It looks like Donovan McNabb doesn’t have fond memories of his time in Washington.
The former Redskins quarterback said on Thursday he doesn’t think Robert Griffin III, who is expected to go second in the NFL Draft, would be a good fit in Washington and in Mike Shanahan’s offense, which is run by his son Kyle.
“No,” McNabb said during his appearance on ESPN2’s First Take. “I say that because a lot of times ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington.”
McNabb played for Shanahan in Washington during the 2010 season. The Redskins went 6-10 and McNabb was benched twice.
The quarterback believes he was misused under Shanahan, adding that the coach never adapted the offense to fit his skills.
“Are you going to cater the offense around his talent and what he’s able to do?” McNabb asked.
The former Eagles quarterback also went through a laundry list of other QBs who he said weren’t successful under Shanahan. He listed John Beck, Rex Grossman, Jay Cutler, Brian Griese and Jake Plummer, though Plummer had a winning record from 2003-2006 and threw 71 touchdowns.
His explanation for adding Plummer to the list: Shanahan benched him because “he wouldn’t do what he wanted him to do, pretty much.”
John Elway was left off this list of QBs under the coach.
McNabb continued: “Are you going to have him in a fox hole with a makeshift offensive line…I don’t think it’s a great fit, I think the D.C. fan base will support RGIII because they love the acquisition.”
He also suggested that Shanahan could be fired if things don’t work out in D.C. “If this doesn’t work this year, we don’t see a splash like a Cam Newton splash, this could be it.”
-With Associated Press