In March, Donovan McNabb took a very public shot at Mike Shanahan, his coach during his failed 13-game tenure with the Redskins. He said that Robert Griffin III would not be be a good fit in Washington’s offense in part because “A lot of time ego gets to involved when it comes to being in Washington.”
When asked about McNabb’s comments, Shanahan said that he would “take the high road” and left it at that. In the month and a half since then, McNabb has proclaimed himself to be “the most unfairly criticized quarterback in NFL history”, proclaimed that he “absolutely” should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and proclaimed that he is “in great shape” in an attempt to get an NFL team, any team, to sign him as their quarterback.
Yesterday, Shanahan appeared with Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live. Florio asked him about McNabb’s attempt to land a job with what would be his fourth NFL team in the past four seasons and whether Shanahan would recommend McNabb to another team.
”You know, the thing that I look at as people get older, ‘Do you want to make that commitment?’ You’ve gotta be in the best shape you’ve ever been in,” Shanahan responded. “As you get older, if you want to play at a very high level, you’d better be in the best shape.”
”You’d better study, especially when you’re coming in to learn a new system,” he continued. “You know, you’ve got to spend a lot of time.”
Although the coach told Florio that nobody had called him to talk about McNabb, nobody has to now.
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