What do you think about how Mike Shanahan is treating Donovan McNabb?
I don't thnk he would have made the trade if he was a racist. Mike Shanahan want's to win. It is possible he over-valued McNabb (notice Philly had no problem trading him within the division) and then found out he had eroding skills. Washington is out of the playoffs so it makes sense for Shanahan to see what he has in the cuboard so to speak for next year....
Don't see how anyone could come to that conclusion based on the Stats
McNabb ranks 26th in QB Rating.
McNabb ranks 27th in completion %
McNabb has thrown more interceptions than TD's this season.
McNabb is the second most sacked QB in the league.
McNabb has had only one season with a QB rating of 100 or better.
McNabb is an average quaterback. Like most average QB's he's hanging around too long. Shanahan has really only been successfull with Franchise QB's in front of him
I agree with everything there except the part about McNabb being an "average quarterback". The Redskins wish he could be an average quarterback. McNabb isn't good enough to start on most teams in the NFL at this point in his career.
I meant average over his career. Maybe above average, but certainly not an elite QB. I agree, he's having a horrible season. In fact Grossman is having a better season than he is.
First I want to say that I don't think Shanahan is racist. If he was, he would not have had the coaching career he has had. I think the more accurate assessment of him is that he is a control freak who likes to have power.
I have to disagree however that McNabb has been "average" over his career. He took that Eagles team to 5 NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance. That's not a fluke. I think this season he just has not had much to work with in terms of talent on offense.
Rex has had a better season statistically. I don't think he's the better QB. Redskins have ownership/management issues. Until those are straightened out, its going to be tough.
I think Mcnabb's performance this year validates a lot of the criticisms Eagles fans have been making for the past several years.
Having said that, I think Shanahan's handling of Mcnabb and Haynesworth has been horrible and I wouldn't be surprised of it costs him his job at the end of the season. He has also validated a lot of those criticisms that much of his success in Denver was due to having John Elway as QB.
I think a much more fair question to ask is whether - super rich - McNabb is racist. Is McNabb deliberately playing poorly because he hates Shanahan, who is white, knowing he’s the one who will lose his job if the team doesn’t win? Perhaps McNabb is racist against all white people? After all, the vast majority of football fans are white. Maybe he’s trying to sabotage the game because so many white people like it.
I think some brave reporter should ask McNabb point blank, on live TV, whether he’s racist.
I believe it is very possible that Shanahan is racist; either than or incredibly stupid.
Let's think about it: there is 90 seconds left in the game and he pulls McNabb because he "doesn't have the cardiovascular endurance to complete the final seconds?!"
(a prof. football player doesn't have the cardiovascular endurance to run around for the final seconds? BS)
Shanahan, instead, turns to his substandard back-up quarterback, Rex Grossman, in the last moments. This ridiculous reason cost the Redskins a loss, 37-25.
I don't think McNabb is the player he once was. I'm not sure if it's just age or if he isn't trying as hard as he used to. One thing is for sure: the Redskins organization is an absolute mess. Daniel Snyder is an absolute cancer on the franchise. I'd say they should get rid of him, but the only person who can make that call is Daniel Snyder. He has an opposite King Midas effect on everything he touches. You could put the entire NFC Pro Bowl team in Redskins uniforms and they'd instantly turn to horse crap.
It isn't just bad luck, it's bad organizational decisions, like bringing in a new coordinator who managed to turn a decent defense into one of the worst in football by switching to the newest fad, the 3-4. Not only has that defense not been effective for the Redskins, but it has royally ticked-off their top defensive player, who just stopped showing any effort and now watches the games on TV because he isn't welcome on the sideline. The offense has tried some new things with new players, and things have gone from mediocre to just plain awful. The Redskins have not only scored fewer points than everyone in their division, the next closest team has scored 89 points more than them.
Mike Shanahan was never as great of a coach as people made him out to be. His teams did great when he had John Elway. When he hasn't had John Elway, he's sub-.500. Great coaches find a way to win even without superstars. The Patriots managed to win 11 games in a season without Tom Brady, using a quarterback who just two seasons later is now the weakest link on an otherwise solid Chiefs team. Has Mike Shanahan ever won 10 games without John Elway?
Yes, I think Mike Shanahan isn’t the best coach, and maybe the connection with his son is not beneficial for Redskins either. I have also the impression that the communication between Shanahans and the team seems to be a problem. I was hoping that Redskins would be finally successful this season… at the beginning they were… but at the end… nope, nothing, niente, nein, nie. ZERO I hope the future is going to be better!
I don't think he is a racist, McNabb isn't playing well and thats just the bottom line. The way the whole Redskins organization went about it is what's wrong with the whole picture. I am thinking McNabb is going to get traded to either Seattle, 49ers or even Arizona for draft picks? The whole Redskins team needs an overhaul and Daniel Snyder is definitely a cancer to the team.
"The whole Redskins team needs an overhaul..." YES! Please!
"I am thinking McNabb is going to get traded to either Seattle, 49ers or even Arizona" Probably not even this, he is probably too old - here we are - people over 35 discrimination!!!! (Yes I know, he is old for this what he is doing).
I think Donovan McNabb will be on the Minnesota Vikings next season.
While he isn't excellent, he is better than any other option they currently have and has enough experience with winning that he could help them get over the hump.
But, I hope that doesn't happen since I hate the Minnesota Vikings.
I don't think Shanahan is a racist, I just think he is in over his head. The Redskins have been a big hot mess since the ownership changed many years ago. It's sad for me because I am a die-hard Redskins fan, have been all my life. Shanahan will get more than one season to prove himself, I dont think he will though. I hope Snyder is already looking around at coaches. Sorry Skins, you suck now as you have sucked for many years. We, the fans, want a winner and when we go so long without a winner, we get bitter!
No way. He is just a tough coach that don't take no BS. He has the knowledge and talent to take a team to the big game. He gace McNabb a chance and he didn't deliver. Thats life in the NFL
From 1981 till the Superbowl of 1998, NFC teams won all but one Superbowl, 15 of 16 games. It was so bad that no one believed an AFC team was even capable of winning the game anymore.
Then along came a super-disciplined , extremely well coached Mike Shanahan Bronco team that changed all of that. The following year they placed an exclamation mark on their achievement by doing it again. The NFC's streak and it's dominance became a thing of the past. Mike had a team that stuck together, no matter what color.
They believed in him and he believed in them.
Nope, he's not a racist. But he should have thrown Bad Blood Haynesworth out before the start of the season to set a clear tone.
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