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

Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:28 am
 
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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Comments

Since: Aug 7, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:54 pm
 

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

Well, the games have to be played and i know it matters to players who are still wanting to show coaches they can play. If the pick percentage means anything at all why wouldn't you give it a pro rated shot?



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 5:50 pm
 

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

Well I'm sorry but I would try anything at this point if I was the Bears even with Forte getting hurt. I mean what would Hester rather do just quit or maybe even forfeit the rest of the games? They still got a shot at getting in the playoffs, I think Hester don't like Mcnabb or just don't want to play in that Chicago (winter). Maybe Hester could play QB I mean he can play about everything else if needed to and that's not a joke. I'm sorry for the Bears fans Injury KILLED your year. I hate that for any team even Baltimore and Cleveland!!!!




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:57 pm
 

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

McNabb would be a waste of time and resources in Chicago but not because of the complexity of the offensive scheme.

McNabb was shown the door in Philly, Washington and Minnesota because he talked a better game than what he was capable of bringing to the field. You may be able to fool the press by going through the motions but the proof is in the pudding with players and, eventually, coaches.  



Since: May 4, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 4:07 pm
 

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

Hester is correct. McNabb had difficulty running the Minnesota offense which is very basic in comparison to Martz system. Furthermore it was evident that he does not possess the arm strength or the cardio vascular fitness that is required to compete in the NFL. Chicago better hope and pray Cutler makes it back before the playoffs. Please Chicago do not waste your time with Favre either. Because when Cutler comes back then you have a QB controversy with little miss drama queen.



Since: May 31, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:55 pm
 

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

If they're really not convinced Hanie can turn it around over the next 4 weeks, they could always see what it would cost to pry Bulger out of retirement.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:51 pm
 

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

Yeah it would be a waste of time Devin just like you are a waste of time as a receiver. Step up your game and don't try and be a general manager! Anyone is better than having Hanie as quarterback!!



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:41 pm
 

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

I guess anybody can write anything and make people think they know what they are talking about.
Ain't that the truth.

The Bears would be the 5th seed if the playoffs started today. If your going to bag on someone at least be acurate.

LOL





Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 3:38 pm
 

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

#4 seed?  Which division are they leading?



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:37 pm
 

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

TO WILL BRINSON:  You need to do some fact finding before you post a story.  If the season was to end today, the BEARS are the number 4 seed.  I guess anybody can write anything and make people think they know what they are talking about.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:31 pm
 

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

He might have been worth a look if Forte were still healthy considering Hanie has been a turnover machine since he has been the fill in. But not now. Forte's injury just effectively ended their season. He accounted for what, 55% percent of their entire offensive output this year? Curtains.  


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