Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) speaks with the media after a morning walkthrough during the 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
(USA TODAY) -- Robert Griffin III wants no part of Donovan McNabb's continued advice, telling GQ "it's probably best that we don't talk." That's an applaudable decision from the young star, seeing as how taking advice from a quarterback whose Redskins career was less successful than Heath Shuler's may not be prudent.
But Donovan McNabb isn't having any of that - he has a television network to promote advice to give and, darn it, RG3 needs to listen, especially if he ever wants to lose four NFC championship games in his career before getting run out of three separate NFL cities. McNabb spoke during an NBC Sports radio show on Tuesday that Comcast SportsNet helpfully posted on its website. McNabb's quotes are bolded.
"I'm just trying to help him."
Even Joan of Arc is all, "hey, cool it with the martyr complex, Donovan."
"Clearly the young generation, think they have all the answers."
Donovan McNabb, sage old man of the football world, remembers what it was like when you had to attend training camp without iPad playbooks and had to walk uphill both ways to find the nearest Starbucks, all without the aid of Google Maps.
"And he's going through a little turmoil right now of trying to get out on the field, and it's unfortunate."
Totally unfortunate that RG3, seven months out from major knee surgery, will have to sit out the meaningful preseason games before playing in a frivolous Monday Night Football season opener.
"But that's where we're at right now as far as these young quarterbacks who think they have all the answers."
Except when they appear on Jeopardy and think they have all the questions.
"Until things start to fall apart and come down trembling on you, then you want some help."
Trembling? Is Emmitt Smith writing Donovan's copy or is the Kyle Shanahan-RG3 relationship more complicated than we were led to believe?
"But it's a shame."
What is a shame? The hypothetical trembling that will come down on him?
"I honestly think that over there in Washington, he's getting brainwashed. He's getting input from whoever it may be of, 'there's no reason to talk to him, it didn't work out here.' If they expressed their dislike when I was there, or what I used to do, so be it."
To be clear, McNabb is referring to RG3's refusal to talk with him. It seems that he thinks there are high-level discussions at Redskins Park on how to handle the ongoing Donovan McNabb issue and that a team of advisors, most plucked from the top of the Obama administration, NASA and MENSA, have determined that RG3 shouldn't talk with McNabb, for the betterment of the Redskins, nay, the world. To drive home this point, this top-secret cabal is sitting RG3 in a chair, Clockwork Orange-style and making him watch endless loops of McNabb's final drive in the Super Bowl to complete the disassociation.
In reality, it's more likely that the only times RG3 ever thinks of Donovan McNabb is when he's asked a question about Donovan McNabb.
"But, I hope the best for the young man, but the direction he's going in is really a direction he does not want to do."
Am I reading this wrong, or is McNabb playing Walter White to RG3's Hank?
"He does not want to go there with me, especially when I got the last word."
Donovan, you have the first, middle and last words. People are hearing it, but no one is listening. If this is some repressed shame from your time in Washington, get over it. If you're picking non-existent fights with famous athletes in an attempt to become the Skip Bayless of Fox Sports 1, good luck with that too.
--By Chris Chase