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McNabb on second-half struggles: 'I take full responsibility'

Donovan McNabb says the Washington offense should have put up 24 points against the Eagles on Sunday, and the Redskins quarterback blamed himself for the team's inability to find the end zone in the second half.

"I take full responsibility, definitely for the second half," he said during his weekly radio show on ESPN 980.

McNabb has received plenty of attention and accolades since the Redskins' 17-12 win over the Eagles, but somewhat lost is the fact that McNabb didn't have a particularly good game. (Peter King, though, named McNabb his offensive player of the week for simply finding a way to win.)

McNabb's second-half numbers: 2-of-11 passing for 10 yards and one interception. Without that 57-yard pass to Anthony Armstrong in the second quarter, McNabb would have had just 68 passing yards in the game. He said the offense was too eager in the second half, and players were trying to hard to make big plays.

"You have to be aggressive sometimes, but you also have to be smart with the ball," said McNabb.

McNabb acknowledged some of his own mistakes, including his decision to run out of bounds late in the game when the team needed to keep the clock moving. He said he didn't slide because he felt some pain in his quadriceps -- "felt like I blew an inner tube," he said.

He said he feels fine now but noted that the play was a "mistake on my part."

"It's one where you definitely have to get down," he said. "I know that."

Still, McNabb said he feels the offense is coming along. Against the Eagles he said the Redskins showed improvement in the red zone (1 of 2) and on third downs (5 of 11).

"That game should've actually been 24 to whatever," he said.

While the team hadn't relied much on its running game through the season's first three games, McNabb said the Redskins' offense still revolves around the run and that the team won't usually be slinging the ball like it did against Houston.

"It's obviously good to know that if we do go to the drop-back game, what we can do ... but we want to establish that run game, which sets up a lot of other things that we do with the offense," he said.

As for his personal feelings about going back to Philadelphia, McNabb didn't change his tune from last week, saying the game was an important division matchup and that overshadowed any personal grudges. He had dinner the night before the game with Charles Barkley and Rasheed Wallace and said he was overwhelmed by the cheers from Philadelphia fans prior to the game.

"You see so many players go back to their given places where they had been drafted, where they spent so many years," he said. "Not to put myself in that category [but] just to mention names -- Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, basketball like Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley when he went back to Philadelphia ... to be a part of that is definitely one that you'll never forget."

By Rick Maese  | October 5, 2010; 2:12 PM ET
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that the team won't usually be slinging the ball like it did against Houston.

this is disapointing...on a number of levels:
1. they scored the most points all season long in that game
2. need the passing game to open up the field for the run...establish the pass, and then run....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Torrain's okay -- but he won't be able to do it all himself -- especially with CP26 out for at least this week, and maybe longer.

Who else?

Posted by: Vic1 | October 5, 2010 2:11 PM |

Hey - if Washington can bail out banks why can't Banks bail out Washington?

Posted by: ElDrano | October 5, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

The offense is not the same without Portis. In the last two weeks with Portis out of the game, the passing game ceased like a engine with no oil. Torain doesn't provide the necessary pass protection so teams will stick eight in the box to stop both the run and the pass. Hopefully, Torain will break a tackle and give us some big runs or McNabb will be running for his life.

Posted by: bangkokben | October 5, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Trent Williams has way more to do with that than CP26. This weekend the passing game and running game will both be back.

Posted by: PAskinsfan17 | October 5, 2010 2:25 PM | Report abuse

http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings?year=2010&week=5

So the cowboy's are ranked ahead of us even though we beat them and have a better record.

Just plain duuuumb.

Posted by: ash10 | October 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

"Do you use it in the pimp sense?"

Why not?

Maybe this little guide will help:

Moe's Urban Dictionary: ESOL Edition


Bloggabonics: the daily use of ungrammatical English in a blog

Lil: not enuf

Moe: too much

Sheeeet:

a. sh!t

b. I don't believe you

c. of course

d. (with a dap pound) "Of course, she did, and swallowed, too!!!!

e. (with a wink) "Yeah, she did it to me and my homeboy!!"

