We all know who Donovan McNabb is. Or at least we should.
McNabb could be considered one of the best quarterbacks in recent NFL history. He led the Philadelphia Eagles to four consecutive NFC East Championships from 2000-2004. He also led the Eagles to a Super Bowl in which they lost to the New England Patriots. McNabb holds Eagles’ records for career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns. Although McNabb never won a Super Bowl, he should still be given the respect he deserves as an elite NFL quarterback.
So, why is everyone suddenly hating on McNabb? Well, the answer lies in his tenure with the Washington Redskins for the 2010 NFL season. Although McNabb played well for the Redskins in some situations, he was not the factor head coach Mike Shanahan was looking for. McNabb was eventually demoted to the third string quarterback on December 17, 2010.
Shanahan and McNabb were known to have butted heads when he was in Washington. Not only did McNabb not live up to Shanahan’s expectations, but he also did not provide the veteran assistance Shanahan wanted to the other Washington quarterbacks. McNabb eventually left the Redskins at the end of the 2010 season, being traded to the Minnesota Vikings for a sixth-round draft pick. Obviously this embarrassed McNabb and left a sour taste in his mouth for Shanahan.
So, we come to 2013, and superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III is about to begin his second year as a professional athlete. At the end of the 2012 NFL season, there was some controversy on whether or not Griffin should have been allowed to play after previously hurting his knee. Well, he played and was even further injured, causing surgery and a lengthy recovery in the offseason.
Now, McNabb has released multiple statements that he wants to talk to Griffin personally. McNabb is stating that he just wants to help Griffin progress in a healthy, professional manner, and has concerns that the Redskins organization, led by Shanahan, does not have Griffin’s health in mind, but rather their own agenda.
McNabb stated, “But it’s a shame. I honestly think that over there in Washington he’s getting brainwashed. He’s getting input from whoever it may be of, ‘There’s no reason to talk to him, didn’t work out here.’ If they expressed their dislike when I was there, or what I used to do, so be it but I hope the best for the young man.”
It seems that McNabb is genuinely concerned for Griffin’s health, and that the two of them should talk. After all, why not? Griffin will not leave the Redskins after talking to McNabb. Furthermore, if this is just an attempt at a retired QB trying to get back at a former coach, it won’t work. Griffin is probably the most popular player in the NFL at the moment, and maybe McNabb is just trying to gain some fame by latching on.
Let them talk publicly, then address the situation. Blowing everything out of proportion now only makes matters worse.