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Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:35 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 3:54 pm
 
D. McNabb (US Presswire)Posted by Ryan Wilson

Donovan McNabb remains a man without a team. Technically, he's still with the Redskins, but as soon as there's a 2011 season, he'll be free to hawk his wares elsewhere. The problem: "elsewhere" could turn into "nowhere." The former Eagles first-round pick hasn't drummed up much rumor-mill interest during the lockout. This could mean that teams keen on McNabb's talents are downplaying it for now (as typically happens in the days leading up to the NFL Draft). Or, more likely, there truly isn't a market for him.

Free-agent running back Michael Robinson told ESPN.com's John Clayton recently that he predicts McNabb will end up with the Vikings.

"[McNabb] keeps telling me all he wants to do is get with a team and take them to a Super Bowl," Robinson added.

There was no mention if McNabb would be willing to go on that Super Bowl ride as a backup, because there are plenty of teams (although none are contenders) looking for "mentors."
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Stats -- the everyday NFL.com ones that we're all familiar with and the advanced stats from Football Outsiders and Pro Football Reference -- are one way to determine just how good a quarterback is. Another, simpler way: play the "Would I want that guy starting for my team?" game. For most fans, McNabb would garner an "absolutely not," which tells you all you need to know.

It's too bad, too, because McNabb seems like a decent guy. Despite a career pock-marked by unprovoked criticism, McNabb has seldom responded publicly. But we've mentioned it before -- that's part of the deal. Want to be an NFL quarterback? Be prepared for the inevitable media backlash that comes with it. And no one's immune. If Patriots fans feign outrage over Tom Brady wearing a Yankees hat, McNabb doesn't stand a chance. Also not helping: his recent on-field performance.

The last two seasons, McNabb ranked 20th and 25th in Football Outsiders' QB total value metric. In 2010, he finished behind the likes of Jon Kitna and David Garrard. Not exactly a ringing endorsement that McNabb deserves to be a starter.

And now, barely a year after the Redskins gave up a second-round pick to division rival Philly to land McNabb, they're happy to move on without him, even if that means turning to John Beck.

Would McNabb be a good fit for the Vikings? Probably not. Minnesota just rid it of one old-timer. While rookie Christian Ponder may not be NFL-ready whenever the season begins, McNabb lost his job to Rex Grossman. That's shorthand for "he'll never be NFL-ready again … ever." If the Vikings manage their expectations for 2011 and stick with Ponder, they should be in good shape going forward. If they instead buy into the "we're one veteran QB away from the Super Bowl!" hype, Ponder will end up wasting away on the bench.

We don't expect that to happen, thanks largely to the team's recent experiences with Brett Favre, but also because to annually contend for a championship you need a franchise quarterback. For McNabb, that ship sailed a while ago.

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Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: June 23, 2011 5:57 pm
 

Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

Major difference: Brett Favre is 7 years older than Mcnabb.



Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: June 7, 2011 10:05 am
 

Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

      
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sp;  Donovan McNabb is an elite QB & a true leader. He plays hurt,he plays hard. He exhausts every ounce of energy he has on the field-literally until he pukes. Then he gives some more. Throwing,running & even blocking if he has to-he is all about trying to win the game. He is an asset to any team,skill wise and leadership wise. He is a better QB than half the guys younger than him and  a better QB than half the joker QBs in the league now. Are you listening Alex Smith,Jake Delhomme,Chad Henne,Colt McCoy,Jason Campell,Derek Anderson,David Garrard,Tavaris Jackson,Joe Webb,Matt Leinart,Jimmy Clausen,Kerry Collins,Charly Whitehurst,Jon Skelton,Marc Bulger,Jordan Palmer,Ryan Fitzpatrick,John Beck,Rex Grossman,Kyle Orton,Tim Tebow,Vince Young,Matt Cassel etc??



Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

I'm not saying that McNabb would make the Vikings contenders; he won't. But he would be a nice #2 option if they couldn't land Matt Hasselbeck from Seattle. Who would you rather have start for your team: Donovan McNabb or Joe Webb?



Since: Jun 21, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

Please. McNabb was never as good as his numbers and his numbers overall weren't spectacular. He spent the vast majority of his NFL tenure on a team whose offensive philosophy was pass first, pass second, pass third... and those passes were largely 3 step drops thrown less than 10 yards down the field. So of course he's going to have a ton of completions and of course he's going to have an above average completion percentage. Problem is that offense is not designed to win championships, something Philly fans are intimately aware with. Asking a QB with a decade in that offense to suddenly trade stripes in his mid-thirties and pilot a regular NFL offense is ridiculous. 


Brett Favre worked (for a year, at least) in Minnesota because he was brought in to run an offense he was familiar with; deep downfield passes combined with a running game capable of keeping teams honest. The wheels fell off in part because he couldn't make those downfield passes and in part because he had fewer downfield weapons to toss it to. Does anyone honestly believe that if you put a broken-down McNabb in that same scenario that he somehow finds success? Please. He'd make fans long for Favre to come out of retirement one more time after the 5th straight deep out pass was returned for a pick six.


I've never understood the love for McNabb. Maybe it's because people love an underdog... nationally, McNabb has seemed one ever since he was booed on draft day. Maybe people want to see him stick it in Rush Limbaugh's face for those long-ago Countdown comments. Maybe it's because people have been calling for his head locally for half a decade now. But the bottom line is that Donovan McNabb was never a prototypical NFL quarterback and when his physical skills could no longer carry him he wasn't fit to be an NFL starter. If he can check his ego, he'd be an excellent #2. I'd trust him to carry my team for 2-3 games while an injured starter recovered. But the only way I'm giving him the keys to the starter's job is if I've been sucking on Al Davis' thermos. 



Since: Oct 21, 2009
Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:08 pm
 

Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

If the Vikings manage their expectations for 2011 and stick with Ponder, they should be in good shape going forward. If they instead buy into the "we're one veteran QB away from the Super Bowl!" hype, Ponder will end up wasting away on the bench.

This is the biggest BS I've seen on CBS in a while. I'm not very familiar with this Ryan Wilson guy, put he just pulled on Prisco on this one! Why wouldn't the Vikings want McNabb? He was asked to be a hero in Washington and had little run support. In Minny, he'd play game manager with the best running back in the NFL right behind him. And the part about Ponder "wasting away on the bench?" What an idiot. Does he not realize that it would just be a stopgap to let Ponder develop? We don't want him to be the next Harrington, you know.  


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