Tag:Donovan mcNabb
Posted on: June 25, 2011 6:33 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.25.11: A farewell to Nick Charles



Posted by Josh Katzowitz

  • A fond farewell to Nick Charles, the first sports anchor at CNN who died today at the age of 64 from bladder cancer. Even at the end of his life, he was most inspirational. 
  • CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman has four scenarios for when the lockout might end.
  • CBSSports.com’s own Andy Benoit, writing for the NY Times, gives his top-10 list of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

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Posted on: June 23, 2011 9:04 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:04 pm
 

McNabb works out with Eagles

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

It seems pretty clear Redskins QB Donovan McNabb will not be playing football in Washington in 2011. I think that’s something most of us will agree with, although that didn’t stop McNabb from saying next year is going to be a “special season” (where that "special season" will happen, nobody knows).

McNabb's nightmare year
So, it might have raised some eyebrows when CSN Washington reported McNabb worked out with his former Eagles teammates Wednesday morning.

“I’m just working out right now,” McNabb said. “As you can see, I’m in some great shape, and I’m only going to get better.”

But in case you were thinking McNabb might return to Philadelphia -- despite Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb (for now) already 1-2 on the depth chart (it’d be tough to have a “special season” when you’re the quarterback who is never activated on game day) -- think again. McNabb’s workout Wednesday was simply a workout of convenience.

Apparently, McNabb was in town for a charity event, and since he was already in the neighborhood, he decided to drop by, do some agility drills and toss around the medicine ball.

“I’m just focused on working out,” McNabb said. “It’s what I do in the offseason.”

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Posted on: June 22, 2011 4:45 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 5:16 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.22.11: BW3 giving fans lockout wings

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • Buffalo Wild Wings is offering up what I like to call "lockout wings." Or, what you might call "free wings if the lockout ends before July 20." (Which, coincidentally, is what BW3's is calling them.) To be eligible for six free wings in the event of the lockout ending, cruise on over to their Facebook page and like their petition to end the lockout. If the lockout ends before July 20, everyone who does so will get some free grub. The fascinating thing here, for me, isn't that I might get six wings. It's how much freaking money places like BW3 stand to lose come September if there's no football on for fans to come in and watch. So, yeah, it's probably worth whatever they have to give up in Jamaican Jerk.


Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:03 pm
Edited on: June 22, 2011 2:11 pm
 

McNabb: '2011′s gonna be a special season'

Posted by Will Brinson

If you had to pick one word to describe Donovan McNabb's 2010 season with the Washington Redskins, you probably wouldn't pick "special."

Perhaps "disastrous," "nightmarish," "hellacious" or "miserable" might come to mind, not "special." But the likely-to-be-ex-Skins quarterback thinks the coming season is going to be "different" and, in fact, "special."

"2011 is different than 2010," McNabb said via NFL.com. "For those who wanna sit back and dwell on what happened last year, so be it. But 2011′s gonna be a special season. A season in which I feel that I've prepared myself well — not just conditioning and strengthwise, but most importantly getting back to the fundamentals. And I look to display that in the 2011 season.

"And for those who feel like it can’t be possible: I'll prove you wrong."
McNabb's nightmare year

The first thing that strikes me about McNabb's statement is that he a) thinks/knows he'll be gone from Washington in 2011 and b) that he thinks/knows he'll get a pretty good shot to start come 2011 with a team that needs a quarterback.

Maybe I'm reaching there, and maybe McNabb is simply being optimistic about his chances to bounce back in a new opportunity. But given that he thinks he'll "prove [people] wrong" and almost knows that he'll end up in a specific opportunity that will give him a chance at redemption, you have to think he has an idea of where he might play next season.

Which is really weird, considering there's been VERY little talk about teams want to ink McNabb in the coming year.

All that speculation aside, though, can McNabb actually redeem himself in 2011 and prove people wrong? (Or, perhaps, prove Bruce Allen right?)

It's certainly possible, especially if he ends up in the right situation (handing off to Adrian Peterson, in a hypothetical example), but unless a greater market for McNabb materializes as we -- hopefully! -- get closer to having free agency and a full season, it seems unlikely that he'll end up in a better spot than he was to start last year.

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Posted on: June 21, 2011 4:31 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2011 4:43 pm
 

Hot Routes 6.21.11: ATL to outscore everybody?



Posted by Ryan Wilson
  • Wideout Roddy White says the Falcons are "[G]oing to outscore everybody … Green Bay’s got, what, four or five guys out there who can make plays? We’re going to be Green Bay South.”
  • You know the lockout has dragged on for far too long when the NFL Network will air two CFL games a week. If this doesn't motivate NFL owners and players, then we're in deep trouble.
  • For three months, we've only heard about the downside of a lockout. For older players like Cowboys wide receiver Roy Williams, there's an upside, too -- namely, the length of the labor impasse likely means Williams won't get cut.
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Posted on: June 20, 2011 9:11 pm
Edited on: June 20, 2011 9:33 pm
 

If Vikings sign veteran QB it will be as a mentor

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The market for Donovan McNabb appears to be shrinking. Even after the Vikings selected quarterback Christian Ponder 12th overall in the April draft, conventional wisdom figured Minnesota would acquire a veteran quarterback to handle the starting duties for the upcoming season and serve as a bridge to the Ponder era.

Earlier this month we wrote that McNabb probably wasn't a good fit for the Vikings because Minnesota just got rid of one old-timer, and when you lose your job to Rex Grossman, that's shorthand for "he'll never be NFL-ready again … ever."

