In the world of sports, one is destined to hear or see something confusing at often times, causing them to ask themselves, in the words of the late-great Andy Rooney, “Did you ever wonder why?” Being a Washington Redskins fan, you all may, I mean do, know what I’m talking about. It seems like every day there is new drama we are dealing with, and sometimes we can’t decipher it. Each week, I will take the most mind-boggoling piece of Redskins news and ask myself and all who listen, “Did you ever wonder why?”
In this weeks edition, I will discuss an interesting topic. On Wednesday, disgruntled ex-quatarback turn analyst Donovan McNabb had some harsh words for the Redskins and coach Mike Shanahan.
“McNever” was a guest along-side controversial television host Skip Bayless, via “First Take” ESPN2. After a series of questions, McNabb was asked if he believes Robert Griffin III will succeed in the Shanahan offense. His reply was a simple “no”, but good ole’ Don was just getting started.
Here of some of the comments McNabb had to say for his old team:
Are you going to cater the offense around his talent and what he’s able to do? Or are you going to bring the Houston offense?
Of course, McNabb is referring to Kyle Shanahan’s former work in Houston with the Texans, a completely useless statement if you ask me. Obviously, the Redskins are going to do everything they can to “cater” the offense around this rookie powerhouse. It would be foolish of them not to.
I was misused (in Washington). Absolutely.
Now this is the part where you might feel a little bad for the guy. In his defense, the Shanny’s had a much different plan than he was prepared for. But, he might not of had tried to cope as hard as he could, and make the team better. But taking shots at your old ball club is never the answer, ecspecially when they gave him chance and helped him off the beach after he had “washed-up”.
A lot of times ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington.
I can also see where he’s coming from here, but i believe Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan will do everything to make sure RGIII’s superstar status doesn’t get in the way of the team. McNabb’s ego got in the way during his tenure with the ‘Skins, and that affected him greatly. Some may also think head coach Mike Shanahan’s ego will get in the way, but who’s wouldn’t when your trying to win games and your on the “hot seat”.
If this doesn’t work this year — we don’t see the splash, like a Cam Newton splash — this could be it
In case your not catching on, McNabb is commenting on the chances Shanahan stays in Washington in Griffin fails, like past projects Rex Grossman and John Beck, as well as the “man behind the desk”, Donovan McNabb. Shanahan will be all but dead if RG3(or Andrew Luck) doesn’t pan out as projected. But, this was clearly another chance to take a shot at Washington, so he took it.
As for it not working this year, I don’t see it happening. Griffin will come in with a lot of energy and positive attitude, and it may be enough to push the Redskins into the play-offs for the first time in serval seasons.
I can understand the last quote, but then McNabb went on a rant about past QB’s Mike has failed with as a coach, misleading us viewers even more. Already mentioning Beck and Grossman, he went on to make comments about Jay Cutler and Jake Plummer, as well as Brian Griese, all during his time in Denver. He even managed to make a few statistical errors along the way.
The bottom line is “sour grapes” are a real thing(or type of self-pity), and are clearly the motive behind this most recent discussion. McNabb failed in Washington, and there is no changing that. Yes, you feel a little sorry for someone who was forced to leave the game, but he brought it amongst himself.
After all is said and done, the question remaining is:
“Did you ever wonder why” McNabb said all this? Was he a little jealous of what Griffin may be?
I want to hear your thoughts fans.