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Donovan McNabb says RGIII was brainwashed, but sounds more like a bitter former pro than analyst

08/14/2013 at 12:52 pm By

donovan mcnabbI would lead this post off by saying that Donovan McNabb has a reputation of being outspoken, but that would be far from accurate. But ever since he was forced to retire at 36 and pick up a gig as a football analyst because no team wanted him, McNabb has made a habit of coming across as disgruntled when discussing quarterbacks in today’s NFL.

The latest McNabb “wtf?” moment came via his radio show in Philly, with McNabb proclaiming that star QB Robert Griffin is being “brainwashed” by the Redskins. Here are his comments:

“I’m just trying to help him, but clearly the young generation think they have all the answers,” McNabb said on NBC Sports Radio‘s Under Center with McNabb and Malone. “And he’s going through a little turmoil right now of trying to get out on the field. And it’s unfortunate, but that’s where we’re at right now as far as these young quarterbacks who think they have all the answers. I honestly think that over there in Washington he’s getting brainwashed.”

“I hope the best for the young man,” McNabb added. “But the direction he’s going in is really a direction he does not want to do. He does not want to go there with me.”

Uh; what?! McNabb started off sounding bitter than Griffin chose not to accept McNabb’s offer from earlier this year to be a mentor of sorts. Granted, McNabb did have a lengthy yet at times controversial career in the NFL, Griffin seems to have a solid family and circle of people around him, so him declining McNabb’s assistance is understandable.

McNabb also had a very public shaky relationship with Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, making McNabb’s comments about Shanahan and the Redskins franchise come across more biased than general speculation. When you add in to the equation that McNabb hasn’t been a fan of the contracts and appreciation quarterbacks are given by the NFL these days (remember how disgusted he was at Tony Romo and Matthew Stafford getting lucrative contract extensions?) and you have a former NFL player who is jealous of the new-school quarterbacks getting more attention and recognition than he did in his playing days. Boo-hoo, Donovan.

The fact is, throughout his entire career McNabb rarely was accountable or displayed the type of outspoken behavior that he has in his brief stint as an analyst. McNabb often chose to avoid controversy at all costs as a player, so him being so vocal now and most critical when it comes to quarterbacks that he probably still feels that his is better than comes across more as petty than it does as constructive.

McNabb should take a serious look in the mirror and ask himself, if he fairly doing his job as an analyst, or is he using this new forum as a means to wage a slander campaign against those he has a personal vendetta against, for whatever reasons? From my perspective, McNabb is doing more of the latter than the former.


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