McNabb finds ESPN's reports "hilarious"

Most NFL organizations hate nothing more than to see their dirty laundry aired publicly.

Whether they like it or not, it appears that the Mike Shanahan Redskins revel in it.  Sources continue to come up with new and exciting ways to embarrass quarterback Donovan McNabb through ESPN reports regarding his knowledge of the team’s offense. 

McNabb joined ESPN980 on Tuesday and was asked about all the reports.

“That is hilarious to me,” McNabb said via the Washington Post. “That is really funny to me. I think for everyone
who may not have heard any of this, it’s probably a shock to them.

“But we move forward for now. Everyone’s going to say whatever all
throughout this week, and probably during this game. I don’t focus on
it. Everyone else shouldn’t focus on it. Let’s move on.”

Shanahan won’t say anything publicly of course, but all the McNabb bashing behind the scenes has to come from somewhere. And it could become counterproductive.  We know the players aren’t throwing McNabb under the bus.

“[Donovan is] the leader of this team. You can’t just say offense, he’s the leader of this team,” Clinton Portis said on a radio appearance Tuesday, via TBD.com.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo had similar comments, via DC SportsBog: “Donovan’s our leader. He’s our quarterback. . . . He’s our guy. He’s our guy for now and the future.”

The future probably consists of eight more games.

60 responses to “McNabb finds ESPN's reports "hilarious"

  1. Focus on this Donovan, Philly is glad you are gone and the Skins will soon join us when you go to the Vikes to continue their sad story of coming up short!

  2. McNabb may not be the perfect Quaterback, But by the same token He is three times the Quaterback above the quaterbacks on this team. The day Anybody would pull him for Rex Grossman is the day they need to get out of football.
    I say to McNabb Get Hard, Go get’em and good luck.
    To his Offensive Line I say this Get Smart that guy that you are protecting is your bread and butter. Just do the best job you can muster.

  3. I love McNabb. From getting booed on draft day, to the Limbaugh stunt, to the T.O. chronicles, to being traded, the dude has always been cool.
    Yeah, I know this is disappointing for those folks who would prefer he summon his inner George Jefferson and jump up an down and yell and scream and be a fool in general. I mean, that’s the way someone who looks like him is supposed to act… right?
    Hey, aren’t those are the very traits Mike Singletary gets ridiculed for?…
    Anyway…McNabb stays cool. He never lets anyone push his buttons or control him. And he’s right to laugh at all the stuff around him. It’s a joke. McNabb is a man.

  4. “Mike Shanahan won’t say anything publicly of course, but all the McNabb bashing behind the scenes has to come from somewhere.”
    Does anyone actually doubt that Mortenson’s story is coming from Adam Schefter? Schefter has been Mike Shanahan’s puppet for over a decade now.
    I mean, when Schefter is the go-to guy for all things Shanahan, how would Mortenson be the one to get the story?
    They probably just thought it would look too obvious that it was a planted Shanahan story if Schefter himself was the one going out on TV and saying it.

  5. There’s been smoke around McNabb since Owens called him out during that Super Bowl.
    What kills me is poor Shanny is trying to be as subtle as possible, but nobody wants to accept his analysis, which is what I already knew – McNabb is lazy, pure and simple. Does Shanny have to come right out and say it, like this, then, in order for writers to understand what he’s eluding to??? Good Lord, people?!?!
    So, we keep getting these stories from the bleeding heart media about “Oh, how can anybody be picking on poor Donovan???” “Say it ain’t so?!?!?”
    I think it’s time for the writers to begin doing some homework instead of having to rely on the readers to draw the obvious conclusions on our own.

  6. McNabb is not be playing lights out this year. But there are at least a few teams who will be quarterback starved enough to take a flier on him in hopes of improving over the likes of who else is out there to help their team.
    On the flip side I doubt there are going to be a host of players clamoring to play for “Throw me under the bus” Shanahan and Son.

  7. Linebacker Brian Orakpo had similar comments, via DC SportsBog: “Donovan’s our leader. He’s our quarterback. . . . He’s our guy. He’s our guy for now and the future.”
    Seriously….. Brian Orakpo was stating what Mike Shannan told the team. Read the freaking article before you reference something. Very poor on your part Rosenthal.
    I also seriously doubt Mike Shannan is spreading these dumb rumors about McNabb. It’s not like he’s in grade school. If he really didn’t want McNabb why wouldnt he just cut him or bench him now??? really, think about it for a second.

