Last week, people were calling for Robert Griffin III to say “I” a bit more and “we” a bit less. If you ask Donovan McNabb, those requests should have been directed a little further up the pyramid.
McNabb was on Fox Sports Live following the Redskins’ loss to the 49ers on Monday night, and the former quarterback called for Mike Shanahan to show more accountability for the team’s performance.
“Santana Moss came out on a radio show and talked about, hey, you being the quarterback, at some point you have to say ‘me.’ Take a little bit of account that you’re a part of this offense,” McNabb began. “Don’t say that guys weren’t open and all. Be accountable. Now, when I look at [Shanahan's] press conference – and this is something that I’ve seen, obviously, when I was in Washington and I’ve been seeing it since I left – at what point as a head coach are you gonna say, ‘I need to get the guys prepared. It’s my fault. We didn’t play well, I’ll make sure that we’re ready tomorrow.’ When will ‘I,’ as a head coach, come into your vocabulary? This is something that’s been a problem, even since when I was there, when things go wrong.”
Ephraim Salaam was also a part of the discussion, and he agreed with McNabb based on his personal experience playing for Shanahan in Denver.
“It starts there, because he puts in the game plan, he’s conducting the practices, he’s getting his team to prepare,” Salaam said. “Now, I’m taking any of the blame, any of the responsibility away from the players because they still have to come out there and they still have to play. But it starts with the head coach and it trickles down.”
Asked why Shanahan doesn’t take more blame for losses, Salaam had a simple answer.
“Because that’s not the way,” he said. “It’s not the Shanahan way.”