks about anything should refrain from posting online, including the author of this “article”.

  71. thebirdofprey2 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:24 PM

    Is anyone even asking this guy? Not a fan of the Redskins but he chimes in about everything about this team and its always negative.

    Anyone with eyes could see that RG3 was terrible out there. Unless the coach was throwing the ball up for grabs and taking sacks because he’s holding the ball too long.

  72. cdaluni86 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:27 PM

    I watched that game last night. I can think of very few QB’s who could perform under the horrible offensive line play. Couldn’t open any holes, couldn’t block anyone, couldn’t do anything. RGIII didn’t play that well, but he got lit up all night.

  73. mjhutmkr says: Nov 26, 2013 6:34 PM

    Once a cry baby, always a cry baby, McNabb!

  74. taron2in1 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:34 PM

    McNabb is right!!! Stop hating on 5. 3-8 means he’s right….LOL!!!!

  75. jimiinpa says: Nov 26, 2013 6:41 PM

    bet he wouldn’t say that if RGIII was white…

  76. realfootballfan says: Nov 26, 2013 6:42 PM

    bannedfromchoirpractice,

    I think even Snyder realizes that Shanahan can’t return. That leaves Washington with another bad possibility unless Snyder can overcome himself, he’ll hire on the cheap. So while he will pay Shanahan not to work anymore because he’s not giving him an extension, and he’s not about to let him coach as a lame duck; he will find a way to offset that $7 million with another Jim Zorn or some other kind of no name coach. Washington fans just better hope he lucks up when he hires this no name. Oh, and that he doesn’t immediately bring back his buddy, Vinny Cerrato, once the axe falls on the Shanahans.

  77. pv1960 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:46 PM

    As an Eagle fan, Donovan annoys me. I do agree with him on this.

  78. bamafan63 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:49 PM

    Hate to agree with mcnabb,but this one time he is right! shanny does not take any responsibility himself and he asks none of his staff either! we need to clean house and find a coach that knows what he is doing and a coaching staff that will be responsibile when things they try to do wrong!

  79. bigbluenationdb says: Nov 26, 2013 6:56 PM

    I would like Redskin fans to give their honest opinion on my comment.

    Last year Washington had to install a college style offense so RGME could be successful. The fan base didn’t have an issue with that style of offense and was claiming RGME was the next great/elite QB.

    This offseason RGME and his dad goes on record stating they want him to be more of a pocket passer and throw more and run less. The problem with this RGME can’t do it. Everything the Skins do on offense is bubble screens and slant passes. Passing plays that dont require RGME to read and process defenses. Can you blame the coaching staff that is limited with the plays they can run because they have QB that can’t figure out defenses?

  80. aldante66 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:56 PM

    Hey I have a much simpler explanation: this isn’t a talented team. Someone has to be in last place.

  81. psly2124 says: Nov 26, 2013 6:57 PM

    Why didn’t McNabb come right out say what he feels. The shanahan is a racist. McNabb sucked in dc, but it wasn’t his fault. Typical victim. Rg111 is and will always be overrated just like McNabb.

  82. stixzidinia says: Nov 26, 2013 6:57 PM

    McNabb may be right. But coachspeak like “We’ve got to get better and it’s my job to fix it” is meaningless. What if Shanahan stood up and said “Hey, I’ve won a couple of Super Bowls and it took great quarterback play and we don’t have that here.” Equally meaningless.

    ——————-

    If you think the Broncos won simply because of great QB play then you weren’t watching. Remember Terrell Davis? There’s a reason Shanahan was able to plug guys off the street like Mike Bell into the lineup and have them look like All Pro’s. Elway benefited from a system every bit as much as Denver/Shanahan benefited from Elway.

  83. fdugrad says: Nov 26, 2013 7:02 PM

    Shanny might not take the blame, however he WILL take the fall, and Griffin will be on the team LONG after MS is gone, gone, GONE!!

  84. s0merand0mguy says: Nov 26, 2013 7:02 PM

    mrlaloosh says:
    Nov 26, 2013 5:13 PM

    McFlabb needs to shut his pie hole. Nothing halfway intelligent has ever been uttered by this clown.

