Theismann fires back: McShay 'doesn't know jack-diddly about football'

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann told 106.7 The Fan that ESPN analyst Todd McShay was off base in his comments about the attractiveness of the Resdskins vacant head coaching position. Theismann told The Fan's Chad Dukes that criticism was "a very irresponsible statement by somebody who really doesn't know jack-diddly about football."

"Well, first of all, let me say this, Todd McShay is not in a competent position to make that kind of statement," Theismann said on Chad Dukes vs. The World Thursday. 

"I think the Redskins, to me, are a very attractive franchise because of the youth of this football team," he continued. "You coulda said that the San Franciso 49ers a few years ago weren't very attractive. I think Todd McShay is way off line in his comments. Way out of line."

Theismann added: "Let me just say this: I don’t agree with his assessment of the Washington Redskins. Very candidly put.”

Theismann was responding to comments McShay made this week in an interview on "The Dan Patrick Show" in which he said the current organizational structure of the Redskins under owner Daniel Snyder and team president Bruce Allen made the job unattractive to prospective candidates. 

"Right now, under the current construct, Washington can't succeed," McShay told Patrick. "They need Daniel Snyder to take a step back, they need to hire a general manager that knows football and can evaluate players, and then they need a coach who can take those players and develop 'em."

"I would rather coach any team, I would rather coach 31 other teams than Washington right now," McShay went on to say. 

Theismann took exception to how McShay reached his conclusion.

"What does he base a comment like that off of? Those are the kind of things that upset me when people make irresponsible statements," Theismann said on The Fan. "This franchise is brimming with young talent: The defensive line, the linebackers, the secondary, the offensive line, I think the wide receiver position, the quarterback position.

"Are you kidding? I would love the opportunity to be able to come in and coach this franchise," Theismann told Dukes.

The former Redskins quarterback argued the Carolina Panthers, who fired head coach Ron Rivera earlier this season, were a less attractive spot because of their current roster construction in comparison to Washington.

"What does Carolina have to offer to someone?" Theismann said on The Fan. You've got Christian McCaffrey, OK. You're unsettled at your quarterback position, your wide receiver position is still somewhat questionable, your offensive line position is somewhat questionable, your defense, we proved that you can run the living daylights through them and a lot of other people have done that. 

"So when you start to talk about 31 other franchises being more attractive, I just have to question the research that anyone has done into other franchises."

Theismann added that whoever is hired "is gonna have an opportunity to deal with a very young, very athletic, very explosive football team."

And of course, he did add there is the possibility interim head coach Bill Callahan could keep the position next year.
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