Take it from Donovan McNabb: The Redskins are the last place Peyton Manning will want to go if the Colts decide to release him sometime before his $28 million bonus is due on March 8.
“Peyton’s not gonna go there,” McNabb said in a recent interview with former Georgetown coach John Thompson on his Washington, D.C. radio (per Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post). “I don’t see Peyton ending up in Washington. Because what happens is now, you’re bringing in another veteran who will be 35 36, who has been in one offense throughout his career. It’s the same situation.
“Now he comes over, and as they say now, ‘Peyton is such an offensive coordinator on the offense.’ So now what does that do to your offensive coordinator? Does he step down? Does he step back? Does he begin to change the whole offense according to the play of the quarterback that he has in Peyton Manning? Well, I didn’t see that happen, so I definitely don’t see that happening for Peyton.”
McNabb related his own experience with the Redskins after he was traded there in 2010 from the Eagles. McNabb quickly fell out of favor with head coach Mike Shanahan and was eventually benched in favor of Rex Grossman. McNabb was traded before last season to the Vikings, who released him during the season.
“You know what, as I look back on that year, I was very excited on joining the Washington Redskins,” McNabb said. “I loved Dan Snyder, I love his attitude and his approach. I loved Bruce Allen and what he was trying to do. Situations were a lot different once I got there, with coaching and play-calling and things of that nature, where it wasn’t suited around the talent of your quarterback.
“I played for 11 years in Philadelphia, where it was built around the ability that I had and the guys that we had already there. I think a lot of times when you go in a situation late, and then you have a new coach, you have a new style where they just think their style is gonna work automatically, not looking at the players that they have.....
“You just think the plays that you’re calling that you [used in] the places you came from are gonna automatically work, and you don’t have the players for that. You’re not building around what you have. They say it’s gonna take two to three to four, but who really has two to three to four years as a player or as a coach in the NFL?”