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Posted on: December 10, 2011 4:34 pm
 

For the gambler in you, Week 14

Tebow

By Josh Katzowitz


Each Saturday, we’ll take the best -- and most clever -- odds collected by bodog.com for the upcoming week and give our take. This is important stuff, perhaps the most important post you’ll read all week. Because if you can’t lose money while watching a game in which you have absolutely no effect, what’s the point of watching sports at all?

Will the Denver Broncos trail at any point in the fourth quarter and still beat the Chicago Bears?

Yes 7/2

No 1/5

I’m going no, because I don’t think the Broncos will be trailing the Bears in the second half at all. Ah, the power of Tim Tebow (and the deficiency of starting Caleb Hanie).

Who will finish second in NFL MVP voting?     

Tom Brady (NE) QB 2/3       

Drew Brees (NO) QB 3/2       

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) QB 5/1       

Tim Tebow (DEN) QB 10/1     

As much as I want to say Tebow -- even if it’s just for some good old fashioned CBSSports.com unity with colleague Gregg Doyel -- I’ll go with Brady to finish behind Aaron Rodgers in the MVP race. Brady is too easy a selection after Rodgers not to pick him.

Will Tony Sparano be the head coach of the Dolphins for Game 1 of the 2012 regular season?   
    
   
Yes -150    

No +110 

Ha, no. But I think Sparano and his team have done the city proud with the way the Dolphins are playing. You have to think Sparano is impressing somebody, even if that somebody is not Miami owner Stephen Ross.

Will Donovan McNabb sign with an NFL team during the 2011 regular season?      
 
Yes 2/1       

No 1/3

If the Bears, who are in desperate, desperate need of a legit starting quarterback, passes on claiming McNabb, you have to think nobody else will be interested. The more interesting question: is McNabb’s career over? For that, I’d say yes.

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Posted on: December 6, 2011 7:24 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 7:23 am
 

Favre denies return report; Bears not interested

Brett Lorenzo Favre: still retired. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

Perhaps there will come a time when an injury to an NFL starting quarterback won't reflexively lead to media inquiries about whether Brett Favre would be interested in the job. Sadly, we are not yet at that point. Never mind that Favre is 42 years old and has stated on several occasions going back to this summer that he ain't coming back.

(UPDATE: Favre released a statement Tuesday night. "In spite of reports about playing with various teams, I'm enjoying retirement with my family and have no plans to play football," he said.)

Of course, Favre brought this on himself with the annual "I'm not really retiring" press conferences. And now it's his burden to bear for the rest of his days. It also explains why he's been linked to the Dolphins, Texans and most recently the Bears.

On Monday, a report surfaced that Favre would listen if Chicago called. On Tuesday, a source told ESPN that the Bears have no interest in Favre despite losing Jay Cutler to a broken thumb and subsequently going 0-2 with backup Caleb Hanie.

"That's our group," head coach Lovie Smith said Monday of Hanie, Josh McCown and Nathan Enderle, the three quarterbacks currently on the roster. "We're going to make improvements with our group. We're not looking on the outside. We won't have a quarterback tryout or anything like that."

Hopefully, this is the last we speak of Brett Lorenzo Favre's possible return to the NFL (although somehow we suspect it won't be).

Last week, there was speculation that Donovan McNabb could join the Bears after being released by the Vikings. That didn't happen either.

“If [the front office] feels like [McNabb] can help us win games, then that's the number,” defensive back Corey Graham said, via CSNChicago.com. “But as of right now, we actually believe in Caleb. We've seen him do a lot of great things in practice and things of that nature, so we believe in what he can do. Yeah, it's been a rough couple of games for him, but I'm pretty sure he can bounce back and I'm pretty sure he can be OK for us.”

And Devin Hester, during a Monday radio appearance, said that signing McNabb would be a "waste of time" because of the intricacies of Mike Martz's offense and with only four weeks left in the regular season.  

To recap: if Chicago is going to make the playoffs it won't be because of a late-season acquisition of a veteran quarterback. It will be because Hanie played much better over the final month of the season than he did the previous two weeks.

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:57 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Report: Brett Favre would listen if Bears called

Posted by Will Brinson



And so it begins: a report out of Chicago Monday indicates that Brett Favre "would listen" if the Bears, dealing with serious deficiencies on offense, came calling.

Mike C. Wright of ESPN Chicago cites a "source familiar with the quarterback" who said Favre "would listen if the Bears made a pitch." Wright also adds, however, that it's "highly doubtful" that the Bears would call and that, as of the report, Chicago had not contacted Favre.
Week 13 Recap

That backs up what Bears coach Lovie Smith said on Monday when addressing the offensive issues following a sprained MCL injury to running back Matt Forte that could sideline the Bears two best offensive players -- quarterback Jay Cutler and Forte -- for the rest of the regular season.

"That's our group," Smith said of his quarterbacks. "We're going to make improvements with our group. We're not looking on the outside. We won't have a quarterback tryout or anything like that."

On the heels of back-to-back three-interception games from Caleb Hanie, the Bears were tied to plenty of rumors surrounding free agent Donovan McNabb. (Wide receiver/kick returner Devin Hester believes that would be "a waste of time.")

