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Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan's offense

Quarterback Donovan McNabb has been critical of his performance in Coach Mike Shanahan's offense. McNabb spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, so a transition process was inevitable. And then McNabb suffered an ankle injury in the second preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens and has not practiced or played since.

Although Shanahan, even more guarded than most NFL coaches regarding injuries, has declined to discuss McNabb's availability for the Sept. 12 game against the Dallas Cowboys, many Redskins players said McNabb will start the season opener. But how sharp will he be?

McNabb was still trying to get adjusted to the offense and then missed a lot of practice time and the third preseason game, in which starters and key players played into the third quarter. It's not so much that McNabb needs practice and game reps to determine whether Dallas is in a two-deep zone, playing man underneath or whatever.

But it seems he could use as much time as possible running Shanahan's stuff until he picks up everything well. "I don't think anyone has to worry about Donovan," wide receiver Devin Thomas said. "I've gotten a chance to work with Donovan in the off-season and training camp, and I know he'll be ready for whatever the coaches ask him to do."

Pro Bowl tight end Chris Cooley also expressed confidence in McNabb. "People don't understand how much of an adjustment this is for him," Cooley said. "He's working with a new line, new receivers, new running backs and a new system. He went from doing things one way for a long time to make a lot of changes. It takes time."

By Jason Reid  |  September 1, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
 
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Based on how Dallas' FIRST team oline looks, this may not even be an issue. 2-0 anyone?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | September 1, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

did Cooley's comment strike anyone as particularly confident? Not saying he doesn't believe in him, but this quote didn't exactly capture that.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 1, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Run CP right at Doug Free about 30 times. With a few dinks and dunks to TEs.

Posted by: ElYeah | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Poopy...please tell me that you don't tweet while you're on the pot?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 1, 2010 2:25 PM
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Well with today's modern technology, with all the silicon chips and such, it's rather easy to take a laptop into the bathroom and use wireless internet to surf the web whenever, wherever.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Pfunk...

So what if dudehasnt had ten tds in a yr.....

Last year he had nine.....

How many did our wrs have as a group????? Probly less than nine...

Ill leave the lookin up of the details to you....

See I don't care how he get a 1k wr, I just want us to get one.....

50 for 5 ain't bad........10 per yr.....

Cp26 gets 8 or 9 per yr, hayny gets like 14mil per year

Why not pay a player who actually can help us down the road...

Back to back duis?????? That was over four yrs ago in 2006

Back to back with a five yr gap???

People screw up, big ben rapped 2 women n people would still invite him over to dinner. VJ gets 2 dui's n now he's a worse role model then benny boy?????

Posted by: brandon_in_cali | September 1, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse


Wow. Okay. Not sure how to begin addressing all of the nonsense, so I guess I'll just dive right in.

1) I care that the guy has not ever scored double-digit TDs. But it's not only that. It's the paltry number of catches/year and the atrocious YAC production. If I'm going to cough up a high pick AND sink $50 mill(or something close to that) into a WR, he had better be a big-time, can't-miss, playmaking machine in the vein of Larry Fitzgerald, Randy Moss, Andre Johnson, or Calvin Johnson. (And BTW, look up your stats).

2) You don't care how we get a #1 receiver as long as we get one?...Great thinking there, Vinny Cerratto, glad you are participating on the board.

3) More Cerratto-logic. So we are already straddled with CP and Hayney's bloated contracts...HEY, WHY NOT ADD ANOTHER ONE! IF WE'RE GONNA OVERPAY 2 PLAYERS WHO CAN'T LIVE UP TO THEIR MONEY, WE COULD CERTAINLY ENTERTAIN A 3RD, EH? And 5 for 50 is bad. 10 per year would be among the richest contracts EVER in the NFL for a WR.

4) Finally, I could care less about role models or who you want to have over for dinner. What I do care about is tying up tons of money on players with a pattern of off-field issues who end up hurting their teams b/c they face suspensions.

Posted by: p1funk | September 1, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Run CP right at Doug Free about 30 times. With a few dinks and dunks to TEs.

Posted by: ElYeah

You want our RB to run at their offensive LT? Heck, I only thought today was Tuesday

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 1, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

did Cooley's comment strike anyone as particularly confident? Not saying he doesn't believe in him, but this quote didn't exactly capture that.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 1, 2010 2:48 PM |

Yeah, sounds like he is just levying a preemptive strike on out-of-this-world expectations.

