There were two distinct parts of the Redskins conversation during Michael Wilbon’s appearance on Tony Kornheiser’s ESPN 980 show Monday morning.
1) The part where Wilbon mercilessly ripped the Redskins and compared them to the Wizards.
2) The part where Wilbon said insiders have told him that the Colts are still seriously considering drafting Robert Griffin III with the top overall pick in April’s draft.
I suppose I’ll do the second part first, since that’s actually surprising.
“By the way, I will tell you this,” Wilbon said, mid-rant. “It’s not like I’m following this closely, but I had the occasion over the weekend to talk to a couple of people who have intimate knowledge of what the Colts are thinking. And you and I have talked very briefly on the show about are they still considering RGIII? Tony, I’m told they are.
“And I’m told that the main reason they are is because there are people in the organization and people they consult — and now you consult all these different people about something a s important as a number one overall draft pick, a maybe once in a generation pick. And they are of the opinion, some people that are having input into this pick, that RGIII is better in the pocket.
“They have stats, they have analysis, they have information that says to them it’s Luck who is faster to leave the pocket and not be as good in the pocket. And RGIII is better in the pocket, he’s a better pocket passer, better arm. And that they are seriously still considering RGIII.”
So that was that part. And never would so many people be so disappointed if their team drafted the consensus top overall player in the draft.
As for the rest of it, this started when Wilbon was asked about Donovan McNabb’s harsh comments last week about the Skins and the Shanahans.
“His blast was the same as mine; it was great,” Wilbon said. “I called him and said ‘Good, I’m glad you had the guts to say it. I know you’re getting ripped. Good.’ I’ve said it on our show. The Redskins, if the next Joe Montana fell out of the sky, why would anybody look at them and give them the benefit of doubt that they could get it right?”
Then Kornheiser and his friends mentioned that some McNabb critics see a certain lack of self-awareness in the former quarterback.
“I’m just talking about the bigger picture of it,” Wilbon responded. “The bigger picture for me is this: they screwed up so many assets, so why am I gonna believe them now?...All I’m saying is there is not one benefit of the doubt that should be extended — in terms of personnel, decisions or results — to the Washington Redskins. They are the Washington Wizards. They are the same thing. The worst. The worst.”