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Donovan McNabb: "Let's move on"

By Barry Svrluga

Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb repeated many of the same themes he touched on last week - that he wants to move on from his benching against Detroit, and that suggestions that he doesn't understand Coach Mike Shanahan's offense well enough to run it in clutch situations are unfounded - during his weekly radio appearance Tuesday on ESPN980.

"That is hilarious to me," McNabb said on "The Sports Fix" with hosts Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro, responding to questions that he didn't know the offense well. "That is really funny to me. I think for everyone who may not have heard any of this, it's probably a shock to them.

"But we move forward for now. Everyone's going to say whatever all throughout this week, and probably during this game. I don't focus on it. Everyone else shouldn't focus on it. Let's move on."

McNabb and his teammates have Tuesday off and begin preparations in earnest for Monday night's game against Philadelphia Wednesday. The McNabb issue - Shanahan sat the veteran starter with 1 minute, 50 seconds left in what became a loss to the Lions on Oct. 31 - dominated the Redskins' bye week. But McNabb, who traveled to his home in Arizona, said he did not let the issue affect his time off.

"People may have made their comments about it, but it's one that you don't want to talk about," McNabb said. "I don't think for my friends and family, it's not an issue where we're going to sit here and try to dig into it."

McNabb said he is satisfied with his conversations with Shanahan on the issue, and that he expects to be not only the starter, but the person who finishes games over the second half of the season. Asked by Sheehan whether he had spoken with owner Daniel M. Snyder, McNabb said: "I've talked to different people in the organization, but it was nothing to the fact of this situation."

As for the team's performance, McNabb lamented the fact that only receiver Santana Moss and tight end Chris Cooley have developed into reliable targets. "We got to get more guys involved," he said. He added that he believes the Redskins should have won more games in the first half.

"I'm not excited about being 4-4," McNabb said. "I believe that we should be better than 4-4, and offensively, we will do that."

By Barry Svrluga  | November 9, 2010; 12:51 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Sorry, let's try this again...

So, what are the keys to winning the second half of the season?

I think Portis returning to the line up is one of them. Not for his running skills, but for his blitz pick-up skills.

Key #1. Run the ball. This is the best argument for getting Dockery back on the field. He can plow the road. Rabach and Lickurmother can't move their guys off the line and often get trucked back into the play. Not good. We have 4 more NFC East games plus the Vikings and Tampa as Fall turns to Winter here in DC. Being able to pound it takes pressure off McNabb, tires the D and sets up play action passing. Hence, it is Key #1.

Key #2. Better pass protection. This also involves a smarter pass attack, like throwing on first down to quick slants and off play-action, plus some roll-out activity. If we are stuck with Rabach, let's at least out-scheme his liabilities.

Key #3. Win on Special Teams. Banks is out for a few weeks. Fine. Bring up Austin. He could even help with our so-so WR corps a little. A spark is all we need....

Key #4. Stay PHYSICAL. The Skins POUND other teams on D. I say unleash the hounds. Haynesworth is tanned and rested, so more of him. But keep up the intensity. We may not have the best numbers on D, we we sure make the other teams pay dearly. That will work to our advantage down the stretch.

Key #5. Minimize McNabb. A better running game and a smarter pass attack takes the pressure off. It also sets up the timely deep ball - one area that he has had some pretty good success. I think he will get his grove back down the stretch, so let's create a situation to help that along.

Key #6. Don't beat ourselves. Good decisions, smart tough play and no deadly penalties/turn overs will deliver the day more often than not. Not throwing the stupid INT at the end of Detroit probably wins the game, for example. If we get beat, so be it, but let's not throw anything away.

Key #7. Stay Healthy! We are paper thin in too many places. Gotta stay healthy out there. That includes you Trent Williams!

We beat Philly at home on Monday Night and sweep Dallas (sweet!), split with the Gina's, lose to the Titans (AFC game, who cares...) and win the rest. 10-6. Wild card.

Posted by: edvar | November 9, 2010 12:38 PM

Posted by: edvar | November 9, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Z, someone stole your idea. Well, almost.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40084109/ns/travel-news/?GT1=43001

Posted by: learnedhand1 | November 9, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

he's not very likely to go back on his own words...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 9, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I know, people that say one thing and do another just make me sick!

