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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Donovan McNabb on Twitter: Tony Romo’s contract extension is crazy

Tony Romo hit the jackpot on Thursday, as the 32-year-old quarterback reportedly agreed to a six-year, $108 million extension with the Dallas Cowboys. The real shocker for many people has been the $55 million in guaranteed money that Romo is expected to receive, which is about as good as it gets in the NFL. It’s even better when you consider the fact that Romo has never won a Super Bowl and has only one playoff victory in his career.

That being said, quarterbacks are at a premium across the league. An above-average quarterback is an incredibly valuable asset, and Romo has put up tremendous stats despite his typically poor play in the clutch. That doesn’t mean Donovan McNabb agrees with the deal. In fact, the former Pro Bowler thinks it’s downright crazy.

If McNabb thought giving Romo a $55 million extension over six years was insane, he must have hit the roof when he realized that was just the guaranteed money and the deal itself was worth twice that. Although, I find it tough to believe anyone could think Romo isn’t worth an average of just over $8 million a year.

Aside from the fact that players-turned-analysts usually don’t speak as candidly as McNabb did, the former Phildelphia Eagle has once again made himself look like a dufus on Twitter. Remember the whole congratulatory tweet for Danica Patrick? Someone needs to tell Donovan to start taking a deep breath before he fires off a tweet.

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John Cena at WWE Raw in Philadelphia: Donovan McNabb could not win the big one

John-CenaJohn Cena wanted to have some fun with the Philadelphia crowd during WWE’s live broadcast of “Raw” on Monday night, and he knew exactly where to turn. Part of a wrestler’s job is to know the audience and find ways to get under its skin. Cena accomplished that by making a Donovan McNabb reference.

Cena is scheduled for a rematch against The Rock on April 7 at Wrestlemania. The two fought last year at the same event, with The Rock coming out on top. According to our friend Spike Eskin of CBS Philly, Cena gave the following response when asked what it would be like to lose to The Rock again.

“Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb,” Cena said as the crowd booed. “Statistically Donovan McNabb is the greatest quarterback ever to put on an Eagles uniform. But Mick [Foley], listen to how the people in the city that he played for remember him. Why? Because Donovan McNabb could not win the big one. Philadelphia cares about its teams. Philadelphia cares and has passion. And with that type of passion, they deserve someone who can win the big one. If I lose on April 7th, I will carry the legacy of Donovan McNabb.”

Cena’s right. McNabb went to six Pro Bowls and led the Eagles to the NFC Championship Game five times. He was 1-4 in those games, losing in the Super Bowl to the Patriots the one year the Eagles did advance. Veteran quarterbacks have questioned McNabb’s work ethic, but it’s also possible he was just the victim of some bad luck. In any event, quarterbacks who fail to win a ring will always be criticized. Cena did a good job of opening some of those wounds in Philly on Monday.

Donovan McNabb congratulates Danica Patrick on winning Daytona 500…oops

Danica-Patrick-Daytona-PoleDonovan McNabb clearly is not a big NASCAR enthusiast. Much like football, auto racing is not for everyone. On Sunday, Danica Patrick became the first female driver to ever win the pole in a Sprint Cup Series race. The fact that she accomplished the feat at the Daytona 500 makes it even more noteworthy.

By topping 196 mph in one of her qualifying laps, Patrick earned the right to lead the field at the start of the most popular race of the NASCAR calendar year next weekend. Judging by the congratulatory tweet McNabb sent her on Sunday, it would appear that he thinks she accomplished more than just winning the pole.

Perhaps she will cap off the amazing story by winning the Daytona 500, but Donovan is a little bit ahead of himself here. Rather than simply acknowledging that he made a mistake, McNabb made a very sad attempt to clarify what he meant several hours later.

Oh boy. McNabb may have some questionable opinions when it comes to professional football, but at least it is a sport he is knowledgable about. Kudos to him for taking the time to congratulate Patrick, but let’s not get carried away with the BS-ing. You thought she won the race itself — it’s okay to admit it.

Jeff Garcia questions Donovan McNabb’s work ethic

Donovan McNabb was one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL during his prime with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a six-time Pro Bowler who led the Eagles to a whopping five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl during his 11-year career in Philly. If McNabb focused more and tried a bit harder, Jeff Garcia says he could have been even better.

Garcia, who served as a backup for McNabb in 2006 and 2009, questioned his former teammate’s work ethic during an appearance with Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow on 94WIP this week.

“Donovan had a great career, and had a great career there in Philadelphia,” Garcia said, via NJ.com. “Not to take away from anything that Donovan did, but I think that Donovan, I believe, could have been so much greater if he did have a better understanding at times. If he did put more time and effort into what he needed to do every day of the week leading up to game day in order to be the best he could be.”

Garcia also stopped barely short of saying he ran the Eagles’ offense better than McNabb in 2006, when McNabb was injured and Garcia played in eight games.

“I know that when I stepped into the huddle with that ['06 Eagles] team, I think there was probably a greater confidence in me from the standpoint of my understanding of the system because of how I was able to speak it, because of how I was able to operate it,” he said. “It was just different than how Donovan operated it.”

The Eagles were never able to win the big game with McNabb under center despite reaching the NFC Championship game five times. Some Philly fans have blamed Andy Reid for that while others blame McNabb. Either way, McNabb feels he is Hall of Fame worthy and thinks he is the most highly-criticized quarterback in NFL history. Two years removed from the game, and it would seem Garcia is doing his best to keep that going.