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How about Donovan McNabb, a veteran quarterback who left the team that made him famous to join the Redskins for one last run.

McNabb was on ESPN 980’s John Thompson Show last week, when the coach asked about the possibility of Manning coming to D.C. McNabb started answering before the question was finished.

“Peyton’s not gonna go there,” he said. “I don’t see Peyton ending up in Washington. Because what happens is now, you’re bringing in another veteran who will be 35 36, who has been in one offense throughout his career. It’s the same situation.

“Now he comes over, and as they say now, Peyton is such an offensive coordinator on the offense. So now what does that do to your offensive coordinator? Does he step down? Does he step back? Does he begin to change the whole offense according to the play of the quarterback that he has in Peyton Manning? Well, I didn’t see that happen, so I definitely don’t see that happening for Peyton.”

This sort of relates to McNabb’s answer a few moments earlier, when Thompson asked him about his year in D.C.

“You know what, as I look back on that year, I was very excited on joining the Washington Redskins,” McNabb said. “I loved Dan Snyder, I love his attitude and his approach. I loved Bruce Allen and what he was trying to do. Situations were a lot different once I got there, with coaching and play-calling and things of that nature, where it wasn’t suited around the talent of your quarterback.

“I played for 11 years in Philadelphia, where it was built around the ability that I had and the guys that we had already there. I think a lot of times when you go in a situation late, and then you have a new coach, you have a new style where they just think their style is gonna work automatically, not looking at the players that they have.....

“You just think the plays that you’re calling that you [used in] the places you came from are gonna automatically work, and you don’t have the players for that. You’re not building around what you have. They say it’s gonna take two to three to four, but who really has two to three to four years as a player or as a coach in the NFL?”

As for his future, McNabb said he’s focused on playing more football and finding the right fit, although he already has “options” if he decides to enter the broadcasting business. He and Thompson also talked about the R word.

“I’m stepping aside, not away,” said Thompson, whose last day as a full-time radio host is Wednesday. “See, I’m not a person that believes in the word retirement.” 

“I hear you,” McNabb said.

 “See, when people think that you’re retired, they’re ready to put you in a rocking chair and think you’re not ready to do anything constructive,” Thompson said.

“And I do know about that,” McNabb laughed. 


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