    ————————————-

    McFlabb? Even at his age I’m sure he’s in better shape then you are. I like the “Nothing halfway intelligent has ever been uttered by this clown.” line. It’s funny because you are simple yet biased enough to actually believe McNabb is stupid. So while he had his jersey retired from professional football you have your factory access badge hanging on the mens bathroom wall hall of shame. Congratz?

  85. mackcarrington says: Nov 26, 2013 7:14 PM

    The younger fans don’t remember that when Shanahan was coaching the Raiders, there was a famous story about Al Davis having an eruption in his box, screaming about Shanahan, “This guy can’t coach!!!!”.

  86. Go-Hawks! says: Nov 26, 2013 7:14 PM

    “Shanana was never a good coach..
    Elway was a good QB”

    …So, then, what you’re saying is.. RG3 is a bad QB?

    If good QBs like Elway win with Shanahan as a bad coach then that means RG3 is a bad QB, right?

  87. tedesco47 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:17 PM

    Mcnabb hits the nail on the head here folks.

    RG3 is clearly not playing well this year, but MUCH of that has to do with his coach.

    Teams that have a remarkably bad defense should not continue to pound, pound, pound the ball. Washington has a great running game, I will give them that. But you need a good defence with a good run game, its that simple.

    The eagles and cowboys also have dreadful defences, except they allow romo and foles to throw the ball in the first two quarters, leaving rg3 to play from behind in all his games, forcing stupid mistakes and interceptions.

  88. MyTeamsAllStink says: Nov 26, 2013 7:18 PM

    Terrell Owens was right after all

  89. CKL says: Nov 26, 2013 7:19 PM

    charlie2254 says:
    Nov 26, 2013 5:24 PM
    Not sure why you dopes whimper so much about McNabb. He’s an analyst who gets paid to give his opinion and there’s value to it since he played for Shanahan a few years back. If you don’t like it then don’t read it. People hating on McNabb just to leave a comment is getting pretty old.
    _______________________________
    I don’t blame him for giving his opinion as an analyst. I don’t care if he has negative observations as long as they aren’t agenda driven . I blame him for always making about HIM HIM HIM …all the time. Ugh he’s such a passive aggressive martyr. I am so happy NFLN took him off Playbook.He was awful.
    On the other hand, Rodney Harrison loved playing for the Pats but does not hesitate to criticize them if he feels it’s warranted. I love it. Never any BS from him.

    Also is there really someone up there saying Snyder is”cheap” because he doesn’t want to pay Shanahan 7 million dollars NOT to coach???? Good grief, what do you do for a living, old chap?

  90. bert1913 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:25 PM

    rg3 and 8

    whenever i see shanahan’s face, i keep hearing that “red lobster” song

  91. deshackle says: Nov 26, 2013 7:27 PM

    These McNabb jokes are so funny. I’m praying for a Mike Shanahan contract extension. Oh, didn’t Mike Shanahan take out a second mortgage on the franchise to draft RG3, spend two draft picks on McNabb, and put John Beck under center? Mike Shanahan is 24 and 35 as Redskins coach, 13 of the wins come with RG3 as quarterback.

  92. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:35 PM

    McNabb hates Shanahan because he banished him to a Siberian leper colony (MN).

  93. miamisaint3255 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    chaddukesthebuttpirate says:
    Nov 26, 2013 5:33 PM
    badmoonrison says: Nov 26, 2013 5:25 PM

    McNabb is like the new version of Warren Sapp. Always running his mouth and dissing his old organization & coaches. Does he think his input is helping? He’s just trying to stay relevant. Let go McNabb. You’ll feel so much better about yourself when you do.
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    McNabb and Sapp both are getting paid a lot of money to talk about football from their respective TV network employers. What would you expect them to do? Not have any opinion and then get fired? On a daily basis they are on TV and getting paid to talk about football and getting paid for their opinions. I lot of folks, including myself, enjoy their opinions. But most on this board are always so negative. Most on this board have their favorite team and they are either bragging about their team or writing with glee that this player or that player should be ready to go flip burgers because of getting released after making some millions. A lot of jealousy on this board. How can you be a big fan of the NFL and your team but at the same time hope each individual player or former player fails because you are so jealous of them?

