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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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Donovan McNabb says he’s most criticized quarterback in NFL history during debate

Donovan McNabb is no stranger to playing the victim. Like many other superstar athletes, he has faced plenty of unfair criticism. Unlike many others who have been placed in similar situations, McNabb always lets us hear about it. In other words, he’s a complainer. Since Skip Bayless is the ideal candidate to bring out the whiner in anyone, he got McNabb to do a little more of it on ESPN First Take Friday morning.

When Bayless called Tim Tebow the most “unfairly, over-criticized quarterback in (NFL history),” McNabb butted in and said that title belongs to him.

“Negative — I am,” McNabb said according to Pro Football Talk. “I am. Nobody has been criticized as much as I have.”

Even if it were true, he just sounds like a crybaby saying it. This is the same McNabb who blames bad teams for his poor record as a starting quarterback, so it should come as no surprise that he thinks he’s the most unfairly criticized quarterback in NFL history.

Donovan got close to bringing Philadelphia a Super Bowl trophy several times, but his Eagles could never get over the hump. Whether or not he is to blame for that is a separate discussion. The good news is we don’t have to feel badly for him. McNabb feels sorry enough for himself to compensate for all of us.

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Donovan McNabb blasts Mike Shanahan, says Robert Griffin III wouldn’t fit with Redskins offense

Assuming the Colts don’t shock everyone and decide to take Robert Griffin III instead of Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in the draft next month, Griffin is going to wind up with the Redskins. It’s no secret that Washington traded with the Rams because they’re salivating over the Baylor product. The question now becomes whether or not Griffin is a fit with the Mike and Kyle Shanahan offense. Donovan McNabb, who had some experience with the system, doesn’t seem to think it will work.

When asked if he thought Griffin would be a goof fit for the Redskins on ESPN First Take, McNabb immediately said, “No.” He then said that Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan brought his offense over from when he was with the Texans and tries to force the quarterback to adapt to the system.

“A lot of times ego gets too involved when it comes to being in Washington,” McNabb said according to Pro Football Talk. “Here’s a guy coming out who’s very talented, mobile, strong arm, we’ve already heard he’s intelligent, football mind. Are you going to cater the offense around his talent, and what he’s able to do, or are you going to bring the Houston offense with Matt Schaub over to him and have him kind of be embedded in that?”

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Chris Kluwe Still Waiting on Donovan McNabb to Pay for Jersey Number

In retrospect, Chris Kluwe should have never given his No. 5 jersey to Donovan McNabb. For starters, McNabb was absolutely no help to the Vikings. He quickly became a bench-warmer in Minnesota and Kluwe got on the field more regularly than he did. In addition, McNabb has not held up his side of the bargain to this point. As you may remember, McNabb was supposed to mention Kluwe’s band five times in press conferences and donate $5,000 to the Kick For A Cure charity. So far there have been two mentions and no donation.

“That would be the major thing,” Kluwe said according to Scout.com’s Vikings page. “Tripping Icarus got the publicity we needed. That was fine. Two mentions is more than enough. The $5,000 for Kick For A Cure would definitely be appreciated by them.”

The Vikings released McNabb three weeks ago. He’s made plenty of money throughout his career.  It’s time to pay up.  Perhaps McNabb took Kluwe lightly because he’s always messing around, but Kick For A Cure is an important charity to Kluwe that raises money for Muscular Dystrophy.  To make matters worse, Kluwe may have to wait until 2013 to get his No. 5 jersey back.

“I think the NFL’s policy is you have to wait another year after the year you change your number,” Kluwe explained. “So I’d have to go all of 2012, but I think you can make an appeal and I’m planning to because the ruling is so that guys don’t change their numbers every year and the league gets stuck with jerseys they can’t sell. Since I don’t have any jerseys in the store, I’m going to be like, ‘Look, why can’t I just change my number?’”

It truly is time for McNabb to retire. Look at all the hassle he’s caused over the last couple seasons.  He can blame poor teams all he wants, but Donovan hasn’t had anything to offer in a few years. If he signs with another team in the offseason, I hope any other No. 5’s around the league have learned a lesson from Kluwe.

