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Shanahan: no contract talks with McNabb during the season

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Wednesday that he would not be involved in any contract discussions with quarterback Donovan McNabb - or any other player - during the season, further dampening the chances that the first-year quarterback could received an extension in Washington before the season is over.

After the Redskins' workout Wednesday in preparation for Sunday's game at Detroit, Shanahan was asked if he needed to evaluate McNabb - who, through seven games, has what would be his worst passer rating since 1999 -- for a full season before deciding on an extension.

"They've asked me before: 'Well, when are you going to offer a contract? Have you talked about contracts?'" Shanahan said. "I'm going to do this with all different positions. No. 1, I don't get involved at this time of year. The only thing that I talk about is guys getting ready to play and playing at a very high level. If I ever talk about contract with a player, it'll be at the end of the season, for obvious reasons."

Earlier Wednesday, McNabb took a similar stance, though he joked that he would like to have a new deal in place by now.

"That's really nothing that I am concerned with at this particular point," McNabb said.

There is a possibility that General Manager Bruce Allen could initiate talks on an extension, but no deal of that magnitude would be executed without Shanahan's input.

By Barry Svrluga  | October 27, 2010; 3:16 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Well...I guess that puts an end to that.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 27, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

I'd say the line is much improved over the past two-three years.

Posted by: MistaMoe | October 27, 2010 2:43 PM

I use to think you were one of the 'smart' ones.

2/3 years ago the line was:

Sameuls
Dockery/Kendall
Rabachs
RandyThomas/Fabini
Heyer/Wade

Now:

TWill - Even
Lichsenger - Getting McNabb killed on EVERY pass play
Rabachs - not the same. getting worse
Hicks - Blah
Heyer/Brown - Double Blah

In conclusion, McNabb is playing behind a WORST OLine than JC17 ever played behind...

How do you figure they are better this year?

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 27, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

is there a blog etiquette?

Posted by: Rando | October 27, 2010 3:13 PM

Beep-beep will send you the Official RI Blog Etiquette, upon request...and let you know immediately when you break any of his rules.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 27, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

There is part of the problem with a coach/president. A real GM makes the call on whether to proceed with negotiations -- and talks with the player's agent. 98% of the negotiation DOES NOT involve the people who are preparing for the next game.

Shanahan, being the control freak he is, needs to do everything -- and there are not enough hours in a day. fwiw, control freak is a better quality to have in a HC than in a GM.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 27, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Re: Crappy Oline Play

Yeah, it's been less than stellar and it needs to improve. Shanny is still running a pre-season/training camp style competition on the Oline...except it's Week 8. But I guess Lord Shanny knows what he's doing.

The reason why we're not bemoaning it is because it's not causing us to lose games. The reason why it's not causing us to lose games is b/c DMac is a saavy veteran playmaker with real pocket awareness who knows how to move and make plays. The previous guy was not. And all the people who have suddenly gotten real inspired by the previous guy ought to remember that.

With DMac, we are 4-3 this year, talking about how he needs to improve his play...why? B/c he's not taking sacks every other play. Why? Not b/c of stellar pass-pro, but b/c he's getting rid of the ball and moving around to avoid pressure.

With Jason Campbell, we'd be 1-6 talking about how he can't make any plays b/c he doesn't have any time to throw the ball.

See the difference?

One is a QB who elevates the play of the guys around him and helps mask the weaknesses of the team, leading to victories. The other guy is the eternal victim of poor circumstances in a losing effort.

Posted by: p1funk | October 27, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

199 straight appearances is an amazing streak for any player, let alone a middle linebacker. Talk about a guy who was meant to play football...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 27, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse


IMO, Fletcher's streak is FAR more impressive than Bretta's.

On most of the defensive snaps, the MLB is either crushing someone or getting crushed by someone.

A QB absorbs contact on a fraction of the snaps that he plays. Plus, he's got all kinds of rules to protect him and dissuade others from hitting him.

...it's not like anyone is trying to protect the MLB

Posted by: p1funk | October 27, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Well...I guess that puts an end to that.

Posted by: PlayAction | October 27, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding? How many page views do you think the WaPo has served through this trumped up fake story? How many ad impressions does that amount to? What's the click-through rate on those ads?

Fake controversies manufactured by journalists equals big money for dying news outlets.

Posted by: PDiddy | October 27, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Put the immobile elite QBs in the position of McNabb today, and they all would have some sh!tty QB Ratings.

Brady
Matt Ryan
Kurt Warner
Peyton Manning
Bress

All of dem bamas would be out for the season by now because of soo many concussions they would have recieved by not avoiding defenders. But you wouldn't give them an extension? And the projection thing is whack to def....because he was in the 90s in QB ratings just a few weeks ago...that # only stands today. It'll either be worse or better next week....and so forth....

