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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: Jul 13, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:35 pm

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

Fact chck:

"With the falling out of a playoff spot (if it ended today)....."

I'm pretty sure they are exactly where they were before the the game started on Sunday, seeing as the Cowboys, Giants, Lions, and Falcons all lost today.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:32 pm

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

Actually for the sixx games Mc NAbbplayed he has  QB rating of 82 (16th among active QBs) and ahead of bothe rex and christian and McNabb would actually do better than any of them....
TOO many team are putting all there eggs into one basket

YOu do what you ave to do to win...period. 

Since: Jun 24, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 11:28 am

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

Devin brings up a good point actually and its the reason they havent already added McNabb. Look whether its been effective or not (and between weeks 6-11 it totally was) Martz is the guy who call. At this point it's sink or swim with Hanie (sinking like a lead balloon so far) and pray that Cutler is healthy before the end of the regular season. 

Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:58 am

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

Devin should stick with what he knows and shut up...He does have a point though, after we all saw how Kerry Collins couldn't make heads or tails of the Indy offense. Since Hester has been in the Martz system for a few seasons, why doesn't he step in and run that O? Because he apparently can't even run good routes as a wideout and will always be just a return man, that's why. At this point, the Bears front office could care less what he thinks and is just trying to hang on- but I doubt McNabb is the answer.

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