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Report: Shanahan unhappy with McNabb practice habits

If Mike Shanahan was trying to send a message to Donovan McNabb by benching him Sunday, it could be this simple: We expect more from you. And in the days that followed Sunday's loss to Detroit, it seems that message might not just be confined to gamedays.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Monday night that the Shanahans aren't satisfied with McNabb's practice habits. This morning, according to ProFootballTalk.com, Tim Hasselbeck went on ESPN's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" and lent strong support to Mortensen's suggestion. Hasselbeck was on the Eagles' practice squad for part of the 2002 season and saw McNabb's practice habits up close and personal.

"One of the things that drove them crazy in Philadelphia was the lack of tempo at which he practiced. ... It was always something where you're leaving the quarterback meeting and it would be, 'Hey, listen, the head man wants a little more tempo today.' Nearly every single day," Hasselbeck said. "That's been the deal with Donovan McNabb. I know exactly what Mike Shanahan is talking about."

While Shanahan has cited McNabb's lack of understanding with the two-minute offense and his health and conditioning as reasons for the benching, he's yet to mention his work ethic. Shanahan is expected to address reporters following practice Tuesday, so we'll see if he delves any further on the subject.

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By Rick Maese  | November 2, 2010; 9:22 AM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan  
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Way to be 12 hours late with a none story good job guys.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 2, 2010 9:31 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand the sense of mystery. Seems pretty straight forward to me...

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 2, 2010 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Wow Maese...you're literally a day late on this. You'd think the WaPo would be embarrassed by this...

Some more headlines you might wanna try out:

"Joe Gibbs Retires"

"Portis Injured"

"Redskins Acquire Donovan McNabb"

"Godfather Part III an Embarrassment to the Previous Films"

I mean, unless that stuff is too recent for you...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 2, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse

One thing I noticed sunday was the Redskins O line was not cut blocking, which was a staple of Shanahan's Denver system. Of course, it is hard to cut a guy who has run over you and is faceplanting your QB, but it is supposed to be the key to his run game.

Posted by: Iamhumongous | November 2, 2010 9:49 AM | Report abuse

Report: Shanahan unhappy with McNabb practice habits


Mike Shanahan obviously irritated: We need you to be a 'professional' NFL quarterback.

McNabb: I need you to get some me 'professional' NFL offensive lineman.

Right now, all I am is a professional tacklin' dummy.

You fix your part of the personnel game and I'll fix my part of the quarterback game.

At least the little of it I got left.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 2, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

No way Shanahan confirms this. Not that it aint true just that you don't want to look like Brad Childress.

Posted by: bangkokben | November 2, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

allen -vs- cerrato

this will be the ultimate in deciding if this franchise will turn the corner and be a championship team.

we all know what cerrato was all about and allen has tons of cerrato's mistakes to deal with.

so far, allen has done what a good soldier would do, albeit wrong, in trading draft picks, trying to give us a shot at winnig.

folks, it will be this offseason and not the rest of this one that will determine our status as a playoff caliber team. I'm hoping that allen will do a better job at keeping draft picks and more importantly, draft with some common sense. remember, cerrato always said you draft the best remaining athlete when it's your turn to pick. I hope allen picks the best athlete for the position we need filled.

we all know that our draft picks have been mostly bust during the cerrato years, but here's to hoping allen tightens it up a little and has success in the draft years ahead.


Posted by: hessone | November 2, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

random question, why does a person who lives in boston and doesn't watch the redskin games have any interest in them? much less comment about them on blog?

Posted by: the_shocker1 | November 2, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Cue up Haynesworth-style comment on work ethics, racism, player contracts, and modern slavery in

3...

2...

1...

Posted by: Vic1 | November 2, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

Hey Wapo here is a headline for your next post.

Redskins hire Vince Lombardi!!!!!!

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 2, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Wow Maese...you're literally a day late on this. You'd think the WaPo would be embarrassed by this...

Some more headlines you might wanna try out:

"Joe Gibbs Retires"

"Portis Injured"

"Redskins Acquire Donovan McNabb"

"Godfather Part III an Embarrassment to the Previous Films"

I mean, unless that stuff is too recent for you...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 2, 2010 9:48 AM | Report abuse
you left out: Shar Pourdanesh becomes first Iranian-American to play in NFL

Posted by: RedskinJim1 | November 2, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

MIXED FEELINGS

I think the timing of the benching was BAD...

BUT

After 48 hours and time to think about this, I don't think this is the worst thing that could happen.

For 11 years, we've had coaches that have allowed players to go without accountability.

