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McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

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

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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Since: May 23, 2009
Posted on: December 3, 2011 1:19 am

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Google McNabb and overtime rules and then tell me he was a mental giant...

LOL...okay, this one is legit, but I would venture to say that 80 - 90% of the players in the NFL were breathing a sigh of relief and saying to themselves "Whew!  I'm glad they didn't ask me that one!" But in your own words... "Come on man!"  You know you were reaching for that one!  How often did NFL games end in a tie prior to it happening to McNabb's Eagles back in 2008?  According to the article, it was the first time since 2002.  You gotta cut the man some slack on that one.  If he can read a defense and call a decent audible, then I would say that he has the mental capacity to play QB in the NFL.  Maybe he isn't as bright as Peyton Manning, but Eli Manning isn't even as bright as Peyton Manning and they grew up in the same house (and share DNA).

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 3:42 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

I like the option of going to work on Favre's farm. Though they don't grow anything there they teach porno photography with cell phones and how to send the pictures out to hot chicks. This really comes in handy for retiring players.

Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:58 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Retire with what little dignity you still have left...

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:51 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

and........Limbaugh was still right. 

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:50 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

 "All these McNabb one showed this kind of hate for Brett Favre and he was washed up long time ago..
At the age of 40 Favre put up 4200 yards 33td and 7 picks. 

McNabb has put up those kind of numbers....oh thats right.  Never. 

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:44 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

If there were 25 starting black QBs and 7 white Qbs, you would have more black Qbs in the playoffs.  
Guess we can just rooney rule them into starting jobs like the coaches then??

Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:34 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

All I gotta say about this whole deal is that since McNabb was benched for Ponder how many games have the Vikings won? It's not like Ponder came in and showed everyone why he should be the starter. I think that put in the right scheme and given the chance to play with ANY recievers worth a damn, McNabb may still have a little in the tank. I remember a certain Kurt Warner being "washed" up and deemed worthless by a couple different teams right before he took Arizona to a Superbowl with a couple guys named Boldin and Fitzgerald......just sayin.....adding a McNabb to a team like Minnesota was like putting make up on an ugly chick.......after the make up is removed Minnesota still sucks.

Since: Oct 15, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:20 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

all 32 coaches

Since: Oct 18, 2010
Posted on: December 2, 2011 2:08 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Shanahan is racist? Cmon now really.. Mcnabb couldnt do s*** in WSH thats why he was benched and thrown out. Santana Moss a midget, hes taller than Desean Jackson. Yea he is a great qb but his accuracy turns to s*** a lot. You sound pretty ignorant yourself you rumplick.
Aaron Rodgers doesnt need the greatest recievers , nor Tom Brady. Give them someone who can catch a ball and you got money. But Mcnabb Need T.O like recievers.. dont build him up to be greater than he is. And he is washed up, his mechanics are weak and nearing useless.

Since: Oct 30, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:55 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Any quarterback that plays for Andy Reid has career years and never replicates that elsewhere.  Look at:

A.J. Feely - traded to Miami (for a second rd pick) and was the starter until he threw more picks then touchdowns and was replaced by Jay Fiedler
Koy Detmer - couldn't get off the practice squad in Minnesota after leaving Philly
Kevin Kolb - still too early but he's being paid as if he's a top 10-15 quarterback in the NFL for what he did in PhillyAnd Finally McNabb - there's no way his "skills" dropped off that dramatically at his relatively still young age.  quarterbacks can play well into their mid to late 30's without losing too much.
Michael Vick - MVP candidate last year and by far his best year statistically while sitting out multiple years

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