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.
Giants guard Justin Pugh thinks the Redskins got lucky in their 29-27 win on Sunday.
“I feel like we should have won that game,’’ Pugh said. “If they weren’t playing for the Redskins, they probably feel like they should have lost that game, too. We hurt ourselves with turnovers, penalties, everything you can do to lose a game today we did.’’
Perhaps the Giants should have won. But perhaps the Redskins should have won going away instead of having to sweat it out until Su’a Cravens’ interception with just over a minute left to play. Let’s add up the points the Redskins gave away during the game.
—The Redskins forced the Giants to go three and out on the first possession of the game, but Quinton Dunbar accidentally touched the ball and New York recovered. The play cost the Redskins seven points as the Giants drive down the short field to a touchdown.
—Josh Norman had both of his hands on a Eli Manning pass later in the first period but he couldn’t hold on to it. If he gets that pick the Giants don’t get a touchdown on the next play. Seven more points given away, 14 so far.
—A ticky-tack illegal contact foul on Cravens let the Giants covert a fourth and two in the second quarter. The drive ended with a New York touchdown run. That’s 21 points net points the Redskins have lost to this point.
—Kirk Cousins had a brain cramp and didn’t get rid of the ball when he needed to from the six yard line at the end of the first half. The mistake could have cost the Redskins seven but we’ll go with three because a field goal from there was a certainty. So that’s 24 points the Redskins left on the table.
—In the third quarter it appeared to almost everybody that David Bruton had taken a ball away from Odell Beckham and should have had an interception. But the officials disagreed and the Giants kept the ball and kicked a field goal. So that makes a net of 27 points that should be in the Redskins favor.
I’m sure that Pugh can come up with a similar list for the Giants. But that is life in the NFL. The outcome of almost every game could swing on a handful of plays. The Redskins made theirs when the absolutely had to and the Giants did not.
A veteran and a leader for the Redskins defense, it appears DeAngelo Hall's season is now finished just three games into 2016.
DeAngelo Hall tells me MRI is complete he completely tore his ACL. He has to wait until swelling goes down before Dr. Andrews can do surgery— Erin Hawksworth (@ABC7Erin) September 26, 2016
Hall injured his knee in the first half of Sunday's game against the Giants. The play looked bad in real time and Hall looked to be in much pain leaving the field.
Somewhat encouragingly, Hall was spotted on the sidelines after the play he was injured on, though Redskins PR announced the safety would not return to the game.
In the moments following Washington's dramatic win, Hall told the media he believed his ACL was torn, certainly putting a damper on the jubilant scene.
Beyond Hall, the Redskins are waiting for further diagnosis on starting cornerback Bashaud Breeland as well as offensive linemen Shawn Lauvao and Kory Lichtensteiger.
Assuming Hall misses significant time, the Redskins will be forced to juggle their secondary, especially if Breeland also misses time. When Hall went out in New York, veteran Will Blackmon picked up much of the slack and played well.
Going forward, defensive coordinator Joe Barry can also look to players like Duke Ihenacho or Deshazor Everett for help. Ihenacho is an experienced NFL safety while Everett showed in the preseason he's not just a special teams player but can play safety at the pro level.
Beyond Ihenacho and Everett, the Redskins may also consider some playing time for rookie Su'a Cravens in the secondary. Drafted as a hybrid linebacker/safety, Cravens made a big-time impact in the win over the Giants and has proven he needs to be on the field a lot for Barry's defense.
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