"Star Pride": a substance spread by Cowboys' fans on their rectums before they disappear after a team loss

AH: always hatin'

MK12: a young millionaire living off potential and medial reports

Poop: an entertaining subject that dominates the blog at night

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda: three helping words that are used to suggest the obvious

FIRST: an expression used by bloggas not interested in being the BEST

Which I am not.

Not that I won't ever be.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

You have to respect McNabb, he mans up even in this case owning up to things that are not entirely his fault.

One hopes he resigns and he and Shanahan are talking about what they need next year to make the team better.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 5, 2010 2:27 PM | Report abuse

this is disapointing...on a number of levels:
1. they scored the most points all season long in that game
2. need the passing game to open up the field for the run...establish the pass, and then run....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | October 5, 2010 2:22 PM

Maybe just bait for the rocket scientists at wapo? Hmmmm....

Posted by: stevek20147 | October 5, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: oh_boy1 | October 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Really? So 100 yards/2 TDs against the Super Bowl champs...can't play in the league?

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 5, 2010 12:00 AM

lmg, could you list all of his games, including this year ?

Posted by: hessone | October 5, 2010 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Moe, I think you been drinkin some moonshine-laced Kool Aid bud...Ladell is 31, sustained a major leg injury, and it was a different coaching staff and offense. No chance this would happen, nor IMO shoudl it. Besides, isn't he with the Saints? Surely you're not saying trade for him? Picks are not an option, and giving up even DT for an over the hill back who never had more than one good year as a starter...no thanks

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 5, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

There's some good things that appear to be atop of my dump chart.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 5, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Hey Poop, what's your favorite food, corn?

Posted by: monk811 | October 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

I take full responsibility for leaving the TP roll empty.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 5, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Nah monk my favorite food is either "special" brownies or beer, and not some b/s lite beer, but real beer.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 5, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 5, 2010 2:27 PM

Torain's syndrome: a disorder of the nervous system, characterized by a variable expression of unwanted movements and noises (tics), caused by being trucked while defending ones' end zone.

Posted by: stevek20147 | October 5, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Small point, but one of the things I like about Shanahan. It came with 10 minutes left in the game and the Skins up 11. When philly punted from the Skins 44, he put Buchanan back there to fair catch it.

Shanahan gets that he didn't need a big play, he needed 'low risk'. So he put the veteran back there, knowing he'd make the smart, safe play.

Sharp little details are things that Shanahan brings, and they can make a big difference.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

where the giants at? lil bamas, yall are next, we may lose the next few games, but it's time to take back the East, we are coming for you new york(jersey) we aint scared, we going to kick your a**,
f da giants, f da eagles, f da cowboys

im so happy we r beating teams i hate the most

we need to be the giants, i really really am sick of us sh**ting the bed vs them

HAIL TO THE REDSKINS, lets win the division and beat the s**t out of everyone in it

Posted by: retroskins14 | October 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

It's really nice to see some under-25 talent stepping up:

Silverback- 10+ plus yr stud LT

Brandon Banks- mini-Desean

Anthony Armstrong- he's 27 but virtually a rook...loved him since camp, has a real chance to be a legit starting WR.

Ryan Torain- barely 24, knows system, runs like a freight train. Remember this guy was tabbed as an early round pick (Kiper had him as his #2 senior RB starting '07-08 season) until he tore his ACL. Almost 3 yrs removed from that, healthy and still fresh. Could well be MS's next Terrell Davis.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

So the cowboy's are ranked ahead of us even though we beat them and have a better record.

Just plain duuuumb.

Posted by: ash10 | October 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I just read this and those power rankings are jacked up. There are at least 5 teams ranked ahead of us that shouldn't be there.

Bears, Cowboys and Vikings for example.

