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Donovan McNabb: RG3 'getting brainwashed' by Redskins

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Donovan McNabb thinks RG3 is being 'brainwashed' in Washington.
Donovan McNabb thinks RG3 is being 'brainwashed' in Washington. (USATSI)

It's kind of a shame that everything Donovan McNabb -- no longer an NFL player and now only an NFL analyst -- says warrants a headline. However, it wasn't that long ago McNabb was working with Mike Shanahan as Redskins quarterback.

And so somehow he stays connected to Robert Griffin III. Thusly it kind of matters right now because RG3 was asked about McNabb's previous comments and said McNabb's "not an idiot" ... obviously McNabb had to respond. And he thinks RG3 is getting "brainwashed" in Washington.

"I'm just trying to help him, but clearly the young generation think they have all the answers," McNabb said. "And he's going through a little turmoil right now of trying to get out on the field. And it's unfortunate, but that's where we're at right now as far as these young quarterbacks who think they have all the answers.

"I honestly think that over there in Washington he's getting brainwashed."

Oh boy. OK there are a few things going on here that we need to parse through. (Although if you're in the "shut it, McNabb!" camp, please proceed directly to the comment section below.)

One, surely McNabb can't really believe that angry, stick-waving, in-my-day, younger-generation comment. He's 36. That's like, maybe a little old, but only old enough to try and be cool and hip and stuff. He can't be crotchety at this point.

Two, he really can't believe that guys like RG3, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick have "all the answers." (I'm just assuming these are the young quarterbacks he's referencing.) That's a whole pile of humble, talented young quarterbacks who would be more than happy to meet with veterans of the game and discuss how to improve.

And finally, McNabb can't say this with a straight face, if only because he has a major axe to grind with the Redskins coaching staff. His time in Washington couldn't have ended more poorly: he was replaced on the field at quarterback by Rex Grossman. Please spend a few seconds processing that.

Good? Alrighty. Look, McNabb is in the media now and he's got a job to do. He analyzes football for a living, he was a quarterback and he worked in Washington. Griffin is going to be a topic of conversation.

But he's got to make it less personal, or, at the very least, try to make it less transparently personal.

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