Let's Review

- There were the "Portis Rules" under Gibbs
- Gibbs played Brunell even when he was hurt.
- Spurrier brought in QB's that could not play
- Zorn let players come in and out when they wanted.

I DISAGREE WITH THE TIMING OF IT...BUT WHY SHOULD MCNABB BE BEYOND REPROACH?

Portis was benched after falling down on a breakaway run.

I'm concerned with us sometimes as fans where we get all up in arms when we think a player got his feelings hurt. McNabb was NOT playing well. He threw a pick into triple coverage and a near pick 6.

I still like McNabb, but I don't think he's above reproach.

Posted by: rickyroge | November 2, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

Moe, I do see the juxtaposition in theory you're illustrating.

Shanny wants the method to be the most important factor - whereas McLovin' wants a player to play.

I think we know who wins this one... lol.
It may be painful & may yet yield some losses. But as we've seen w/ Stompy, Mike is willing to let the team suffer to make his point this season.

I actually think Donovan bites the bullet on this one. Top coarches in the league are souring on his spiel pretty fast here.

I still like what I see, though. Just stop making those crap decisions. Obviously, a little more time would be nice... lol. Clinton after bye week?

Posted by: DikShuttle | November 2, 2010 10:00 AM | Report abuse

so why did we trade a 2nd and 3rd/4th round draft picks for him if he's so terrible (bad cardio conditioning, can't learn 2 minute drill terminology in 6 months, bad practice habits, etc.)? pay no attention to the management behind the curtain.

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | November 2, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse


random question, why does a person who lives in boston and doesn't watch the redskin games have any interest in them? much less comment about them on blog?

Posted by: the_shocker1 | November 2, 2010 9:52 AM |

actually cl, it was 'comeback player of the year', but you're not one for remembering what you said, just for writing in your diary the things I do...I wont bring up how you said they'd keep all 3 rb's....you probably have that one misrememberd as well....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 2, 2010 9:09 AM |

misrememberd - no dictionary results

dude also needs to go back to school and dude is the most defensive poster on the planet

GROW SOME THICK SKIN

Posted by: hessone | November 2, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

random question, why does a person who lives in boston and doesn't watch the redskin games have any interest in them? much less comment about them on blog?

Posted by: the_shocker1 | November 2, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

cuz somehow this has turned into a national tragedy. Notice that WaPo has the McNabb headline above the Giants win the series headline.

Posted by: skinpig | November 2, 2010 10:03 AM | Report abuse

For all you Shanahan nut tuggers, a question:


If Shanahan was unhappy with McNabb's practice habits, then why is he starting games?

When Haynesworth was most hated, he didn't play in games, much less start games. HELL, he didn't even practice with the first team. So cut and spare the "practice habits" bullsh*t. If it were about practice he wouldn't start games and that's the bottom line. It wasn't that they knew McNabb gave them a better chance to win... obviously he didn't otherwise Grossman doesn't see the field with two minutes left in the 4th quarter.

I read on the last thread that fans shouldn't be surprised seeing how Shanahan got able to get Albert Haynesworth to conform -- that this is another Shanahan head fhuck to get one of his players to do it his way. Never mind if this permanently damages their relationship or if this alienates McNabb. NO! Shanahan, master at hard-assery has a point to make here, and it will be made. Consequences be damned.


All hail Lord, GOD HC, Shanahan. Master at head fhucking players and brute hard assery.

Posted by: RedDMV | November 2, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse


beeps peeps

Posted by: hessone | November 2, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

Up next: Excuse #3 why McNabb was benched on Sunday!!!

This is turning out to be a Soap Opera!

Posted by: monk811 | November 2, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

random question, why does a person who lives in boston and doesn't watch the redskin games have any interest in them? much less comment about them on blog?

Posted by: the_shocker1 | November 2, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse
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The concept of relocating just too much for your noodle to handle, eh?

Posted by: mattsoundworld | November 2, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

Maybe because this is Washington, people are getting all twisted up about Shanahan lying at his press conference. John Feinstein, who is normally insightful, actually compared Shanny to Nixon!

Folks, this ain't the President of the U.S.A. it's the President of the DC area Redskins. He's gonna lie, cheat and steal to try to win a championship here. He's an intense, obsessed, weird dude. I wish him well. Who cares if reporters don't like the man?

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 2, 2010 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Cut Joey Galloway.

Let the draft picks and young guys learn on the fly. Find ways to get Terence Austin on the field and the ball in Brandon Banks hands.