Signed,
Jerry Jones

Posted by: monk811 | November 9, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Man, this is ridiculous!!! It's either feast or famine up here with the posts. How do we go from one day having like 2 all day to having 4 in an hour. Great, just like in your personal lives you blew your load all at once, time for a nap!!!

Posted by: monk811 | November 9, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

@ Edvar- Co-sign

I predict a 10-6 finish.

1 game off of my 11-5 prediction.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 9, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Man, this is ridiculous!!! It's either feast or famine up here with the posts. How do we go from one day having like 2 all day to having 4 in an hour. Great, just like in your personal lives you blew your load all at once, time for a nap!!!

Posted by: monk811 | November 9, 2010 1:06 PM

Yeah...beep-beep must be going nuts today with all the beeps between RI and the fry machine!

Posted by: PlayAction | November 9, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Don't agree with this, but here's a midseason report on us from NBC sports:

11. Washington Redskins: 4-4; Predicted finish 6-10

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 9, 2010 11:32 AM


I wish I could say that I don't agree with it, though I'll be quite happy to be proven wrong. Just looking at the trend. The trend could change, but that's not the way to bet.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 9, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Yeah...beep-beep must be going nuts today with all the beeps between RI and the fry machine!

Posted by: PlayAction | November 9, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Man, don't burn my fries!!!!

We got a new NERD up here tryin to be a smartazz, calls himself BrokeBackOps. Don't bend over in front of him......

Posted by: monk811 | November 9, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

If McNabb delivers down the stretch and gets his extension - which I hope does happen, I still think we consider taking QB at #1. Gives him a year or two to develop before being thrown out there, and if McNabb gets hurt, uhh... when McNabb gets hurt, we have a better back up to go to, and he gets valuable playing time without shouldering the burden of franchise expectations right away.

Posted by: edvar

Until we build something that resembles a NFL O-Line, it would be useless to take a QB. O-line with the first pick again.....

Posted by: dcwun | November 9, 2010 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Don't agree with this, but here's a midseason report on us from NBC sports:

11. Washington Redskins: 4-4; Predicted finish 6-10

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 9, 2010 11:32 AM


I wish I could say that I don't agree with it, though I'll be quite happy to be proven wrong. Just looking at the trend. The trend could change, but that's not the way to bet.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 9, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Keep in mind that before the season started, Dallas was considered a Superbowl favorite. How's that turning out?

Flip those numbers....10-6

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 9, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Until we build something that resembles a NFL O-Line, it would be useless to take a QB. O-line with the first pick again.....

Posted by: dcwun | November 9, 2010 1:24 PM

I can't argue with that which is why I said consider - but, perhaps we can take our #2 and trade back for a 3 & 4 and use those on O line. It seems like a lot of good interior linemen can be had in rounds 3,4,5.

It's hard to find a good QB outside of round 1. Not impossible - and I'm sure guys will jump in with stats that say other wise, but... it is still hard to find a good franchise QB outside of round one.

Posted by: edvar | November 9, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Reid, let me fix that Banks's for ya, should be Banks' according to my 4th grade grammar teacher.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 8, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

******************************

Yer 4th grade grammer teacher would be rong.

Posted by: nova_g_man | November 9, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

Hey Reid, let me fix that Banks's for ya, should be Banks' according to my 4th grade grammar teacher.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 8, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

******************************

Yer 4th grade grammer teacher would be rong.

Posted by: nova_g_man | November 9, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

@ Edvar- Co-sign

I predict a 10-6 finish.

1 game off of my 11-5 prediction.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 9, 2010 1:14 PM

Well, if iH8 is predicting 10-6, I'm sure that is the ABSOLUTE BEST possible scenario, which is dependent upon all opposing teams starting QBs and RBs to be nursing injuries each week.

It is also reliant upon Shanny finding Pro Bowl talent on our practice squad at C, LG, RT, and FS.

Oh, and McNabb will have to improve his cardio, too, so he can last another 1:50. If Rex is finishing all our games, the prediction drops to 9-7.

I'm with it!

Book it!

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 9, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Edvar-
We don't have a #2 draft pick. Remember McNabb? And if he goes probowl or playoff I believe we lose a #3 instead of a #4 pick.

