The Washington Redskins have become a circus… it’s true. Annually, since the onset of the Snyder ownership, one can count on the annual return of the Washington Redskins Travelling 3 Ring Drama.
Follow along to see the irony
I believe that part of the motivation for Shanahan’s handling of the Haynesworth affair is the reported complete lack of respect demonstrated by Haynesworth towards Shanahan, or the management of the Redskins. Respect is clearly important to Shanahan… I understand that… and I’m ok with it… While there were plenty of fans who wanted to see Shanahan flex some, and give Haynesworth some face saving opportunities to get onto the field, I think that there was still agreement among the fan base that, ultimately, Shanahan was on the right side of the issue… and that Haynesworth was behaving badly. Haynesworth was trouble for the Redskins, a vestige of the poor judgement of the prior administration… which had to be dealt with.
So, it was largely about Respect. Respect for the contract he signed. Respect for his word, as a man and as a player. Respect for the needs of the organization, of the coaches… and of his team… or rather, the utter lack of it that, we feel, was demonstrated by Haynesworth in his dealings over this past season and pre-season.
I understood. I wanted the best defensive lineman in the league on the field… but I understood.
Respect. Shanahan expected it. Shanahan demanded it. Many would say that he had earned and deserved it… Haynesworth ultimately refused… and has been banished. I understand. Good for the Redskins… good for Shanahan. Let’s put that drama to bed. (or not…)
Shouldn’t respect be a two way highway?
This brings us to the irony… this brings us to McNabb. The McNabb that Shanahan personally sought, and obtained, at some cost, OBTW…
Donovan McNabb has been somewhat inconsistent in his play. He’s had good games… he’s had bad games. He’s killed a few worms… he’s threaded a few balls into the outstretched arms of streaking receivers. He’s taken bad sacks… he’s turned a few sure sacks into first downs. Yet, this is all consistent with Donovan McNabb… it’s what he is… it’s what he does… Did Shanahan, the “student” of the NFL, not know this when he went and pulled this trade off???
Through it all, McNabb’s demeanor has been rock steady. He’s deferred complements onto his supporting cast. He’s accepted blame, even when it was not his. He’s been gracious in victory, and in defeat. The consummate professional… The very picture of respect.
Why, then, has this coaching administration, so sensitive of it’s own requirement for respect from it’s players, been so completely disrespectful in it’s handling of this man?
If any player in the NFL deserves to receive respectful treatment… and a modicum of professional deference… it is McNabb.
I am currently embarrassed for my team… and, I’m now finding it difficult to gather a thimbleful of respect for this head coach, whom I once considered among the greats.
I’m still on the Redskins bandwagon. I’m still trying to maintain some optimism… that Shanahan will pull this through… but multiple indicators are suggesting that this is falling apart. In the end, why would anyone treat Donovan McNabb as though he were a Haynesworth-like pariah????
Typically, as a fan, I have always felt that this was purely the domain of coaches. I have no need to be aware of the internal politics, the discussions, the day to day data that goes into decision making… those are, typically, business decisions.
But, not this time. This is a man, whom, except for the lack of a Superbowl Victory, might be a candidate for the Hall of Fame. While I have no illusions that one shall be forthcoming, treating this man, this badly, requires an explanation. Donovan McNabb deserves better.
This beleaguered fan base, among the most dedicated in the world, deserves better, as well.
Irony? For years, we’ve been begging Mr Snyder to hire a real management team, and to get his fingers out of the pudding… well… he did… and, the circus simply got bigger. Ugh…