Donovan the Distraction

Posted: December 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 19 Comments »

What is it with Donovan McNabb?  He always finds a way to steal the limelight from the Eagles.  Here we are poised to begin our playoff run on national TV (give or take tens of millions of fans) and Donovan has to trump us once again.

What did he do to get attention this time?  Donovan got released by the Vikings.

My message to #5…grow up Donovan.  Not everything can be about you!

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Okay, joking aside, McNabb is on the market.  There are two teams with playoff hopes and a need at QB, Chicago and Houston.  On the surface, both make sense.  They run the ball and play good defense.  You could slap McNabb into the lineup and just have him “not lose” the game.

I’d love for Donovan to catch on with one of the teams and get into the playoffs.  That would be fun to watch.  I think the Houston offense is a better fit, but seeing McNabb play for his hometown Bears would be pretty darn cool.  And it would finally unite him with Brian Urlacher, something dreamed about on the Eagles Message Board since 2005.  Urlakkerzzzz!!!

I do have questions about both teams.  The Texans have already said they have no interest.  Coach Gary Kubiak is close with both Mike and Kyle Shanahan.  Gary was Mike’s OC in Denver and then Kyle was Gary’s OC down in Houston.  Donovan had a bad year with Team Shanny in 2010 and I’m sure they killed him in phone conversations with Kubiak.

Mike Martz is the OC in Chicago.  He runs a complex offense that requires great timing and pinpoint throws.  Stop me when you think it sounds like a great fit for McNabb.  Martz is awkward to deal with and can be very demanding.  Donovan hasn’t not seen eye to eye with the coaches in WAS or MIN, and it didn’t seem like things were great here in 2009.  Will Lovie Smith roll the dice on McNabb’s talent and not worry about him affecting team chemistry?  Does Lovie think McNabb and Martz can get along?  I don’t think it is a lock that the Bears claim or sign him.

How about this scenario…VY gets hurt tonight.  Do the Eagles then bring Donovan back?  After all, it isn’t like he’d hurt the team chemistry here, right?  I only have one caveat to the notion.  The only way I’m willing to bring Donovan back here right now is if TO comes with him.

Dream Team 2!!!

19 Comments on “Donovan the Distraction”

  1. 1 Anonymous said at 4:59 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    If you’re going to implode, might as well implode with style. It would at least make the last 5 games interesting. TO! TO!

  2. 2 Anonymous said at 5:01 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    Life would not be boring in the least.

  3. 3 Anonymous said at 5:06 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    Just checking, what’s your excitement level for today’s game like?

    I find myself looking forward to the game, it’s still Eagles football and in between the bad bad play the team is fun to watch

  4. 4 Anonymous said at 5:09 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    I’ll get excited when I get home, turn on NFLN, and see Eagles talk. Right now, I’m in a weird mood.

    Maybe I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

  5. 5 Anonymous said at 5:11 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    It is ALWAYS the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

  6. 6 Anonymous said at 5:33 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    So true.

  7. 7 Anonymous said at 5:24 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    Since I am not willing to pay for the Comcast package that comes with NFL Network, I will be relegated to a bar yet again, which for me takes away some of the excitement (no sound, casual fans, 4x cost of beer)

  8. 8 the guy said at 5:29 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    Don’t worry, if the talking heads don’t get you going, I’m quite sure the sight of future Hall of Famer Tarvaris Jackson throwing deep to rising star Ben Obamanu will.

  9. 9 Corry Henry said at 5:27 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    I think it was Adam Schefter who threw it out there that Dallas may be in the running for McNabb’s services. I think I would puke if I saw #5 in Dallas. I hope that’s just Schefter talking out of his ass…

  10. 10 Thorin McGee said at 5:29 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    McNabb to Philly? You HAD to go there, didn’t you? *headslap*

  11. 11 Anonymous said at 5:34 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    I deserve a groin punch and flying dragon kick as well.

  12. 12 Anonymous said at 5:46 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    I don’t really see a team signing McNabb. Maybe Dallas? Kitna hasn’t been healthy, and they were willing to pay $3m for Orton. Still, even there is a stretch. I think everyone can tell that McNabb is done. I think he’s on NFLN or ESPN doing analysis by Christmas.

  13. 13 Anonymous said at 5:56 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    I’m an unabashed fan of #5 and I still think he’d make for a great game manager somewhere. The two things you can count on from him are:

    1- A completion percentage around 60% (which puts you around a Schaub level, far higher than Sanchez or Flacco); and
    2- A ridiculously low interception rate. He’s historically great at it, and even though he’s gotten worse at this, even if you prorate his stats he’d be with Aaron Rodgers at the bottom of the INT list this year.

    You’re telling me a team can’t win a Super Bowl with that combination, a RB and an awesome D? Hell, he’s even the same age Brad Johnson was when he won with the same profile.

    He’s not going to “make things happen” anymore or win you games, but he’s not gonna lose games.

    And, frankly, if I had my choice of us sitting here now with Mike Vick or having built this team to deal with 5’s decline by focusing on running the ball and a strong defense… well, no question for me which I’d choose.

    (oh, and compare his numbers to Kolb’s this year – hilarious)

  14. 14 Anonymous said at 7:14 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    Actually the Vikings played the early season like the Eagles. They built first half leads and the D played them away in the second half of the games. Of course just like our offense they didn’t do anything in the second half either. Good thing they had Mcnabb around to blame. Come to think of it we should have just kept McNabb. Same difference.

  15. 15 the guy said at 7:20 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    All Donovan really needs to succeed is to find a team that has receivers that are about 6 inches tall so he can hit them in stride.

  16. 16 Kammich said at 7:38 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    I still root for McNabb. I’m 22 years old, I started to become REALLY invested in the team the year he was drafted(I watched with a casual lack of understanding before then). For quite a long time, he was the only Eagles QB I had ever known. He always seemed like a good dude, and he lead us to a Super Bowl. Like any long relationship, there were hiccups. But the good outweighed the bad.

    I’d like to see him get a crack at a starting job, because unless he gets into a starting line-up sometime in the next 6 weeks, I think he has less than a 5% chance of procuring a starting job in 2012. Houston seems unlikely, but Chicago makes a lot of sense, at least on a PR level.

    What about San Francisco? Not as a starter, but I’m sure they’re looking at a seasoned, playoff-experienced backup for their postseason run.

  17. 17 Jay Austin said at 7:38 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    The very first thing I thought when I saw, “McNabb cut” was:
    He’d be a hell of a lot better b/u than Vince.
    Bring him back.

  18. 18 Anonymous said at 7:50 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    I admit I am also a big McNabb fan. Nothing would make me happier ( outside of an Eagles SB win of course) than seeing McNabb picked up by the Bears and him winning a SB.

    I hate how the Shanny’s dissed him and I would love for him to be able to tell the talking heads like Florio to eat his chunky soup. Man that would be great. Go 5 Go!

  19. 19 Thorin McGee said at 8:04 PM on December 1st, 2011:

    Where’s the game thread? i just watched the most hypocritical game intro ever and i need to vent! LOL

    “Winning is a sometimes thing .. to win you have to feel it from the top of your colon to the end of your anus!”