Donovan McNabb on the read option

If you’re like most Redskins fans, the list of people you’d rather hear discuss the read-option offense than Donovan McNabb would probably include Troy Aikman, Albert Haynesworth, Pierre McGuire, James Carville, Drake LaRoche, Anita Bonds, Patrick Mara, Gary Shteyngart, the Geico Gecko and the collected members of the Children’s Chorus of Washington.

Sadly, none of them — to my knowledge — were discussing the read-option offense on Bloomberg Radio Tuesday morning. McNabb, though, was. (Audio here.)

“You started this,” one of the hosts of Bloomberg Surveillance told McNabb, who was on the radio to promote a New York City kickball game sponsored by Wild Turkey American Honey. “You changed the quarterback game, and now it’s gone on steroids. I mean, it’s amazing what these guys are doing now.”

“Well, the thing about it is, a lot of these coaches are looking for athletic guys who have strong arms, can process the defense and be able to get it to the guys and give them an opportunity to make plays,” McNabb said. “Now they’re incorporating this ‘read option,‘ and all this other mess that coaches are being ‘creative‘ with and want their name tied behind it, because they have the ability at quarterback.”

I promise you, the way McNabb pronounced “creative” made it clear that he does not find this creative.

“Robert Griffin III has only just gotten started,” a host said. “He plays like you played, but on steroids. Can he continue to do that, from your experience, or is he gonna just get himself killed at some point?”

“Well you know what, the one thing that I don’t like with this read-option offense is now we begin to kind of get embedded in it,” McNabb said. “You know, instead of trying to develop this kid to be a quarterback in the NFL, a pocket passer who can do the three-, five-step seven-step drop and be very effective with it, now we’re so entitled with this read option, this Pistol offense, that we’re making it into OUR offense. And that’s what the fans are seeing. I think for RGIII, as well as for Shanahan, it’s important that they begin to evolve that offense to take pressure off of him.”

I mean, he may be promoting some bastard mixture of honey and bourbon, but his rhetoric still sounds like Whiskey Sour. Or maybe Vinegar Sour. With extra bitters.

(Via @jonfarrin)

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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