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Donovan McNabb on Twitter: Tony Romo’s contract extension is crazy

Tony Romo hit the jackpot on Thursday, as the 32-year-old quarterback reportedly agreed to a six-year, $108 million extension with the Dallas Cowboys. The real shocker for many people has been the $55 million in guaranteed money that Romo is expected to receive, which is about as good as it gets in the NFL. It’s even better when you consider the fact that Romo has never won a Super Bowl and has only one playoff victory in his career.

That being said, quarterbacks are at a premium across the league. An above-average quarterback is an incredibly valuable asset, and Romo has put up tremendous stats despite his typically poor play in the clutch. That doesn’t mean Donovan McNabb agrees with the deal. In fact, the former Pro Bowler thinks it’s downright crazy.

If McNabb thought giving Romo a $55 million extension over six years was insane, he must have hit the roof when he realized that was just the guaranteed money and the deal itself was worth twice that. Although, I find it tough to believe anyone could think Romo isn’t worth an average of just over $8 million a year.

Aside from the fact that players-turned-analysts usually don’t speak as candidly as McNabb did, the former Phildelphia Eagle has once again made himself look like a dufus on Twitter. Remember the whole congratulatory tweet for Danica Patrick? Someone needs to tell Donovan to start taking a deep breath before he fires off a tweet.

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John Cena at WWE Raw in Philadelphia: Donovan McNabb could not win the big one

John-CenaJohn Cena wanted to have some fun with the Philadelphia crowd during WWE’s live broadcast of “Raw” on Monday night, and he knew exactly where to turn. Part of a wrestler’s job is to know the audience and find ways to get under its skin. Cena accomplished that by making a Donovan McNabb reference.

Cena is scheduled for a rematch against The Rock on April 7 at Wrestlemania. The two fought last year at the same event, with The Rock coming out on top. According to our friend Spike Eskin of CBS Philly, Cena gave the following response when asked what it would be like to lose to The Rock again.

“Donovan McNabb, Donovan McNabb,” Cena said as the crowd booed. “Statistically Donovan McNabb is the greatest quarterback ever to put on an Eagles uniform. But Mick [Foley], listen to how the people in the city that he played for remember him. Why? Because Donovan McNabb could not win the big one. Philadelphia cares about its teams. Philadelphia cares and has passion. And with that type of passion, they deserve someone who can win the big one. If I lose on April 7th, I will carry the legacy of Donovan McNabb.”

Cena’s right. McNabb went to six Pro Bowls and led the Eagles to the NFC Championship Game five times. He was 1-4 in those games, losing in the Super Bowl to the Patriots the one year the Eagles did advance. Veteran quarterbacks have questioned McNabb’s work ethic, but it’s also possible he was just the victim of some bad luck. In any event, quarterbacks who fail to win a ring will always be criticized. Cena did a good job of opening some of those wounds in Philly on Monday.

Donovan McNabb congratulates Danica Patrick on winning Daytona 500…oops

Danica-Patrick-Daytona-PoleDonovan McNabb clearly is not a big NASCAR enthusiast. Much like football, auto racing is not for everyone. On Sunday, Danica Patrick became the first female driver to ever win the pole in a Sprint Cup Series race. The fact that she accomplished the feat at the Daytona 500 makes it even more noteworthy.

By topping 196 mph in one of her qualifying laps, Patrick earned the right to lead the field at the start of the most popular race of the NASCAR calendar year next weekend. Judging by the congratulatory tweet McNabb sent her on Sunday, it would appear that he thinks she accomplished more than just winning the pole.

Perhaps she will cap off the amazing story by winning the Daytona 500, but Donovan is a little bit ahead of himself here. Rather than simply acknowledging that he made a mistake, McNabb made a very sad attempt to clarify what he meant several hours later.

Oh boy. McNabb may have some questionable opinions when it comes to professional football, but at least it is a sport he is knowledgable about. Kudos to him for taking the time to congratulate Patrick, but let’s not get carried away with the BS-ing. You thought she won the race itself — it’s okay to admit it.

Jeff Garcia questions Donovan McNabb’s work ethic

Donovan McNabb was one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL during his prime with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a six-time Pro Bowler who led the Eagles to a whopping five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl during his 11-year career in Philly. If McNabb focused more and tried a bit harder, Jeff Garcia says he could have been even better.

Garcia, who served as a backup for McNabb in 2006 and 2009, questioned his former teammate’s work ethic during an appearance with Anthony Gargano and Glen Macnow on 94WIP this week.

“Donovan had a great career, and had a great career there in Philadelphia,” Garcia said, via NJ.com. “Not to take away from anything that Donovan did, but I think that Donovan, I believe, could have been so much greater if he did have a better understanding at times. If he did put more time and effort into what he needed to do every day of the week leading up to game day in order to be the best he could be.”

