Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

Mike Shanahan: 'I love Donovan McNabb'

Posted on: July 8, 2011 9:08 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

With very few exceptions, there's little certainty about this NFL offseason. Some things -- Kenny Britt getting in trouble, for example -- are guarantees. And some things -- Donovan McNabb not playing for the Redskins next year -- seem like guarantees.

Which is why it's so surprising to hear Mike Shanahan say the words, "I love Donovan McNabb." But that's exactly what he said on Friday at a youth football camp.

"I love Donovan McNabb," Shanahan said, per Jennifer Williams of "He’s one of the best guys you’ll ever be around. You cannot find a better person in the world.

"The thing that you do when you put a football team together is you sit down and make some tough decisions, and I will sit down with him once we are able to talk.”

They won't be able to chat until there's a new collective bargaining agreement, of course, and that means it's anyone guess as to when they'll be face-to-face.

Once they do chat, however, it's a virtual lock that Shanny's going to be shipping McNabb out of town, at least based on his criteria for evaluating players anyway.

"You're evaluating obviously on their talent, character and age," he said.

Character might be important and Shanahan might really love McNabb as a person. But based on his decision to bench Donovan for Rex Grossman last year, as well as certain comments from certain quarterbacks during this offseason, it's pretty obvious that he doesn't believe McNabb nails the trifecta in terms of things he's looking for in a quarterback.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:06 pm

Mike Shanahan: 'I love Donovan McNabb'

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:22 pm
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 27, 2011 1:56 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 12:06 am
This comment has been removed.

Post Deleted by Administrator

Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: July 26, 2011 9:35 pm

Mike Shanahan: 'I love Donovan McNabb'

thank you....   finally somebody talks and knows what the hell is going on.

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: July 10, 2011 7:23 am

Mike Shanahan: 'I love Donovan McNabb'

Who does Shanahan thinks he fooling with that comment?! Of course he's going to say that....especially in front of kids. Now he may/may not like McNabb as a person,but as a football player he has very little or no respect at all for him. It all comes down to it being a "PR" move and Shanahan being too damn subborn to admit that he might have been wrong in having McNabb as his QB. He was always perceived as a very smart HC while at Denver(because of Elway,Davis,etc;) but now all of the sudden he's unable to put together a solid team in Washington. It seems as though he portrays himself as a "genius" and that he can never be wrong about any decision(s)that are made.

Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: July 9, 2011 7:12 pm

Mike Shanahan: 'I love Donovan McNabb'

What a croc of crap. Shanny may love McNabb as a human being, but he despises him as a quarterback, and rightfully so. McNabb was never a fit for Shanahan, and is not capable of executing a Shanahan offense at a level that would make Mike happy. Say what? That's right, I'm saying it. Somebody needs to. McNabb has limitations, and that is about as politcally correct as one can put it. It was Snyder who put the pressure on to sign Donovan. Shanny didn't want him. The relationship was doomed from the start. Can you imagine Vince Young running a Mike Holmgren offense? Well, McNabb-Shanahan was even a worse matchup. McNabb will move on to "save" another franchise and lead them to the promised land. But as always, McNabb will be plagued with poor protection, the league's worst receivers, and arrogant, know nothing coaches who just don't understand his greatness. Poor McNabb just has never been able to get any decent talent to work with.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2011 1:42 pm

Mike Shanahan: 'I love Donovan McNabb'

I think Brutus said the same thing to Julius Ceaser right before he delivered the death blow. Mcnabb would be a fool to believe mike.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2011 9:28 pm

Mike Shanahan: 'I love Donovan McNabb'

ha ha ha ha. Right, its like slaping your dog and coming right back and saying I love you puppy. Shann does not have much to choose from on his QB right now and might realize the weasel grossman could not rate a shoe shine compared to McNabb. McNabb is gone from this team so they better plan on getting somebody.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or