Tag:Donovan McNabb
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:32 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 11:13 pm

Eagles, Redskins smashing records Monday

Posted by Will Brinson

Anyone who decided to skip the Philadelphia - Washington Monday night game and do something boring like watch the NBA eat dinner with your family is gonna be pretty upset come Tuesday. Michael Vick treated fans to a first-half performance that might go down as one of the most memorable primetime explosions in NFL history as Vick threw for 264 yards and three TDs and ran for another 66 yards and 2 TDs.

The opening play from scrimmage, an 88-yard bomb from Vick to DeSean Jackson, was the longest first play from scrimmage in Eagles history, the 10th longest pass play in Eagles history, the longest play from scrimmage ever against the Redskins, and the longest play in both Vick and Jackson's respective careers.

The Eagles didn't stop there, though, pouring on the points for the entire half, and taking a 28-0 lead into the second quarter, which set the NFL record for biggest lead by a road team in NFL history after one quarter.

Oh yes, and the Eagles posted 280 yards from scrimmage in that first quarter, also an NFL record.

Fortunately, for interest and ratings' sake, the Redskins realized the game had started, and McNabb connected on two long passes to Anthony Anderson and Fred Davis, both of which eventually led to touchdowns for the Eagles. (Expensive ones, too, since McNabb's making a little bit more money now, in case you missed the news about his extension.)

But Washington's attempt to salvage some pride didn't last too long, as Vick kept distributing the ball en route to piling up 45 total points, an Eagles record for points in a half. On the way, nearly everyone got in on the action as LeSean McCoy and Jeremy Maclin both caught touchdowns and even Jerome Harrison scored on a 50-yard scamper.

A less impressive way to look at the 45 points? That ties the record for most points given up by the Redskins in one half, previously set when they lost to the Bears 73-0 way back in 1940.

For those of you who play fantasy football, Vick (who I'm starting in a pair of leagues, *shimmy*), piled up 46 points in standard CBSSports.com leagues, and even warranted a hot sticky ... after the first quarter.

And one more for the road: Vick managed to pass Steve Young for second all-time for rushing yards by a quarterback, trailing only Randall Cunningham (who once received a contract extension the night before playing the Redskins; seriously).

Needless to say, there's not a whole lot that could happen in the second half to really shock anyone. Or is there ...

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 4:20 pm

Top Ten Twitter reactions to McNabb deal

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Here were my favorites in the minutes following the report that Redskins QB Donovan McNabb signed a five-year deal worth $77 million, with a $40 million guarantee. I like humor, by the way.

I can't wait to see the financial apology McNabb gets after the next time he's benched.

@skjensen Filed under, Huh?: RT @MrMichael_Smith: Filed to ESPN: #Redskins and McNabb have agreed to 5year extension, worth 78 million, 40 guaranteed. 

@daverichard I think the McNabb extension is a fair deal. I also think Brett Favre should play in 2011 and Theismann is a tremendous announcer. #SARCASM

@JimmyTraina Was away from computer for 5 min & now I see Tweets about McNabb getting 5-yr, $78 mil extension. Did you all plan an elaborate joke on me?

@sportspickle Redskins just signed McNabb to a 5-year, $78 million deal. I guess Rex Grossman will be getting close to $200 million.

@bruce_arthur So if Donovan McNabb was in shape, he would have gotten a kajillion dollars, right? #dansnyderdecisions

In NFL year where Favre's penis made headlines and Randy Moss has played for 3 teams, McNabb news may be most surprising.

Now, if they could just use Albert's $40 mil guaranteed to pay McNabb's $40 mil guaranteed ....

@CaptainObvious Seriously, I'm as surprised by the McNabb contract as y'all are. I thought for sure Dan Snyder would try to sign Favre after this season.

Been covering sports biz for a decade. Can't remember being more surprised over a contract than I was for McNabb's today

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 3:37 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 4:56 pm

McNabb, 'Skins agree to huge contract

D. McNabb signed a five-year deal with Washington that could be worth as much as $88 million (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You know how Washington coach Mike Shanahan benched Donovan McNabb two weeks ago, and it seemed fairly clear the Redskins, including offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, didn’t think much of his abilities, especially running a two-minute offense?

Apparently, the organization thinks enough of him to have signed him to a massive five-year extension.

According to ESPN’s Michael Smith, McNabb and Washington have agreed to a five-year deal worth $78 million, with $40 million of that guaranteed.

Smith also reports the deal, with incentives, could go as high as $88 million.

Not bad for a guy who’s perhaps having the worst season of his career since he became a full-time starter. His 57.4 completion percentage through eight games is worse than every year except 2006. He’s thrown seven touchdowns against eight interceptions (his worst TD to INT ratio was 2003’s 16 to 11), and his passer rating of 76.0 is his worst ever.

You may recall that CBS Sports' Charley Casserly reported last Sunday that the Redskins still wanted to work out an extension with McNabb, even though he'd been benched. And Josina Anderson of Inside the NFL reported that McNabb and the 'Skins were on the "fast track" for a new contract just three days ago. 

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Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:56 am

McNabb doesn't take kindly to benchings

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Will and I talked about him extensively on the Monday Night Football podcast that you’ll listen to in a few hours, but the Washington Post makes an interesting point regarding Redskins QB Donovan McNabb.

Basically, the point is he doesn’t like to be benched, and when he finds himself in that position, watching from the sidelines as somebody else leads the team, he responds in a positive manner. Basically, he plays lights out.

The last time he was benched occurred in 2008 while the Eagles were en route to losing 36-7 to the Ravens. Coach Andy Reid sent shockwaves through his team that day by sending McNabb to the bench. But the next game, McNabb threw four touchdown passes, and in the final five games of that season, he only threw one interception.

