Donovan McNabb, who has not shied away from controversial statements, has once again thrown his hat into the tense and convoluted narrative surrounding Robert Griffin III and his relationship with the Washington Redskins.

As Griffin prepares to return from offseason knee surgery, there have been lots of reports about Griffin's relationship with coach Mike Shanahan. Did Shanahan overplay Griffin last year? Should Shanahan ease the second-year quarterback back slowly this season? Is there a rift between Griffin and Shanahan?

Amid this delicate atmosphere McNabb, who played for the Redskins in 2010, has made public his thoughts about what he perceives to be the Redskins' mishandling of Griffin.

"I'm just trying to help him, but clearly the young generation think they have all the answers," McNabb said on his radio show. "And he's going through a little turmoil right now of trying to get out on the field. And it's unfortunate, but that's where we're at right now as far as these young quarterbacks who think they have all the answers.

"I honestly think that over there in Washington he's getting brainwashed."

The 36-year-old McNabb has offered his counsel to Griffin, but RGIII says he's not interested in having him as a mentor.

"I don't think Donovan is an idiot by any means," Griffin told GQ in a recent profile. "But right now, it's probably best we don't talk."

This all sets the stage for a very interesting Monday Night Football opener between the Redskins and the Eagles on Sept. 9.