Tag:Donovan McNabb
Posted on: November 19, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: November 19, 2010 1:34 pm

Deion Sanders talks Vick, McNabb, NFL Top 100

Posted by Will Brinson

CBSSports.com: I picked the Falcons to win the Super Bowl before the year -- do you think they can make a case for being the dominant team in the NFL?

Deion Sanders: I don't know about dominant. I think the win over Baltimore a week ago did a lot for their confidence and did a lot for them getting tot he next level physically and emotionally and psychologically. I don't know about dominant because the back end of their defense is not dominant -- you've got [John] Abraham who's one of the best pass rushers in the game, but when you think about dominant you think about a dominant defense.

CBS: Alright, how about Michael Vick then?

DS: Unbelievable. Can you win MVP and Comeback Player of the Year? Because right now, I think he's the frontrunner for both.

CBS: Yeah, and it's crazy because so many people passed on him for PR reasons and then so many people wanted him to be something like a wide receiver or running back …

DS: Well that was ignorant -- ignorant folks who probably have never played the game really wanted to be the first to make a stupid statement like that. How could a guy that's gone to the Pro Bowl, you say he's going to have to change his whole position? That's like saying a guy who has a knee injury and then come back and subsequently next year have another injury should change position. That's crazy -- just sitting out two years of incarceration, he's still a quarterback. Not only that, he led his team to the NFC Championship before and made a few Pro Bowls so to change positions, that's just crazy.

CBS: How much of his success -- and it's unbelievable to see how he's developed as a pocket passer -- do you put on the situation that he landed in, with Andy Reid and the Eagles?

DS: You put that on the team -- you put that on the team he plays with. How can you stay in the pocket with the Falcons when they're one of the worst offensive lines in the game? So being in the pocket where you've got not only two receivers [DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin] but maybe three receivers, because [Brent] Celek is a great alternative and one of the better tight ends in the league. Having someone to throw to in a real scheme and having confidence in his abilities, I think that attributes to his success right now. And having a year to really sit back … and I think if you asked him to pinpoint some things, I think he would tell you what a vital role Donovan McNabb played in his life. The preparation, getting ready mentally, physically and psychologically during the week as well -- I think that's the first time he saw a professional act as a professional at the quarterback position that he can identify with.

CBS: Speaking of McNabb, the details of his contract changed and it looks more favorable for Washington -- do you think he's making a mistake by leaving himself open to getting locked in with Mike Shanahan again next year?

DS: No, I don't think he's making a mistake. One thing about athletes -- you want sure money. And I think that's what he did. I think both situations lend itself to one another, because if he goes to another team, he'll still get his guaranteed money, and [the Redskins] took care of themselves at the same token. So I think both parties win.

CBS: The NFL Network recently did the Top 100 players of all-time, and for those of us who grew up cheering for the Braves and the Falcons, your ranking seemed a little auspicious -- do you think a versatile guy like yourself got kind of hosed there?

DS: The thing about it is that some people who voted in that selection process, they let personal feelings get in the way of reality. And that should never come into play. You should never let the way you feel personally about a person get into what's real about a person and what's genuine about a person as well.

CBS: On that same note, personal feelings seem to factor into the Hall of Fame discussion too -- a guy like Terrell Owens comes to mind immediately because---

DS: How can he not be in the Top 100 players? That's just crazy.

CBS: So you think it's crazy if he doesn't get serious Hall of Fame consideration?

DS: Well, he wasn't in the Top 100, so lets you know right there how they feel about him and you can't go by personal stuff, you've got to go by what they did on the field.

CBS: Alright, is this the craziest NFL season you've ever seen, between the parity and all the different storylines?

DS: No, not really. There's a lot of parity -- it's not really crazy, there's a lot of parity. And that's what you want -- you want every team to have the ability to win the Super Bowl. And it goes back to what we were saying, there's no dominance right now, like the Cowboys did in the 90's, like the Patriots did, even Pittsburgh, who won two Super Bowls out of the last few, there's no dominance right now.

CBS: Speaking of dominating, I would assume if you're working out with every day people, which I believe you're doing with EA, I would assuming you're dominating some people there?

DS: [Laughing] Yeah, I'm having a good time with the EA Sports Training Camp and it's wonderful. Not only are we getting kids off the couch, but we're getting adults off the couch and allowing them to participate and compete as well. There are over 70 drills and eight challenges in this game -- it's designed to increase your strength, power, balance and agility just to name a few areas of concern for people. It gives you a total body workout and it monitors your heart as well and I'm really happy to be one of the guys behind the scenes who helped develop this thing.

CBS: Alright, good stuff, Deion, thanks for talking to us and take it easy.

