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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: Mar 8, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:29 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

DcGoGo wrote "All these McNabb one showed this kind of hate for Brett Favre and he was washed up long time ago..
McNabb is far better than Favre and theone thing that Favre has that McNabb does not is a Superbowl and Favre got that just like Rex Grossman and Trent Dilfer-head off the back of his team mates."

Not a Favre lover by any means. He had a good year for my Vikes but was a sideshow the entire time.  To say no one showed this kind of hate for Favre is a ridiculous statement. I don't know another player that has received so much hate in recent years. And yes, it was deserved. Not defending him.

To say McNabb is better than Favre is laughable. How many coaches would take McNabb over Favre in their prime?

Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:21 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

LOL. Some of you people are absolutely delusional. Have you watched McNabb play the past two years? Eagles, redskins, Vikings...doesn't matter...he's been terrible. Has nothing to do with the receivers. His replacements...Vick, Young, Grossman, bad as they often are, have all played better than he was playing. He can't run, he can't throw, he stumbles around in the pocket and hesitates, he is wildly inaccurate...c'mon, he awful. He's no better than Favre was at the end. Donovan McNabb was one of the best QBs in the league for a decade. Not really clutch, but he won a lot of games and put up ggreat numbers for the Eagles. Now, however, he's a shell of what he was.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:06 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

McNabb has had several weeks to ponder his future, as in Christian Ponder, as an NFL quarterback. And I agree with his description of what a team should be looking for in a late season quarterback. Unfortunately if McNabb believes that's him, then he is suffering from a case of mistaken identity!

McNabb is rolling the dice for a chance to hook up with a potential playoff team where he can posture as the near great veteran player, secretly happy just to ride the wave of a playoff team while pretending to be chomping at the bit to contribute.


Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:03 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

I agree with mister JNAPPY6669

The only thing that McNabb doesn't do well anymore is run.

His conditioning is a little suspect, but I believe in the right situation; he might thrive again.

He's gotten a little lazy, and that is upsetting because of his natural talent.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:44 pm
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:40 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

This guy never had any great receivers besides the one TO year and DeSean as a rookie...   Redskins
WR's, please...  Then he goes to the Vikes but Sidney Rice was already gone.

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:30 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

didnt mcnabb throw 4 picks in his first start with washington
thats why they went with grossman.


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:27 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

last i checked, eagles arent looking so good to make the playoffs.
if its wasnt for MCCOY, eagles wouldnt even have won 4 games

Since: Oct 13, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:25 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Anyone who says McNabb is washed up, not worth a shot or should retire knows nothing about football. The only thing he is guilty of is a streak of bad luck. His success in Philly was great, they never had a season with McNabb like this they have with THE DREAM TEAM.... Not shittin on Vick but the system doesnt work with the players they have. Winning starts with defense, and Castillo is horrible. He has 2 of the better PRESS CORNERS and plays a garbage SOFT ZONE. Doesnt work. When Philly blitzes and gets in with pressure they win. Now the only thing I see happening is him ending up in Chicago where he is from. Thats a shame cause he would end up with another team wth a bunch of mediocre recievers. You see how good DeSean Jackson is now and McNabb brought him to form when he was actually performimg. The only 2 years McNabb was given the gift of a true #1 reciever was with..... TERREL OWENS..... and no matter how controversial that was it worked. Then he goes to Washington and has who.... Santana Moss? Hes a midget. Then Shanahan starts REX GROSSMAN over him? Think Shanahan has a minor issue with race there.... and finally where he was this year and as soon as he is there they trade away the best reciever in Sidney Rice.. BAD LUCK. The best fit for him this year has been filled already with a HORRIBLE Jake Delhomme.... This guy is one of the most overrated QBs of all time. McNabb would have had Andre Johnson all day.. And with the 2 great RBs in Houston they wouldnt skip a beat on offense. I live in Syracuse and HATE Syracuse sports with a passion. Im not  homer but I will admit that Donovan McNabb is a great QB. He was throwing 300 yard games left and right with the worst recieving corps in Philly.... Pinkston, Lewis, I cant even think of any more off the top of my head right now. Please get an ounce of knowledge before you come out and bash someone. All I hear is ignorant rambling......

Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:25 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

it dont matter if your black or white. 
it matters how much you put into the game, peyton mannings isnt good because hes white.
no. he puts time into study each opponent.

and to argue your point about O Lines.
look at romo, hes got all rookies but one, he's winning games with no O LINE. mind you he's lost some games for the team as well.
but garrett has confidence in him because he puts the time in.

all mcnabb does is eat, make commercials, is usually out of shape reason why philly let him go.

mcnabb should just retire.

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