  8. Rosenthall you never give props to 106.7 the fan where both Portis’ and Orakpo’s quotes both came from. Florio’s cousin is a producer over there you should give them a plug once in a while.

  9. Instead of admitting he made a knee jerk reaction, Shanahan decided to lie and embarrass a guy he’s trying to resign. Stupid, but not surprising. Besides Elway has he ever succeeded with a QB?
    Brian Griese
    Jake Plummer
    Jay Cutler
    Maybe we give him too much credit for something Elway did. After all, has he made any playoff runs since? Nope

  10. his numbers are awful this year. If the coach feels he needs to pick it up then he should just come out and say we need better play from our qb. All of this back and forth is dumb and it tears the team in two because they will eventually bench him if he continues to play poorly.

  11. Schefter, as you may know, was the a Denver sportswriter for years, prior to going to NFL Network, then espN.
    When you post:
    Shanahan won’t say anything publicly of course, but all the McNabb bashing behind the scenes has to come from somewhere. And it could become counterproductive. We know the players aren’t throwing McNabb under the bus.
    that last sentence is quite a broad statement of (un)known fact. T.O. first told us about McPukey. I saw a Monday night game a year after the McPukey Super Bowl and at the end of the game the guy was completely winded and Phili had to take a timeout.
    You can say what you want about Shanny, and you cannot deny the fact that two-time, back-to-back Super Bowl winning coach benched his starting QB in the final two minutes of a game.
    That’s simply stunning, actually.

  12. Hilarious is Andy Reid traded you within the division and is looking like a genius.

  13. @Hauschild who says:
    “So, we keep getting these stories from the bleeding heart media about “Oh, how can anybody be picking on poor Donovan???” “Say it ain’t so?!?!?”
    I think it’s time for the writers to begin doing some homework instead of having to rely on the readers to draw the obvious conclusions on our own.”
    ————————————————–
    Yeah, right. I guess the same applies to that “bleeding heart media,” who couldn’t find any real dirt on Barack Obama except for the fact he had once been in the same room as William Ayers.
    Look, nobody is telling you to stop hating Donovan McNabb. I mean, that’s your divine right as a…well, hater. The story is one in which McNabb is quoted as saying all of this stuff makes him laugh. You are free to draw your own conclusions—which you have.
    Moronic as they may be.

  14. People are still saying he got booed on draft day? People still don’t know there were only a few people booing, and they were only booing the fact that the Eagles didn’t draft Ricky Williams.

  15. If I were a Philly fan I’d wait until at least after sunday to talk crap about Mcnabb. Nothing is more embarassing than talking crap about a QB who beats you twice in one season. If Philly loses on Sunday none of their fans have a right to talk crap about Mcnabb regardless of how they play. The fact is that the Skins were 0-6 in the division last year. This year they are 2-0 already. Most of that is because of Mcnabb and a few key scrambles and not fumbling when getting hit like Campbell. Because their defense which was top 5 last year, is bottom 5 this year, and their skill positions look like an Arena roster.

  16. McNabb has always tried to laugh off criticism, rather than take a hard look at whether or not there is anything there that he should be working on.
    He has his pluses and minuses, but his flaws become his blind spots and nothing improves.
    The other QB that always tries to take on this “what, me worry?” demeanor is Romo. In both cases I suspect they are likely really thin skinned and have a tough time with criticism, so they try to ignore it.

  17. Remember that the owner is a supposed marketing genius (debatable) and close buds with Jerry Jones (fact), who revels in media attention for his team as front-of-mind good business. I wouldn’t be surprised if someone from inside the Redskin’s organization is throwing out this junk.
    McNabb’s style of play is no secret, nor the fact that he regularly misses open receivers. But the venom of the stories coming out of DC would make one think he’s the opposing QB.

  18. McNabb is playing, overall, lousy football. Mental errors, inaccurate passes, etc. And all the criticism is of Shanahan. Let’s see Tom Jackson demand some WHITE QB gets respect when he gets benched. Then tell me Shanahan was wrong.