  94. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Nov 26, 2013 7:41 PM

    McNabb, thing is Shanahan has won a super bowl.

    I do think Cousins would give them a better chance to win. But I’m fine with them playing Rob Griffin and losing.

  95. doctorart2013 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:43 PM

    Is it possible McNabb has an axe to grind since it was Shanahan who said Nabb was lazy and out of shape before he was shipped out of DC?

  96. kcw0lf says: Nov 26, 2013 7:44 PM

    I would believe Donovan but he went on to stink it up in Minnesota. Who’s fault was that? shanahan’s too? Or was that Childress?

  97. marader78 says: Nov 26, 2013 7:47 PM

    What did Shanahan do with a very brief stint with the Raiders… nothing… what did Shanahan do with the Broncos after Elway and T.D. was gone… nothing… what has he done with the Redskins…. nothing….. I’d say the man got lucky having Elway.He was always good at getting the most out of RBs like Olandis Gary and Mike Anderson, though.

  98. getweird4u says: Nov 26, 2013 7:53 PM

    Never understood all the hype this guy (and Kaep) got last year … yes they were good but in RGIII case they admitedly were running very , very basic plays (2 rec option max) now that he has a full playbook and was expected to spend some of his offseason learning said playbook he (and Kaep) are exposed for what they truely are. Athletes who can throw the ball!!! In the NFL if you can’t hum through 3-4 wr/te/rb options in 3-4 sec. you will NEVER be elite. RGIII has trouble finding a check down for gods sake he is the most over hyped player EVER!!!!! This in a year when Luck (a real future Elite QB) and Wilson (just a stud who does nothing but make plays and keep his mouth shut!) were coming up as Rookies??? WTF do you think they took Cousins for? Shanny (not really defending him , he and his son are very average at best) knew RGIII was a headcase (HE IS) and was worried as much about personal popularity than winning!!!! He will have a 5-6 year NFL Carreer then he can sell Sub’s for Subway.

  99. attyken says: Nov 26, 2013 8:03 PM

    McNabbs trade from Philly to DC is the trade that keeps on giving. Not only did we get multiple draft pics but also the enjoyment of McNabb trashing that joke of a franchise as much as possible.

  100. fxg0201 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:03 PM

    Say what you want about Mcnaab but if you remove your homerism he’s been the only person who warned us about this before the season. Bob Griffin acts like he’s won superbowls before. In three years the Shanahans and Griffin won’t be in Washington.

  101. shiftyshellshocked says: Nov 26, 2013 8:09 PM

    It’s simple as this, the Redskins are hapless and tasteless. It’s just a fact.

  102. skins1970 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:09 PM

    In Donovan’s world everything that goes wrong for him is everybody’s else fault, It’s Andy Reid that he is out of shape it’s, Mike Shanahan’s fault that he is lazy, it’s Christian’s Ponder ‘s wife Samantha wife fault that he sucks as a NFL analyst on TV. It’s never Donovan’s fault he will never take responsibility for his failures.

  103. skins1970 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:18 PM

    @ Attyken Which is the only NFC East team never to win a SB? I’ll give you a hint it’s not the Skins,Cowboys or Giants. Until you all win one SB you guys can’t call anyone a joke.

  104. officialgame says: Nov 26, 2013 8:24 PM

    Eventually Skeletor and Son of Skeltor will feel the wrath of Chief Halfman.

  105. jburk003 says: Nov 26, 2013 8:34 PM

    Good thing they’ll have a high 1st round pick this year to rebuil…… Oh, wait a minute.