Posted by: saltine182 | November 2, 2010 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Seriously, Tim Hasslebeck passing judgement on McNaab because he was on a practice squad with the Eagles 8 years ago??

Posted by: spinstercity | November 2, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Ok, Shanny gets hired, brings in McNabb. You mean to tell me he had no idea about his practice habits. NFL people talk to each other. Why bring McNabb here if he doesn't have the work ethic your looking for?

Posted by: joeboggs | November 2, 2010 10:45 AM | Report abuse

I really care what Elizabeth Hasslebeck and Cartoon Matt has to say about Mcnabb. Come on now.

Posted by: tomass169 | November 2, 2010 10:54 AM | Report abuse

I've been saying all along that McNabb has been underperforming. I also said there is more to the benching than the Lion's game. WHy is it surprising to people that Shanny is doing what he believes is in best interest of team? Do you really think someone gets to his position by being an ego maniac and serving his own needs only? McNabb is not above the law. Neither is 100 million dollar baby AH and we see how that is turning out to be. It is about time we get a leader to come in and say EVERYONE IS ACCOUNTABLE.

Furthermore, you don't think that the rest of the team (offence) is aware of the QB's bad practice habits? How do you think they would feel if no consequences come of it? Do you want a Gibbs-Portis scenario all over again? Not me. I can't wait to see how the team responds and more importantly, how McNabb responds. Put up or SHUT UP!!!

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | November 2, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

There is this young QB with a gun for an arm that's been tearing up the league the last 2 weeks, after his team's starter got injured. He's led his formerly anemic team to 85 points in 2 weeks! He would be available for a couple of draft choices. His name is Jason Campbell.

Posted by: kauf5413 | November 2, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

There is this young QB with a gun for an arm that's been tearing up the league the last 2 weeks, after his team's starter got injured. He's led his formerly anemic team to 85 points in 2 weeks! He would be available for a couple of draft choices. His name is Jason Campbell.

Posted by: kauf5413 | November 2, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

Shanahan is digging a deeper and more treacherous hole with both McNabb and the team as he tries to rationalize to the media and fans why he made a poor decison. To question the conditioning or work ethic of a guy who trains in the 110 degree heat in Arizona over the summer and participates in all of the team's OTA's is an indicator that both Shanahan and his son aren't happy with the player they acquired nor do they see him as the long-term solution at QB for the Redskins.

As far as the lack of tempo on certain late drives, this was an issue in the Indy game when the Redskins were trying to rally from two scores down as well as on the last drive after Houston tied the game earlier in the season. I'd think that the coaches should be able to work with McNabb on getting the plays called quicker with audibles made at the line. This is as much about Kyle Shanahan's lack of experience as an O-Coordinator as it is about McNabb's supposed lack of understanding of the 'terminology' of the offense.

Sorry Mike and Kyle - these are lame excuses and it sounds worse every time Shanahan senior discusses it with the media.

Posted by: wizfan89 | November 2, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

A young coach Andy Reid was tied to the hip of DM when drafted. AR had no pull. We all saw them trying to fit a square peg into the round hole. Philly's defense was awesome, their O was inconsistent, not a running team. DM would attempt to run the coaches O plan, BUT if the game was close and they needed a play DM would break from the AR qb mold and his ability to improvise would more often then not break the other teams back because they didn't see that all game.

I didn't look at the stats but from what I've seen of the past few years the eagles D has become less dominating. A team like that can't afford a bunch of 3 and outs and DM's accuracy issues frankly bailed out the opposition (including the skins) and led to the QB controversy in philly and his ultimate trade.

All that said. DM still gives the skins the best chance at winning with his pocket presence. I know the O suxs and has for quite a few years but now when they come up to the line, I feel there's a chance to get a positive play. Whereas under JC I was just waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Here we go again. If lucky, collision course with 7-9. Need talent due to lack of or age at almost every position. If it were me, i'd draft strictly O lineman and start there. Fill in the FA's everywhere else. Get ready for the best season, the offseason.

Posted by: outsourced_in_va | November 2, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

i just want W's!!! don't care about practice habits... gamers are gamers!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 2, 2010 11:28 AM | Report abuse

Problem with the Shanallen & Co., is their inability to evaluate talent. Look at the 2010 draft, I think only Silverback is the only one on the current roster. The rest were ALL a waste... Capers, Cook, Morris, Austin, Riley

Posted by: bhoang888 | November 2, 2010 11:33 AM | Report abuse

Shanny does ego trip. The decision to (if in fact this is what all of these head games is about) make EVERYONE accountable should include himself and his son. So I am not buying into that theory until they are held accountable right along with the team. The playcalling sucks Kyle!

