Thursday, March 29, 2012
McNabb says that RG III won't fit in Washington
McNabb was asked whether Robert Griffin III would be able to excel with the Skins and McNabb sounded as if Shanahan ruined his career.
Asked on ESPN First Take if Griffin is a good fit with the offense the Shanahans run in Washington, McNabb answered, “No.
“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?”
What McNabb fails to realize is that his career was on the downside before he got to Washington. You think Andy Reid would've traded him if he knew McNabb could still be productive? Exactly. He is right in some regards about Shanahan in how he hasn't won jack since John Elway rode off into the sunset.
“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.”
Somewhere the truth lies in the middle. Shanahan isn't the genius many make him out to be and McNabb was pretty much toast by the time he got to Washington.
In a weird way it'll be up to Robert Griffin III to prove that McNabb was right about Shanahan and his offense or that McNabb was just living off past glory and washed up.
To me, Shanahan never adjusted his scheme to fit McNabb's talent and McNabb probably never read the playbook or bothered to learn the offense.