JReid is confusing as hell. What happened to the OLine being the source of the pronlem that Reid has been pointing to since the 2nd half of the 2008 season??

Posted by: 4thFloor | October 27, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

All this post means is that Bruce Allen is acting as the face of the franchise with the McNabb camp right now (after all, he is the GM).

BA won't make a move without Shanny, but you can bet he's heavily involved in some kind of discussions/interaction.

If he's not, then I'd say he's being negligent.

Posted by: p1funk | October 27, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

199 straight appearances is an amazing streak for any player, let alone a middle linebacker. Talk about a guy who was meant to play football...
Posted by: RedSkinHead | October 27, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

IMO, Fletcher's streak is FAR more impressive than Bretta's.
On most of the defensive snaps, the MLB is either crushing someone or getting crushed by someone.
A QB absorbs contact on a fraction of the snaps that he plays. Plus, he's got all kinds of rules to protect him and dissuade others from hitting him.
...it's not like anyone is trying to protect the MLB
Posted by: p1funk | October 27, 2010 3:39 PM

IMO Favre is the football equivalent of Cal Ripken. Same with London……and these are serious consecutive games played.

Tangent:
The record for “Consecutive games with at least one catch” always bugged me, because it really wasn’t consecutive games….it was only counting GAMES THEY PLAYED IN. A guy could be injured for a whole season and not play n a single game, but if he comes back the next year his streak would still be alive. Always hated that...Probably just me though.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 27, 2010 3:44 PM | Report abuse

Not that ANYONE is paying attention, but I'm glad to see that the 49ers are going to start Troy Smith over Carr. Always liked that kid and wished we'd have grabbed him instead of whats his name from the Ravens.

Fortunately for the SF sports fans, there is something else going on this week other then the 49ers.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | October 27, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

One is a QB who elevates the play of the guys around him and helps mask the weaknesses of the team, leading to victories. The other guy is the eternal victim of poor circumstances in a losing effort.

p1funk | October 27, 2010 3:37 PM

Whats the phrase...ahh yes, co-sign.


Posted by: craig81 | October 27, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

My guess is that Shanahan has put his players under orders that any press questions about injuries, contracts, and any other possibly controversial topics are to be redirected to him. There were some early-season instances of guys talking out of turn, but over the past few weeks I've been seeing guys staying mum when asked about such things, and explicitly or implicitly pointing reporters to Shanny.

My guess is this isn't a new rule, it's just that some guys didn't quite realize how serious their head coach was about it.

The fact that players are doing as instructed gives me confidence that this team will continue to improve.

Posted by: freakzilla | October 27, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

The record for “Consecutive games with at least one catch” always bugged me, because it really wasn’t consecutive games….it was only counting GAMES THEY PLAYED IN. A guy could be injured for a whole season and not play n a single game, but if he comes back the next year his streak would still be alive. Always hated that...Probably just me though.

Posted by: dlhaze1 | October 27, 2010 3:44 PM

Never really gave it any thought...but yeah...I hate it too!

Posted by: PlayAction | October 27, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

is there a blog etiquette?

Posted by: Rando | October 27, 2010 3:13 PM

Yes. It is considered proper form to sit upright whilst one prepares their posting with their mouse (corded or not) at the ready and their doobie (for inspiration) in a smokeless ashtray and one ear bud in listening to ESPN980.com.

I urge you not to deviate from this standard practice.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | October 27, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | October 27, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

McNabb's contract extension will be a done
deal and announced during the bye-week.

Posted by: DeployedFan | October 27, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

You guys do realize that kory lichenger has only really given up two sacks and had one god awful game, but besides that has actually been solid. Honestly, our line is a lot better now than it was a year ago, but more importantly our qb is a lot better. Though we prob will need another guard and center next year doesn't discount from the fact our line is playing better and is improving. After all the line we have now has only been together for what...a game, maybe two-its going to take time to gell and when it does I think it'll be a very good unit, kory included.

Posted by: culprit59 | October 27, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

You guys do realize that kory lichenger has only really given up two sacks and had one god awful game, but besides that has actually been solid. Honestly, our line is a lot better now than it was a year ago, but more importantly our qb is a lot better. Though we prob will need another guard and center next year doesn't discount from the fact our line is playing better and is improving. After all the line we have now has only been together for what...a game, maybe two-its going to take time to gell and when it does I think it'll be a very good unit, kory included.

Posted by: culprit59 | October 27, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Yeah a Center is a BIG off-season priority. One can "make do" at RG but the middle of the line is diminished by inadequate center play.

A classic "Shut Down" corner would be nice too.

Posted by: ThinkingMan | October 28, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

1,000,000% Agree

Go Mikey Go

Posted by: kone | October 28, 2010 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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