WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Just a few weeks ago Donovan McNabb said Robert Griffin III wouldn’t be a good fit for the Washington Redskins and Mike Shanahan.
“A lot of times ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington,” McNabb said on ESPN last month. “Here’s a guy coming out who’s very talented, mobile, strong arm, we’ve already heard he’s 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 have him kind of be embedded in that?”
McNabb continued to lob haymakers at his former coach, calling into question his track record with quarterbacks outside of John Elway. He also stated he was “absolutely misused” in Shanahan’s offense.
McNabb insists Shanahan is on the hot seat in Washington and RGIII needs to produce in his rookie season or the two-time Super Bowl winning coach could be fired.
The intent of McNabb’s comments were clear — he was trying to damage the career and reputation of his former coach. Ironically, the only damage done was to his own career with a thinly veiled attempt to launch his his career on television.
Griffin, himself, didn’t put too much stock into McNabb’s comments.
“When you have a Hall of Fame quarterback come in there, and clash with a Hall of Fame coach like Mike Shanahan, it was pretty obvious that they didn’t get along,” the projected future face of the Redskins said in an interview for ESPN’s E:60 that will air Tuesday night. “Mike Shanahan’s a big, big person, a big personality, a great coach, and Donovan was a great quarterback. They just didn’t get right. Hopefully I can go in and be that great quarterback that coach Shanahan can coach, and egos won’t get in the way ‘cause we’re all fighting for the same thing.”
To hear the Heisman Trophy winner tell it, he’s already feeling at home and is excited to join the Redskins.
“I saw seven different variations of my name on a shirt, when I was there,” said Griffin. “They’ll get a franchise quarterback, or a young quarterback that they can develop… They just need someone they can believe in, and I’m happy that I can be that guy.”