Donovan McNabb Has a Strong Point Regarding Attention RG3 Is Getting with 'Skins
It's safe to assume that a lot of Washington Redskins fans are far from concerned with what former 'Skins quarterback Donovan McNabb has to say about anything, let alone current superhero quarterback Robert Griffin III.
But like it or not, McNabb, who is now retired and working in broadcasting, has the background to act as somewhat of an authority when it comes to locker-room dynamics, particularly the relationships that exist between quarterbacks, coaching staffs and everyone else on an NFL roster.
So when McNabb voices that he believes Griffin is taking too much attention away from the rest of the team while he works lightly at organized team activities on his way back from early-offseason knee surgery, we should listen.
"It's too much right now; it's just too much," McNabb said, speaking from his home in Arizona. "I get some of things he's doing to draw attention to himself: the Adidas commercials, going out and enjoying the life of a young, famous NFL quarterback. I understand RG has a lot of stuff going on.
"But if you're coming off ACL surgery, you don't need to be having a press conference at OTAs. Every week? Really? It becomes a circus, a sideshow. It takes away from the focus of what those sessions are supposed to be about: the team."
I feel as though I'll need to take a shower after typing this, but I agree with McNabb entirely. Griffin has every right to cash in on his celebrity status in order to benefit himself and others, but it's strange that Mike Shanahan has allowed RG3 to hijack practice sessions at the team facility the way he has.
"One thing Andy Reid did is he never let the injured guys become the story if they were off to the side at practice," added McNabb. "He thought it took away from the guys who were grinding and practicing every day."
Should RG3 be less visible as he recovers from knee surgery?
Right now, this isn't a dire issue. But getting out in front of it could be necessary. McNabb knows this dynamic, so his take on the situation should be valued. The last thing the 'Skins need now or in the future is any resentment developing between those aforementioned practice grinders and their injured but still spotlight-soaked quarterback.
McNabb also wonders if ticket sales are a factor, and that's not a crazy notion at all. We've heard over and over again how fabulously RG3's rehab has gone, whether it's Dr. James Andrews telling us that the man is "superhuman" or Shanahan suggesting that he'll "set a record" in his recovery.
There's no advantage to talking like that. If he does prove to be immortal while also setting a record, it's all good. If he doesn't, you've gotten hopes up. And it is a little odd that those hopes were raised right when season-ticket prices were being jacked up as renewal requests went out.
None of it feels very healthy. It's not hurting anybody now, but that could change.
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