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Shanahan responds to McNabb's agent

Posted on: December 23, 2010 7:46 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

Ever know a couple that are together even though everyone knows they're wrong for each other and they keep fighting publicly and everyone keeps wondering why they won't just go ahead and break up and save their friends the awkwardness of watching their relationship go up in flames?

Yeah, that's Mike Shanahan and Donovan McNabb apparently. After McNabb's agent Fletcher Smith issued a scathing statement directed towards Shanny and his son Kyle on Thursday (which was based on Shanahan saying that he'd welcome McNabb as a backup in 2011 which was based on McNabb saying he'd been disrespected, which was based on Shanahan benching him for Rex Grossman), the Redskins countered with their own statement from the head coach.
"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."
Now, this is actually pretty good public relations, because Shanahan is saying what he should be saying -- that he respects McNabb as a person and a player and that he's doing what's best for the team.

Unfortunately, this is pretty contradictory to the whole "we'd love to have him for a backup" public statement that defines "backhanded compliment."

And at this point, we all know they're breaking up anyway; the nice thing would be for them to just go ahead and cut ties and let everyone move on. Or everyone involved could keep firing off statements that are either directly or indirectly insulting to the other party. That would be fun too.

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Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 24, 2010 1:11 pm
 

Shanahan responds to McNabb's agent

CC022inf....you are an idiot.  The Shanahans are losers...the entire family.  Mike won only because he had one of the best ever in Elway at QB.  As soon as Elway was gone, his team went right in the gutter, like his coaching career in Denver.  And now in Washington, he is showing again that he is a clueless coach.

Shanahan needs to be let go and they need to bring in a Cowher or Gruden. People who know football and know how to win without a TOP 5 QB EVER!!!



Since: Mar 20, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2010 10:51 pm
 

F McNabb

Shanny was hired to fix the team and make the decisions. McNabb sucked for most of the year. He is old, washed up, and useless to shanny. People say, 'he should have handled it better'. What? How? Make Donovan a nice glass of warm milk and bake him some cookies? This is the NFL and Shanny owes McNabb NOTHING. Get over yourselves.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 10:08 pm
 

Shanahan responds to McNabb's agent

Only a few problems...while it might have been professional, it certainly wasnt handled in that way nor have most of the personnel issues with the Redskins.  Also, by evaluating the other 2 QB's and very little else (other than the RB issue that as forced on them), he is saying that it is McNabb's fault...nice and also a professional deflection of the truth.  Tell me Joe Gibbs would done the same?

Shanahan is pulling a McDaniels and we all know what happened to Micky D.  The system isnt working with the players on hand, so either the players are all incapable or the system isnt the greatest.  Decisions to directly come in and insert a defense that you knew would anger your high priced man-child anchor of the defence into a season long malaise was fantastic.  Oh yeah, make sure you really soothe his fragile ego with failing him repeatedly for physical conditioning.  Why not just drop him...you had to know what was coming.  Remember, this guy doesnt think twice about stepping on the head of an opponent.  And apparently, we werent done.  We needed to poison the other side of the ball by taking the ball out of the hands of your major off-season acquisition during the 2 min drill.  AND BEST, we can a special teams player for a crappy snap in bad weather, ONLY after saying that you wouldnt do it immediately after the game because of his ownership of the result.  Yes, this is great coaching and personnel management!  What is next...pink slips for dropped passes or picks in the end zone?  Yeah...that will motivate for sure!

McNabb is on the downslope of his career, no doubt.  However, his body has not given up on him like it has Favre as of yet.  Grossman is honestly still getting the feel of the NFL game and will still make mistakes and may never get it down.  And downgrading the guy to 3rd string, nice move...very professional.  Yeah, McNabb is getting paid and that is probably the way he sees it and part of the reason he hasnt made as big of stink as 99.99% of the people in the same position would have done.

Reid didnt want to lose McNabb, but he didnt want to sign him long term either with Kolb looking like a cheap and capable replacement.  Knowing that it would be taken as a lack of respect not to offer McNabb a long term deal and wasnt going to play out well, Reid let McNabb go straight away. It has only turned out to be a smart move because of Vick as in the little time Kolb actually, he didnt steal the show.  They had to make a decision on Kolb, just like the Packers did with Rodgers, just like SF did with Young in letting Montana go, just like StL (mistakenly) did with Bulger in letting Warner go... 



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 9:25 pm
 

Shanahan responds to McNabb's agent

You are an idiot.

McNabb will get a huge contract next year to play for the Cardinals, Vikings, Bills, Raiders, ..........fill in the blanks.

BTW, I am not a McNabb fan at all, in fact, I think he sucks.   I am a huge Redskins fan who couldn't be more ticked off by the entire Shanahan(s) fiasco.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: December 23, 2010 8:15 pm
 

Shanahan responds to McNabb's agent

OH did Donavan get his feelings hurt, how much money was you over paid to try to get the Redskins to the playoffs. Well guess what it just did not work out plain and simple. The National Football League is a business you do not have the right  to be caudeled and pamperd. The Eagles cut you for a reason you cannot run any more you stand in the pocket waiting to get hit. The Redskins gave you a chance this year and it did not work out well for either party's. The Redskins are l;looking at their young talent which you do not qualify for so take your money and feelings and go home. If you do happen to play next year count your blessings.


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