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Mike Shanahan denies that Donovan McNabb's practice habits are a problem

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan on Tuesday dismissed an ESPN report that he and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Mike's son, were displeased with the tempo in practice of quarterback Donovan McNabb.

"There are so many rumors that circulate once something like this happens," Mike Shanahan said. "I don't even attempt to talk about those rumors."

Asked if he was pleased with McNabb's tempo and practice habits, Shanahan said: "Yeah, I'm pleased with them. And if I wasn't pleased with them, I wouldn't share it with you anyhow. I'd share it with Donovan."

The Redskins went through their final practice session before being released for the bye week on Tuesday morning. They will reconvene on Monday to prepare for their next game, Nov. 15 against Philadelphia.



McNabb, who Shanahan says has been hampered by a series of muscle strains and contusions in his legs, participated in Tuesday's practice, and the bye week could allow him to heal to the point at which he can fully participate in practice.

"I'm hoping he will be," Shanahan said. "He was able to run today, which is a good sign after the type of game we had. With a week's rest, and some rehab, I'm hoping he's 100 percent for next week."

Shanahan initially said his decision to pull McNabb from the Detroit game was based on McNabb's insufficient knowledge of the terminology used to run the two-minute offense, then Monday said that injuries and conditioning were a factor. In a subsequent phone conversation with Post columnist Sally Jenkins, Shanahan added a third issue: The pounding McNabb was taking against the Lions, who sacked him six times.

On Tuesday, Shanahan said his decision was based on a combination of factors.

"There' s not one factor," he said. "I think I shared a lot of different things which go into the decision of pulling the quarterback out in the two-minute attack. I think I've gone over all of those scenarios. That was one that I mentioned, that he did take a couple shots in there. But that wasn't the deciding factor, as I mentioned I think in detail."

Shanahan was also asked what McNabb could do in practice to better position himself to be able to run the two-minute drill in the future.

"You got to do everything relative to -- I don't care if you run the ball, I don't care if you're throwing the football, third downs, red zone, just try to tighten everything up," Shanahan said. "And as the saying goes, have perfect practices and you got a chance to get better."

By Barry Svrluga  | November 2, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Mike Shanahan denies that Donovan McNabb's practice habits are a problem


When you suggest a player's conditioning is wanting and that he doesn't know the 2 minute offense to were he can lead a comeback at the end of a game, aren't you passively aggressively criticizing his practice habits?

Just sayin'.....

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MyPostIDisAfake | November 2, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

It's Day 2 after the game and I'm already sick of this sh!t. I wish the WaPo would take off for the bye week as well...so annoying. How many ways do you have to reprint the same info? Fawking quit this sh!t already.

Posted by: oh_boy1 | November 2, 2010 11:39 AM | Report abuse

phew, I was about to go off on, how does mr. team leader turn into poor practice habits over night?

we're almost out of RBs? Training camp was a lie! how does LJ an WP turn into Torain and Williams.

Shanny knew better than anyone Torain was injury prone and unproven.

jamaal brown sucks! maybe he's "healing", but if he's not ready then he SUCKS

Hicks sucks

Campbells lighting it up

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 2, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

Russell is being brought in to play guard....

Seriously, why not be beating the bushes to find a new center, or some OL help, I'd suggest replacing the LG, but he's playing very well.....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 2, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Skins bringing in jamarcus Russell for a workout...i hope its for Oline

Posted by: zjenks | November 2, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

The Next 4 Games:

BYE

Eagles

@ Titans

Vikings

@ Giants

Given the obvious issues facing the offense, this is a tough swing of games.

3 of the listed teams feature solid defensive lines.

Two teams feature Pro Bowl quarterbacks who've won Super Bowls.

There are 2 division foes who will come swinging a mace our way sensing that ours is a team on the brink.

Yes: we know the rebuilding process takes time.

But if we come out of the next month of games 1-3 (that's 4-7), the building won't just take longer, it'll crumble in on itself.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 2, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

FIRST to say that this is not the FIRST time that a coach has lied! Someone with loose lips is in trouble! Where was Chris Cooley after the game?

Posted by: monk811 | November 2, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Oh man, Wapo sucks, they can't even tell me how many people post comments correctly!

Posted by: monk811 | November 2, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse


Report: Shanahan unhappy with McNabb practice habits

By Rick Maese | November 2, 2010; 9:22 AM ET

Mike Shanahan denies that Donovan McNabb's practice habits are a problem

By Barry Svrluga | November 2, 2010; 11:24 AM ET

so, what's it going to be ? bad habits or good habits.

