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Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:28 am
 
Posted by Will Brinson

With the Bears falling out of a playoff spot (if it ended today) during Sunday's action, and with Matt Forte suffering an injury that could end their playoff chances, it's not unreasonable to think that Chicago might consider signing free-agent quarterback Donovan McNabb.

In fact, at least one report out of Chicago has the Bears considering the move on Monday. However, it doesn't sound like the type of thing that would make wide receiver/returner Devin Hester particularly happy, as he called the idea "a waste of time."

"It’s going to be tough right now to pick up a quarterback that hasn’t played in the Mike Martz offense," Hester said on Mike and Mike in the Morning, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. "This is a difficult offense to run, so as far as a quarterback who hasn’t played in the offense, right now it’s going to be a waste of time."

Alternately, the Bears could, you know, not run Mike Martz' offense. It's not working for Hanie, who's got six interceptions in his two games as a starter, and it's probably not a surprise. Teams don't win by suffering injuries and then stuffing quarterbacks into particular offenses just because they're on the depth chart. Teams overcome adversity by running a maleable gameplan that changes to fit the strengths and weaknesses of whoever's under center.
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This should be self-evident to Martz and the Bears based on Jay Cutler's performance through the first five games of the season against the next five games of the season, when Martz stopped making him take seven-step drops on every single play.

There's also the matter of whether McNabb can still be an effective NFL quarterback in any offense. If Christian Ponder and Rex Grossman both look better than McNabb, is he really more prepared to step in and succeed than Caleb Hanie?

Maybe, but maybe not. And the fact that he definitely doesn't know the offense is probably reason enough to scare the Bears away. But with the way their grasp on a playoff spot appears to be slipping, don't be surprised by anything.

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Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 8:12 pm
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

...alot of out of towners making excuses for Donovan McNabb!...that's what I'm hearing here....if you lived in Philly you scratched your head when they signed him! Not a popular signing w/ your dyed in the wool eagle's fan...nonono, didn't like it much at all.


...yeah sure, he got his stats, they got their wins, a bunch of NFC East titles...but he had great teams around him...and for all those wins, titles and stats, not one Super Bowl Title...ahhh, that's what it's all about...right?


...McNabb has always managed to skirt the harsh criticism...the you can't handle the truth type criticism...believe me, in Philly, all HIS stats mean zilch if you bleed eagle green. He never got it done...


      
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Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:17 pm
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

It's amazing how everyone always jumps on the balls thrown at the feet thing.  Watch any QB on any given Sunday and you will see a good share of balls thrown like that.  Yes McNabb may have more than normal, but he has a purpose.  Instead of throwing the ball into the hands of the opposing team, he wisely throws it away or where the other team can't get to it.  And it's usually because his inferior receivers can't get open.  Instead of taking a sack or throwing a pick or incurring an intentional grounding penalty, he throws it into the ground near a receiver.  If he was so innacurate he wouldn't have been as successful in the NFL as he has been, would have a completion percentage near 50, and wouldn't hold the record for consecutive completions.



Since: Jan 15, 2007
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

Favre is definitely a better option than McNabb. Hester made his comments because even he (being short) would quickly tire of balls being thrown at his feet.



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:27 am
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

Your argument is unfounded.  He has one of the best interception ratios in the history of the NFL, and rarely fumbles.  His turnovers are so low compared to most QBs, which is part of the reason he has been so successful.  He doesn't lose games like other QBs do.  Did his reputation also include that he is a winner?  That he would lead a team with almost no talent at WR to 5 NFC championships and a Super Bowl appearance?



Since: Sep 26, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 11:21 am
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

 McNabb has been dead-gone-buried for years! How is he still hanging around in any discussion pertaining to a late season championship drive by a contending club....I mean, if you want to see a guy throw a CRITICAL pass short and in the dirt, he's your guy...he'll give you a drive killing int now and again, and looks lovely running for his life in the backfield before he coughs up a fumble. His rep coming out of Syracuse was he'd get injured...and being sidelined only masked his other shortcomings on the field....he's a waste of time for MANY more reasons than Hester lets on....



Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 10:48 am
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

"Furthermore it was evident that he does not possess the arm strength or the cardio vascular fitness that is required to compete in the NFL."

McNabb has one of the strongest arms in the league, and always has.  Do some research or watch him play before you make a comment like that.  As for the article itself, it seems the writer doesn't do much research either, stating that McNabb was inferior to Ponder and Grossman.  Ask any fan in Washington who they would rather have at QB.  And ask any fan in Minnesota if they were OK with Ponder throwing that AWFUL interception on Sunday and costing his team the game.  McNabb doesn't do that.



Since: Nov 12, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:49 pm
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

Why don't the Bears just fire Martz now and draw the plays up as they go.  Couldn't hurt.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

Step up your game and don't try and be a general manager!
Best. Return. Man. Ever. Step up your game, LOL!!!



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:02 pm
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'


With the falling out of a playoff spot (if it ended today) during Sunday's action
The Bears currently hold the 5 seed and haven't been eliminated from the playoffs. Nice reporting!!



Since: Nov 15, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:42 pm
 

Hester: Signing McNabb would be a 'waste of time'

Well Hester with the qb Chicago has now , they will maybe 1 game the rest of the way and finish 8-8 or lose all their games and finish 7-9 horrible for a team that was 7-4. Lol. Hester turn out the lights the party is over. Hahaha


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