Donovan McNabb On RG3: “He’s Doing Too Much”
Donovan McNabb has a way of in one sentence telling you he loves you, but in the next, being able to tell you he can’t stand you.
The former NFL quarterback and current radio host/analyst says he wants Robert Griffin III to succeed, but according to the Washington Post, said RG3 is “doing too much, and drawing too much attention to himself.”
“It’s too much right now; it’s just too much,” McNabb said in a candid interview with The Washington Post. “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 (anterior cruciate ligament) surgery, you don’t need to be having a press conference at (organized team activities). 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.”
McNabb continued, saying that when he was with Philadelphia, Andy Reid would never allow an injured guy become the story.
So when I look up on TV and see him up there talking all the time about how great he’s doing — or doing jumping jacks or someone else talking about his supernatural healing powers — I wonder to myself: Is this about selling tickets to the fans or what?
“I don’t blame him. They’re letting him do it. But at some point, it can be counterproductive. You can set yourself up for more criticism later.”
McNabb wasn’t finished there either, questioning RG3’s father for giving an interview saying he wanted to see his son pass the ball more.
“Especially if Robert doesn’t play at first or isn’t right for the first eight weeks and it takes a while for him to become the player he was,” McNabb said. “So what if you start 2-6 or 3-5? Then everybody wonders what happened, starts thinking, ‘But wait, you told us he was great a few months ago. He told us he was great.’ “
Is McNabb taking a shot at the guy who’s getting all the love now, or was he genuinely concerned for Griffin III’s well-being?