  19. McNabb’s numbers aren’t a reflection of his performance, but rather an offensive scheme that doesn’t seem to have any reason or purpose. It’s obvious that Shanny Jr. is looking for a scapegoat. The Coach, in the meantime seems happy to accept that Donavan doesn’t fit the offensive scheme vs creating a scheme that fits THEIR quarterback AND their run game.
    I don’t know why I bother celebrating Redskin moves in the off season. They have yet to get a clue from the top (Snyder) down.

  20. Wow, would these be the same inside sources that were certain Haynesworth would be traded in the draft. Were they the same insiders who knew the team were lowering their trade demands so they could ship him before the trade deadline.
    Are these the reporters who completely failed to mention the problems the coaches were having with McNabb until after he was benched, rather than say before when it would actually demonstrate some kind of genuine insider knowledge.
    Are the Shanahan’s reveling in embarassing their QB, or is it just a bunch of journalists desperately filling column inches with supposition and bs? On the grounds that it would provide absolutely no kind of competitive advantage I am going to go with journalists making sh!t up again.

  21. If you have a better option at QB then just bench him and how that works out! Hopefully Rex will be starting when TB comes to DC that in Dec!

  22. Why in the world would Shanahan want to resign a quarterback who he benches in favor of Rex Grossman, of all people? I only wish that Shanahan would start Rex Grossman against the Eagles, rather than a fired up McNabb.

  23. I’ve never been a McNabb fan. But he’s playing behind a terrible O line, he has one WR who wouldn’t even be the number two WR on the Giants or the Eagles, and his main RB has been hurt and was of questionable value to begin with. Not many QBs would do much better under the circumstances and I can think of quite a few that would do a lot worse.

  24. Reid: McNabb’s work ethic was the thing that separated him from other quarterbacks.
    Trotter: McNabb’s work ethic was the most important item that allowed the Eagles to go to the playoffs eight times in 11 years.
    Vick: work ethic was the characteristic he learned from McNabb that has made the biggest difference in his improved play.
    Hauschild: already knew, McNabb is lazy, pure and simple.
    There you have it. Four “inside scoop” sources if there ever were any.
    http://www.gcobb.com/2010/09/29/reid-and-vick-talk-about-mcnabbs-amazing-work-ethic/

  25. @Cornerdenizen
    One of McNabb’s problem was that he was cool with the whole TO thing. He rather than Hugh Douglas should have stood up to TO in the locker room. He lost the locker room in Philly.

  26. are you kidding…anyone who thinks McNabb isn’t a good quarterback doesn’t know football…without him Redskins wouldn’t be nearly as good of a team as they are now.

  27. are you kidding…anyone who thinks McNabb isn’t a good quarterback doesn’t know football…without him Redskins wouldn’t be nearly as good of a team as they are now.

  28. That’s ironic, because I often find PFT’s reports “hilarious”.
    The Sports Media needs some better self-awareness. They look like complete fools sometimes with the stories and situations they create to fill the news cycle. Any little situation or conflict and next thing you know Media Outlets are spinning it out of control to “drive” or “push” a story that in many cases just isn’t there.

  29. Maybe if McNabb would take something serisouly for once in his life he wouldn’t have to listen to all of this scrutiny.

  30. There is a writer in D.C. calling Mike Shanahan a racist for his bumbled explanations of the McNabb benching. Why should race factor into this? If you look at Steve McNair, Warren Moon, SB winner Doug Williams, they were not black quarterbacks, but QBs who simply performed well and got the job done. Their race wasn’t a factor in their performances as quarterbacks. They also didn’t go through mid-season slumps, periodic lapses in concentration, or fail to maintain proper in-season conditioning. And, they didn’t choke in big games, either. Personally, I thought McNabb would be a better player in a system that more evenly mixed the pass and run. That said, Shanahan has a history of publicly calling out underperforming players. For example, at the begining of the 2010 sesaon, Albert Haynesworth was an overweight underachiever with a bad attitude that Shanahan called out publicly and often, but it wasn’t about race. It was about performance. Seems that Haynesworth has become a much better player since he stopped resisting Shanahan and started playing football again. At the end of his career, Haynesworth may even reflect on this season and Shanahan as a turning point in his career. If McNabb thought he could just go into Washington and pick up with a new coach as if he were just another Andy Reid, he was obviously mistaken. And, if McNabb pouts and takes umberage to Shanahan’s public calling out rather than takes it as a challenge to elevate his game, he just might save his season and that of his team. If not, he will be just another has-been in the twilight of a good but not great career, and, somewhere else next season. Shanahan simply needs better play from the most important position on the field and he saw that McNabb clearly was not taking his best to the field each and every Sunday.

