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 Washingtons offense in part because A lot of time ego gets to involved when it comes to being in Washington.When asked about McNabbs 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.Shanahan, meanwhile, defied McNabbs advice, drafted Griffin, and made him the Redskins starting quarterback. On Wednesday Shanahan appeared with Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live. Florio asked him about McNabbs 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.Shanahan had his opening to jab back at McNabb and he took full advantage.You know, the thing that I look at as people get older, Do you want to make that commitment? Youve gotta be in the best shape youve ever been in, said Shanahan. As you get older, if you want to play at a very high level, youd better be in the best shape.You didnt have to do too much reading between the lines to figure out that Shanahan thought that McNabb, who was 33 when he came to the Redskins, was not in good shape when he was in Washington. Shanahan said as much at the time, explaining that he benched McNabb late in a close midseason loss in Detroit because the quarterback lacked the cardiovascular endurance needed to run the two-minute offense.Shanahan didnt stop there. He not only said that McNabb didnt spend enough time in the weight room, he said that he spend enough time in the film room, either.Youd better study, especially when youre coming in to learn a new system, he said.You know, youve got to spend a lot of time.Although Shanahan told Florio that nobody had called him to talk about McNabb, nobody has to now.Days until: OTA's start 4; Minicamp 26; preseason opener 84; Redskins @ Saints 115Rich Tandler blogs about the Redskins at www.RealRedskins.com. You can reach him by email at RTandlerCSN@comcast.net and follow him on Twitter @Rich_Tandler.
By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Stephen A. Smith mocked the Redskins on ESPN First Take on Monday after their loss to the Lions Sunday, continuing the back-and-forth between the team and the television personality.
He told the Redskins "bravo again" for losing the close game that apparently was enough to prove the point he made last week on the show that the Redskins had a loser's mentality and were "inept" and "nonexistent." Smith loudly took issue with Chris Baker's and Ricky-Jean Francois' declaration that the Redskins "run the East," saying they need to be focusing on the big picture.
Baker tweeted at him the next day, demanding respect, and Smith stuck to his guns the next day on First Take.
On Monday, Smith mocked Jay Gruden for defending his team at a press conference, where he said Smith was "out of line" for his comments and that he didn't know anything about who the Redskins were or the work they put in.
"And of course there’s the great Jay Gruden, because we know he’s great just by his name alone," Smith said. "Let’s be clear about that. We know that he’s great, [because he] takes time out of his busy schedule to comment about me."
"Who gives a damn about hard work?" he went on to say. "It's about results."
Baker held back from engaging with Smith on Twitter this time.
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While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.