DS: Alright man, have a good one.
Posted on: November 18, 2010 9:00 pm
Edited on: November 18, 2010 10:36 pm

Redskins spreading the blame around to everyone

Posted by Will Brinson

Were it not for the still-not-subsided rage in Washington over Donovan McNabb's new contract, there might have been a whole lot more noise made about Albert Haynesworth giving up on a play. In case you missed it ...

Defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said he finally saw what happened about "3:30 in the morning when [he] watched film," which means he was probably totally thrilled with the outcome and the hustle from Haynesworth.

But he also said he doesn't totally blame Haynesworth.

"If he’s going to take a lot of heat, there are a lot of guys out there that are going to take a lot of heat for that play because the quarterback held the ball for about eight seconds," Haslett said. "We had coverage then we let it go and then plastered right at the end. I think he understands that we want to get him up and chase him."

Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, whose team has just been terrible on third down this year (and didn't convert a single one on Monday night), also spread the blame around.

"I think ['here we go again' on third down is] what people think," Shanahan said. "Each play is it's own play. You can't worry about the last play. As a whole, guys are doing well. We're not doing [well] at it but guys are doing well at times. It only takes one guy to break down a play and that's what [has happened] on third downs."

Shanny Jr. also pinned the coaching staff for the poor third down performance. Really, though, it doesn't matter who's to blame, because something needs to be fixed before Sunday if the 'Skins want to avoid another embarrassing beatdown and get booted from playoff contention.

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Posted on: November 18, 2010 12:02 am

Dey Took Er Jobs: Did We Really Doubt Mike Vick?

Posted by Will Brinson

Dey Took Er Jobs takes a look at the various job controversies around the league. If you don't get the title, you don't watch enough South Park . This week: Where have all the job controversies gone? No, but seriously, we're all locked in! Also, Vick talk, because it's Vick Week. And who's on the hot seat?

It's fairly bizarre that for at least say, oh, five weeks we wondered whether or not Michael Vick should be the starter for the Eagles.

Well not so much wondered but at least kind of debated. Well, okay, after we saw how Vick played against Detroit and Jacksonville there wasn't a debate, but Kevin Kolb's performance against Atlanta and his strong effort while Vick was sidelined at least had people thinking twice.

Speaking of thinking twice, remember when Andy Reid decided to go with Vick and we all got all RABBLE-RABBLE! on him for not being man enough to make up his mind?

Yeah, we should probably all apologize for that, because he ended up being 100 percent correct in his decision making, which culminated in Week 10's fantasy point explosion where Vick piled up 413 yards and four touchdowns via the air and ground. (And really, it's kind of criminal that he didn't win both the FedEx awards this week.)

Reid's decision making also includes signing Vick in the first place, prepping him to be a better pocket passer, and putting him in situations to succeed (even if sometimes those situations have fans of football screaming "STOP LETTING HIM TAKE HITS TO THE RIBS, BIG GUY!").

At the end of the year, if the franchise tag survives the new CBA, Vick's likely to get tagged, which may be why the two sides have yet to discuss an extension. Mike Florio of PFT cites a source who says that Vick's contract/extension value is lower than one might think (relative to the market value of the guy he whipped on Monday, Donovan McNabb, who just got a pretty big deal) unless the Eagles can get some sort of assurances that Vick won't get in trouble. In fact, one of the sources points out that "all he has to do is breathe in the wrong direction and he will be suspended for life." Obviously that's a bit of hyperbole (after all, Vick survived his birthday party that wasn't exactly a Sweet 16), but not that much -- he's about to go from one of the greatest second-chance stories of all-time right back to super-popular, rich mega-bajillionaire.

His current humility and attitude towards life sure seems like it can survive that temptations that come along with that, but in the same way that Reid showed some good faith in Vick, well, the quarterback should reciprocate towards Philadelphia, even if it means taking less money than he could get elsewhere.

Reid's talents for offensive scheming fit Vick's talents for offensive performance, and there's no reason to mess with a good thing. Not saying he should completely cave on contract demands (this is a business after all) and not saying the Eagles should put all their eggs in one basket, particularly one with a history of not always holding up, but this is a pretty good marriage right now, and everyone involved would be wise to let it keep rolling.

Elsewhere in the NFL, well, man, there ain't a whole lot of job issues anymore. We can start in Carolina (per usual), but at this point we're debating the semantics between Brian St. Pierre and Tony Pike, which is like debating between, um Mike Goodson and Tyrelle Sutton.

Actually, no it's not, because Sutton, along with Jonathan Stewart, aren't likely to play this week. Which leaves Goodson and whatever poor soul the Panthers have to start at quarterback against a Ravens defense that is suddenly enraged at being called "not elite." Should be good times!