Perhaps that’s something for the Eagles defensive backs to chew on before tonight’s game. Especially since many of them saw McNabb do it live in front of them.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 10:33 pm

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part IV

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Panthers at Buccaneers

Tampa Bay center Jeff Faine, who’s missed the past four games, badly wants to get back into action after dealing with a quadriceps injury, while T Jeremy Trueblood (out the past two contests with a knee) looks to return as well. Both are questionable and game-time decisions.

Faine had full participation in all three practices this week, while Trueblood was full-go for two of them, but Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris wants to see how they look in pregame warmups before giving them the go-ahead.

For Carolina, RBs Jonathan Stewart (concussion) and DeAngelo Williams (foot) are out and won’t play. So that’s, you know, not a great sign for the Panthers. LB Nic Harris, meanwhile, is probable.

Lions at Bills

It looks like QB Shaun Hill will get the chance to replace the injured Matthew Stafford for the second time this season. Hill, who broke his forearm the first time he took over the Detroit offense this year, is probable to make his return to the game. Among the questionables for the Lions: DE Cliff Avril, S C.C. Brown, CB Chris Houston and CB Alphonso Smith.

Also, K Jason Hanson is out, and in response this week, Detroit signed Dave Rayner. Which is unfortunate, because I think all of us would have liked to see Ndamukong Suh take another crack at kicking point after attempts and field goals.

Three players Buffalo really could use this week are out, including LB Andra Davis, LB Shawne Merriman, and WR Roscoe Parrish.

Eagles at Redskins

There are seven Washington players on the injury report. All of them are questionable. They include OT Stephon Heyer, S LaRon Landry  QB Donovan McNabb, LB Brian Orakpo, WR Brandon Banks, RB Clinton Portis, and RB Ryan Torain.

Of those seven, Portis won’t play but Torain will, along with McNabb. A decision about Banks will be made gametime. The Redskins would like to have him back, because he’s been so good as a return specialist.

Eagles G Max Jean-Gilles, who’s been feeling the effects of a concussion, was cleared to play today. He remains questionable, though, on the injury report. Meanwhile, G Nick Cole is probable, and coach Andy Reid hasn’t determined who will start between the two of them.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:54 pm

Trent Cole goes after McNabb

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Jeez, at this point, has anybody decided NOT to pile on top of Redskins QB Donovan McNabb?

Today, it was Eagles DE Trent Cole adding his name to the list of people who aren’t all that impressed by McNabb.

Cole appeared on Sirius NFL Radio this morning, and he was asked, as a former teammate of McNabb’s, why it’s so tough to play against McNabb. A nice, easy question that should have been easy for a veteran to answer about one of his former colleagues. Say nice things and move on.

Except that’s not the way Cole played it.

"Yeah, I think I'll say no, he's not that difficult a quarterback to play against," Cole told hosts Adam Schein and Jim Miller, via D.C. Sports Bog. "Because I think we should have won that game. This past game we played against them, we should have won. Like I said, I just think he's not a difficult quarterback to play against."

Um, OK.

"I've seen what our team can do to that team," Cole said. "I know what we can do. We just didn't execute. He's a good quarterback – I didn't say he was bad – he's a good quarterback and he's done great things over time. But now, talking about now, I feel like our team can go in there and stop all that. We can go in there and win that game."

And you know what? Cole is most likely correct. It’s just a little surprising that he’d be so forthright about it.

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Posted on: November 12, 2010 5:20 pm

Confusion about McNabb and a new contract

D. McNabb might or might not be in contract negotiations with Washington's front office (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Denver TV reporter Josina Anderson is reporting that Redskins QB Donovan McNabb and the Washington front office are on a “faster track” for completing a new contract deal than previously reported.

But Ryan O’Halloran from CSNwashington.com is refuting that, saying the two league sources to whom he talked said that’s not something they’ve heard.

Anderson, on five consecutive Twitter postings this afternoon, wrote, “Sources familiar with contract extension talks between the Washington Redskins and Donovan McNabb indicate that negotiations are now on a faster track than previously reported. ‘The Redskins are anxious to get a deal done.’ However sources also indicate that the recent controversy surrounding both parties angered McNabb's camp and still could derail the completion of this contract from McNabb's standpoint. Ultimately, at this specific time, the tone now is that McNabb's contract extension could get done sooner rather than later from what was previously expected.”

But O’Halloran counters that with this:

“I haven’t heard anything along those lines,” a second league source said of a deal being close.

A source said the McNabb camp and the Redskins are still talking and isn’t surprised a deal hasn’t been struck since the team traded two draft picks for him in April.

“They’re not concerned about the pace of the negotiations,” the source said.

The one question I have from all this confusion: who knew the Redskins wanted McNabb back for another season in the first place?

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 12:13 pm

McNabb doesn't think he's in a QB controversy

Posted by Will Brinson

The Washington Redskins are coming off their bye week and all anyone wants to know is, "WILL WE GET SOME MORE Rex Grossman?"

Because, obviously, Grossman is like cowbell -- you can't get enough, baby. According to Donovan McNabb, though, there's no no need to get too excited about Rex reappearing.

"I don't believe that I am," McNabb answered, when asked if he was involved in a QB controversy, according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post.

Now, naturally, Donovan's belief of what's going on with the Redskins could absolutely be on the opposite end of the spectrum from Mike Shanahan's twisted reality of what's going on with the Redskins.

And Shanahan, for all we know, could be planning to line McNabb up at wide receiver and have Grossman throw him quick slants all day. (While unlikely, let's not rule it out entirely.)

But he shouldn't be in a quarterback controversy -- even if he hasn't played at a Pro Bowl level this year, he's not Grossman. And that's really all that should matter when discussing the possibility of an awkward situation at the quarterback situation for Washington right now.

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