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McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 8:28 am

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the Vikings decision to waive Donovan McNabb came as a bit of a surprise, it’s what Donovan McNabb wanted. And after talking it over with coach Leslie Frazier, both sides agreed it was best for both parties to move in different directions.

With Christian Ponder taking over the starting quarterback role last month, McNabb took a seat on the bench and thought about the next step in his career. And ultimately he asked for his release so he could move onto the next phase of it.

“I felt the direction in the way that things were going, it was best for Christian and Joe (Webb) to continue developing to run the offense,” McNabb said on ESPN Thursday evening. “I just wanted to be the guy who tried to add that confidence or that spiritual advice. But I thought the best move for me at this particular point was to move on, clear my head and see what’s next.”

So, he’s not going to retire voluntarily, though it seems there’s a good chance nobody will claim him off the waiver wire. And if nobody wants to sign him, he’ll move on to something else.

“There’s always plan B, but I’m not focused on that right now,” McNabb said. “Clearing the mind and getting the body back where it needs to be is the most important thing. If anything were to happen, I have a career I can look back on and be very excited about it.”

The Bears obviously need some help at the quarterback spot, and though the Texans do as well, it sounds like Houston is not interested in McNabb’s services. Why should a GM look seriously at McNabb, though?

Well, let McNabb tell you.

“You bring a veteran who has great experience to the ball club,” he said. “Athletic ability, a guy who’s not a locker room cancer, a great work ethic and only wants to win. I’m a winner and I’ve proven that.

“Taking time is very important, although I’ve spent enough time resting so to speak in these last couple weeks. I am pretty fresh. But the thing about it is you have to focus your mind on being the guy back out there again.”

Whether anybody puts him in that position again, we’ll have to wait and see.

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Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:10 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Looks like Limbaugh was right...

McNabb was a decent QB who the media wanted to hype into a great QB...but he never was and never will be.

No rings, no HOF...just another run of the mill guy who the PC crowd wanted to be more than he was so they could run their one sided agenda down our throats.

So long, Donovan...

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:08 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

are you on drugs....4 nfc championship games...pretty good?....he was great at one time and still has gas in his tank....if the bears don't take him they lose the whole season....go hit ur pipe!

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:58 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

He was a "pretty good quarterback." Nothing more nothing less. Early on he was really good, not great and then he started a relatively steep decline a number of years ago.  He's a nice, articulate guy but he's not a great quarterback.  His detractors are over the top as are his supporters...let's just accept him for what he was--- "pretty good."

Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:28 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

If I'm not mistaken, McNabb had the eagles in four consecutive nfc title games.  That's impressive, but easily forgotten. And when you compare that to jim kelly getting the bills to four consecutive super bowls - a feat also easy to overlook- McNabb's greatest accomplishment becomes  an irrelevant piece of football history.  NOt to mention , his deer in the headlights performance in super bowl XXXIX when the game was on the line was his defining moment as a qb. Lets be frank about it,  he wasn't that great, well, not as great as he wished he was, and he's definitely not HOF material.. One last dig on him- he wasn't a leader (but he thought he was) and he wasn't chummy with teammates (but he thought he was.) Finally, Terrel Owens called him out in the weight room right  after beating Hugh Douglass silly with his fists (Hugh at least stood up for himself) .  Owens wanted McNabb to stand by the shit talking he had done behind Owen's back, but McNabb got cold feet and ducked for cover.   Enough said. 

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:04 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Come to Chicago, he may not know Martz system but he is better Hanie. He is also a veteran QB on a better team, all we need him to do is not turn the ball over and let Forte and Barber do work, along with the Defense keeping them in games.

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 8:00 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

McNabb has been done for 2-3 years. 3 coaches, 3 teams have looked at his play and realized he's had his day. He was an excellent QB for years, but his downhill has been steep.

Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:59 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

This dude is in greater denial of reality
He still believe that he can still play as good as he had in the past, you want a player that had an lot faith in their talent.  I did not think that he was ever a good fit for the Vikings, so this not much of a shock

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:52 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

  From the day Troy Aikman retired, until Tony Romo threw his first pass, most of us would have loved to have McNabb quarterbacking the Cowboys.  He routinely whipped our butts with the Eagles.  During his time under center, though he didn't win a ring, the Eagles were a team that consistently made the playoffs.
  There are a lot of McNabb haters, particularly Philly fans who are unforgiving.  I don't know, maybe he could have worked a little harder, or maybe he was a difference-maker on that team.  But his last game as an Eagle was yet another playoff game, albeit, a loss.
   There are several teams that would be much better off with McNabb under center.  I'm glad they let him out of Minnesota, a team that lost three double-digit halftime losses earlier this year.  Don't think McNabb was playing defense.  Maybe now he can get those bus tracks off his back.

Since: Mar 30, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:47 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Funny how he wants to be known as Athletic.  When he was with the Eagles, he wanted to prove he was a great pocket QB.  Which we in Philly knew he wasn't.  What made McNabb good was his ability to scramble and make plays, either with his arm or his legs.  But when he tore his knee up, he was done as an NFL QB, because he's not a pocket passer.  He has poor vision and is almost Tebow-ish with his inaccuracy.  If he wants to revert to running and passing, he could help the Bears because their line isn't very good, but McNabb is not a team player, he's a me player and that's why he was cut.  Because you need team players as back-up Quarterbacks, not ex prima donnas. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 7:34 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Bears, Texans, I'm sure someone needs a guy who has an experienced hand at quarterback. Given the option TJ Yates/ Caleb Hanie or McNabb I take McNab everytime.

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