Posted by: iH8dallas | October 5, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Bean;

It was said on a number of occasions... the texans stacked the box and had a lax secondary. Hence lots of passing.

the iggles played 7 in the box and took away Moss, hence the running game.

For better or not, our offense takes what the defense gives us.

So having an up and coming running game should help to improve the offense overall. Also T Williams is an important cog in both phases of the offense.

By week 6, our O should be full tilt and we can then guage what our true deficiencies are.

Posted by: Zeebs1 | October 5, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

It's really nice to see some under-25 talent stepping up:

Silverback- 10+ plus yr stud LT

Brandon Banks- mini-Desean

Anthony Armstrong- he's 27 but virtually a rook...loved him since camp, has a real chance to be a legit starting WR.

Ryan Torain- barely 24, knows system, runs like a freight train. Remember this guy was tabbed as an early round pick (Kiper had him as his #2 senior RB starting '07-08 season) until he tore his ACL. Almost 3 yrs removed from that, healthy and still fresh. Could well be MS's next Terrell Davis.

Posted by: Notorious_LMG | October 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

With Torain, Armstrong, Banks, Alexander etc. starting for us, I wonder if that still makes us the oldest starting lineup?

Posted by: iH8dallas | October 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

"Small point, but one of the things I like about Shanahan. It came with 10 minutes left in the game and the Skins up 11. When philly punted from the Skins 44, he put Buchanan back there to fair catch it.

Shanahan gets that he didn't need a big play, he needed 'low risk'. So he put the veteran back there, knowing he'd make the smart, safe play.

Sharp little details are things that Shanahan brings, and they can make a big difference.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 5, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse"

-----------


Zeke, everyone knows I like Shanahan as a coach, but most people don't realize I like him because I can read his mind.


My guess is Banks will return the big-play punts. If we are up late in a game and need security more than the big play, go with Buchanon. In the early going, if we get punts from deep within Dallas territory, then I hope we go with Banks. He has game-breaking ability, but hasn't earned the full trust of the coaches with his fielding. He'll get his opportunities, and they will grow if as the season moves along he consistently shows his turnover woes were a thing of the past.

Posted by: psps23 | September 9, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I was off by a few games, but the message remains the same.

Posted by: psps23 | October 5, 2010 2:55 PM | Report abuse

What's the deal with Portis? You know they have the info on his MRI by now, so why aren't they talking?

And, assuming this is a newspaper with investigative journalists: who worked out today at Redskins park?

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 5, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

So the cowboy's are ranked ahead of us even though we beat them and have a better record. Just plain duuuumb.

Posted by: ash10 | October 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

I just read this and those power rankings are jacked up. There are at least 5 teams ranked ahead of us that shouldn't be there.

Bears, Cowboys and Vikings for example.

Posted by: iH8dallas | October 5, 2010 2:51 PM

"Even though the Cowboys are 1-2, they still look like the best team in the NFC East. (Clayton)"

Excuse me???

Posted by: PlayAction | October 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings?year=2010&week=5

So the cowboy's are ranked ahead of us even though we beat them and have a better record.

Just plain duuuumb.

Posted by: ash10 | October 5, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse


It's one person's rankings. Post your own rankings and they'll mean the same thing: nothing.

The only rankings that matter is the NFC Standings. It's week 5, let's relax.

Posted by: rich20ssu | October 5, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Nah monk my favorite food is either "special" brownies or beer, and not some b/s lite beer, but real beer.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 5, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Umm, special brownies. You are 100% right about that, and REAL beer, no wimpy light beer. In fact, special brownies and Bud make 'special barf'!

Posted by: monk811 | October 5, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Nah monk my favorite food is either "special" brownies or beer, and not some b/s lite beer, but real beer.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 5, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Umm, special brownies. You are 100% right about that, and REAL beer, no wimpy light beer. In fact, special brownies and Bud make 'special barf'!

Posted by: monk811 | October 5, 2010 3:06 PM

You two are NERDS...light beer rules!!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 5, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

So the cowboy's are ranked ahead of us even though we beat them and have a better record.

