Shanahan tells Redskins McNabb was "fired"
For all the oatmeal talk about how this was Redskins vs. Eagles, not McNabb vs. Philadelphia, Mike Shanahan wasn't shy about using McNabb's ouster as motivation this week. DeAngelo Hall explained after the game, in an appearance on Comcast SportsNet's Post Game Live.
"All week, Coach Shanahan said, anybody ever been fired, raise your hand," Hall remembered. "My hand goes up, a lot of guys' hands goes up. We know what it's like. We know what it's like to go back to a place that didn't want you, and we know how bad he wanted it. We just wanted him to know that you're not alone. You're not alone. We as a defense, the rest of the offensive guys, we're gonna come and we're gonna bring it for you. And every time he came off the field we wanted to go over there, talk to him, let him know hey we got your back."
Yahoo's Michael Silver reported that Shanahan, too, raised his hand when asking the "who's been fired" question. I'd have done the same. I was once fired from a summer camp for letting the campers play nerf basketball in the equipment shed.
London Fletcher was similarly fiery on the same CSN program when talking about winning one for the quarterback.
"He won't say it, but I'll say it for him: he definitely wanted this one a lot," Fletcher said. "They didn't appreciate him, but we're grateful and excited about having him here with the Redskins....When they traded him, he became our family, and I felt like they wronged a family member. So we definitely had his back today."
Fletcher had an even better quip when speaking to reporters in the locker room. This came via NBC Washington:
"I told Bruce Allen, if he ever traded me within the division, he'd have two games of hell on his hands."
Obviously McNabb's post-game speech said it all, but he was still releasing little droplets of honesty during his own post-game talk with CSN's Kelli Johnson.
"Yes, I did want to win. I wanted to beat the Eagles," he said. "When you've played here and then obviously you've kind of been shipped out a little bit, you want to show them that you've still got it and you can do whatever it takes to win."
(Also, this fan here is John Woloshen, one of the all-time Bog favorites. Two years ago, he brought a Hip Hip Hooray sign to Philly during the height of Zorn Mania. Last year, he was feeling gloomy. But he's back in the saddle, and after he heard McNabb joke about entering the wrong tunnel, he brought this helpful banner.)
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