Posted by: shanahananigans | November 9, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

shanahananigans.........you are WRONG!!!!! We do have our #2 pick last year...and our #1 pick also. We gave up our #3 & #4 picks for McNabb and Jamal Brown..........the #2 we forfeited was last years #2 pick, which the Eagles used on Nate Allen. So don't front like you heard, ACT LIKE YOU KNOW!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: frmi | November 9, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

Nice post edvar.

frmi ??? Don't act like a tool.

We are still going to give in 2011 a
4th rd pick that could become a 3rd round pick as part of the McNabb trade. But, you are correct about the 2nd round pick from this year being the other part of that trade.

Posted by: MDterpfan | November 9, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm of the opinion that if the Skins are not going to go after a QB in the 1st round next year, that they should trade down for a 2nd and an additonal pick. Then use both 2nd round picks on interior linemen, and still have another pick to add depth elsewhere. Starting quality guards and centers should still be available in round 2, but not as likely in round 5 when our next pick would be. (provided that we don't trade Albert for a 3rd or 4th.)

Posted by: kaasmaster | November 9, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Oh wait, I also forgot that we're getting a 4th back for trading Campbell. Still, I'd rather get two 2nd round linemen than a 2nd and a 4th.

Posted by: kaasmaster | November 9, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Adam Schechter broke it down like this-


The Saints' compensation in the deal is tied to the Redskins' trade with the Eagles for quarterback Donovan McNabb.

According to a league source, Washington owes the Eagles a third- or fourth-round pick in 2011 for McNabb, based on how the quarterback plays or the team performs. If the Redskins win nine games, or go to the playoffs, or McNabb gets selected to the Pro Bowl, then Philadelphia will receive Washington's third-round pick and New Orleans will get Washington's fourth. If none of those happen, then the Eagles will get the Redskins' fourth-round pick and the Saints will get the Redskins' third-round pick.

If New Orleans receives Washington's fourth-round pick, then the Redskins will get a sixth- or seventh-round pick back from the Saints. However, if Washington's fourth-round pick goes to Philadelphia, then the Redskins get fifth-round pick from the Saints.

There is also a conditional 2012 sixth-round pick involved. Should Brown play 90 percent of the plays next season or get voted to the Pro Bowl, then Washington will send its 2012 sixth-round pick to New Orleans. After Saturday's trade, Washington has six picks left in the 2011 draft.

Posted by: MDterpfan | November 9, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

You heard the man... Let's move on!... the Eagles are waiting.

Posted by: Neisha_H | November 9, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

FIRE MIKE SHANNAHAN!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | November 9, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Anyone keeping note of how well Colt and JC are playing????!!! Just give a QB a line.....

Posted by: kmmcgrath | November 9, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Seems like McNabb the only one with any sense. This is "old" news and the press is doing CPR on it

Come On Man!

Posted by: mriley0223 | November 9, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

When McNabb gets rushed he will throw an INT. or he will throw it in the dirt. That is why Philly let him go and that is why he will not be signed to a long term contract. The man is a great leader and a good QB, but he is not the long term answer for this team. Book It!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | November 9, 2010 8:32 PM | Report abuse

A 6-10 finish this season for the Skins would probably be financially unacceptable for Synder. He needs the team to win "NOW". Not two years from now...NOW!!

If this team has another dissapointing season it will make it exceedingly more difficult for him to get secure corporate sponsorship, loge and clublevel tickets contracts. As far as we know it there may not even be a 2011 season with a lock out looming. So this draft talk about who we should take next year is conjecture. The time is now they need to figure out how to protect McNabb and win. Plain and simple winning gets more cash flowing into Synders pockets.

If there was not a sense or urgency to win this season then why did they trade for McNabb and not just like most of you suggest and pick a QB and build through the draft.. Because that takes too much time and time is a luxury that Synder does not have. Because he is well aware that Skins fans have lost patience and have almost lost all confidence in this team this could potentially translate into lost revenue opportunities.

I am not delusional,I truly believe McNabb gives us the best chance at winning and if you protect him and give him time to throw he can make plays and potentially get us to the playoffs.

Posted by: 70chiponwhite | November 9, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

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