RI writers are worse than the redskins o-line when it comes to being on the same page

Posted by: hessone | November 2, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Shanahan knew best, and who can argue to the contrary? Just based on the facts, McNabb has never been able to execute the hand-off from his buttcheeks -- just look at his extension from his right cheek: everybody knows that you have to be leveraging the left cheek to make that handoff. And, as long as McNabb has been in the West Coast noffense, it would seem he could execute the one-legged, one-step dropback better. He still falls down too often when 300 pounders in full retreat on their 12th round sleds stomp his feet before the H hits the IKE. And you know, Payton manning would know what audible to call when Stephon Heyer wets himself and Artis Hicks poops his pants -- you call the sprint out toss into the stands. Why McNabb insists on being sacked with the wrong call is just beyond the pale. I am so tired of McNabb apologists always bringing up his 35,000 yards passing, body-of-work, multiple pro bowls, multiple championship appearances, great guy in the lockerroom leadership drivel. The man deserved to be humiliated by the clearly superior, clearly smarter, clearly all-knowing Shanahan. If only we had Elway, or a Manning, or Drew Brees or Jake Plummer or Jay Cutler or Brett Favre or Matt Hasselbeck. All of these guys are the kind you can count on in the final 2 minutes, regardless of whether they've thrown 3 or 4 more interceptions in the game to that point than McNabb had. Shoot, those are leaders. McNabb? Well, he must lack the "necessities" for leadership.

Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care.

Posted by: tcmarcus | November 2, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Shanahan knew best, and who can argue to the contrary? Just based on the facts, McNabb has never been able to execute the hand-off from his buttcheeks -- just look at his extension from his right cheek: everybody knows that you have to be leveraging the left cheek to make that handoff. And, as long as McNabb has been in the West Coast noffense, it would seem he could execute the one-legged, one-step dropback better. He still falls down too often when 300 pounders in full retreat on their 12th round sleds stomp his feet before the H hits the IKE. And you know, Payton manning would know what audible to call when Stephon Heyer wets himself and Artis Hicks poops his pants -- you call the sprint out toss into the stands. Why McNabb insists on being sacked with the wrong call is just beyond the pale. I am so tired of McNabb apologists always bringing up his 35,000 yards passing, body-of-work, multiple pro bowls, multiple championship appearances, great guy in the lockerroom leadership drivel. The man deserved to be humiliated by the clearly superior, clearly smarter, clearly all-knowing Shanahan. If only we had Elway, or a Manning, or Drew Brees or Jake Plummer or Jay Cutler or Brett Favre or Matt Hasselbeck. All of these guys are the kind you can count on in the final 2 minutes, regardless of whether they've thrown 3 or 4 more interceptions in the game to that point than McNabb had. Shoot, those are leaders. McNabb? Well, he must lack the "necessities" for leadership.

Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care.

Posted by: tcmarcus | November 2, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

Report: Shanahan unhappy with McNabb practice habits

By Rick Maese | November 2, 2010; 9:22 AM ET

Mike Shanahan denies that Donovan McNabb's practice habits are a problem

By Barry Svrluga | November 2, 2010; 11:24 AM ET

so, what's it going to be ? bad habits or good habits.

RI writers are worse than the redskins o-line when it comes to being on the same page

Posted by: hessone | November 2, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

They're just parsing, analyzing, and regurgitating Shanahan's remarks, which is a pointless exercise.

It seems that Shanahan is more focused on football than placating the local media and whiny fans.

Posted by: jboogie1 | November 2, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Clearly, Shanahan knew best, and who can argue to the contrary? Just based on the facts, McNabb has never been able to execute the hand-off from his buttcheeks -- just look at his extension from his right cheek: everybody knows that you have to be leveraging the left cheek to make that handoff. And, as long as McNabb has been in the West Coast noffense, it would seem he could execute the one-legged, one-step dropback better. He still falls down too often when 300 pounders in full retreat on their 12th round sleds stomp his feet before the H hits the IKE. And you know, Payton manning would know what audible to call when Stephon Heyer wets himself and Artis Hicks poops his pants -- you call the sprint out toss into the stands. Why McNabb insists on being sacked with the wrong call is just beyond the pale. I am so tired of McNabb apologists always bringing up his 35,000 yards passing, body-of-work, multiple pro bowls, multiple championship appearances, great guy in the lockerroom leadership drivel. The man deserved to be humiliated by the clearly superior, clearly smarter, clearly all-knowing Shanahan. If only we had Elway, or a Manning, or Drew Brees or Jake Plummer or Jay Cutler or Brett Favre or Matt Hasselbeck. All of these guys are the kind you can count on in the final 2 minutes, regardless of whether they've thrown 3 or 4 more interceptions in the game to that point than McNabb had. Shoot, those are leaders. McNabb? Well, he must lack the "necessities" for leadership.

Jimmy crack corn, and I don't care.

Posted by: tcmarcus | November 2, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"Why McNabb insists on being sacked with the wrong call is just beyond the pale."

I'll tell you why. It's because Kyle Shanahan thinks that his plays should always work no matter who executes them. If they don't work, he throws McNabb under the bus. He's not a very good coordinator and the Head Coach needs to limit his autonomy.

Posted by: jboogie1 | November 2, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

My question is...when Shanny was giving his assessment of McNabb's cardio fitness level, was he able to keep a straight face? Cut Galloway and sign Moss. We desperately need a red zone target and someone to reel in errant passes.

Posted by: jimc93 | November 2, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

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