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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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Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:24 pm
 

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

If he meant it's a waste of time as in the season is already finished for them and it's not even worth trying...maybe I'd agree with him.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:24 pm
 

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

If he meant it's a waste of time as in the season is already finished for them and it's not even worth trying...maybe I'd agree with him.



Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:23 pm
 

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

I don't think Hester has any good points whatsoever. All they need is a QB who won't throw 3 picks and they probably win the game yesterday. They have a complex offensive system? All right, well it's not like it's working now anyways. Just because your original system wiht your starting QB was complex doesn't mean you can't change it when your top 2 offensive guys go down. Remember the Bears starting Offense couldn't even win with the system at the beginning of the year, what makes you think a bunch of backups can conquer it...maybe the system is wrong for the team? He hasn't played and will need time to catch up? ya...he will, but he has more experience in his pinky than all of Hanie, who hasn't even been mediocre in his starts. He's old? well so is the season and your playoff hopes if you can't win at least 2 more games this year. This offense is hard to run? So a guy with 2 starts EVER is the better option? This is the same problem as the beginning of the year...Martz is SET in his system and refuses to change no matter how putrid it is. If you simply don't want Mcnabb, that's ok...I dont think he really makes you that much better, but he might take away the 3 INTs. But to say you don't want him because he won't be able to grasp the offense when your offense just scored a total of 3 pts...against KC...isn't really a strong argument that keeping what you have will be any better.



Since: Nov 14, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:14 pm
 

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

Now what would Hester know about who would be a good fit for the bears. He needs to learn how to run routes and become a real NFL WR and not just be a great special teams guy. What a joke! If he thinks MCnabb can't do better than that sorry Hanie is definitely on something. Mcnabb don't turn the ball over at this stage in his career he is a game manager but he can still make a big throw down the field if need be. The Bears are done if they don't sign Mcnabb this week. Lovie will be in some trouble and he will be looking for a new line of work. You know what I think he would be a great defensive coordinator for my Phildelphia Eagles team next season and get us back on track like our old buddy Jim Johnson. Shut up Heser and get a clue!



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:40 pm
 

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

I HEAR DUMB ASSES NEED TO GET THERE FACTS STRAIGHT



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:07 pm
 

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

"Just ain't got it anymore", what exactly do you base that on? Over his last 4 starts for Minn, McNabb completed 62% of his passes and only threw 1 pick in 111 pass attempts for 759 yds. Just as a point of comparison, Cutler over his last 4 starts completed 54% of his passes and threw 3 picks in 114 pass attempts for 843 yds. So why exactly is it that McNabb sucks and Cutler was having a good year??? Does anyone really believe that 21 yds per game is that big of a difference? C'mon people, while McNabb may not complete the long ball anymore, he is still pretty accurate with short passes and doesn't turn the ball over, which is all the Bears really need in most games. That's how they've been winning all year!



Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:05 pm
 

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

Uh hey

The Bears are still in a playoff spot

do some research Lions fan 



Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:57 pm
 

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

You are exactly right my friend, the Bears are still not only in the playoffs, but sitting in the 5 slot "if it ended today". Who is paying this guy to write about football when he doesn't even know the basics??? What a clown! On another note, Hanie clearly is horrible, so you sign McNabb and dummy down the offense so he can run the basics. The Bears probably win each of the last 2 games if they had a QB that doesn't give the ball to the other team 3 times in each game, and can complete a 3rd down pass. You can't keep running Hanie out there, he gives you ZERO chance to win, so anything and/or anyone would be a better option.



Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:54 pm
 

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

Two words: Kyle Orton.  He epitomizes what can happen to a QB that has not played football in 2 months and is rushed into action. All KC now now has is a lighter bank account, yet were able to win this week without him.

True that in Orton's case it's pure tough luck, as it could happen to any QB playing. But Hester is right. It is a waste of time to expect someone to just come in and pick up a complex system on such short notice, especially at what is the most critical position on the field.  Give the man credit for telling it like it is rather than BS'ing anyone with a lame attempt at being politically correct. One thing's for sure, though, McNabb was passsed up by every team out there. The reason beaing each team has finally caught on to the fact he just ain't got it anymore.



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Since: Dec 5, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:38 pm
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