Shanahan Twice Declines to Affirm McNabb in 2011

Shanahan Twice Declines to Affirm McNabb in 2011
November 18, 2010, 2:28 pm
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Thursday, November 18, 2010 9:30 AM

By Rich Tandler
Redskins Blogger


After thinking for about 24 hours that Donovan McNabb was locked in at quarterback for the Washington Redskins for the next three or four years at least, the new information that his contract contains less than one-tenth of the guaranteed money that we originally thought, the future looks not quite so certain.Looking at the deal, which will pay him a 10 million bonus only if he is on the roster for the start of the 2011 season, and the paucity of talent on this years quarterback free agent market (Derrick Anderson is the headliner), it looks like McNabb will be the teams quarterback through the 2012 season.However, give two chances to confirm or comment on McNabb being with the team beyond this year, Mike Shanahan has declined to do so.Here is what he said in his postgame press conference on Monday:Q: How confident are you with Donovan McNabb going forward now that you have him for the next five seasons?Shanahan: Hopefully very confident and hopefully we get better as an offense. We did some good things today. We had big plays. We have got to sustain drives. We had 200 yards, I believe, in the first half and four first downs. We got to get more consistent. We show signs of getting better, but we were 0-for-10 in third downs today, 1-for-1 in fourth downs. You cant win football games when you are 0-10 in third downs.He says nothing about going forward to 2011 and beyond with McNabb.Perhaps it was just a coachs tunnel vision, making it difficult for him to think beyond the issues from the just-completed game? Here is what he had to say on Wednesday afternoon:Q: Can you confidently say that Donovan will be the quarterback of the team next year?Shanahan:Take a look at my contract, I got a five year contract and I am sure hoping that I am here in five years. I think anytime you sign a contract you are always hoping that you fulfill that contract. You dont sign contracts thinking that the person wont be here.So, with McNabbs future completely in the control of the team, Shanahan hopes that he will be here. Thats hardly a ringing affirmation.Cross posted to Real Redskins
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