Hmm...Shanny, Shanny, Shanny - How is it that a man can run for a 36 yard romp in the same game that you need him to run a 2 min drill, yet he is not in good enough shape? He can take the pounding that Rex took in 5 secs of play, for the whole game and he is not in good enough shape? He can play the 58 minutes prior to that but not play just 1:50 more without needing medical attention? And you want us to believe that Rex gave us the best chance despite not EVER running your vaunted 2 mins of hell in Houston, and despite the fact that he royally SUCKS at playing QB and couldn't outrun McNabb on his best day??

Phhuck you and your boy Shanny! Man up and say you screwed up so we can get on with the season and STOP emasculating your key players so that you look KINGLY!!!!

I don't remember any cardio stories coming out of Denver when you were there. Why is it all the rave here? Kill that noise...

Posted by: dark_some | November 2, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Wilbon wrote:

"McNabb, though, hasn't played all that well and has said so. He wasn't particularly effective Sunday in Detroit, either. And indications are now that the Shanahans, father and son, don't much like the way McNabb prepares for games. Mike's assertion makes it sound like McNabb is some dummy, an ominous characterization he'd better be careful about, lest he run into some cultural trouble in greater Washington, D.C. "

Even Wilbon acknwledges DM sucked. And he is his biggest fan. However, what does he mean that Shanny made him sound like a "dummy" and that he better be careful culturally? Why the hell does he have to play, what I understand, the race card? Where does he get "dummy" from?

Ridiculous. If you know football, you know DM has not played well. He acknowledges it and so does Wilbon. How can anyone say otherwise?

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | November 2, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon wrote:

"McNabb, though, hasn't played all that well and has said so. He wasn't particularly effective Sunday in Detroit, either. And indications are now that the Shanahans, father and son, don't much like the way McNabb prepares for games. Mike's assertion makes it sound like McNabb is some dummy, an ominous characterization he'd better be careful about, lest he run into some cultural trouble in greater Washington, D.C. "

Even Wilbon acknwledges DM sucked. And he is his biggest fan. However, what does he mean that Shanny made him sound like a "dummy" and that he better be careful culturally? Why the hell does he have to play, what I understand, the race card? Where does he get "dummy" from?

Ridiculous. If you know football, you know DM has not played well. He acknowledges it and so does Wilbon. How can anyone say otherwise?

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | November 2, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon wrote:

"McNabb, though, hasn't played all that well and has said so. He wasn't particularly effective Sunday in Detroit, either. And indications are now that the Shanahans, father and son, don't much like the way McNabb prepares for games. Mike's assertion makes it sound like McNabb is some dummy, an ominous characterization he'd better be careful about, lest he run into some cultural trouble in greater Washington, D.C. "

Even Wilbon acknwledges DM sucked. And he is his biggest fan. However, what does he mean that Shanny made him sound like a "dummy" and that he better be careful culturally? Why the hell does he have to play, what I understand, the race card? Where does he get "dummy" from?

Ridiculous. If you know football, you know DM has not played well. He acknowledges it and so does Wilbon. How can anyone say otherwise?

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | November 2, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Okay, this situation has gotten completely out of hand! Jamarcus Russell?!?! Really?!?!?! Seriously?!?!?! Don't drag Donovan through the mud like this. If Donovan doesn't get along with the "boy wonder" (ie- the sideline flare up in Chicago), then waive/cut him and move on. It's obvious that the "boy wonder" cannot coach Donovan or this offense for that matter. "Coach" Shanahan is a complete egomanic who is going to lose the locker room. What a joke!!!

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

Neisha, relax.

Mike wil not lose the locker room. He knows what he is doing. Dragging DM through mud? If he had played better, he would not have been benched and would not be in this position.

What is obvious is that DM does not want to follow instructions from someone younger than him. Matt Shaubb did and look at what happened in Houston. DM is not all that so why do people freak out over the benching? WHat has he won? He needs to put HIS EGO aside and learn this offence, perform, and win games instead of being carried by the D and special teams.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | November 2, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

Neisha, relax.

Mike wil not lose the locker room. He knows what he is doing. Dragging DM through mud? If he had played better, he would not have been benched and would not be in this position.

What is obvious is that DM does not want to follow instructions from someone younger than him. Matt Shaubb did and look at what happened in Houston. DM is not all that so why do people freak out over the benching? WHat has he won? He needs to put HIS EGO aside and learn this offence, perform, and win games instead of being carried by the D and special teams.

Posted by: mustang_johnny1 | November 2, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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