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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
 
McNabb

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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Comments

Since: May 24, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 8:02 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

McNabb is almost surely done. His past two seasons imply as much. However, if a team needs a quarterback AND they are having to simplify their system to start an underachiever, McNabb would be an upgrade based soley on experience. Texas has already said as much, opting for Delhomme. Chicago should look to bring in a veteran as an insurance policy, considering the playoff implications. They could do worse than McNabb.



Since: Aug 5, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:31 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

It would have been great if McNabb could have latched on with the Texans.  He is far better than Yates, Clemens and Delhomme all roll-up into one.  His best and better years are behind him but I can see him being a part-time starter for at least 2-3 more years.



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:17 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

e also never seemed to figure out that one of his greatest tools was his legs. He had this uncanny ability to run but he wouldn't use it even it the defense opened up running lanes. He wanted to be a QB, not an athlete. Not very smart to suppress your greatest asset.
I think you might be forgetting how long McNabb has been in the league. Back when he started, the prejudice against mobile QBs was so widespread that unless your name was Michael Vick, you felt enormous pressure to develop as and remain a pocket passer. Even Vick felt the heat. McNabb felt it all the more (black QBs were almost universally scrutinized more closely over this - see Daunte Culpepper and Steve McNair for similar pressure and criticism, especially McNair, who wasn't considered to have hit his "prime" until he stayed in the pocket most of the time, like McNabb. I remember reading a lot of "finally, McNair is for real"-type articles in 2003, and not just because it was his best statistical year through the air). Sure, at some point, he made his own decision, but I would argue that at the time he did, it wasn't 100% his decision to make. Teams just didn't want a "running back for a quarterback".



Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 7:05 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

One of the most over rated qbs of all time. pedestrian career.  he was not the top two reasons the eagles went to all those championship games (and lost all but one)  Not a great thrower a very good runner-but he didnt run as much as he should and he was one of the biggest chokers in the history of the game  he has no guts nor mental acuity to excel in big situations  two famous examples come to mind

1.  The drive to oblivion-the late drive in the super bowl where his clock management and demeanor left everyone bewildered.  The cameras zooming into the huddle showed his scared bewildered face  Even the players couldnt believe it


2.  Ties are for shirts---How does a NFL professional player and the leader of the offense  not know that there is life after a tied game.  Its called a quarter of Overtime.  yes virginia there is an overtime now go tell Don.    



Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:28 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

McNabb, you've had a terrific career as an NFL QB.  Maybe it's time to retire so people can truly reflect how good of a QB you were, and not what type of QB you have become.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:42 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

@Salukiman...

(Try this again - come on CBS)

Google McNabb and overtime rules and tell me again how he's a mental giant.

"Nuff said...



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:38 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

@Salukiman...

Google McNabb and overtime rules and then tell me he was a mental giant...

'Nuff said...



Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:09 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Donvan McNabb was a good quarterback but the operative word there is "was." Everyone's career eventually comes to an end. Donovan did put up some pretty good numbers but that was years ago. As far as him not being the brightest tool in the tool shed can be summed up this way. Donovan had problems reading defenses. A smart quarterback takes what is given to him and if there is nothing there will throw the ball out of bounds. Donovan never seemed to figure that out. Early in his career his innate ability to scramble helped him to succeed despite this deficiency. Later in his career he was just sack bait for the now quicker defenders. He also never seemed to figure out that one of his greatest tools was his legs. He had this uncanny ability to run but he wouldn't use it even it the defense opened up running lanes. He wanted to be a QB, not an athlete. Not very smart to suppress your greatest asset. His low interception rate was because he was afraid to throw to mildly covered defenders. He wouldn't try to force it in like the more confident QB's. I went to many games, the receivers were open enough for more accurate QB's. McNabb knew he wasn't accurate to make the needed throws so he just didn't try to do so and get intercepted in the process. He also never figured out the fans in Philly. Okay this isn't on the field but it goes to why many Philly fans didn't like him. He NEVER took the blame for any loss no matter how bad he stunk. He would always blame it on everyone else. It seemed like every other QB could admit when they had a bad game. Not McNabb.



Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:10 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

The guy was physically a beast, but not too bright.
This is funny.  It has to be a joke right?  Is this particular statement based on McNabb's GPA, ACT composite, or Wonderlic scores?  If it's purely subjective, then how have you arrived at this conclusion?  Are you going to tell us that he can't read defenses and that he makes bad decisions?  Maybe you are going to tell us that he give bad press conferences and couldn't explain why the Eagles couldn't get over the hump when they should've won a few Super Bowls?

Btw... McNabb's failure to win a SuperBowl ring does not diminish his accomplishments as a QB anymore than it elevates a marginal QB who wins a SuperBowl ring.  The last (11) QBs to wins SuperBowls are: Rodgers, Brees, Roethlisberger, E. Manning, P. Manning, Roethlisberger, Brady, Brady, Johnson, Brady, Dilfer.  Of these QBs, only half of them (Rodgers, Brees, P. Manning, and Brady) are truly elite.  The rest are marginal to above average.  Does winning a ring make Eli Manning or Roethlisberger better QBs than Donovan McNabb?  I would disagree, but at the very least its debatable.  Does winning a ring make Trent Dilfer or Brad Johnson better QBs than McNabb, or say Dan Marino, another ringless ex-NFL QB?  I would say hell no to both!

Finally, someone alluded to Tim Tebow being better than McNabb.  There is absolutely no statistical evidence to back such a claim, or even a good reason to draw such a comparison.




Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:52 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Dear Stat



McNabb has been a West Coast Offense QB his whole life. Coming to the the Bears and trying to learn Mike Martz's offense in 4 weeks would be like learning how to play chess against Bobby Fisher in a month. No freaking way. Not to mention, the Bears could of signed Mcnabb this off season as a backup to Cutler and knew he'd never get the system, and he's a bad fit. It aint happening. Houston would be a better fit, Kubiak still runs a hybrid West Coast -Spread offense, but the fact is he's done. RIP, he won't help anyone anymore. Period.    


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