Donovan McNabb wields his ax against Redskins

It didn’t work for Donovan McNabb in Washington.

Perhaps that is why he has predetermined it’s not going to go so well for Robert Griffin III, you know, assuming he is the quarterback the Redskins nab with the No. 2 overall draft pick next month.

McNabb was a guest this morning on ESPN’s “First Take” and he shared his take on the chances Griffin will have to succeed playing for Mike Shanahan. Let’s just say we’re not surprised McNabb went this route.

Can Griffin be a good fit for the Redskins?

“No,” McNabb replied, according to Rich Tandler of CSN Washington. “I say that because a lot of the time ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington. Here’s a guy that’s coming out who’s very talented -- mobile, strong arm. We’ve already heard he’s intelligent, a football mind. Are you going to cater the offense around his talent and what he’s able to do or are you going to bring the Houston offense with Matt Schaub over to him and have him kind of be embedded in that?

“We talk so much about Mike Shanahan and the things he was able to do in Denver. Well, I have a couple of names for you that Mike Shanahan, quarterbacks that he’s coached and the lack of success that he had.”

With that, McNabb referenced John Beck, Rex Grossman, Jay Cutler, Jake Plummer and Brian Griese. Of course, McNabb left his name off that list and it’s worth noting the Broncos were 41-18 with Plummer as a starting quarterback under Shanahan. Not so bad, right?

Will the Redskins faithful support Griffin?

“I think the D.C. fan base will support him,” McNabb said. “But if this doesn’t work this year, if this doesn’t work like a Cam Newton splash, this could be it.”

This could be it? For Shanahan? For Griffin?

It’s probably over for McNabb. The sooner he puts his ax away the better off he’ll be as an analyst. He was properly asked if he’s fit to talk about this subject based on his time with the Redskins.

“Well, I just went over four quarterbacks besides me …,” McNabb said. “You’re only as good as they guys around you and you have to be in a system that caters to your ability. You hear in Denver, we’re going to cater this offense around Peyton Manning and what he knows. But you don’t hear that hear that from a lot of different teams.”

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