Obsession? Jealousy? Anger over the fact he was benched for Rex Grossman?
There doesn’t appear to be any explicable reason as to why retired NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb continues to talk about Robert Griffin III and the Washington Redskins, but he apparently can’t stop.
And whatever it is he has to say about his former team, McNabb wants you to hear it.
Griffin graced the cover of the latest edition of GQ, in which he says in his interview with the magazine that he doesn’t think McNabb is an idiot, he just thinks it’s “probably best” if they don’t talk.
McNabb then came back via an NBC Sports radio show ( link for audio by way of CSN Washington ).
“I’m just trying to help him,” McNabb said. “Clearly the young generation, think they have all the answers. And he’s going through a little turmoil right now of trying to get out on the field, and it’s unfortunate. But that’s where we’re at right now as far as these young quarterbacks who think they have all the answers.”
“Until things start to fall apart and come down trembling on you, then you want some help,” McNabb continued. “But it’s a shame. I honestly think that over there in Washington, he’s getting brainwashed. He’s getting input from whoever it may be of, ‘there’s no reason to talk to him, it didn’t work out here.’ If they expressed their dislike when I was there, or what I used to do, so be it. But, I hope the best for the young man, but the direction he’s going in is really a direction he does not want to do.”
You’d have better luck making sense of a rhino eating scrambled eggs with a spoon, but try your best to take that in. Take in the words of the very old, very wise Sir Donovan McNabb.
Look, it’s great that McNabb wants to help, but there has to be a mutual agreement between the helper and the helpee. Clearly Griffin is fine without McNabb. He’s a top-tier NFL quarterback, a media darling and is currently the topic of discussion on nearly every episode of ESPN — regardless of whether you classify it as positive or negative. It’s safe to say he’s doing okay.
Funny how McNabb — despite being just 36 — places himself in this mythical group of wise retired football players. As if he’s old and crusty and possessing all the right answers. An oracle atop the highest mountain in a land far, far away.
McNabb also does a decent job at interlacing some threats in his comments, albeit weak and unsupported. He basically says that things will eventually fall apart and come crashing down on Griffin, because every quarterback’s career has to crash and burn like McNabb’s did in a matter of just a few months. Right?
He later declares Griffin’s path a misdirected one. One he doesn’t want to travel. Nice touch.
Of course the meat of the quote comes from McNabb’s absurd claims of Griffin being brainwashed in Washington. Such a classic case of letting personal vendetta get in the way of credible sports talk, as if McNabb is even capable of such.
McNabb is clearly not content or satisfied with the way things went in Washington when he was a member of the Redskins for all of a season or so. But that happened for a reason. It wasn’t the organization’s fault. McNabb couldn’t hit a receiver above the waist, and when he did, they usually played for the opposing team.
Not that a grown man should need to be reminded, but just because things didn’t work out for you somewhere, doesn’t mean things can’t work out in the same place for someone else.
And not to burst the wise man’s bubble, but let’s not act like the Redskins coaches and staff are sitting Griffin down every week and giving him how-to-deal-with-McNabb lessons. The guy hasn’t been relevant for the past four years. He’s insignificant. The only reason dudes like me write about his latest comments is because it’s comedy in its natural form. McNabb’s audacity and self-proclaimed mentor role in the world of Robert Griffin III is humorous.