    RG-nodraftpickfor 3 seasons

  106. victorycruz says: Nov 26, 2013 8:50 PM

    How smart do the Rams look now? Lmao, not only did they get three 1st round picks for RGIII, but they may also have that 1st rounder from them this year be a top 5 overall pick because of the Skins troubles. Dan Snyder you fail!! The GM of the Rams, you are brilliant!!

  107. kitwor says: Nov 26, 2013 9:05 PM

    Donovan,

    It was your fault when Shanahan blamed it on you!

  108. kitwor says: Nov 26, 2013 9:06 PM

    Number 5 will always love you.

  109. Stockburn says: Nov 26, 2013 9:11 PM

    D-Nabb speaks the truth…Time for the father and son to go.

  110. zoxitic says: Nov 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    I think what we’ve had here is a little social concern in the NFL. The media has been very desirous that McNabb do well.

  111. rajbais says: Nov 26, 2013 9:13 PM

    How’s RGIII the scapegoat?

    There was way worse screaming and ignited fires when T.O. did his first national interview with Graham Bensinger.

    And I’m not even talking about Owens’ burnt jerseys in Philly.

    Face it!

    Shanahan will get canned and RGIII will either get another coach he can “kill” or Art Briles.

  112. raideralex99 says: Nov 26, 2013 9:52 PM

    I can’t wait until they fired Shanny. The new coach will come in and before you know it Cousins will be the starter … remember when the Bucs cut Freeman. How soon they forget.

  113. phillyphannnn83 says: Nov 26, 2013 9:54 PM

    bdickey33 November 26, 2013, 6:06 PM EST

    phillyphannnn83 says: Nov 26, 2013 5:27 PM

    For those of you making the asinine comments about him making statements and trying to be relevant, here’s a little news flash for you…McNabb is now part of the media. He is on a show on Fox Sports 1 and he is on a radio show. HE IS PAID TO TALK ABOUT FOOTBALL! He’s not a former player who’s making random statements to the media, he IS the media. THAT’S why you see statements from him all the time. Please educate yourselves before coming to the comments section to run YOUR mouths and give YOUR opinion that no one asked for.

    ————————————————-

    Hey Philly,

    News flash, this is a sports blog comment section therefore people will comment how they see fit with THEIR opinions out of THEIR mouths (well fingers, but you get the point). If enough people do not like Donovan and he is annoying to the vast majority I believe he will not have his contract renewed and then we don’t have to see him again. So those that do not want to hear his opinions may not have to if enough people show their distaste for him. Make sense?
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    No actually, it makes zero sense at all because NEITHER of his employers are scouring the comments section of ProFootballTalk to determine whether he should remain their employee. Didn’t think that one through, did you. Furthermore, MY statement was in reference to comments that are factually incorrect due to the ignorance of the posters, not their so-called “opinions.” Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however statements like “no one asked McNabb” et al, are not opinions, they’re incorrect facts, which is what my post was referring to. That’s why I did not address anyone’s “opinion” of McNabb’s comments.

  114. birdbrainsnj says: Nov 26, 2013 10:02 PM

    Foles will be the best qb out of that draft! Go birds!

  115. maraneso says: Nov 26, 2013 10:54 PM

    In this case he’s right. Shanahan never takes blame.

  116. eagles512 says: Nov 26, 2013 10:56 PM

    He’s 100% right

  117. pthepro49 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:17 PM

    Shut your Mouth….McTaco Face!! Have you thrown up lately like you did in the super bowl? Choker!! Fat LOSER!!

  118. jobo50 says: Nov 26, 2013 11:20 PM

    Donovan, you just blew your chance to be on the coaching staff as RG3′s personal mentor. Oh wait a minute Even RG3 told you to you no thanks when you reached out to him. Would of been a great locker room you and your mom sharing some chu soup with rg3 and his father after a tough loss!!!

  119. ipitydafu says: Nov 26, 2013 11:43 PM

    Sigh,

    This is heartbreaking to see my team go through this. Just praying we can’t get through it and just play football.

  120. kindbass says: Nov 27, 2013 12:07 AM

    “It all starts with coaching, so I need to do a better job.” -Belichick, after every Patriots loss

    Or Mike Shanahan, never.

