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What Shanahan told the Redskins about McNabb

By Dan Steinberg

(By Jonathan Newton - TWP)

When he met with the media on Monday, Mike Shanahan acknowledged that he had addressed the Donovan McNabb situation with his team.

"You've got to make those decisions that you think give you the best chance to win," he told the press. "It's not always very popular, but one that I felt is right. As I shared with the team, sometimes you don't always make the right decision, but you make a decision based on your gut feeling during the week - how did somebody practice, how a game's going - and you go with it."

Brian Orakpo talked more about what Shanahan said during his appearance on The Junkies Tuesday morning. Orakpo was asked to what extent Shanahan had dealt with the situation in his locker room.

"Coach addressed it, because he wants to clarify that any decision he makes is in the best interest of the team," Orakpo said. "And that's one thing I respect about Mike, he's real straightforward. If we see stuff going on with the Redskins and you're hearing about it on television and in the papers, he's not gonna - like most coaches do - try to ignore it and just move on. He's gonna address us like men, [explain] the situation, what went down and exactly what the best interest of the team is.

"And the most important thing is to try and win. He felt like that was the best way to try to win in that two-minute offense was with Donovan out. Obviously it was a big storyline, but he said that Donovan is our guy, is our quarterback and is our leader. That's something they wished would have worked out, but it didn't. We've just got to move on."

And like everyone else associated with the Redskins, including front-office leaders, starters, reserves, and window washers, Orakpo said the team is united behind McNabb.

"Donovan's our leader," Orakpo said. "He's our quarterback....He's our guy. He's our guy for now and the future."

By Dan Steinberg  | November 9, 2010; 12:47 PM ET
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Heard John Feinstein just called Orakpo an Uncle Tom.

Posted by: MylesMonroe | November 9, 2010 1:09 PM | Report abuse

Straightforward?! Please, Shanahan caught the prevarication bug that infests the rest of this low class loser organization.

Instead of just coming out and saying that he was mad that McNabb threw a key interception and benched him for it (the truth), he and his son concocted middling excuse after excuse, i.e., didn't know 2 minute offense, Grossman gave them best chance to win, McNabb out of shape, McNabb too injured to practice two minute drill, McNabb was made aware that he could be pulled at any time, etc.

I laugh and take great pleasure at episodes like this and as a former fan and now vocal hater for life, will cheer voraciously against this low class loser organization at every opportunity.

Posted by: playahatah | November 9, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

this whole thing reads like a Devo discography:

are we not men?
duty now for the future
freedom of choice
new traditionalists

song for Mike Shanahan: "gut feeling"
song for Donovan McNabb: "jerkin back 'n' forth"
song for Skins fans: "big mess"

Posted by: dimesmakedollars | November 9, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

John Feinstein needs to be fired from the Post. But they'll never do it. Only in the lala land, where the Powers That Be at Washington Post live, does it make sense to suspend Mike Wise for something completely innocuous and yet allow race-baiting clowns like John Feinstein and Mike Wilbon to spew baseless and viscous attacks at those they don't like.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Mike Wise intentionally put out a false tweet on his twitter account that identifies him as a WaPo employee. In direct violation of company policy. Feinstein and Wilbon write opinion columns (edited no doubt). You may not like or agree with those opinions, but that is what those guys get paid to do. You should be able to reconcile the difference and understand why what Wise did was suspendable but what Wilbon and Feinstein do is part of their job description.

You of all people should be willing to defend someones opinion even if it doesn't jive with your own.

Posted by: dcsportsfan1 | November 9, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse


I respectfully disagree. Wise conducted an innocuous experiment in which he let the public know (via his radio show) know that he was going to put a piece of relatively meaningless breaking news on his twitter account for just a short time (minutes, not hours) to prove that his fellow journalists will say or print anything without even a smidgen of fact-checking. He was right, the experiment worked, and the news he reported on twitter regarding the length of Ben Rothlisberger's suspension was quickly picked up and reported by others without fact-checking.

What seems to irritate you and others who have criticized Wise most is that he is "identified" as a Washington Post columnist in his twitter account. If by "identifying" you mean the Post is on his bio and there's a link to his columns, then yes he is identified as a Post employee. Big deal. As anyone who follows Wise on twitter or facebook knows, he doesn't break news in those forums. Not to mention he is also a radio host, but his radio show didn't feel the need to suspend him.

The Washington Post will allow a pathological liar like Jason La Canfora to make up anything he wants on the Washington Post's actual website and actual newspaper, yet they suspended Wise who is one of the most reliable, honest columnists they have. It's a clear double standard and the Post has, as they usually do, things backwards.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 9, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Wise is a hack, a clown, classless irritant!

Posted by: iubiquity | November 9, 2010 8:07 PM | Report abuse

I love reading the mental gymnastics you have to go through sometimes to make a point

"What seems to irritate you and others who have criticized Wise most is that he is "identified" as a Washington Post columnist in his twitter account. If by "identifying" you mean the Post is on his bio and there's a link to his columns, then yes he is identified as a Post employee. Big deal. As anyone who follows Wise on twitter or facebook knows, he doesn't break news in those forums. "

identify [aɪˈdɛntɪˌfaɪ]
vb -fies, -fying, -fied (mainly tr)
1. to prove or recognize as being a certain person or thing; determine the identity of
2. to consider as the same or equivalent
3. (also intr; often foll by with) to consider (oneself) as similar to another
4. to determine the taxonomic classification of (a plant or animal)
5. (Psychology) (intr; usually foll by with) Psychol to engage in identification

Innocuous intentions aside...
-Did Mike Wise's twitter account "prove or recognize as being a certain person or thing; determine the identity of" him as a WAPO reporter?
-At the time, was Ben's suspension "breaking news"?
-Did Wise give any indication at the time that the news he was breaking, on a forum that identified him as a Washington Post employee, was not to be taken seriously?

Sometimes there is no paranoid conspiracy in the background and a suspension is just a suspension

Posted by: jbanks979 | November 10, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse


My point is very simple: Mike Wise didn't deserve a suspension for such an innocent episode. Reporters make up news and quotes all the time to suit their agenda. Mike Wise does not engage in those slimy tactics, yet those that do get a pass while he gets suspended. You know how often Jason La Canfora simply invented an anonymous quote for this very paper? He did it pathologically, yet was never suspended because he never admitted he was lying. Mike Wise admitted he was KIDDING, and yet he gets suspended. It is a double standard.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 10, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

Is that you Mr. Nickles?

Posted by: benevolentanarchist | November 10, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

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