Former Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb made an appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Thursday and was asked whether or not quarterback Robert Griffin III will be able to succeed in Mike Shanahan’s offense.
“A lot of times ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington,” McNabb said.
“Here’s a guy coming out who’s very talented, mobile, strong arm, we’ve already heard he’s intelligent, football mind,” McNabb said of Griffin. “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 with Matt Schaub over to him and have him kind of be embedded in that?”
“We talk so much about Mike Shanahan and the things he was able to do in Denver,” McNabb said. “Well, I have a couple of names for you that Mike Shanahan — quarterbacks he’s coached — and the lack of success that he’s had.”
“We had John Beck, who was 0-4,” McNabb said. “Rex Grossman: 6-11. Jay Cutler, who was his prize possession: 17-20. Jake Plummer, a guy who had success, led them to the AFC Championship against Pittsburgh, as we know, and then benched him the next year, because he wouldn’t do what he wanted him to do. Brian Griese, who was supposed to be the heir apparent to John Elway, hasn’t had a lot of success.”
“I don’t think it’s a good fit,” McNabb said. “If this doesn’t work this year, if we don’t see a splash like a Cam Newton splash, this could be it. . . . How long does he have with RG3? The seat is hot right now.”
“I was misused,” McNabb said. “Absolutely, I was misused.”
After listening to McNabb talk on First Take, it’s so obvious that he’s bitter about how the Redskins treated him in 2010. But let’s face it, head coach Andy Reid and the Eagles were able to cover up many of his flaws with their offense, which didn’t make it easy to adapt to a different system.
At the end of the day, if McNabb was still a good quarterback, he would’ve played much better with the Minnesota Vikings last season. Right now, I don’t see any teams signing him as a free agent this offseason. His career is likely over at this point.
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