  31. You know what seems to be a common trait amongst Mcnabb haters…they use the notion that he may not be a good QB and use that as justification for ANY actions thereafter committed by the Redskins coaching staff.
    In other words…making decisions that obviously hurt the team’s chances of victory as well as airing dirty laundry and propaganda to the media(something always frowned upon when committed by players) is now a justified form a conduct.
    This is and always will be the problem with bias.

  32. Maybe Shanny never wanted McNabb.
    Maybe Snyder, just like Jones, cant stop meddeling. Maybe hes the one who couldnt say no to bringing Mcnabb on. That would explain the fact that Shanny and company dont come right out and say what the truth is and we get all the BS stories from conditioning, injury and stupidity, eluding he cant run a 2 minute offense. The truth could be Mcnabb never was a QB Shanny wanted in the first place. The only QB that for sure was the daddy/son hire was Grossman because of Kyles experience with him in Texas. Giving McNabb the same treatment he got in Philly by benching him sure changes how McNabb feels about his security here for sure. When he gets a contract offer from the Skins I would bet he turns it down. Just what Shanny may want. Then he can get his own guy. It wasnt like he didnt make a run at Cutler.
    Pure speculation.

  33. I love McNabb. From getting booed on draft day, to the Limbaugh stunt, to the T.O. chronicles, to being traded, the dude has always been cool.
    Yeah, I know this is disappointing for those folks who would prefer he summon his inner George Jefferson and jump up an down and yell and scream and be a fool in general. I mean, that’s the way someone who looks like him is supposed to act… right?
    Hey, aren’t those are the very traits Mike Singletary gets ridiculed for?…
    Anyway…McNabb stays cool. He never lets anyone push his buttons or control him. And he’s right to laugh at all the stuff around him. It’s a joke. McNabb is a man.
    +1…his number arent that bad. A few more TD passes and everyone would shut up. He’s not exactly surrounded by pro bowl skill players.

  34. This is typical McNabb, newborns have a bigger set of cojunes, he should have just told the coach to kiss his ass….

  35. If anybody on the team needs to be called out, it’s the Redskin’s terrible offensive line. They have as a unit been among the worst in the NFL.
    Back when Shanahan was HC in Denver, his coaches page on the official website the description of his coaching ability would have made most megalomaniac dictators blush with embarrassment. Famously it described him as the “ultimate leader.” Apparently he’s been buying his own PR.
    I don’t care much about McNabb, never was an Eagles fan and I hate the Redskins. But this is ridiculous. Am I really supposed to believe that after spending this long in the NFL, on a team coached by Andy Reid who famously is a pass-first kind of coach, that McNabb is confused by Shanahan’s brilliant play calling? The truth is that Shanahan’s only real notable coaching ability is to get above average results from average running backs. But without Elway he has been a joke, and quite honestly I’m not sure that Elway didn’t win the superbowl in spite of Shanahan.
    This entire incident has been handled so poorly it seems like the Redskin’s coaching staff has been taking the lead from the Childress playbook.

  36. Cornerdenizen says:
    I love McNabb. From getting booed on draft day, to the Limbaugh stunt, to the T.O. chronicles, to being traded, the dude has always been cool.
    Yeah, I know this is disappointing for those folks who would prefer he summon his inner George Jefferson and jump up an down and yell and scream and be a fool in general. I mean, that’s the way someone who looks like him is supposed to act… right?
    Hey, aren’t those are the very traits Mike Singletary gets ridiculed for?…
    Anyway…McNabb stays cool. He never lets anyone push his buttons or control him. And he’s right to laugh at all the stuff around him. It’s a joke. McNabb is a man.
    _________________________
    Best. Agree 100%. And from a Patriots fan, so no blind hate.

  37. McNabb needs more weapons. Some people make mistakes in they lives, and the Redskins made a big one a few months ago.