  121. jimiinpa says: Nov 27, 2013 2:50 AM

    attyken says:Nov 26, 2013 8:03 PM

    McNabbs trade from Philly to DC is the trade that keeps on giving. Not only did we get multiple draft pics but also the enjoyment of McNabb trashing that joke of a franchise as much as possible.
    ——————Philly or D.C.?

  122. jabroni1 says: Nov 27, 2013 5:17 AM

    Anytime I see a father and son working as a team I can’t help but think there is some nepotism going on. You wanna work as a father and son team become plumbers or open a restaurant. Family and business rarely ever works out. Ala’ Lane and Monty.

  123. lunarpie says: Nov 27, 2013 8:32 AM

    The mobile Quarterback has been proven ineffective on the NFL level on the long term basis. Short term it sells tickets and gets the highlights.

    Donovan should know this fact very well! Andy Reid forced him to pass the ball and the Eagles went to the Super Bowl.

  124. evilmedia says: Nov 27, 2013 2:00 PM

    I don’t care what Donovan McNabb has to say even thought I saw a link with his name on it and clicked it. 10 Billion things to read on the internet but id rather read about a comment made by someone I dislike then comment on how much I don’t care about it.

  125. washfootball says: Nov 27, 2013 6:21 PM

    The fact is that shanhan is ultimately responsible for the success and failure of this team. He has full authority to make football decisions and he is paid well for that. Fans expect results a he is not producing and in any other industry people are fired for not producing results.

    It doesn’t matter what Donovan says but he is correct on this one.

  126. gfcf42489 says: Nov 28, 2013 3:12 PM

    McNabb vowed to come back with a vengeance after being benched and “mistreated” by Shanahan. In his debut game with the Vikings in 2011, McNabb silenced his critics by going 7 of 15 for 39 yards.

  127. dhardy8207 says: Dec 1, 2013 5:37 PM

    “Bad coaching let RG3 run his knee until it blew up last year and bad coaching has simply run the entire Washington team into the ground this year.”

    ————————————————–

    A true statement there… That would be why Dr. McAndrews went on record to say that he was cautious about letting RGIII return unless they changed the current play scheme. No way that man was going to let RGIII return and risk taking blamed for further injury….

  128. vicvinegar00 says: Dec 2, 2013 5:25 AM

    It is pretty funny seeing the Redskins fans blast McNabb for being a “loser” or having no standing to speak.

    I’d argue he has a great perspective to speak. He was a “mobile QB” who was forced to morph into a pocket passer who could run. Griffin doesn’t even have the luxury of McNabb’s size, so he has to do the same or else he’ll be on the injury report his entire career.

    McNabb was in championship games and the Super Bowl while the Redskins floundered in the cellar. He had a coach who (judging by his move to KC) seems to know how to win. He can speak to how lousy of an environment Shanahan creates.

    Shanahan needs to admit he helped a young guy rush back from injury too soon and shut him down for the rest of this meaningless season. Then get fired, along with his dreadful son.

  129. silverhairedfox says: Dec 3, 2013 8:24 AM

    RGIII is having the first losing season in his adult life. He’s having to adjust to that and hopefully will grow wiser and stronger during the off season. He doesn’t have complex offensive plays, because the line and receivers suck. His game in the first half against SF looked pretty good, but he hasn’t learned to handle the pressure yet. Give him a couple of years (look what’s happening in Carolina now as an example).

  130. daveyjones79 says: Dec 12, 2013 10:29 AM

    All you clowns bashing McNabb are a complete joke!! McNabb is so right about this failure of a head coach. Shanahan has been a disaster as a head coach after Elway & Terrell Davis carried his teams to 2 Super Bowls. He turned the Skins top 10 defense to a 3-4 laughing stock. He would’ve been fired last year if RG3 didn’t save his job! Remember last year when the Skins were 3-6 and that loser Shanahan was ready to throw in the towel? McNabb is so right about this joke of a coach. And you losers wanna blame McNabb? I guess it would only be ok if Rush said it, right?

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