Arizona's "solved" their quarterback problems the same way Seattle has -- by default. It just makes more sense to roll with Derek Anderson and Matt Hasselebeck at this point, rather than go with the alternative, which involves a rookie and Jesus Beard, respectively.

Troy Smith appears to have solved the problems in San Francisco (yes, those problems were "losing" coupled with "crappy quarterback play") and, as we mentioned last week, why wouldn't he? Well, except for that ridiculous "week-to-week" tag that Mike Singletary hit him with; that's insulting to Troy and the team and anyone who's ever seen Alex Smith or David Carr lose games.

People lamented his height as a reason for not having quarterback success in the NFL, but that's a poor excuse when the talent is there. And, frankly, probably an indicator of why talent evaluation misses so badly sometimes.

Even the Dolphins, who just lost TWO quarterbacks in the last week, aren't a debatable team, because there's Tyler Thigpen, who's had some decent success in Kansas City, and there's Patrick Ramsey, who has a resume with enough teams on it that even Todd Bouman cringes when he reads it.

So …

Pants on Fire (Because, you see, it's a hot seat)

- Brad Childress: Once Brett Favre's lost all hope, there's no reason to continue believing that you've got a job as a head coach. Even more telling of Chilly's future is that he didn't know about Favre's "shoulder injury," which should probably be indicative of his status after this year. Frankly, the team's absolutely foolish not to give Leslie Frazier a chance right now.

- John Fox: He's as good as gone at this point, but give him credit for this -- he 100 percent has not lost the Panthers in terms of the team believing him. You can see it from those guys that they buy into what he's saying, even at 1-8, and that's perhaps the best possible endorsement one can give the coach of the worst team in football.

- Marvin Lewis: Donovan McNabb is making fun of his team's record. If you watched Monday night, you know Donovan shouldn't be making fun of anyone. So, yeah …

- Gary Kubiak: He got an endorsement from the owner, which is always considered a good thing, except it always ends in someone getting fired. Still, considering how terrible his defense is, maybe he should be getting credit for the fact that the Texans are 4-5.

- UMM, seriously, what happened? There were at least 15 guys on the hot seat a week ago. Now all of a sudden Wade Phillips gets fired, Jacksonville's a winner again, Lovie Smith is getting freebies from Chilly and everyone's either being coached by a new regime or a guy who's quickly reviving the team (yes, we're even lumping Mike Singletary there, but . NO GOOD PEOPLE. WE WANT MORE FIRINGS.

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 6:09 pm

T.O. tries to clear up McNabb mess

T. Owens tried to clear the record regarding D. McNabb (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

OK, we’ll talk about the Terrell Owens/Donovan McNabb/Twitter situation just one more time this week (when I’m on the clock, at least). But this will be it. Promise.

Owens spoke to the Bills and Bengals reporters today in separate interviews, and he tried to clear up what he meant regarding McNabb when he tweeted during the Monday Night Football game, “How do u justify a 78 million dollar contract w/this type of performance?” 

On Tuesday, Owens said his brother was the one who tweeted the comment, but today, he said he was actually speaking to his brother on the phone when T.O. updated his status.

He also didn’t necessarily mean the comment as a criticism of McNabb.

“It wasn’t a knock at McNabb, more so at management, how do you justify that, again, they just benched the guy, you know, two weeks prior,” Owens said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. "Then you turn around and you pay him 78 million dollars.”

He also discussed the theory that he’s not giving as much effort as he should (there were at least two occasions last week during the Bengals loss to the Colts when this was evident, by the way).

“People that say I have a lack of effort, they can go pound sand,” Owens said. “There’s nothing that’s been a lack of effort on my part. For someone to say that, then they don’t know me very well.”

So, I guess I’ll see you guys later. After I, you know, go pound all that sand.

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:34 am

Eagles, Vick not talking new contract yet

Posted by Will Brinson

Even given the low end of guaranteed money that Donovan McNabb scored from the Redskins recently ($3.5 million), there's a market-value argument that Michael Vick, if he were to receive a new contract, deserves to get eleventy billion dollars a lot of money.

And while starting negotiations immediately after Vick's record-setting night against the Redskins Monday would be a bit foolish -- like buying Apple stock right after they announced they've got the Beatles in iTunes (Wait, it made the stock drop? Awkward.) -- you would think Philly would be at least interested in talking long-term cheddar with Vick. But they haven't.

"Not yet," Vick said via Philly.com. "We haven't started any negotiations. We are just taking it 1 week at a time. If it's going to happen, it will happen. I don't think it will take long when negotiations do start, if they ever start."

