There are no clean hands in Washington in the squabble between the Donovan McNabb camp and the Mike Shanahan camp. McNabb’s agent Fletcher Smith took some shots at the Shanahan and his son Kyle in a written statement.
“I believe there is tension between Donovan and Kyle that’s rooted in the fact that Donovan has suggested modifications to Kyle’s offense based on intricacies Donovan has learned in his NFL career,” Smith wrote. “For example, Donovan has asked all year that the team run more screen passes to help manage the pass rush more effectively. Ironically, Kyle decided to employ Donovan’s suggestions after he unceremoniously benched him on Sunday.”
“Donovan is coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2009 where he threw for 3,500 [plus] yards on 60 [percent] completions, with a TD-INT ratio of more than 2:1,” Smith wrote. “He also led his team to the playoffs with an 11-5 record, and that’s what he hoped to accomplish in Washington.
“This year, Donovan was on pace to set the Redskins all-time passing yards mark before being benched.”
Shanahan shot back at the quarterback and his agent.
“As I stated earlier, when I traded for Donovan McNabb I had hoped that he would lead us to the playoffs,” Shanahan said. “No one wanted him to be more successful than me. When the team was 5-8 and mathematically out of the playoffs, I made the decision to evaluate our other two quarterbacks. This was not personal, but strictly professional. The decision was made in the best interest of the Washington Redskins and I stand by my decision. I will attempt to talk to Fletcher Smith directly to clear up every one of his misconceptions.”
McNabb has had a good season as a passer, the team is out of the playoffs, so that leaves an opening for him being benched. Shanahan and his son Kyle have every right to bench McNabb but doing it and adding that you’re going to make him the third team quarterback makes me think this thing is personal.
Everybody should shut up down there, then when the season is over, they should part ways and move on.