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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
 
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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Comments

Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:45 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

McNabb would be still a solid guy for a good team.  He's not going to make a poor team good, but he can make a good team better.  He's a game-manager type (one of the lowest rates of interceptions per pass in NFL history) who still can make the quick read or throw the strong-arm deep ball like he could before, even if some of his skills have declined.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:33 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

WTH does McNabb sucking at this point in his career have to do with Tim Tebow, or Blaine Gabbert, or Caleb Hanie, any other young player? That is really reaching to find a comparison. LOL.  



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:32 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Well, hollanderms...

You take the guys who put up "prolific" numbers and I'll take the guys who just win...when it matters.

We'll compare rings someday.



Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:16 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Well Phoos


Not knowing anything about the NFL, this is what I know. McNabb has thrown for over 37,000 yds, with a 60% completion percentage and 260 TDS throwing and 30 TDS running, while throwing to mostly stewbums his whole career in Philadelphia. Now you might think that sucks which would show just how much you know about the NFL which aint much, but Timmy Jesus won't even be a pimple on that,  before he's done. In fact I'd lay even odds he doesn't make it to the end of the season the way he runs into DL and LB's, he's leaving in a body bag soon. There's a reason teams don't run the option in the Pros. It's because they're Pros and when the DC's figure it out , bye bye Timmy. One dimensinal loses in the NFL, all day long. McNabb was great in his time, it's just his time is over. RIP  



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:09 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

I think I can see where some of you have jumped the track regarding Donovan McNabb and his alleged greatness...

It has a lot to do with the emergence of fantasy football...most of you cannot separate the guy who put up monster fantasy numbers for you from week to week from the guy who was a notorious underachiever in the areas in which the NFL measures true greatness...

One of you actually alluded to it when you spoke about how he must be great because he put up great fantasy numbers.

That's fascinating analysis, but grossly short sighted...and oversimplified to boot.

McNabb may have put up great numbers in your dream leagues, but in the league where it really mattered, he is sadly lacking.



Since: Mar 8, 2008
Posted on: December 2, 2011 1:00 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

McNabb is done. He hasn't been even an average QB for over two years now, with 3 different teams. He was terrible his last month in Philly, worse last year, and maybe even worse yet this year. He has declined rapidly and it is obvious. He has no legs anymore...once one of his best assets. He is awkward in the pocket and falls down with almost any hit. He is wildly inaccurate. So if you can't run, can't pass, and fall down easily...you're not going to have much success. McNabb had a great career, but he is done. Any team is wasting it's time with him now. 



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:55 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

@hollanderms

I thought most people who truly know anything about the NFL are aware that the "prolific" passers are not always the ones who win the big games...rarely are they because a balanced offense is more effective than a one trick pony like...well, Marino.

Besides, you could have given McNabb Irvin, Harrison, Gonzalez and Largent in their primes and he'd have still pulled it down within 2 seconds and run around in circles.

The guy was physically a beast, but not too bright.

He always had good backs to hand off to, and almost always had a good defense on his sideline...

You can try and make this about Tebow (I know, I brought him up) and his perceived shortcomings instead of addressing why DM never won a big game...but that just means you don't have a good answer as to why he should be seen as a great QB...he never was...never will be.

End of story.

 




Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:42 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

@Justmyop...

If McNabb had the same drive as Tebow he'd have won something significant during his career...he never did.

And please don't tell me DM did it all by himself...please, oh please don't make yourself look stupid by making that ridiculous claim...

And if the rest of the Broncos are carrying Tebow and winning in spite of him, where were all these super humans when Orton was the QB?

I suspect, like the rest of those who make this absurd declaration, you don't really have a good answer for that...but good luck anyway.

 




Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:38 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Wow saying Tebow is a better Qb than McNabb at any point in time ever is just wrong. Tebow should be turned into a RB ala Ed Podolak. Tebow will never throw as well as McNabb did, If McNabb would of had the Recievers the Eagles have now, he would of been awesome to watch. Unfortunately, just another case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Reid never gave him the weapons he needed to be a prolific passer.



Since: Dec 20, 2009
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:35 am
 

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Whens the last you had some Campbells chunky soup? Dog a van needs to go back to his roots, blow some NFC title games for his hometown bears. they will find him down home schooled. ghet an O. Too bad he wasnt good 8yrs ago he surely aint now>


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