If you haven’t figured it out by now, Donovan McNabb is unequivocally and irrefutably done. We’re not talking advanced physics here, just common sense and the connection of a few dots. What I find interesting right now is all the hubris brought forth by the allegations of McNabb refusing to wear a play-calling wristband. Personally, I find the whole story ridiculous. I’ve tried to determine the validity of it, whether it is fact, fiction, or a clever leak. I give up. I really don’t care either way. If you are wondering why I don’t care about the wristband, go back to the first sentence of this paragraph and read it over. What I do find fascinating though is the continuing need for an excuse, or justification if you will, for not starting McNabb anymore.
To me, this whole wristband nonsense is one more piece of Redskins paranoia perpetrated and propelled by the Redskins’ front office, the media and fans alike. The front office, Mike Shanahan or someone probably mentioned something off-hand about McNabb not wearing a wristband. This then obviously found its way to the media, who obviously still cares about McNabb, which then found its way to Skins fans who love to concoct conspiracy theories, and for good reason. After losing for so long we have to come up with our own reasons for explaining mediocrity, right?
Still though, for the Shanahans (if the rumor is true), and for the media, this is one more excuse for why McNabb is not going to be starting. It’s almost as if both camps are somehow trying to lessen the blow of McNabb not starting. It’s as if they are trying to wean us simpletons off of McNabb. Well, here’s a news flash. We know he’s not starting. We kind of figured that out mid-way through last season. So please, stop feeding us this tripe. We, or at least I, don’t care. McNabb is yesterday’s news. I don’t need excuses as to why he is no longer our QB, and I don’t need to know what his options are. I could care less. Just get us a new quarterback.