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.

Donovan McNabb Took in a Lingerie Football League Game Friday Night

Things are not going well in the world of Donovan McNabb. The former Pro Bowler has been benched by the 1-5 Vikings who finally realized that having a QB average fewer than seven yards per attempt is not a winning formula. So how did five spend his last supper? Taking in a local Lingerie Football League game between Minnesota and LA Friday night.

Analyst Sean Salisbury was giving McNabb a lot of love on the telecast. Here’s a video of Dunbar with his buddies at the LFL game:

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Redskins Are Still Selling Donovan McNabb Merchandise (Pictures)

Oftentimes when a sports legend leaves one city for another it is hard to let that person go.  When a player has done so much for a franchise and decides to rock another team’s colors, it hurts.  It can even hurt so much that you refuse to change your game day operations after said player is gone.  Perhaps that explains why the Redskins are still selling Donovan McNabb merchandise at FedEx Field.  Check out these pictures that Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post took while at the Redskins game on Thursday:

Who can blame the Skins?  McNabb was a legend in Washington.  He took a franchise in peril and turned it into a powerhouse.  He may not have not have wanted to return to the team as a backup for Mike Shanahan, but that does not mean the legend of Donovan McNabb in the nation’s capital will not live on.

Oh, and the same goes for the player sometimes too.  Obviously McNabb has had a very difficult time letting the Redskins go. Check out his updated website.

Chris Kluwe Will Give Donovan McNabb No. 5 Jersey if he Promotes His Band

Anytime a veteran leader joins a new team, there is the question of whether or not that player will be able to keep his old number.  More often than not, the new guy gets his way.  That is especially the case when the new guy can help you win.  Although we believe the Vikings are doing themselves no favors in the short term by bringing in Donovan McNabb, one could argue that he makes them a better team this season.  The question is will McNabb be able to keep the same jersey number he’s had his entire career?

According to Shutdown Corner, he’ll have to work for it.  Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who you may know from his rant about Drew Brees and Peyton Manning or the whiteboard drawing he made calling out Roger Goodell, currently wears No. 5.  Kluwe is apparently willing to give McNabb the number if he gives him something in return.

“So here’s the deal,” Kluwe tweeted. “If McNabb comes and wants 5, it’s his, BUT he has to promise to mention Tripping Icarus in at least 5 press conferences.”

Tripping Icarus is the band Kluwe is in.  Personally, I think this is brilliant.  If someone wants to take your number they should have to work for it.  Not to mention, this gives us something to look forward to all season as McNabb will have to find creative ways to work Tripping Icarus into his press conferences.  Hopefully Minnesota wins more than five games, because I can’t see McNabb mentioning Kluwe’s band after a loss.  This should be entertaining.

Vikings Need Stability at Quarterback to Reach Next Level

The NFL is a passing league. Without solid, consistent play at the quarterback position, it is almost impossible for a team to have any sustained success. Consistency is the key. The Seattle Seahawks could sign Peyton Manning to a one-year deal and still not win a Super Bowl. For that reason, the Vikings are going to have trouble taking the next step if they keep bringing in temporary solutions to their problem at quarterback.

If you believe in the theory that any publicity is good publicity, the Brett Favre experiment worked wonders for the Vikings.  Favre’s pathetic back-and-forth retirement game had the camera on the Vikings seemingly at all times, but left them a win short of the Super Bowl in Favre’s first year and out of the playoffs in his second.  Now, Minnesota turns its attention to Donovan McNabb.

The Vikings acquired McNabb in a trade on Wednesday, effectively giving them another huge name that is well past his prime.  McNabb’s time in Washington was a failure that ended in embarrassment with Mike Shanahan saying he was welcome to return to the team as a backup.  His passer rating of 77.1 was the lowest since his rookie season.  McNabb’s also an injury concern, having played in 15 or more games only twice in the last seven seasons.

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Rush Limbaugh Defends Donovan McNabb Against Bernard Hopkins Comments

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh caused a controversy in 2003 when as an analyst, he said the media wanted to see Donovan McNabb succeed because he was black. The comment itself was an observation that cannot be deemed right or wrong because there’s no way to quantify his argument. However, I believe McNabb was portrayed well by the media because he was good, not because they wanted to see a black quarterback succeed. Now Limbaugh has amazingly come to McNabb’s defense at a time when he’s taking heat from boxer Bernard Hopkins who says McNabb is not black enough.

Here’s what Limbaugh said on his show Friday according to a transcription SB Nation Chicago found, via Pro Football Talk:

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