Regardless of all that, a first year McNabb is still an upgrade over Campbell in any of the systems he played in/under.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 1, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

did Cooley's comment strike anyone as particularly confident? Not saying he doesn't believe in him, but this quote didn't exactly capture that.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | September 1, 2010 2:48 PM

No it didn't...and how much time does CC think this may take? I need to know.

Posted by: PlayAction | September 1, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

"Donovan McNabb and Mike Shanahan's offense"

Gotta question:

What type of deal do you strike with a 35 year old oft-injured elite NFL quarterback?

And how many years do you want him, given his age?

And do you pay him based on who he is, what he has done, or what he might do?

McNabb's extension is gonna be infinitely more interesting than his present injury.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 1, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Nah, just sounds like Cooley is taking up for him. Not that he's making excuses for McNabb, but the dude does have to be smart to jump into a new city and scheme with all new players, and he didn't look half bad against Buffalo or Baltimore. He'll be ready to play against Dallas, even if he had to pull a Ronnie Lott and amputate a finger or toe.

Posted by: monk811 | September 1, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Run CP right at Doug Free about 30 times. With a few dinks and dunks to TEs.

Posted by: ElYeah | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM |

Isn't Free an OT???

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 1, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

yeah, McNabb has looked merely OK in the preseason. Here's the real issue.

He knows how to read a defense and he knows the NFC East defenses. Making the good decision on where to go with the play is the biggest benefit McNabb brings. I'm sure he'll be fine on that front, right away.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | September 1, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

4) Finally, I could care less about role models or who you want to have over for dinner. What I do care about is tying up tons of money on players with a pattern of off-field issues who end up hurting their teams b/c they face suspensions.

Posted by: p1funk | September 1, 2010 2:51 PM |

Sorry, pet peeve:

Could care less actually means you care.

If you couldn't care less...that means you don't care.

(Hint: add the word "possibly" in the middle as a crutch until you learn it, as in, "I couldn't possibly care less" as opposed to I could possibly care less").

This concludes today's lesson on remedial 3rd grade stuff.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 1, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Run CP right at Doug Free about 30 times. With a few dinks and dunks to TEs.

Posted by: ElYeah | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM |

Isn't Free an OT???

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 1, 2010 2:55 PM |

That's why it's BRILLIANT! OT's can't tackle for squat...

Posted by: edvar | September 1, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

Run CP right at Doug Free about 30 times. With a few dinks and dunks to TEs.

Posted by: ElYeah | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM |

Isn't Free an OT???

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 1, 2010 2:55 PM |

That's why it's BRILLIANT! OT's can't tackle for squat...

Posted by: edvar | September 1, 2010 3:00 PM

And most can't run with the ball either (I'm talking about you Pete Kendall)

Posted by: PlayAction | September 1, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse


Run CP right at Doug Free about 30 times. With a few dinks and dunks to TEs.

Posted by: ElYeah | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM |

Isn't Free an OT???

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 1, 2010 2:55 PM |

Yea, so running CP right at him should really confuse him.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 1, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse


Poopy...please tell me that you don't tweet while you're on the pot?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 1, 2010 2:25 PM
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Well with today's modern technology, with all the silicon chips and such, it's rather easy to take a laptop into the bathroom and use wireless internet to surf the web whenever, wherever.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM

Good to know Poopy...so basically stay away from your computers...your bathrooms...anything else?

Posted by: PlayAction | September 1, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Run CP right at Doug Free about 30 times. With a few dinks and dunks to TEs.

Posted by: ElYeah | September 1, 2010 2:50 PM |

Isn't Free an OT???

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 1, 2010 2:55 PM |

That's why it's BRILLIANT! OT's can't tackle for squat...

Posted by: edvar | September 1, 2010 3:00 PM

Trust me, we want Free playing O-Line.

Posted by: No_Punt_Intended | September 1, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth to see considerable playing time vs. Cardinals

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* By Jason La Canfora NFL Network

I hope Jason is smoking crack, because nobody else is reporting this....

Posted by: BarackObama | September 1, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Jason LaCanfora reporting that Fat Al will not play against cowgirls? I hope he is smoking crack like Glenn Beck because i don't see anyone else reporting this. Jason Reid? Have you heard this too?

Posted by: BarackObama | September 1, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

How exactly is saying:

"People don't understand how much of an adjustment this is for him," Cooley said. "He's working with a new line, new receivers, new running backs and a new system. He went from doing things one way for a long time to make a lot of changes. It takes time."