  38. I have always wondered how McNabb’s teammates felt during the broadcasts of those McNabb Promotion Videos during two of the Eagles’ Night Games is successive years.
    One featured McNabb mumbling, “They’re after me…”, featuring about 20 people in Redskin uniforms emerging from the darkness, “the naysayers…”, featuring a crazed blip of Rush Limbaugh, and a few others–as if he had no assistance from anyone, like His Team, His Coaches and everyone else.
    The following year, another promo was produced, where he stood in the darkness again, this time with water pouring down on him, like some kind of Football Jesus standing in the rain…
    I have always wondered how those around him felt about those videos–as if they didn’t exist, or their efforts were worthless because he was “all alone”.
    I would Love to know how the others felt.

  39. Mcnabb needs weapons???? PLEASE. He had them in Philly and still threw at their feet. He is overrated

  40. Cornerdenizen says: November 9, 2010 4:45 PM
    I love McNabb. From getting booed on draft day, to the Limbaugh stunt, to the T.O. chronicles, to being traded, the dude has always been cool.
    Yeah, I know this is disappointing for those folks who would prefer he summon his inner George Jefferson and jump up an down and yell and scream and be a fool in general. I mean, that’s the way someone who looks like him is supposed to act… right?
    Hey, aren’t those are the very traits Mike Singletary gets ridiculed for?…
    Anyway…McNabb stays cool. He never lets anyone push his buttons or control him. And he’s right to laugh at all the stuff around him. It’s a joke. McNabb is a man.
    =========================
    This is right on man. Best post here.

  41. The Skins are right in the thick of things and they pull this shit. Before Shanny rats tabockle I thought they were on the right track and I think most of their fans did as well. Shanna Rat is showing his true colors. Crazy Old Al in Raiderland is looking smarter everyday this season for his coaching changes and draft picks. Raiders will give you Campbell back for McNabb.

  42. All you Philly fans already forget that the Skins beat you earlier this season? It just might happen again.

  43. I’ve watched more of the Red Skins this year than ive wanted to and outside of Mcnabb and the D they don’t have much going for them, well said WonderlicMyBallz. The game where he got pulled he was running for his life and still managed to keep them in it.
    I love how these arm chair Philly QB’s have so much to say. The fact is he beat you clowns in your own back yard so shut up, if he was so bad your team should of won the game. The sad part is him team will beat you again on Monday so Shut your Pie Hole

  44. McNabb is one of the most over-rated QBs in the history of the game.
    Hell, he only stays healthy enough to play a full season once every 3 years.
    Everyone gives him credit for a team that went to 4 straight NFC Championship games….but the fact is all 4 of those teams were built on the back of Jim Johnson’s defense…NOT McNabb.
    When he got traded to the Redskins he made two teams better…the Eagles and the Raiders (The Eagles because Kolb and Vick were both a major upgrade and the Raiders because Jason Campbell was an upgrade over what they had.)
    Even if he was half as good as people seem to think he is…I’d still have very little respect for him as a person because I can’t respect anyone that is so quick to play the race card whenever someone says something he doesn’t want to hear.

  45. # Raiderfankirk says: November 9, 2010 7:39 PM
    “Crazy Old Al in Raiderland is looking smarter everyday this season for his coaching changes and draft picks.
    I’m a raiderfan and you got to be kidding me. Cowboys weren’t rolling with double digit losses for six straight seasons. Can’t throw stones in that glass house.

  46. LuvThatDirtyWatah says:
    November 9, 2010 5:09 PM
    Hilarious is Andy Reid traded you within the division and is looking like a genius
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Its gonna take alot more than trading McNabb to make reid look like a genius.
    And people going crazy about McNabb being benched. Have you watched him play this year? Mabye it was the wrong time in the game but He’s played like shit all year.

  47. McNabb is not alone. Any football fan worth their salt finds ESPN’s reports on anything NFL related rather hilarious most of the time. ESPN’s NFL coverage is a pathetic joke.

  48. Weapon X Orakpo is is gonna maul vick like a pitbull!! Landry will make cornball Kolb a cripple!! BOOK IT!! 3SUPER BOWL WINS IN 30 YEARS BEATS THE HELL OUTTA ZERO IN 60 LMAO LMAO philly a stink bait city of chumps at least yall have the phils but oh yea they choked this year LMAO

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