Donovan McNabb’s bitterness toward Mike and Kyle Shanahan is a tired act. Philadelphia, Washington and Minnesota each gave up on the six-time Pro Bowler in a 19-month span. That’s not a coincidence. Rex Grossman, with all of his faults, took his job in Washington.
McNabb, though, continues to chew on sour grapes and rip Mike and Kyle publicly. We get it. At this point, McNabb talking about father and son Shanahan is like John Riggins talking about Dan Snyder. We’ve heard a million times how he feels, so his comments have lost their impact.
That didn’t stop McNabb on Thursday from saying that quarterback Robert Griffin III won’t fit well in Washington because Mike’s and Kyle Shanahan’s egos will interfere.
“A lot of times, ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington,” he said on ESPN’s First Take.
“Here’s a guy, who’s coming out, who’s very talented. Mobile, strong arm, regarded as being very intelligent, football mind. 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 just have him embedded in it?”
Conveniently for us, Mike Shanahan actually answered that question on Wednesday at the NFL annual meetings.
“You always adjust your offense to your players,” Shanahan said. “You always do that. If you don’t, usually you’re not in this league very long. If you take a look at Joe Montana, Steve Young, John Elway, Brian Griese, Jake Plummer, Jay Cutler – all of them had different styles. You have to adjust your offense accordingly.”
What’s more, that process already has started now that Shanahan has narrowed his possible quarterbacks down to Stanford’s Andrew Luck or Baylor’s Griffin.
“That’s what you’re doing during the offseason,” Shanahan said. “Regardless of who your personnel is, you’re studying what other teams do, maybe new things that people might put into an offense, defense or special teams that are just outside the box, that you haven’t looked at.
“That’s part of what we do in the offseason, study other teams. We get a gameplan, regardless if it’s a wide receiver, new guy, a tight end. Obviously with a quarterback, take a look at his skills and what he does best and hopefully give him that type of offense.”
Shanahan’s protege, Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, also believes Shanahan will tailor the offense to a rookie quarterback.
I know which side of the argument I believe.