It’s 9:48am, and I’m wondering what the Washington Redskins’ Head Coach is up to. Is he working out? Is he watching film of his team play the Lions? Is he watching film of the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington’s next opponent? Or, is he listening to MikeandMike on ESPN?
Coach Shanny may not like much of what he sees when he reviews the Skins’ game against the Lions. He might be concerned about the Vick-led Eagles. If he’s listening to or watching MikeandMike, he’s downright … indifferent. He probably doesn’t care one iota what Mark Schlereth, a Super Bowl winning offensive guard for the Redskins and Shanny’s Denver Broncos thinks about how he runs Mr. Snyder’s football team. On the other hand, he might just care about having his integrity questioned by a former player. I imagine he does.
Schlereth characterized Mike Shanahan’s handling of Donovan McNabb as ‘downright ridiculous’,’ shameful’, and untruthful. He went on to say that the Redskins are always in 3rd and long because Donovan McNabb can’t complete short throws, and that Shanahan lied when he said McNabb didn’t know the two-minute offense well enough and wasn’t conditioned enough to run it regardless. The Redskins’ problem, according to Schlereth, boils down to McNabb’s inaccuracy. Shanahan’s problem, according to Schlereth, is that he displayed a lack of integrity.
Interestingly enough, Mr. Schlereth gave Mr. Shanahan a pass on his handling of Albert Haynesworth. That appeared to be because he doesn’t feel the Coach overreacted or was dishonest about that situation. So, what does Schlereth think the fall-out of the Shanahan’s dishonesty will be? A lack of confidence in him in the locker room. The Redskins sure don’t need that!
The other day I wrote that the wheels are beginning to fall off the Redskins’ cart. I believe that more than ever now, but not just because of what I heard on ESPN this morning. Yesterday, a Philadelphia Eagles’ season ticket holder called me and told me that McNabb is inaccurate on short throws, and that he’s convinced Andy Reid covered up for him year after year. Now, I’m going to be watching every pass under 15 yards he attempts.
I like Number 5 – I think he’s a stand-up guy and a decent starting quarterback. But, let’s be honest even if the Coach wasn’t – McNabb isn’t an elite quarterback. That’s why I can’t see him being tendered a long-term contract by the Redskins. Mike Shanahan wants a franchise quarterback. As for Shanahan himself – he already has the big contract. After this episode however, the team will need to win at least half of its games this season for Skins’ fans to have confidence in him. Next season’s another story entirely. The Redskins absolutely must make the playoffs. If they don’t, or if they have a losing record this year, the boo birds will come out in force. That would be a real shame, because I truly believe the Redskins are on the mend. Go Skins!