That is the word on the street and according to “inside sources” as described by the Sports Junkies on 106.7 FM the Fan in Washington, D.C.
The story stems from a dinner during Super Bowl week in Dallas between Dan Snyder, Mike Shanahan, Bruce Allen and Fletcher Smith (McNabb’s agent). Apparently while discussing future plans moving forward for McNabb with the team it was uncovered that Donovan McNabb refused to wear a play sheet wrist band when asked by the coaches. The reluctance stemmed from McNabb “refusing” to tarnish his image by wearing a “cheat sheet”. When learning of this, owner Dan Snyder lashed out against his head coach and berated him for not succeeding in enforcing the issue on McNabb. All this goes on while Allen and Smith awkwardly sit in silence.
You can view this in numerous ways. First, McNabb was not compliant in doing what it takes for the sake of the team. If he felt that wearing the band might make him look unprepared is an understatement. It was well documented that he did not grasp the offense totally and it showed on the field. The main issue was, he perhaps put himself ahead of the team IF he did it to save face. I am not implying that the team would have done better at all. But if he did not do all he could, he is not who we thought he was.
The second issues is with Snyder berating Shanahan. Like I said if this did happen, this would be a shocker. Everyone believed that Shanahan was brought in by Snyder, because he knew he would not interfere with football business. That was the case with Joe Gibbs, Snyder never told him what to do. If Shanahan truly is taking occasional orders from the boss, what more has been said or dictated?