Expressing confidence. He didn't say "it takes time but we'll get there" or Donovan is an elite QB and will get there"......

I'm sure Cooley does expect that and did express confidence, but the quote chosen doesn't support the statement made....just a little journalism 101.

Posted by: zjfr2 | September 1, 2010 3:10 PM | Report abuse

JLaC:

"
Haynesworth could see a considerable workload this week, but he is still far from assured of a starting spot in Week 1, according to a member of the Redskins' staff. There is even a possibility that Haynesworth could be deactivated for the Redskins' Week 1 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, the source surmised, as coach Mike Shanahan continues to sort through what has been a troubling offseason with the high-priced defensive lineman.
"

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81a2d214/article/haynesworth-to-see-considerable-playing-time-vs-cards

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 1, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, Free should give Orakpo Free Access to Romo, I hope Kitna's ready to play!

Posted by: monk811 | September 1, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

JLaC:

"
Haynesworth could see a considerable workload this week, but he is still far from assured of a starting spot in Week 1, according to a member of the Redskins' staff. There is even a possibility that Haynesworth could be deactivated for the Redskins' Week 1 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, the source surmised, as coach Mike Shanahan continues to sort through what has been a troubling offseason with the high-priced defensive lineman.
"

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81a2d214/article/haynesworth-to-see-considerable-playing-time-vs-cards

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 1, 2010 3:11 PM |

That a load and should be ignored.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 1, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

JASON REID, WHY IS JASON LACANFORA REPORTING THAT FAT AL WILL BE DEACTIVATED THE FIRST WEEK???


GREAT, NOW WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO HEAR ABOUT FAT AL FOR THE NEXT 10 DAYS... TRADE HIM TODAY FOR THAT 5TH ROUND PICK...

Posted by: BarackObama | September 1, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

"Well, we had better watch out for Chuck Cecil,.."


Given the way he played back in the day, Chuck Cecil would be fined into bankruptcy in Roger Goodell's world.

Roger: Chuck, you decapitated a defenseless wide receiver.

Chuck: I though that was the idea.

Roger: Times have changed.

We are more sensitive now.

We want more passing and scoring now.

Chuck(annoyed): Well, to me, the only thing you should ever change is your underwear.

And most of the time, I don't even do that.

Posted by: MistaMoe | September 1, 2010 3:16 PM | Report abuse

JLaC:

"
Haynesworth could see a considerable workload this week, but he is still far from assured of a starting spot in Week 1, according to a member of the Redskins' staff. There is even a possibility that Haynesworth could be deactivated for the Redskins' Week 1 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, the source surmised, as coach Mike Shanahan continues to sort through what has been a troubling offseason with the high-priced defensive lineman.
"

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 1, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Just when all got quiet on that front, we get this. I hope it's not true. If it's not true I'd like Shanny to squash it once he has his next presser.

Posted by: TWISI | September 1, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Haynesworth could see a considerable workload this week, but he is still far from assured of a starting spot in Week 1, according to a member of the Redskins' staff. There is even a possibility that Haynesworth could be deactivated for the Redskins' Week 1 matchup with the Dallas Cowboys, the source surmised, as coach Mike Shanahan continues to sort through what has been a troubling offseason with the high-priced defensive lineman.
"

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81a2d214/article/haynesworth-to-see-considerable-playing-time-vs-cards

Posted by: 4thFloor | September 1, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

That is far from saying he wont play.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 1, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I like to think we will be contenders this year...I see everything through my burgandy and gold glasses. Reallity though, I think we can be good. But just think of McNabb in this system for an entire year and another off season. Ditto with our defense with new 3-4. And give Shanahan another year to tweak the roster. When he went to Denver it took them 2 years to go 13-3 and the third year to win the Super Bowl.

Again, I'm thinking and hoping we will be in the playoffs, but just think if this was our second year doing everything, how much more confidence everyone would have?...

Posted by: redskinbo | September 1, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

McNabb vs Cowpies 09
16 of 30 53%, 227 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
20 of 36 55.5%, 223 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT
19 of 37 51%, 230 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT

Campbell vs Cowpies 09

24 of 37 64.8%, 256 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
24 of 39 61.5%, 199 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT


All losses. QB was not the problem. The O-line play and RB production has to be better.

Posted by: Alan4 | September 1, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

JLaC is still grinding his ax with the Redskins, I see. Albert will play and play a lot against them Cow-pukes. Shanny is done dancing on his head for now.

