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Donovan McNabb blames Washington Redskins for Robert Griffin III media circus

Robert-Griffin-III-RedskinsRobert Griffin III has become one of the media’s favorite punching bags this season. After vowing to be ready for the start of the 2013 season, Griffin has been terrible. He has held onto the ball too long, failed to make accurate throws and not been a legitimate threat to scramble. According to Donovan McNabb, the Washington Redskins are responsible for creating the media circus.

“Really, to be honest, it started this offseason,” McNabb said on FOX Sports Live, via Sarah Kogod of DC Sports Bog. “Because everyone tried to sugarcoat the fact that he shouldn’t have been in the game while he’s hurt, they’re trying to cover each other’s side, and then now you see him out on posters, rehabbing, getting his knee back, his health, he’s ready to go. And so it became a circus.

“I blame the Washington Redskins for this, because you’re in control of the cameras that are out there. You know that you have guys that are coming back off of injury and why are we seeing it on ESPN, why are we seeing it on the national news? … From that circus on to where we are right now, it’s a pattern in which we’ve seen it coming.”

As Kogod pointed out, RG3 made the decision to sign on as a producer for a special documenting his rehab. He was also responsible for any comeback campaigns that were run by Adidas. Still, McNabb does not believe Griffin is getting enough help from his teammates and coaches.

“I know exactly what he’s going through,” McNabb said. “But is there somebody that’s helping him right now? I don’t think so. I don’t think so. Because you don’t hear any of his teammates coming to his defense, speaking up and saying, ‘Hey you know what, I’ve got to play better, Robert did a good job today doing this, doing that, we all can get better.’”

McNabb has said in the past that the Redskins are brainwashing RG3. He has also been critical of the former Baylor star at times, which is likely why Griffin has chosen to not speak with him or take his advice. At this point, everyone on the Redskins needs to be held accountable. It takes a group effort to play as poorly as they have.

Kevin Harvick takes shot at Donovan McNabb for saying NASCAR drivers aren’t athletes

Donovan-McNabb-complains-on-first-takeJimmie Johnson won his sixth Sprint Cup title on Sunday, leaving him just one shy of the record for championships won by a NASCAR driver in a career. His dominance of the sport was discussed during a segment on FOX Sports 1, with Donovan McNabb emphatically stating that stock car drivers are not athletes.

“I like what he’s been able to do,” McNabb said. “Do I think he’s an athlete? Absolutely not. He’s not an athlete. He sits in a car and drives. That doesn’t make you athletic.”

Several drivers have been having fun with McNabb’s comments. Earlier this week, Johnson said that he is an athlete and so are all of the other drivers in the sport — including Tony Stewart. While Johnson decided to take the high road and insult one of his own, Kevin Harvick took aim at McNabb.

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Former Eagles OL Shawn Andrews implies he requested a trade because of mistreatment from Donovan McNabb

Shawn-Andrews-EaglesOne of the ripple effects we can expect to see as a result the Miami Dolphins bullying saga between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito is other players coming forward and sharing similar stories. Last week, former Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Shawn Andrews revealed that he was the victim of mistreatment from teammates at one point in his career. In doing so, he basically called out Donovan McNabb.

Speaking in very vague terms, Andrews told Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic that he basically had no friends on the Eagles and that his teammates spread lies about him.

“The only guy I could trust on that team was flat out Brian Dawkins,” he said, via The 700 Level. “Now you imagine — I’m going to tell you this and you can maybe figure it out and try to decode it. Would you want to go to work at a place where you’re putting your heart out every single day and the guy that you’re protecting is saying things behind your back that isn’t true?”

When asked if he was referring to McNabb, Andrews admitted that he was. He also said he would not classify what went on as “bullying,” but implied that McNabb and other teammates were looking to make life difficult for him during a contract negotiation. Apparently some of the players on the team were claiming Andrews frequently ate at McDonald’s, which he said was not true.

“Bullying is a strong word. I wouldn’t consider it bullying,” he said. “[But you're] putting everything you have on the line for another person, and that person is saying some very, very, very untrue things about you to other guys … how would that make you feel?”

Andrews then spoke about the time he asked then-head coach Andy Reid if he could address the locker room. He said he addressed his concerns with the team and that McNabb “rolled his eyes” and blew him off. Shortly thereafter, Andrews asked Reid for a trade.

It was well-known that Andrews battled depression during his time in Philly. As The 700 Level noted, his struggles were documented in a New York Times article that was written in 2009. That being said, there is no indication that McNabb or anyone else did or said close to the level of what Incognito allegedly said to Martin. Not everyone gets along in the workplace. If we start comparing every case of alleged “mistreatment” to the Martin case, things will get out of hand in a hurry.

Donovan McNabb: Washington Redskins are brainwashing Robert Griffin III

Donovan-McNabb-Mike-Shanahan-Robert-Griffin-IIIFor those of you who haven’t noticed, Donovan McNabb and Robert Griffin III are not the best of friends. As an African-American and former Washington Redskins quarterback, McNabb seems to feel it is his duty to warn RG3 about possible mistakes he is making early on in his career. Griffin recently made it clear that he doesn’t want to hear from McNabb, and who can blame him?

