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McNabb's agent, Shanahan exchange public barbs

Posted on: December 23, 2010 4:33 pm
Edited on: December 23, 2010 8:54 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

Earlier, we mentioned how Mike Shanahan said he'd be absolutely thrilled to have Donovan McNabb return in the role of a backup quarterback with the Washington Redskins.

There was also some mention of a back-and-forth that would likely occur in the offseason between McNabb's camp and the Redskins coaching staff. Scratch "likely" from that, because McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, fired a shot back at the Shanahan and his son. (Update: Shanny's sent a shot back at Smith, calling everything below "misconceptions" and saying that things are NOT personal.)

To the lengthy blockquote machine! 
I think it is important to clarify some misinterpretations following Donovan comments made earlier this week on his radio show.

Donovan did say that "he didn’t want to go anywhere" and that he "enjoyed himself" in the Washington DC area. He and his family truly enjoy living in the Washington,DC, area and are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support the fans have shown him this year.

He stated that he wishes to stay in Washington because he came to complete a task - and that task has not yet been accomplished.

While Donovan’s feelings about Washington remain the same, the Shanahans - both Mike and more specifically Kyle - have made this an extremely difficult relationship to maintain.

Their comments have been beyond disrespectful and unprecedented for a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback such as Donovan.

There have been many reports leaked of Donovan not being in shape and not being able to grasp Kyle’s offense.

The fact is Donovan came into camp in the best shape of his career having dropped 10 pounds in the offseason. Donovan spent most of his offseason in Washington working out with the Redskins and never missed a practice.

Unfortunately, it appears as though the Redskins coaching staff decided that their 12-year veteran quarterback, who flawlessly executed one of the NFL's most complex offensive systems (in Philadelphia), is unable to grasp Kyle’s offense.

I believe there is tension between Donovan and Kyle that's rooted in the fact that Donovan has suggested modifications to Kyle's offense based on intricacies Donovan has learned in his NFL career.

For example, Donovan has asked all year that the team run more screen passes to help manage the pass rush more effectively. Ironically, Kyle decided to employ Donovan's suggestions after he unceremoniously benched him on Sunday.

After Donovan quickly led the Redskins down the field and scored what appeared to be the game saving drive against Tampa Bay, Kyle was quoted as saying "He’ll (McNabb) never take another snap for me again."

Remember that statement came after Donovan led the Redskins on one of their best drives of the entire season.

Donovan is coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2009 where he threw for 3,500+ yards on 60% completions, with a TD:INT ratio of more than 2:1. He also led his team to the playoffs with an 11-5 record, and that's what he hoped to accomplish in Washington.

This year, Donovan was on pace to set the Redskins all-time passing yards mark before being benched. Every week he went out there in solidarity with his teammates with one goal: to win as much as possible for the fans in this town who deserve a championship caliber team.

Make no mistake, this has been a difficult season for Donovan. Some may say that he has had a down year....that is true specifically because of the high standards that he has set as an elite NFL quarterback in his previous 11 seasons.

Donovan has maintained a high level of professionalism on and off the field. He is determined to continue his relentless commitment to win and looks forward to the opportunity wherever that may be!

Fletcher Smith, III

President, Blueprint Sports Group
So, what can we discern from this statement? Well, basically that McNabb won't be a Redskin in 2011.

Because, really, at this point, it's gone past "he may or may not be out of shape and/or past his prime and/or a good fit for the offense" and things have gotten straight-up personal.

Or not, if you believe Mike Shanahan, who issued the following statement via the Redskins on Thursday night.
"As I stated earlier, when I traded for Donovan McNabb I had hoped that he would lead us to the playoffs. No one wanted him to be more successful than me. When the team was 5-8 and mathematically out of the playoffs, I made the decision to evaluate our other two quarterbacks. This was not personal, but strictly professional. The decision was made in the best interest of the Washington Redskins and I stand by my decision. I will attempt to talk to Fletcher Smith directly to clear up every one of his misconceptions."
So, really, now the only question is how the divorce papers will actually get filed.

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McNabb's agent, Shanahan exchange public barbs

I earlier said when McNabb and the Eagles were favored in a playoff game they "usually won"... was based on the fact that they had been to 5 NFC Championship games in his 11 years... which is impressive even though they didn't win a single SB.

My total point was: That whenever McNabb and the Eagles were the underdog, they NEVER won a playoff game. I actually can't remember ONE playoff game where they were the underdog and won, yet they've lost several games when they were the favorite.

I believe the first NFC Championship game was against the Rams... the Rams were favored and won by 5.

In another NFC Championship game... the Bucs beat the Eagles in Philly... the Eagels were favored.

In the game against the Panthers... I believe the Eagles were favored.

In the game against the Cardinals... the Cardinals were favored.

The Eagles were favored against the Falcons (led by the same M. Vick)... and was the only NFC Championship game they won to go to the SB... where they lost to the favored Patriots.

So the point is... the Eagles would end up being upset in maybe 40% of the playoff games they played in... but they NEVER won a game where they were actually the underdog.

Oh wait a minute... I think when they beat the Vikings in MN... they were the underdog. It wasn't an NFC Championship game... but they were the underdog in that one. They also beat the Bears in Chicago... but I don't remember if they were underdogs there too. Well... even if they did have two wins against teams they weren't favored against, they didn't happen in a game as big as the NFC Championship game. It would have been much better had they beat the same Cardinals that the Eagles had kicked their teeth in just two months prior by 4 TDs... but McNabb and the defense came up lame there.

I am glad to not have to watch McNabb choking it up on the last drive of the game like he loves to do... and then smack his hands together and give that stupid chuckle and grin... like... "let's get'em next time guys".

It is funny to see that this same team with Vick is about to break the all-time scoring record for the Eagles with the same guys McNabb had available to him. McNabb and the Eagles offense scored 416 last year... breaking the old record... and I think they have 412 right now with two games remaining. Vick is showing us that perhaps McNabb wasn't as good as we actually thought. 

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