Vick, who became the first quarterback since Randall Cunningham in 1998 to win back-to-back Offensive Player of the Week awards, also mentioned that he can "look down the road for the long haul and see what [the Eagles] can accomplish."

So, clearly, he likes Philadelphia, and he should -- Andy Reid took a chance on him (when no one else would) and turned him into a legitimate MVP candidate with serious pocket passer skills (once thought impossible).

Now, the Eagles can franchise Vick, at least as of right now -- if the franchise tag disappears once/when/if a new CBA is negotiated, Philly would be in a bit of trouble if they hadn't reached an extension with Vick.

They know this, and because of the success he's had, don't expect to see Reid and the Eagles front office let him get even close to walking away.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:28 pm

Redskins 'unlikely' to use out clause on McNabb?

Posted by Will Brinson

Much ado has been made of Donovan McNabb's extension contract with the Washington Redskins. Originally, it had $40 million in guaranteed money (and seemed ridiculously foolish) and later, $3.5 million (which is extremely palpable for the Redskins).

There was also an option in the contract for the Redskins to cut McNabb after 2010 and not owe him any more than the $3.5 million. This was confirmed by McNabb's agent Fletcher Smith to the NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora on Tuesday -- LaCanfora also reports that the Redskins are "virtually certain" not to exercise that right.

This logic makes sense -- the Redskins locked McNabb in at a relatively low-risk extension, particularly for this year, as the additional guaranteed money is water under the bridge. (As is the whole "yeeeeeah, so we benched you in the two-minute drill" awkwardness.)

They also locked in McNabb for next year at a reasonable cost ($13.25 million between a $10 million option bonus, a $750,000 roster bonus and a $2.5 million salary), which is critical considering that Washington has no real quarterback prospect on the horizon.

Maybe those future prospects change, but the Redskins now have a tremendous amount of flexibility whether it involves drafting a future prospect (keep McNabb and develop a youngster), acquiring another veteran (trade McNabb, with his reasonable price tag), or just standing pat.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:40 pm

Terrell Owens keeps on talking: Blah, blah, blah

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Seriously, how unlikeable has Terrell Owens become this season?

Not that he was a pleasant ray of sunshine for most fans before this year. But while he proves he, when he actually tries, can still contribute significantly in an NFL team’s passing game (it’s been clear for most of the season that Bengals QB Carson Palmer trusts him more than any other receiver on the team), he also has proven he can still make waves.

And really, for no reason.

His latest beef – and it’s one of his older feuds, as well – is with Redskins QB Donovan McNabb – who signed quite a contract Monday that maybe wasn’t quite as big as it originally sounded and then got blasted in a 59-28 loss to the Eagles.

Wrote Owens on his Twitter account, “How do u justify a 78 million dollar contract w/this type of performance?”

Today, via Chris Russell, McNabb responded by saying, "It's unbelievable how they can comment on what I'm doing over here.” Then, McNabb cited the Bengals record of 2-7 and the fact Palmer makes more money than McNabb.

We now wait breathlessly for Owens’ response to McNabb’s response. Hopefully, he'll just keep his mouth shut.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:35 am

McNabb deal isn't such a game-changer after all

D. McNabb's five-year deal doesn't seem all that great today (US Presswire).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

When you first hear the numbers from a player’s contract, those figures oftentimes are inflated, because the player’s agent oftentimes is the one who’s leaking the numbers. In an effort to make the player – and, indirectly, himself – look good, he talks about the maximum possible that player COULD receive.

So, on Monday, we wrote about the report that McNabb’s new five-year deal was worth about $78 million, with $40 million guaranteed. Today, ESPN’s Adam Schefter breaks down the contract.

And not surprisingly, it’s not quite as impactful as we all originally thought.

According to Schefter, McNabb would get the $78.5 million if he’s active for each game for the next five seasons. He would get the maximum $88.5 million if he leads the Redskins to the Super Bowl title in all five of those years.

Since there’s no chance in hell he’ll get the absolute maximum, here’s how the money is split.

When he signed the deal, he got a $3.5 million signing bonus (that’s his to keep, regardless), and he’ll get an additional $250,000 if he’s active for the final eight games of the season (after Monday’s contest, it’s the final seven games). In 2011, he could receive a $10 million option bonus and then $2.5 million as his salary (along with other incentives that could boost that total another $3 million).
From there, his salary jumps to $12.75 million, $13 million, and $13.75 million before falling to $13.55 million. Plus, he’s got other bonuses and playoff incentives as well in the final four years of his deal.

Technically, of course, McNabb stands to make a ton of money if he plays for the Redskins through 2015 (when he would be 39 years old for much of the season).

Or, the Redskins could cut McNabb after this season and essentially save themselves about $74 million.

The deal doesn’t sound quite as good that way, does it?

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