But there will be plenty of veteran QBs looking for new homes once the lockout ends. It's just that whoever lands the gig probably won't be the starter for the entire season. At least that's what Mike Wobschall of Vikings.com thinks. In response to a question about whether Ponder or QB Joe Webb would play more in 2011, Wobschall offered this:

"It’s far too early to formulate an opinion on which guy should be the starting QB for the Vikings in 2011, but I think the goal is for either Ponder or Webb to end up starting games this year, not a veteran. Any veteran the Vikings add will be brought in to help mentor the young QBs and literally teach them how to practice and how to play the position in the NFL."

If that's the job description, we're guessing Kerry Collins is out.

But this isn't the first time we've heard this. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said in May that "ideally, I'd like for [Ponder] to be ready to go when we play San Diego (on Sept. 11). … That would be the ideal situation -- we've got our Matt Ryan, we've got our (Joe) Flacco, we've got our (Mark) Sanchez right here. But because of the uncertainty of the offseason, it's just hard to determine exactly how you want to approach it. So, we need a little more clarity on what this offseason's going to be like."

And that's the biggest difference; we're in the middle of a lockout, which means no OTAs or minicamps.

Wobschall does say that "if the Vikings bring in a veteran QB yet this offseason, that veteran could end up starting games early in the season, but ultimately I think the Vikings are going to push hard for either Ponder or Webb to end up starting the most games."

For now we're just waiting for the owners and players to agree on a new CBA.

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Posted on: June 18, 2011 9:28 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 9:40 pm
 

Bruce Allen says McNabb signing wasn't a mistake

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite the disaster with Redskins QBs last year – if you don’t remember the horror, check out the breakout box below – Washington GM Bruce Allen told CSN Washington that if he had it to do over again, he would still make the trade with the Eagles to get McNabb.

McNabb's nightmare year
“We would make the move again with Donovan,” Allen said. “The 6-10 record wasn’t what we had dreamed of for the season.”

But Allen also doesn’t blame McNabb for the subpar record. And he says the outside world doesn’t really know what went on inside the locker room.

“When you’re inside the locker room, you have all the facts,” Allen said. “You know the affections and feelings we have for Donovan as a person and player. We’ll let people speculate and create rumors. Hopefully they go off the wrong tracks and that will give us an advantage when we start playing.”

And as far as that little tiff between McNabb and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan?

“I think they jelled very well at times,” Allen said. “It was the first year for everybody with the Washington Redskins, and it takes some time to learn the other person’s desires.”

Unfortunately for McNabb, he most likely won’t get to learn Allen’s desires for Year No. 2. Because, as soon as the lockout is over, McNabb is probably gone from Washington.

So, yeah. Overall, just a great trade.



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Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:35 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 3:54 pm
 

Is this the inglorious end to McNabb's career?

D. McNabb (US Presswire)Posted by Ryan Wilson

Donovan McNabb remains a man without a team. Technically, he's still with the Redskins, but as soon as there's a 2011 season, he'll be free to hawk his wares elsewhere. The problem: "elsewhere" could turn into "nowhere." The former Eagles first-round pick hasn't drummed up much rumor-mill interest during the lockout. This could mean that teams keen on McNabb's talents are downplaying it for now (as typically happens in the days leading up to the NFL Draft). Or, more likely, there truly isn't a market for him.

Free-agent running back Michael Robinson told ESPN.com's John Clayton recently that he predicts McNabb will end up with the Vikings.

"[McNabb] keeps telling me all he wants to do is get with a team and take them to a Super Bowl," Robinson added.

There was no mention if McNabb would be willing to go on that Super Bowl ride as a backup, because there are plenty of teams (although none are contenders) looking for "mentors."
Vikes Offseason

Stats -- the everyday NFL.com ones that we're all familiar with and the advanced stats from Football Outsiders and Pro Football Reference -- are one way to determine just how good a quarterback is. Another, simpler way: play the "Would I want that guy starting for my team?" game. For most fans, McNabb would garner an "absolutely not," which tells you all you need to know.

It's too bad, too, because McNabb seems like a decent guy. Despite a career pock-marked by unprovoked criticism, McNabb has seldom responded publicly. But we've mentioned it before -- that's part of the deal. Want to be an NFL quarterback? Be prepared for the inevitable media backlash that comes with it. And no one's immune. If Patriots fans feign outrage over Tom Brady wearing a Yankees hat, McNabb doesn't stand a chance. Also not helping: his recent on-field performance.

The last two seasons, McNabb ranked 20th and 25th in Football Outsiders' QB total value metric. In 2010, he finished behind the likes of Jon Kitna and David Garrard. Not exactly a ringing endorsement that McNabb deserves to be a starter.

And now, barely a year after the Redskins gave up a second-round pick to division rival Philly to land McNabb, they're happy to move on without him, even if that means turning to John Beck.

Would McNabb be a good fit for the Vikings? Probably not. Minnesota just rid it of one old-timer. While rookie Christian Ponder may not be NFL-ready whenever the season begins, McNabb lost his job to Rex Grossman. That's shorthand for "he'll never be NFL-ready again … ever." If the Vikings manage their expectations for 2011 and stick with Ponder, they should be in good shape going forward. If they instead buy into the "we're one veteran QB away from the Super Bowl!" hype, Ponder will end up wasting away on the bench.

We don't expect that to happen, thanks largely to the team's recent experiences with Brett Favre, but also because to annually contend for a championship you need a franchise quarterback. For McNabb, that ship sailed a while ago.

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