He's just gotta keep picking at that scab...

Posted by: edvar | September 1, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

I'd imagine the conversation went something like this. "So you're saying that Haynesworth is going to play a lot on Thursday because he's not fully up to speed?"

"Yes."

"What about the opener against Dallas?"

"What about it?"

"Will he be up to speed enough to start?"

"Anything is possible."

JLaC's interpretation than becomes-anything is possible means Haynesworth will be deactivated for the opener.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 1, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

AH possibly inactive for week 1. Need more info ASAP, before MS is tared and feathered. REID, get on this.

Posted by: Diesel44 | September 1, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

IF LACANFORA IS RIGHT, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I DISAGREE WITH SHANNY... THIS ONE DONE, HE WAS GONNA GET IN SHAPE AGAINST ARIZONA AND START AGAINST THE COWGIRLS... IM GONNA START THINK SHANNY IS ALSO RELATED TO SENATOR MACACA...

Posted by: BarackObama | September 1, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Okay the Discovery Channel thing is crazy sh!t.

Posted by: alex35332 | September 1, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

if i hit traffic because of the idiot at discovery channel, i swear.... i will do nothing about it... but i will be pissed

Posted by: BarackObama | September 1, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

IF LACANFORA IS RIGHT, I WOULD HAVE TO SAY, THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I DISAGREE WITH SHANNY... THIS ONE DONE, HE WAS GONNA GET IN SHAPE AGAINST ARIZONA AND START AGAINST THE COWGIRLS... IM GONNA START THINK SHANNY IS ALSO RELATED TO SENATOR MACACA...

Posted by: BarackObama | September 1, 2010 3:33 PM |

No need to yell. Inside voices here.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | September 1, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Everyone Don't get your panties in a bunch about Albert not playing week 1 . IT IS A SMOKE SCREEN!!!! Albert will play end barring injury and McNabb is fine!! He will practice all next week and will pummel the Girls Week 1!!!!

Posted by: jiza32 | September 1, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Get over it. Lavar earned every bit of praise he had as a Redskin. The man was a playmaker like few others in this league, and he helped carry this defense numerous times to excellent results.

Posted by: psps23 | September 1, 2010 11:50 AM |

LaVarr had the physical gifts but wore out any number of coaches with his inability or unwillingness to play a team game. He whined and griped about playing hand in the dirt, was frequently out of position, and was an Albert Haynesworth emotional clone in Linebacker's clothing.

His awards? He would make the gaudy highlight reel play, which were shown on ESPN, and made voting for him easy.

He was far from terrible, just could have been one of the greats, and his issues were more than just injuries--attitude and self-importance, primarily. And LaVar never hesitated placing the blame elsewhere, be it his contract, or the defensive scheme or his own lack of production.

When he left the Redskins to take his act to the Giants, someone, I forget who, a coach or player on the 'skins, was asked if the Redskins were afraid he would pass along the defensive schemes to the Giants.

"No, I don't think he ever knew them," was the answer.

Sure, he gonged Aikman, but beyond that, the man was a disappointment. He was, after all the second man taken in the draft.

Posted by: TheCork | September 1, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

No need to yell. Inside voices here.

Posted by: scampbell1975

Agree. Sarcastic, embittered, cutting inside voices, but inside voices preferred.

Posted by: TheCork | September 1, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Sure, he gonged Aikman, but beyond that, the man was a disappointment. He was, after all the second man taken in the draft.
Posted by: TheCork

Thank you for revising that revisionist history. Even LaVar's college coach said he was uncoachable. He was just so talented that he could use athleticism to make up for his mistakes against lesser players.

Posted by: NYPDee | September 1, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

The concern is every offensive play, no matter down and distance, the Skins offense isn't spread out to pressure the defense, they are bunched together-like most years. It's definitely easier against the Skins running game. At least on passing downs with the little the camera lets us see, looks like the receivers (even bunched) are coming off the ball strong. It is still a ink-ka- dink looking passing attack so no competitor is going to respect it.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | September 1, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Now that everything has calmed down, Shanny is going to bench/deactivate AH for week 1 when things really count? Don't bet on it. Just about as likely as McNabb's ankle keeping him out week 1.

Posted by: HokiesSkins | September 1, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Oh poor baby Donovan! He 's got a boo boo on his ankle and he has to learn a new system. The excuses have already started for this soon to be regrettable pick up.

Posted by: theBozyn | September 1, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

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