Devin Hester: Signing Donovan McNabb or Another QB Would Be ‘Waste of Time’

The fact that Donovan McNabb was waived by the Minnesota Vikings and not a single team claimed him should tell us all we need to know.  McNabb’s best years are behind him.  No team in the NFL thinks he is capable of contributing at this point, but Bears fans are officially desperate.  With Caleb Hanie under center, Matt Forte out with a knee injury, and a loss to the Chiefs on Sunday, Chicago’s playoff hopes are in serious jeopardy. Devin Hester does not think McNabb is the solution.

“It’s going to be tough right now to pick up a quarterback that hasn’t played in the Mike Martz offense,” Hester said Monday on Mike and Mike in the Morning according to 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.”

Before we start accusing Hester of ripping McNabb and calling him useless, let us recall the way things ended for Donovan with his two previous teams.  In Washington, his tenure ended with Mike Shanahan inviting him back as a backup.  In Minnesota, he quickly became a backup when the on-field results were horrible.

He can blame poor teams all he wants, but McNabb is no longer a capable starting quarterback in the NFL and Hester is right about Martz’s offense.  After he left Philadelphia, McNabb showed no signs that he was able to learn another team’s playbook and adapt to a new system.  There is even less reason to believe he would be able to do it in Chicago.

Donovan McNabb: Bad Teams to Blame for My Poor Record as Starter

Donovan McNabb was granted his request to be released by the Vikings Thursday. He’s now available to be claimed off waivers by other NFL teams. Given how poorly he played the last two years (he ended up benched by the Redskins and Vikings), we seriously doubt his ability to help a team. But he doesn’t. He just thinks he needs the right pieces around him.

Asked on SportsCenter what he needed to become the player he was for the Eagles, McNabb responded “Being surrounded by a great supporting cast.

“I think when you’re surrounded by experienced players and veteran players, who know how to win, then that’s something that’s contagious,” McNabb said. “There are a lot of teams out there who are in desperate need of a quarterback who are surrounded by veteran players, and teams that play well together.”

McNabb also attributed his poor record as a starter the last two years to football being a team game.

“I think we begin to lose focus of this being a team game. The teams in which I played with [we had] a lot of great athletes, [did] a lot of positive things, but nothing really to show for it. And obviously the quarterback is the one who receives a lot of the credit, and too much criticism.”

Donovan used to be a great player, and I liked him, but he’s failing to recognize reality. McNabb is not a good player anymore. He’s actually a bad quarterback. The longer it takes him to realize he’s not good anymore, the more he’ll harm his legacy and reputation.

Leslie Frazier: Reports of Donovan McNabb Being Lazy Are ‘Ridiculous’

Although Donovan McNabb is only two years removed from the Philadelphia Eagles organization, it seems like a lifetime has passed since he was an effective NFL quarterback. McNabb’s fall from grace has been rapid, and as we all know his short stay with the Redskins went horribly to say the least.  At this point, there will be no career revitalization for McNabb.  Reports that claim he has been lazy and uncommitted with the Vikings have done nothing to improve his deteriorated image.

Leslie Frazier is doing his best to protect McNabb, however.  Despite the fact that Donovan has not been able to do anything to help Minnesota win this season, Frazier refuted claims that he has been showing up to meetings and practices late and putting in little effort with the team.

“Ridiculous,” Frazier said according to the Pioneer Press via Pro Football Talk when asked about the reports. “Flat-out ridiculous. I don’t know where that would come from. I mean, this guy worked his tail off when he was the starting quarterback, staying after practice, throwing balls with receivers. When I heard about that, ‘Wow, where would that come from?’”

We know McNabb has at least been enjoying himself during his free time by watching other special football games.  What we don’t know is what his level of commitment has been like for the hopeless Vikings.  There’s a pretty significant difference between showing up late to meetings and practices and staying late after practice to get extra reps.  Someone is telling a large fib.  Regardless of who it is, McNabb’s career as a starter has likely come to a close.