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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: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:50 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

McNabb was great.....but it is time for him to head to the pasture and rest.  Retirement is his best option as his best and productive years are behind him.   Thanks for the memories dude.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:46 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Lets see....we have most of you morons badmouthing a once prolific QB....Fantasy wise he was a beast for several years which is of great importance for any REAL football fan....He has been to 4...count them 4 NFC championship games....Marino(the greatest QB ever) went to 1....the Bears would be 10 times better with DM than Calib whatever his name is and Andre Johnson will be worth actual value in Fantasy....u people need to wake up....Donavan still has some gas....give him time and he is Vick only smarter

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:39 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Why do you guys think Houston has no interest in McNabb???
They don't want to drive up the demand for him. Of course they are going to say that.
If he falls to them, they will snatch him. Just wait and see......

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:26 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

yea hows Andy Reid doing these days....come on....McNabb has something left ....rather have him than Calib or

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:23 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Well put faith is restored

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:22 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Does anyone know anything about FOOTBALL in here....your opinions are like a**holes....everyone has one and most of you are one

Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:21 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

I'm not a Donavan McNabb apologist, but he is what he is. A very mobile quarterback, who doesn't turn the ball over. Who ABSOLUTELY needs to be in a West Coast Offense. Washington and Minnesota aren't that. Minnesota was, but that was last year. They still have elements of that offense, but for McNabb to be effective, he needs the structure of a disiplined West Coast guy. His failures this year are difficult to put a finger on. He was leading at all but 1 game at halftime, then there were either no adjustments, or a complete lack of execution in the second half of games.
I think for Donavan to be effective in the future, he not only needs a running game, but he needs the kind of structure a West Coast Offense provides.

Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:19 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Seems to be over for Donovan.  Hard to imagine any NFL team would look to bring him for significant money at this time in his career.  Just not the same player he used to be.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:16 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

It is OVER for McNabb. He obviously is not the QB everyone thinks he is and if he is it is only in his own mind. As Belichick once told Bernie Kosar, your skills have diminished and you cant play at or near the level you once did for our football team to be successful. Ok he didnt say that entire statement but he did tell Kosar he had diminished. Andy Reid saw the writing on the wall for McNabb and the coaches in Washington saw enough to know some journeymen QB's gave him a better chance to win. McNabb has been living off taken a team to the NFC championship for years now. This is a what have you done for me lately league and he aint doing much of anything. Granted, he didnt have a good WR corps in Minny or Washington. He still couldnt get it done in Minny with AP in the backfield. SO teams made Mcnabb throw to WR who either couldnt get open or McNabb was confident enough to throw it in there to them.

Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 9:10 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next


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