|Griffin and Shanahan might look happy, but McNabb knows otherwise. (AP)|
The experiment that brought Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins was an abject disaster. Even Rex Grossman wouldn't argue that. And it stands to reason that McNabb and Mike Shanahan don't like each other very much as a result of what went down in D.C. after Shanny wasted traded a second- and third-round draft pick for McNabb.
But time has passed and it heals all wounds and so when McNabb appeared on ESPN's "First Take" Thursday to talk about football, he was completely objective about the Redskins. Or not.
"I was misused," McNabb said, via MDS at PFT. “Absolutely, I was misused."
The point of McNabb being asked about his time in DC was to discuss how Robert Griffin III might fit with the Redskins. And McNabb thinks he will bomb with Washington and Shanahan will get fired.
"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."
McNabb then used the RG3 debate to take a shot at Shanahan's legacy in working with quarterbacks.
"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."
McNabb then, per MDS, ran down a list of quarterback who failed under Shanahan. He called Jay Cutler Shanny's "prize possession" while citing Cutler's 17-20 record in Denver, which just seems unnecessary. He named Brian Griese, he named John Beck, he named Grossman, he named Jake Plummer ... and he didn't name himself.
Of course, as Dan Steinberg of the D.C. Sports Bog points out, neither did ESPN:
Oy. McNabb also said that "a lot of times ego gets too involved" when it comes to the Redskins, which is ironically hysterical since he refused to mention his own name as a failed quarterback, even though he went 5-8 with 15 picks in 13 games in a single season.
And despite what McNabb thinks, I'd be willing to bet Griffin puts up better numbers out of the gate.