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McNabb says 'you become robotic' for some coaches

Posted on: August 5, 2011 2:58 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 3:18 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson

It took nearly a week and the ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement, but Minnesota quarterback Donovan McNabb finally got on the field with his new teammates.

And not unlike his 2010 season in Washington, McNabb's first official day on the job was a mixed bag. The St. Paul Pioneer Press's Jeremy Fowler writes that "From 50-yard completions to ducks crashing into the grass, Donovan McNabb made just about every throw in his first full practice with the Vikings."

To be fair -- and McNabb pointed this out after the fact -- it was his first workout with a new team, with new faces, in a new system.

"We made a lot of big plays today, but some plays we want back," McNabb said, according to the Pioneer Press. "Everything was moving a mile a minute (early on); your legs feel so fresh that your drops are extremely fast. You just have to calm down."

One difference between Minnesota and previous teams -- at least to hear McNabb tell it -- is that Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave is more amenable to input from the quarterback than former coaches (we won't name names but we'll venture a guess…).

"Some coaches say 'Hey, it's my way or no way,' " McNabb said. "You become robotic. That's when you pull away from your style of play and the way of things that got you successful. If things don't go as well as you'd like them to, you find out what the mistake was, you correct it and you go right back and get it done."

McNabb probably deserved to be benched at some point last season, but that's not the issue. Why did Mike Shanahan give up a second-round pick to division rival Philadelphia for a guy who didn't fit his system?

(And if the argument is, "Well, he thought McNabb was a good fit and that's why he traded for him," that makes Shanahan seem out of touch and a horrible judge of talent. Which is fine for your fantasty football team, less so when you're coaching an actual NFL franchise.)

Worse still: once it was determined that McNabb wasn't working, the backup plan was … Rex Grossman.  (If nothing else, the Redksins' chronic ineptitude over the years has provided some much need comedy relief. So there's that. )

Now McNabb gets a fresh start in Minnesota. And maybe he will find some of the magic that helped propel the Eagles to annual playoff appearances in the mid-2000s. But it's just as likely (and maybe more so) that 2011 will not only signal the end of McNabb's run as an NFL starter, but usher in the Christian Ponder era. The only question is when.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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McNabb says 'you become robotic' for some coaches

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Since: Dec 14, 2008
Posted on: August 5, 2011 8:07 pm

McNabb says 'you become robotic' for some coaches

Im glad to see McNabb made a move out of the NFCE division.  Hes a hell of a quarterback and the Vikings need it.  I'm just glad we don't have to play him twice a year anymore.  Now we just get burned with overrated Vick.

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:54 pm

McNabb says 'you become robotic' for some coaches

Playing for the redskins must make you feel like a Junk yard robot....Bad coach...bad owners....Bad decisions...JUST BAD!!  It is where all star players go and die.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 5, 2011 4:35 pm

McNabb says 'you become robotic' for some coaches

This coming from a guy who refused to wear a wristband with plays on them, never threw into coverage for fear of his TD/int ratio,couldn't call two plays at once in the huttle, couldn't run a two minute offense if his life depended on it, didn't run because he didn't want to be labeled a ------ quarterback (you fill in the blank), threw his defense,wide receivers and coaches behind the bus,(he missed throwing them under the bus) after bad losses. Great QB's rise above the BS. Donovan wallowed in it. His time has passed. I spent 10 years hoping he'd take the team on his back one year and carry them where all the greats had gone. Don't worry 5, there is an underpass on Broad Street with your name on it when you retire.

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: August 5, 2011 3:01 pm

McNabb says 'you become robotic' for some coaches

Another quote from Donovan...

"Yeah, The coaches keep telling me not to throw my Wormburners..  But no fear, I'm the best at throwing Wormburners to open recievers in the NFL."

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