What Shanahan told the Redskins about McNabb
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."
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