Just plain duuuumb.

Posted by: ash10 | October 5, 2010 2:26 PM |

Of course, by your line of thinking, the Redskins would need to move behind the Rams. They are rankings, a subjective analysis of perceived strength, not standings.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Nah monk my favorite food is either "special" brownies or beer, and not some b/s lite beer, but real beer.

Posted by: Poopy_McPoop | October 5, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Umm, special brownies. You are 100% right about that, and REAL beer, no wimpy light beer. In fact, special brownies and Bud make 'special barf'!

Posted by: monk811 | October 5, 2010 3:06 PM

You two are NERDS...light beer rules!!!!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 5, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

That's just plain STUPID!!! My fellow monks will get a kick out of you.....

Posted by: monk811 | October 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I was one of those who just hated McNabb (called him McNubb) when he was with Philly. However, ever since he has been here (and not because he is now a Redskin), McNabb has demonstrated a level of professionalism and conduct that makes me proud he is a Redskin. McNabb is a leader and mans up when he makes mistakes.

Jason Campbell was a nice guy and that was it. His skill set was limited and he was full of excuses - yeah, he's had more offensive coordinators than he's had sex partners, but McNabb is a field general and Campbell was a field recruit - not even a private.

We know that McNabb will throw passes in the dirt and over the heads of receivers each game; but I will tell you what, when he rolls out and gets into a groove, he is a veritable cannon slinging that ball.

I am really proud with how most Redskin fans have embraced McNabb - flaws and all. And don't think for a minute that McNabb doesn't already see how he is being treated here after his Eagles fan's were contemptuous of him. He's not Peyton Manning, but he is also not Tony Romo. And we can be thankful in that.

Posted by: laserwizard | October 5, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

until we see how RTV does as a starting RB lets hold off on his statue. The guy seemed to be hitting a wall in the 2nd half of the game last week. He could be a great no.2 or split carry back. Not sold on him as no 1.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

That's just plain STUPID!!! My fellow monks will get a kick out of you.....

Posted by: monk811 | October 5, 2010 3:11 PM

Don't tell poopy...but Professor Brady has been replaced by a $4 coupon to Red Lobster!!!

Oh...and beeps...

Posted by: PlayAction | October 5, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

until we see how RTV does as a starting RB lets hold off on his statue. The guy seemed to be hitting a wall in the 2nd half of the game last week. He could be a great no.2 or split carry back. Not sold on him as no 1.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 5, 2010 3:13 PM

He was hitting a wall. McNabb couldn't complete a pass, skins were trying to run the ball to run out the clock and the Eagles were stacking up the line of scrimmage. Do you think Portis would have done better? Torain was at least pushing the pile back for 2 or 3 yards.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

So the cowboy's are ranked ahead of us even though we beat them and have a better record.

Just plain duuuumb.

Posted by: ash10 | October 5, 2010 2:26 PM |

Of course, by your line of thinking, the Redskins would need to move behind the Rams. They are rankings, a subjective analysis of perceived strength, not standings.

Posted by: MColeman51 | October 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

Thanks genius. Point is, is that it makes no sense. The Giants are 2-2 and killed the Bears, who Dallas go beat by at home. it is biased and dumb. Any retard can throw up a biased power ranking.

Posted by: ash10 | October 5, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse


Nah monk my favorite food is either "special" brownies or beer, and not some b/s lite beer, but real beer.

don't drink anymore, but one thing poop and I agree on is no lite, watered down piss for beer. I prefer Becks Dark, but I just don't drink anymore. oh, and unlike Bill Clinton, I inhale !

Posted by: hessone | October 5, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

He was hitting a wall. McNabb couldn't complete a pass, skins were trying to run the ball to run out the clock and the Eagles were stacking up the line of scrimmage. Do you think Portis would have done better? Torain was at least pushing the pile back for 2 or 3 yards.