RG3 was responding to comments McNabb made about him doing too much in his personal life instead of rehabbing from knee surgery. On Tuesday evening during his show on NBC Sports Radio, McNabb commented on Griffin’s comments about his comments. You follow all that?

“I’m just trying to help him, but clearly the young generation think they have all the answers,” McNabb said, via CSNPhilly.com. “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.”

Maybe I’m also a part of the younger generation and think I have all the answers, but I’m with RG3. He doesn’t drink and he doesn’t party. He is ahead of schedule in his rehab and targeting a return to the field in Week 1 after tearing his ACL in the playoffs. That sounds like commitment to me.

“I hope the best for the young man,” McNabb said. “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.”

What direction is that, Donovan? RG3 is entering only his second season as a pro, and McNabb is already all over him. McNabb doubted Griffin would ever be a fit with Mike Shanhan in Washington to begin with, so why would RG3 be interested in hearing his opinion? It’s not like Griffin is turning down advice from Joe Montana. McNabb needs to let it go.

Robert Griffin III on Donovan McNabb: ‘It’s probably best we don’t talk’

Robert-Griffin-III-RedskinsDonovan McNabb has never been shy about speaking his mind when it comes to Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins. Earlier this offseason, McNabb said that he felt RG3 was becoming a distraction to his team when he should be focusing strictly on rehabbing from knee surgery.

“It’s too much right now; it’s just too much,” McNabb told the Washington Post in May. “I get some of things he’s doing to draw attention to himself: the Adidas commercials, going out and enjoying the life of a young, famous NFL quarterback. I understand RG has a lot of stuff going on.

“But if you’re coming off ACL surgery, you don’t need to be having a press conference at OTAs. Every week? Really? It becomes a circus, a sideshow. It takes away from the focus of what those sessions are supposed to be about: the team.”

By all indications, RG3 is ahead of schedule with his recovery. Had he been focusing too much attention on endorsements and enjoying himself, that probably would not be possible. In a recent interview with GQ magazine, Griffin was asked about McNabb’s opinion.

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Donovan McNabb: Matthew Stafford has done nothing for the Detroit Lions

Matthew-Stafford-auction-giftDonovan McNabb seems to become more opinionated by the day now that he has retired. The latest target of his criticism is Matthew Stafford, who signed a three-year extension with the Detroit Lions this week that will pay him $43 million in guaranteed money. To the surprise of no one, McNabb doesn’t think Stafford deserves it.

“When you look at just the numbers overall, you have to think about 12,000 yards and being the youngest quarterback to reach this feat and also the things he’s been able to accomplish, you know you begin to question this.” McNabb said on NFL Total Access Tuesday night, via MLive.com. “It’s about wins and losses again.

“Now, as a quarterback and as Matt Stafford, hey, I would take that contract just like Tony Romo took his contract. But is he worth top-5 money? I would have to say no. And I say that because it’s about wins and losses. What has he really done for the Detroit Lions? Nothing.”

You’ll notice McNabb mentioned Romo, which makes sense. The former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback also thought the contract Romo received from the Dallas Cowboys this offseason was insane.

“(Stafford’s) footwork late in the games begins to drift a little bit, tries to throw the sidearm, be a gunslinger and that gets him into trouble,” McNabb said. “Turnovers (are a) critical part of the game. And that’s what affects the Detroit Lions from being one of the upper echelon (teams) on the offensive end is because of the turnovers and the lack of discipline when it comes to the drop-back game.”

Obviously, it was worth the risk for Detroit. Drafting a quarterback is incredibly difficult and the quarterbacks around the league who have established themselves as elite rarely hit free agency. Do I agree with McNabb that Stafford is overpaid? For the most part, but he’s still young. For someone who whines about how much criticism they took during their NFL career, McNabb is doing a fantastic job of dishing it out.

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Donovan McNabb: Robert Griffin III criticism is ‘depressing to me’

Robert-Griffin-III-RedskinsRobert Griffin III is already a superstar, and superstars deal with criticism. The more popular you become, the more jealousy will inspire people to try to knock you down a peg. As a 23-year-old star quarterback in the NFL, RG3 has to accept that people are watching his every move and will jump all over him if he screws up — and even if he doesn’t.

Donovan McNabb hates that it has to be like that, and he vented about it to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports earlier this week.

“It’s depressing to me,” McNabb said. “It goes beyond the quarterback position — to have people dislike the kid already and he didn’t really even do anything? It’s depressing. This is a different arena he’s in — I lived it myself — where some people are going to dislike you because of your skin color, where they’re looking for reasons to come at you, and then you have all these people, [coach Mike] Shanahan, Dr. [James] Andrews, his father, saying things and this kid is caught up in the middle of it.”

RG3 has taken a lot of heat for being injury prone, which is obviously something he has no control over. Say what you will about his playing style, but Griffin is not trying to shred his knee just to spite fans. He has also been criticized for receiving wedding gifts from fans, although he did take the time to send this thoughtful note to one couple who bought something for him and his fiancee.

By all indications, RG3 is a humble individual who does his best to stay out of trouble and focus on winning football games. That being said, he is also very active with social media. While that can lead to some positive interactions with fans, it also results in less privacy.

McNabb may be depressed by the criticism RG3 has to deal with, but in many ways it’s a form of flattery. If he wasn’t a national icon, no one would even care to talk about him.

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