Could Donnie Mac Ever Come Back?

Posted: October 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 24 Comments »

Somebody on Twitter asked if I thought Donovan McNabb could return to the Eagles next year.  I’ve got my thoughts on the subject, but I’d like to hear yours first.

The scenario would go something like this.  Minnesota cuts him after the season.  McNabb calls Andy and says that life is miserable as a starter on unfamiliar teams and non-winners.  “I’d like to come back and be a backup.  I don’t need huge money.  I don’t expect to compete for the starting gig.  I just want a final chance to be part of a team contending for a Super Bowl. ”

Do you take him?  Do you want him?

24 Comments on “Could Donnie Mac Ever Come Back?”

  1. 1 Anonymous said at 2:09 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    I hope he’s not the best option available next year, but from what I’ve seen so far of Vince Young we could do worse.

  2. 2 Boomy Wongwan said at 3:58 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Well he could be an upgrade over Vince Young

  3. 3 Gary said at 4:16 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    If he’s actually willing to take a low salary, I take him. That said, Kafka might be ahead of him on the depth chart.

  4. 4 Steve H said at 4:17 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    You could do worse for a backup QB. I dont think he has any kind of dedication to really doing anything with his career anymore though.

  5. 5 Septhinox said at 5:40 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    No. He’d be a huge distraction. Can we just have ONE season without a major distraction, just one?

  6. 6 FalKirk said at 6:05 AM on October 22nd, 2011:


  7. 7 Anders Jensen said at 7:30 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    If he got the mentality to be a backup, yes I wouldnt mind him.

  8. 8 Anonymous said at 11:35 AM on October 22nd, 2011:


  9. 9 Anonymous said at 8:33 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    From an on-field, performance standpoint he’d be a good back-up, especially if he came in a bit fitter. But, I’d actually like my veteran, back-up QB to be a positive leader, an unselfish role model, and a teacher for the other guys on the team. I don’t think 5 is the best choice for those things. He wouldn’t be my first choice, but if he were cheap and dedicated to being a great back-up we could do worse.

  10. 10 Anonymous said at 9:27 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Although he could handle the job, I don’t think it’s a good fit. He has too much baggage in Philly. I think he’d be nuts to want to be anywhere near the rabid masses and have to deal with them again. On the other hand, imagine Vick going down and McNabb coming in and leading the team to the Super Bowl. What kind of madness would that unleash?!

  11. 11 Zach Tillger said at 10:13 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    It’s a good idea. No one knows the offense better than him and it will fill a void left by Vince Young seeking greener pastures. Also, Donnie can help Michael Vick with his blitz recognition and progressions to hopefully make him a more efficient passer.

  12. 12 Anonymous said at 2:02 PM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Nobody knows the offense better than him? Are you sure about that? He wasn’t exactly known for his encyclopedic grasp of the offense. If we’re looking for experience in the system then AJ Feeley might be a better backup at this point. (Yes, I know he’s a starter now, but how long will that last?)

  13. 13 Alex Karklins said at 11:03 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Echoing some of the other comments on here: if he can truly embrace a backup role, I would love to see him back in Eagles green. Right now, he’s pouting publicly about being benched, so he would have to get his mind right in the offseason before the Eagles even consider bringing him in.

  14. 14 Anonymous said at 11:09 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    It wouldn’t bother me, but I don’t know that he’s ready to go to place where he can’t compete for the starting job yet. It would probably be a last resort.

  15. 15 Mike Perrie said at 11:42 AM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Lets bring Dawk and Westbrook back as back ups as well…

    The only former eagle I would want as a back up is Dawk. Simply for his leadership that we lack.

  16. 16 Matthew Butch said at 12:27 PM on October 22nd, 2011:

    If he is willing to take the backup role- and he may be forced to by the market- I say bring him back. He could easily fill in for a game or two if Vick gets hurt. Obviously, no matter what backup you bring it, you aren’t expecting him to win many games if the starter goes down, so he would be a great fit.

    And hell, we could always trade him again if a team really needed a QB.

  17. 17 Anonymous said at 12:42 PM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Deserves to come back – best Eagles QB in history, regardless of his relationship with fans. VY is definitely not the answer, at least from what we’ve seen, and Kafka is just raw. If #5 wants back in to spend his swan song in relief for the Birds, who will need the backup to win a game or two, then I say bring him in. Would be fitting if somehow we won the big one and he at least had a hand in it for a couple games – guy got way too much shit when he was here.

  18. 18 Jose Antonio Contreras said at 1:18 PM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Hey Tommy,
    I think Asante’s a regular to IgglesBlitz. They’re quoting him saying “Asante Samuel is a business entity first, so I’m going to make sure I handle my business accordingly? over at PFT. Flag football business it must be.

    Greatings from a reader from Peru. You do a great job around here.

  19. 19 Anonymous said at 5:19 PM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Glad to have Peru on the board. IgglesBlitz is conquering the world. one reader and one country at a time.

    Asante has always been about Asante. Sometimes that’s good, sometimes bad.

  20. 20 Anonymous said at 2:27 PM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Never, never, never and no. He was a good quarterback in his prime, but I have always gotten the feeling that he was never fully embraced in the locker room. With this group of players, we seem to lack that cohesive locker room and strong leaders to compensate for any divisive forces. He is a good memory, and we should leave him at that.

    Without the ability to scramble and buy time in the pocket, Donnie is barely a pro caliber back up. Still can’t read a blitz or hit a receiver in stride on a simple slant.

  21. 21 Anonymous said at 4:43 PM on October 22nd, 2011:

    I’d love him back with the Eagles.

    It is clear that he is no longer a Franchise QB and that he requires a strong cast to lead his team to the post-season – but then again we have several QBs that are hyped up to the heavens who not only have a stronger supporting cast, but are struggling just as badly – if not worse.

    A few names for us to consider; Sanchez, Roethlisberger/Freeman/Rivers/Vick/Romo.

    Even Brady has had a couple of bad games.

    Not every QB can throw the ball up to Megatron et al, as Stafford and Eli are/have made a living from.

    I saw the Vikings/Bears game and he played well, and all that talk about not hitting receivers in stride is way overblown, how many times did he hit his receivers in stride only for them to drop simple catches.

    All being said, he is far from elite, but not done. perhaps he should retire, but its his call.

    Tommy, can you provide any info on McNabb’s struggles in the last two years that are not from idiots such as Mike Lombardi and his ilk? Because it all seems like conjecture.

  22. 22 Anonymous said at 5:14 PM on October 22nd, 2011:

    Talent-wise, he would be a solid backup for us. I just don’t see him embracing that role, however. I fear he would be a distraction.

  23. 23 Anonymous said at 5:19 PM on October 22nd, 2011:


  24. 24 Matt Hoover said at 7:14 PM on October 22nd, 2011:

    If says everything you just said, then Yes, he would give us a chance if Vick went down to an injury. And might listen to Reid when it comes to mechanics and changes.