Donovan McNabb says Matthew Stafford has done nothing for Lions
Donovan McNabb may be retired from the NFL but he still has thoughts on the league's quarterbacks. Tuesday, he said Matthew Stafford wasn't worth the three-year extension the Lions just gave him.
To paraphrase Terrell Owens, Donovan McNabb loves him some Donovan McNabb. The former NFL quarterback who was once benched for Rex Grossman has some thoughts on Matthew Stafford's new three-year extension that will pay the Lions quarterback $43 million in guaranteed money, including a $27.5 million signing bonus.
The deal, by the way, makes Stafford among the highest-earning quarterbacks in the league in terms of average annual salary. He currently ranks sixth behind Joe Flacco ($20.1), Drew Brees ($20.0), Peyton Manning ($19.2), Aaron Rodgers ($18.68) and Tony Romo ($17.07). And as far as McNabb is concerned, this just won't do.
"When you look at just the numbers overall, you have to think about 12,000 yards and being the youngest quarterback to reach this feat and also the things he's been able to accomplish, you know you begin to question this." McNabb said Tuesday night on NFL Total Access (via MLive.com). "It's about wins and losses again. Now, as a quarterback and as Matt Stafford, hey, I would take that contract just like Tony Romo took his contract. But is he worth top-5 money? I would have to say no. And I say that because it's about wins and losses.
"What has he really done for the Detroit Lions? Nothing."
OK, fine, Stafford is 1-22 against teams that finished the season with winning records. But McNabb was once benched for Rex Grossman. That negates any credibility you might have on the quarterback position.
Joking aside, McNabb did raise the same concerns as NFL analyst Ron Jaworski, noting that Stafford's footwork remains a question.
"His footwork late in the games begins to drift a little bit, tries to throw the sidearm, be a gunslinger and that gets him into trouble," McNabb said. "Turnovers (are a) critical part of the game. And that's what affects the Detroit Lions from being one of the upper echelon (teams) on the offensive end is because of the turnovers and the lack of discipline when it comes to the drop-back game."
While we wait to see if Stafford proves worthy of the extension, feel free to peruse McNabb's thoughts on other matters.
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