Garcia also stopped barely short of saying he ran the Eagles’ offense better than McNabb in 2006, when McNabb was injured and Garcia played in eight games.

“I know that when I stepped into the huddle with that ['06 Eagles] team, I think there was probably a greater confidence in me from the standpoint of my understanding of the system because of how I was able to speak it, because of how I was able to operate it,” he said. “It was just different than how Donovan operated it.”

The Eagles were never able to win the big game with McNabb under center despite reaching the NFC Championship game five times. Some Philly fans have blamed Andy Reid for that while others blame McNabb. Either way, McNabb feels he is Hall of Fame worthy and thinks he is the most highly-criticized quarterback in NFL history. Two years removed from the game, and it would seem Garcia is doing his best to keep that going.

Donovan McNabb defends Michael Vick: Maybe the offensive line should be benched

If there is anyone who can relate to the struggles Michael Vick is going through and the pressure he is under while playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s Donovan McNabb. The Philadelphia media had its way with McNabb for years and there were times when the fans were worse. During an appearance on “NFL AM”  Tuesday morning, McNabb defended Vick in the wake of reports that he could be benched this weekend.

“I think you get in a situation where once you start hearing the boos and hearing the radio stations talk, and people on the outside begin to bring your name up of being benched, then you begin to lose focus, and now your play begins to fall and you begin to focus on other things,” McNabb said according to Pro Football Talk. “I think for Michael Vick, I think it’€™s important for him to feed off of what he did last week: not turning the ball over, protect the football, give his guys an opportunity to make plays for him and good things can happen.”

Vick has done a horrible job of protecting the ball this season, but handing the reins to rookie Nick Foles is not necessarily the answer. Philadelphia’s defense has also been a major issue — as evidenced by their decision to fire former defensive coordinator Juan Castillo — and their offensive line has done very little to protect Vick.

“Start mentioning some of the defensive players that need to be benched,” McNabb continued. “Maybe the offensive line needs to be benched. There’s other people that need to be in this situation besides Michael Vick.”

Eagles coach Andy Reid is facing a serious dilemma. If his team misses the playoffs, Reid will likely be out of a job. Vick probably gives Philly the best shot at making the postseason due to his raw talent and experience, but the Eagles have an out in his contract and could part ways with him after the season. If Foles is the quarterback of next season and beyond, it would make sense to hand him the offense now. However, that could cause the Eagles to take a step back in the short term and prove costly for Reid.

Donovan McNabb thinks Eagles could have made Super Bowl without T.O., even though he gave team a boost

There’s always a controversy in Philadelphia surrounding the Eagles, but things were more contentious than usual when Terrell Owens was there.

T.O. caught 20 touchdown passes in 21 games with the Eagles over one and a half seasons. The team went 13-3 and lost to the Patriots in the Super Bowl during the 2004 season — his first with the team. Owens received praise for coming back early from a broken leg to play in the big game, but things went downhill quickly. Owens threw quarterback Donovan McNabb under the bus following a 4-3 start in his second year in Philly and was told to leave the team after reeking havoc in the locker room.

T.O. continued to take some shots at McNabb over the years, but it looks like Donovan recognizes what Owens added to the team.

McNabb was asked during an interview on NBC Sports Talk if he thinks the Eagles could have made the Super Bowl without T.O. He provided an answer that can be taken two ways.

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Donovan McNabb thinks he belongs in the Hall of Fame

Donovan McNabb joined Mark Kriegel and Rich Eisen on the FOXSports.com show “Barfly” to discuss his Hall of Fame chances. Both Kriegel and Eisen talked about how winning the big game affects the perception of a player. McNabb agreed and said he shouldn’t be denied a spot in Canton because he didn’t win a Super Bowl. He indicated that winning a ring is an unfair standard to judge quarterbacks for the Hall of Fame.

“Peyton never won the big game until he won the Super Bowl finally. Dan Marino never won the big game. But does that mean his career is a failure? No. Not at all,” McNabb said.

Asked by Kriegel if he would vote for himself for the Hall of Fame, McNabb gave a confident response.

“Absolutely,” McNabb said. “See, one thing that people don’t realize — I never played the game to make it to the Hall of Fame. I played the game because I love it. I played the game to win. I’m a competitor. When I step out on the field, I feel like I’m the best player on the field. Even these last two years, when people may look at it and say, ‘Oh, he’s done, or whatever.’ I’m 34, 35 years old but still, I played at the pinnacle, I played at the highest level of my career. I played there. And I would vote for myself for the Hall of Fame.

“When you sit and look at the numbers — and that’s what it is when it comes to the Hall of Fame — my numbers are better than Jim Kelly, better than Troy Aikman, better than a lot of guys in the Hall of Fame, but the one thing they do have is a Super Bowl,” McNabb said.

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