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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: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:28 am

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next


Did you just say Tebow is better than McNabb was when he was young?  McNabb went to what, 3 or 4 NFC championship games?  The Broncos are carrying Tebow.  They are winning despite him.  Tebow has won nothing so far.  Alot of QBs have won 5 games or whatever it is.  McNabb might suck now, but have a little respect man.  McNabb won a lot of games for the Eagles. 

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:24 am

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

What I find humorous is everyone is talking crap like Enderle doesn't exist. Enderle is a huge kid who stands tall in the pocket and slides around to get off throws while guys bounce off him. He's 6-4 240 with a great arm, sure he's a rookie but lets look at the rookies who are doing alright this year, shall we?  Newton, Dalton, Gabbert, Ponder just got tossed in, Enderle has been watching from the bench and learning. Not saying the Bears would win the Super Bowl with him this year, but winning the Super Bowl with Cutler would be 40 % at best and would entail some luck I would think. What would a warhorse like McNabb bring to the table? A career of not winning the big one? Come on, get a grip people, he could teach Enderle and Hanie to live with failure, not exactly what I would have in mind.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:13 am

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

BTW, Marino was a great passer...maybe the greatest ever...but that doesn't make him the greatest QB of all time...

That would be Joe Montana...followed closely by John Elway...both winners of championships...the currency of greatness.

If Fran Tarkenton had won just one SB he would be mentioned in the same breath with JE and JM...same with Jim Kelly.

Right now I'd take Tebow over McNabb at the same age...cause that kid knows how to win...and motivate his teammates to's not about him the way it was with, me, me..."I'm getting mine, and the h3!! with the rest of you bums."

He has gotten slightly more graceful with age, and he'll do fine in the studio...but let's put away all this BS about him being a great never happened.

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: December 2, 2011 12:05 am

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Jeff Hostetler, Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer, Doug Williams...all QB's who WON Super Bowls...none of them great or even good NFL quarterbacks...barely servicable in all cases.

Jim Plunkett won two Super Bowls...not even close to being a great QB.

Rich Gannon went to a Super Bowl...Kerry Collins went to a Super Bowl...Craig Morton went to a Super Bowl with the Cowboys and also one with the Broncos...

Tony Eason anyone? Yeh, he went to a Super Bowl also.

You McNabb butt sloppers need to get over it...he was never great the way some wanted/hoped/dreamed/imagined he would be...

Leave Donovan's prostate be and get a breath of fresh air for chrissakes...


Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:59 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

oh man, i hope the Bears don't sign him.  He just doesn't have it anymore.  He throws half his passes into the dirt.  He's not as mobile as Hanie.  Hanie looks good for the most part.  Dont' waste any money on McNabb.  I know he's a Chicago boy and all but that shouldn't matter.  It's business and signing McNabb now is a bad business decision.

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:51 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

The Bears don't want or need Mcnabb, it's too late in the season. He doesn't fit the offense, I'm not even sure what offense he fit's anymore. Hanie and Enderle are fine and McCown has been in for two weeks now and is already familiar with the system, to toss him out and start over with McNabb would be totally ridiculous. The Bears time for McNabb was before they got Cutler, when he could of helped them when they were at their peak in 2005 and were Super Bowl talented on defense and had Rex Grossman at QB, but those days are over.  Orton could of been a hope two weeks ago even though he's also not a great fit for the system, but he was better than McNabb. Great player you are Donovan, you're not anymore , retire with some dignity, I enjoyed watching you play.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:49 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

He will get picked up by the bears, texans might put in a claim too but the bears would get him over houston because of their record.

Since: Sep 2, 2008
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:35 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Send him back home to Chicago were he grew up. Da Bears could use 'em!

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:26 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

Jet fan that has always liked McNabb.  I'm kind of bummed that he's done.  I bet he's better than Mark Sanchez though....

Since: Mar 20, 2011
Posted on: December 1, 2011 11:00 pm

McNabb clearing head and seeing what's next

You do realize Limbaugh said that in 2003 (incidentally, a year before McNabb and the Eagles went to the Super Bowl). So eight years later, at the sunset of McNabb's career, you're going to trot that boneheaded quote out and attempt to give it retroactive legitimacy? Now that McNabb has hit the skids, what happened to all the devoted social engineers, er, sportswriters, that Limbaugh cited?  

News flash: everyone, in every career, has a peak, a prime and a decline. Marino didn't win a Super Bowl.  He played in fewer championship games than McNabb. You want to badmouth him, too?

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