(Sports Network) - It appears nobody is safe from the venom that is spewing
from the mouth of Donovan McNabb.
The self-proclaimed disrespected quarterback is beginning to find his niche as
an NFL analyst and is taking no prisoners in the process. McNabb, fittingly a
speech communications major at Syracuse, apparently has a few scores to settle
and first laid into the Washington Redskins' coaching tandem of Mike and Kyle
Shanahan, saying the father-and-son duo will deter the production of draft
prospect Robert Griffin III if he is selected No. 2 overall later this month.
McNabb went as far as to say the egos of both Shanahans will get in the way of
the Redskins finally landing a franchise quarterback, a job that he once owned
in his productive days with Philadelphia. The strong-armed McNabb was raked
through the coals several times as an Eagle, but that comes with the
territory. There are always going to be critics, and when you're the face of
an organization, the mudslinging tends to get malicious.
It's sort of ironic that McNabb, who wasn't lauded for taking one for the team
when things went awry and insists that he is the most disrespected quarterback
of this era, is pulling back his own slingshot of negativity. This is the same
man who told former tempestuous teammate Terrell Owens to "keep my name out of
your mouth" back in 2005. The tables have now turned for the unemployed McNabb
and his bitterness for the Redskins has resonated deeply.
McNabb was traded to Washington around this time back in 2010 and his career
spiraled out of whack from then on. He played 13 games for the Redskins and
was even benched in favor of Rex Grossman because Mike Shanahan felt McNabb
didn't have a grasp on the two-minute offense.
It's one thing to get benched for Grossman, but it's also embarrassing when
your head coach says you're not good enough to run a certain portion of the
offense when you have 10-plus years in the league under your belt, five
championship game appearances, an NFC title and more than 30,000 passing
yards. McNabb may have been used incorrectly in Shanahan's run-first-pass-
later offense, and he also didn't have the weaponry at wide receiver, either.
Whatever happened in the nation's capital apparently still bothers McNabb to
this day. He's not totally off the mark with how stubborn coaches can be.
Remember, he played for Andy Reid, who is known to march to the beat of his
own drum regardless if it's waxed across every local newspaper.
McNabb then joined the Minnesota Vikings for the 2011 campaign, playing in six
games and finishing with only 1,026 passing yards, four TD passes and two
interceptions. He was released by the Vikings and many speculated that he
would join his hometown Chicago Bears since Jay Cutler was sidelined with a
thumb injury. Instead, McNabb began planning for the future and the Bears
opted to go with backup Caleb Hanie.
It's hard not to feel sorry for McNabb after he was passed over for the likes
of Grossman and Hanie. It's similar to purchasing Hydrox cookies over Oreo, or
going with Diet Rite instead of Coke or Pepsi.
McNabb's effervescence soon turned flat, much like his career, and now he's
taking his shots around the league. All-American boy Tim Tebow isn't even
impervious from the adverse commentary and was ripped by McNabb for the use of
his Twitter account in what he described as "rah-rah" tweets.
Tebow, arguably the second coming of Jesus Christ in shoulder pads, would be
allowed to marry John Elway's daughter, and the Denver Broncos legend said so
during Peyton Manning's press conference.
Here is a brief excerpt of what McNabb noted about Tebow:
"Let it go. At some point let's focus on getting into camp and learning a new
offense. There's no need to keep trying to have the fans behind you. Every
time that we look up there's something. He's reaching out to fans, telling
them, 'I love you, I'm working hard.' As an NFL player, and as a veteran in
this game, no one cares what you're doing during the offseason."
McNabb's proverbial axe has been grinded to a pristine glow, and it leaves
many to wonder who's next on the firing line. Whether he finds a job holding a
clipboard or even getting a call of duty as a starter if one goes down, McNabb
is fitting right in with the outspoken media.
And isn't that what viewers want to see? Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith and
Jim Rome seem to be doing all right shooting from the hip. McNabb could be the
next brazen and controversial analyst whom media conglomerates enjoy hiring.
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