After signing with the Minnesota Vikings this off-season 35 year old Donovan McNabb was waived today as it was in the best interests of both McNabb and the Vikings coaching staff. Both parties felt that it wasn’t necessary for McNabb to sit the bench as after starting 1-5 for the Vikings he was pulled in week 6 and the rookie quarterback Christian Ponder replaced him and took over the starting quarterback duties.
Now despite having the worst season of his career (1,026 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions) since his rookie season McNabb still seemed like he had it. Though some would say that “no he doesn’t” and “he’s done” as after seeing the stats and the 1-5 record would make one think that. But you have to add in some factors as well; the lockout.
Due to the NFL Lockout and training camps and all of the other pre-season preparations being cut short was very valuable time lost for McNabb and any other player joining an organization. Because, not only did he lose preparation time, but he wasn’t able to learn the play book as fast, get connected with his teammates; get on point with his receivers, etc. So to see what McNabb did and how he played this season and taking in all of those factors you really have to give the 13 year veteran a pass on this one. Though why dwell on the past as what’s done is done.
Looking ahead to the future now there are some spots that McNabb could land and really be in use, starting with the Houston Texans. With quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart both out for the remainder of the season, McNabb would be a perfect fit. With wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster to take the pressure off of McNabb would be a perfect situation. Now even though he would have to learn the play book and get connected with his teammates in this situation it would be okay for him to jump right in.
Next up is the Jacksonville Jaguars, they remove quarterback David Garrard in the beginning of the season and put faith in Luke McCown and rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Well fast forward to now at 3-8 the decision didn’t really work out and that’s the not even the beginning as did you guys not just fire your coach, but your owner sold the franchise…ouch. McNabb would be a good fit for this team, but there’s no chance that they’ll make any moves as this season is as done as Ryan Leafs career.
Last but certainly not least for now, the Chicago Bears. They suffered a tough break with quarterback Jay Cutler as he broke his thumb and will miss at least six weeks and possibly more as there have been reports of him to possibly miss the remainder of the season. So bringing in McNabb would really help as Caleb Hanie isn’t really what you want if you’re trying to make the playoffs and compete for a Super Bowl. Because, three interceptions and a 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders who struggled on offense with 18 of their 25 points coming from field goals just isn’t going to cut it. Now yes it was his first week of action so the Bears will cut him a break, but bet your bottom dollar that they’re keeping McNabb in the back of their mind.