The upshot to either Favre or McNabb is that they have more experience (and, hopefully, skill) than Hanie. The downside is that they don't know Mike Martz' offense, and getting either up to speed wouldn't be the easiest of tasks.

Additionally, each one would bring a touch of drama to the situation, as you might expect.

The more likely scenario is that Chicago does what Chicago does, which is try to win games with defense and special teams. But the Bears are still in the playoff hunt, and Favre will, apparently, never go away. So let's not rule anything out completely just yet.

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:28 am
 

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

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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Posted on: December 2, 2011 5:21 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 5:23 pm
 

Donovan McNabb clears waivers, becomes free agent

Posted by Will Brinson



Despite a glaring need at quarterback on a number of playoff contenders, no one claimed recently-released quarterback Donovan McNabb on Friday.

McNabb, who reportedly asked for his release after being demoted, was supposed to draw interest from someone, like the Bears (currently starting Caleb Hanie) or the Texans (currently starting T.J. Yates), but instead passed through waivers, which makes him an unrestricted free agent.

Quite obviously, the limited upside that McNabb offers just wasn't worth the downside of picking up the rest of the quarterback's contract with a waiver claim and/or dealing with bringing McNabb into a backup situation that he probably wouldn't be happy with anyway.

McNabb could still sign with someone as a free agent, but Chicago seems like the only truly viable option for him, what with Houston inking Jake Delhomme recently.

Which means that this may be the end of the road, at least for now, for McNabb, who's impromptu live appearance on ESPN Thursday night may be the best predictor of what he'll be doing in 2012. He's now been demoted by three different teams and benched for Kevin Kolb, Rex Grossman and Christian Ponder in the span of two years.

The same team that just cut him, Minnesota, claimed Sage Rosenfels to take McNabb's place. Houston seems willing to roll with Jake Delhomme as Yates backup rather than taking a flier on McNabb. In other words, you don't need shades to stare at McNabb's future on the football field.

But hey, on the bright side, it's not like the Redskins, Eagles and Vikings -- 10 wins between them this year! -- are having a bunch of success this year.

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Posted on: December 2, 2011 4:35 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 5:12 pm
 

Vikings claim Sage Rosenfels off waivers

Rosenfels returns to Minnesota where he played in 2009. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

On October 25, the Dolphins placed backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list after Rosenfels became sick with the same illness that landed him in the hospital in August.

On Friday, the Vikings claimed Rosenfels off waivers a day after the Dolphins wavied him, Vikings.com reports.

There was some speculation earlier in the week, after the Texans lost backup Matt Leinart to a should injury, that Rosenfels could return to Houston where he played from 2006-2008 and made 10 starts. Instead, he's is headed to Minnesota, where he was a third-stringer behind Tarvaris Jackson and Brett Favre in 2009.

Back in October, when Rosenfels originally landed on the Reserve/Non-Football Illness list, he released a statement through his agent that made it sound like his season was over. “I am thankful for the opportunity the Dolphins gave me to come here and play. I was looking forward to contributing to the team when I signed.

“When I first joined the Dolphins, all tests showed that I was healthy and ready to go. But after practicing for a few weeks, especially in the heat, some new indications made it obvious that I need to rest and allow my body to regain all requisite strength. I want to thank the Dolphins for their understanding and wish them the best of luck the rest of the season.”

If nothing else, it's great news that Rosenfels is healthy enough to return to football. He's also the latest name we can add to an ever-growing list of quarterbacks that coaches would prefer over Donovan McNabb.


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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Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:53 pm
 

Report: McNabb asked for release after demotion

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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Posted on: December 1, 2011 6:43 pm
Edited on: December 2, 2011 8:28 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

McNabb

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

While the Vikings decision to waive Donovan McNabb came as a bit of a surprise, it’s what Donovan McNabb wanted. And after talking it over with coach Leslie Frazier, both sides agreed it was best for both parties to move in different directions.

With Christian Ponder taking over the starting quarterback role last month, McNabb took a seat on the bench and thought about the next step in his career. And ultimately he asked for his release so he could move onto the next phase of it.

“I felt the direction in the way that things were going, it was best for Christian and Joe (Webb) to continue developing to run the offense,” McNabb said on ESPN Thursday evening. “I just wanted to be the guy who tried to add that confidence or that spiritual advice. But I thought the best move for me at this particular point was to move on, clear my head and see what’s next.”

So, he’s not going to retire voluntarily, though it seems there’s a good chance nobody will claim him off the waiver wire. And if nobody wants to sign him, he’ll move on to something else.

“There’s always plan B, but I’m not focused on that right now,” McNabb said. “Clearing the mind and getting the body back where it needs to be is the most important thing. If anything were to happen, I have a career I can look back on and be very excited about it.”

The Bears obviously need some help at the quarterback spot, and though the Texans do as well, it sounds like Houston is not interested in McNabb’s services. Why should a GM look seriously at McNabb, though?

Well, let McNabb tell you.

“You bring a veteran who has great experience to the ball club,” he said. “Athletic ability, a guy who’s not a locker room cancer, a great work ethic and only wants to win. I’m a winner and I’ve proven that.

“Taking time is very important, although I’ve spent enough time resting so to speak in these last couple weeks. I am pretty fresh. But the thing about it is you have to focus your mind on being the guy back out there again.”

Whether anybody puts him in that position again, we’ll have to wait and see.

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