Former Redskins and Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was on CSN Philadelphia this week, talking about how the current Eagles can stop the current Redskins, and especially Robert Griffin III.
“A lot of questions go up, if he’s gonna be the same guy that we’ve seen early on in the year, is he gonna be the guy that’s mobile in the pocket and buys time if he needs to,” McNabb began. “I think the most important thing is for the Shanahans to protect him in this situation. Obviously you’re playing for an opportunity to make it in the playoffs, somewhere they haven’t been in a while. Are you gonna establish more of the run game and the screen game, the quick game? And then that kind of sets up things downfield.
“I think it’s important that they protect him in this way because he’s probably gonna wear a brace,” McNabb continued. “And obviously wearing a DonJoy – if that’s what they have him wear – is going to hold him down a little bit. You’ll see the first, second, third quarter begin to wear down his legs. And if he continues to run, that may work out well for the Philadelphia Eagles.”
The first Eagles game, of course, began Washington’s five-game win streak; Griffin did much to spark that by only throwing a single incompletion. McNabb does not see a repeat.
“RG has been doing a great job, I think, being a pocket passer,” McNabb said. “He’s a guy that’s very accurate, he’s a guy that gets the ball to his guys in space and gives them an opportunity to make plays for him. And also can use his legs, and when he uses his legs, obviously, you have to stay on your guy. And if you leave your guy, he’s going to dump it to him, and big plays are gonna happen. You look at that first game against Philadelphia, I mean, he couldn’t miss. He was on fire. That’s not gonna happen in the second game, but you have to play sound football in order to control him.”
McNabb also told the network that he takes no satisfaction in the Eagles’ current struggles, saying “all of us who have played here, we bleed green.” And he still seemed bothered by the trade that sent him to Washington.
“I was pissed. I was pissed,” McNabb said. “And I explained that to [Andy Reid]. I felt like there was no reason for me to be traded. And I always felt that it was more financial than just kind of moving on. Because I can understand if a player’s not playing well and you want to kind of transition to the young guy, but we were playing well offensively, we were doing well as a team.”
McNabb, though, added that he has “moved on.”