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Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:53 pm
 
McNabb was willing to backup Ponder, but not serve as Minnesota's scout team quarterback. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Donovan McNabb came to the Vikings in the offseason to not only get the team to the playoffs but to serve as a bridge to the Christian Ponder era. That all changed on October 23, when McNabb was officially benched and the Ponder moved to the top of the depth chart at least a year earlier than expected.

Apparently, McNabb was willing to serve as Ponder's backup even if that wasn't the plan when he arrived. But after being demoted to the scout team quarterback and falling behind Joe Webb, he asked for his release.

Details via 1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero:

"Multiple NFL sources told 1500ESPN.com on Friday that McNabb had been relegated to running the scout team in recent weeks, and it's believed he asked for his release after being informed he would be No. 3 on the depth chart for the rest of the season, beginning with Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.

"The change meant McNabb, 35, would have had virtually no chance to get back on the field even if something happened to rookie Christian Ponder and he would have given up even more snaps in practice to second-year pro Joe Webb, who moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart."

Shortly after he was benched in October, rumors surfaced that McNabb showed up late and didn't know the offense. (He later refuted the speculation.) Pelissero writes that questions about McNabb's conditioning extend back to the preseason.

"According to sources, McNabb reported to training camp out of shape and had fallen further out of shape after his demotion. He seemed to acknowledge as much in an interview with ESPN on Thursday in which he said he wants to play and 'clearing the mind and getting the body back where it needs to be is the most important thing.'"

It wasn't long ago that McNabb was a top-10 quarterback who annually led the Eagles to the playoffs. Now, in the span of 15 months, he's been traded for and discarded by two mediocre teams that thought he could still play in the NFL. In 19 starts with the Redskins and Vikings dating back to 2010, McNabb completed 58.8 percent of his passes and threw 18 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Not Tyler Palko numbers, but also not what we were used to seeing from McNabb, either.

Put differently, as noted by PFT.com's Michael David Smith: "Three different coaches in the last 20 months have concluded that McNabb was the third-best quarterback on the roster."

So now McNabb's a man without a team. Whether that changes in the coming days remains to be seen, but even if he ends up on another NFL roster, it's clear that his best days are well behind him. Just something to keep when someone suggests that McNabb might be better for the Bears down the stretch than Caleb Hanie. We're not so sure.


After an overtime win last week over the Chargers, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos will travel to Mall of America Field to battle the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. NFL.com's Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz take a look at this game.

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Comments

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

I have read many of your past comments ... and you seem awfully sensitive with respect to anything anyone says about McNabb ... taking offense to the word "dumb", and classifying that poster as racist also.

So I acknowledge the fact that you have been ... once again ... offended.  Good Luck & Good-Bye.



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:51 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

It is possible but your comments show your true colors.  I didn't even mention the "Sense of Entitlement" comment which should have went without saying, but I'll add that as well now if you're going to deny your racism.




Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:42 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

So you preface your comment by saying you don't know the truth, but then your last word is "quitter".  Seems a bit hypocritical to me.  And not only that but you call him all those other things.  I assume you are white, right?  Because those comments are the comments of a racist.  Plain and simple.

However, it is not a stretch to say that McNabb is disingenuous, fat, lazy, and stupid.  Call me what you want.  As someone who witnessed his act in Washington ... I am calling it like I see it.
I would also consider Mike Shanahan to be disingenuous, and Rex Grossman to be fat, lazy, and stupid ... isn't it possible to have an opinion without being labeled as a racist?





Since: Aug 18, 2011
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

The right decision by the team and by him.

What is the ''scout team''  is that the practkice squad ??



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:12 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

So you preface your comment by saying you don't know the truth, but then your last word is "quitter".  Seems a bit hypocritical to me.  And not only that but you call him all those other things.  I assume you are white, right?  Because those comments are the comments of a racist.  Plain and simple.



Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:06 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

Very well said.



Since: Aug 14, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

He probably thinks he is too good to bag groceries and play arena football also... but Warner got the ring!



Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:45 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

and the fact that they would have cut him make him look any better....NO.

He took his career and destiny in his own hands. 

His stats for the first 6 games shows he is better than christian ponder...if this was brett favre and he asked to be released there would be no issue.....



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:25 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

This is all kinda sad ... but for different reasons than previously mentioned.

Of course, NONE of us are at practice, or in the meeting rooms ... so we do not know 100% of the truth.

However, it is not a stretch to say that McNabb is disingenuous, fat, lazy, and stupid.  Call me what you want.  As someone who witnessed his act in Washington ... I am calling it like I see it.  The sad part is that people continue to make excuses on his behalf. 

This guy just QUIT on his Minnesota teammates.  You can spin it any way you want ... a quitter is a quitter.  He said on ESPN last night ... I have to do what is best for me and my family.  I guess that is acceptable in today's sports world.  That is truly sad.

My personal opinion is that his inability to be the best athlete on the field (which often led to his success as the Phila QB - it definitely was not his passing acumen and ability) has probably devastated his confidence, and he doesn't have the tools to overcome this decline.  Mentally and Physically.  No motivation.  Sense of Entitlement. 

Any team that brings him in is run by an inept GM.

McNabb ... it is time for you to go.  Quitter.



Since: Sep 23, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:24 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

I find this all kinda sad. He should be a HOFer someday. For most of the years he was with Philly, he had mediocre players around him at the skill positions but still somehow was a league leader in passing and touchdowns. Its too bad he never won a superbowl (at least not as a starter). Whether you love him or hate him, in his prime, he was a great QB. As a fan of the game, I hope all the bad things said like he's a bad teammate or doesn't invest in teammates isn't true. Although, even in Philly, he was never a fan favorite so they probably are.


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