Posted by: beep-beep | October 5, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse


All I am sayin is that he went from averaging 5.5 in the first half to 3.1 in the 2nd half.

Posted by: alex35332 | October 5, 2010 3:36 PM | Report abuse

I am really proud with how most Redskin fans have embraced McNabb - flaws and all. And don't think for a minute that McNabb doesn't already see how he is being treated here after his Eagles fan's were contemptuous of him. He's not Peyton Manning, but he is also not Tony Romo. And we can be thankful in that.

Posted by: laserwizard | October 5, 2010 3:11 PM

I'm still not a fan of bringing "face of the rival franchise" players here. I hear Brandon Jacobs is disgruntled in NY, he seems like a decent guy. And Romo is going to get the same criticism in Dallas that McNabb got in Philly--can't win the big ones.

If and when those players become available, I'd rather they go to another team. Despite all the hype, I'm pretty sure McNabb has as many fans in Philly as he does in DC, because he's an Iggle through and through. He will return to Philly to retire his number and thank his greatest fans. Book it.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 5, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

I know that Pete Rozelle is smiling about the parity that exists in the modern day NFL, there are no really good teams anymore. And the only really bad team is Buffalo, but somehow they scored points against the Patriots.
Jacksonville stunk it up for their first three games but then beat the Colts. The Giants are terrible, but beatup on the Bears, I can on and on. What you are going to see in the playoffs are going to be a team or two that doesn't make mistakes. That does not mean that they are any good but they don't messup. Carolina even had a chance against the Saints if the doggone RB just ran into the line instead of bouncing outside and getting dropped for a five yard loss.

Posted by: mudd94 | October 5, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

"I'm still not a fan of bringing 'face of the rival franchise' players here."

Posted by: Alan4 | October 5, 2010 4:20 PM

Can't cosign with this. If they can still play, why not bring them here? I root for (and against) the uniforms, not the players. If McNabb takes us to the playoffs a few times, who cares whom he retires with?

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | October 5, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Can't cosign with this. If they can still play, why not bring them here? I root for (and against) the uniforms, not the players. If McNabb takes us to the playoffs a few times, who cares whom he retires with?

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | October 5, 2010 5:08 PM

If an OJ Simpson put on a Skins uniform, I wouldn't root for him. Nor do I want to see a Troy Aikman or an Emmitt Smith in a Skins uni.

I used to root for Barry Sanders, even though he never wore a Skins uni... and there's a reason I always cheer for whatever team is playing against the Cowpies, Iggles, or Gints.

To me it's more than just putting on a Skins jersey. There are other variables. I respect your viewpoint, but switching jersey's just doesn't change everything for me.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 5, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

@ rufus_t_firefly, I will add that if we were just a QB away being a real contender (like the Vikes last year) I would see your point.

But the liklihood of McNabb leading us to the playoffs a few times is about the same as it was for Michael Jordan to lead the Wizards there a few times at the end of his career. Remember how that turned out? And McNabb is no Michael Jordan.

Posted by: Alan4 | October 5, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

@ rufus_t_firefly,

Yes but the main difference between the NFL and the NBA is parity. Did you think that Jacksonville would beat the Colts?
Did you think that SF would be winless? The Rams may actually become the best team in NFC west, the cards have no QB, The 49ers are winless, they beat the Seahawks.
All of these thing have happend and this proves that there is no dominant team in the league. Because all of this, there is some reason to become optimistic. Anything can happpen. Are the Bears the best team inn NFC north? No, did they beat the Cowboys, Lions, and Packers? Yes. Were they horrible against the Giants? Offensively they certainly were.

Posted by: mudd94 | October 5, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

So the cowboy's are ranked ahead of us even though we beat them and have a better record.

Just plain duuuumb.

Posted by: ash10

And we are ranked ahead of the Rams who beat us. Those things mean nothing....

Posted by: dcwun | October 5, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Deon Sanders...NEVER.

Posted by: WestCoastBullet | October 5, 2010 10:31 PM | Report abuse

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