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Tim Hasselbeck says McNabb's bad practice habits go way back

As the fallout from Mike Shanahan’s decision to bench Donovan McNabb late in Sunday’s loss to the Lions continues, there’s increasing talk that the Redskins’ coaches are frustrated because McNabb doesn’t go hard enough at practice.

On Monday night ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Shanahan wasn’t pleased with McNabb’s practice habits, and on Tuesday morning ESPN analyst Tim Hasselbeck, who spent some time on the Eagles’ roster during McNabb’s tenure in Philadelphia, said poor practice habits are par for the course for McNabb.

“I was a teammate of Donovan McNabb’s in Philadelphia,” Hasselbeck said on Mike and Mike in the Morning. “One of the things that drove them crazy in Philadelphia was the lack of tempo at which he practiced. . . . It was always something where you’re leaving the quarterback meeting and it would be, ‘Hey, listen, the head man wants a little more tempo today.’ Nearly every single day. That’s been the deal with Donovan McNabb. I know exactly what Mike Shanahan is talking about.”

Although Hasselbeck said he didn’t think Shanahan’s decision to bench McNabb on Sunday was wise, he did say that he can understand why a coach would be frustrated with McNabb.

“He’s trying to send a message that we need more tempo at practice,” Hasselbeck said. “Everybody’s watching you, you’re the quarterback.”

At least, McNabb is the quarterback for now. But Shanahan has shown that in crunch time, he won’t hesitate to pull McNabb for Rex Grossman.

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  1. Reginald says: Nov 2, 2010 9:11 AM

    And so it starts.
    Neither QB is good enough to start anymore, but I don’t see how Rex Grossman will be an improvement over McNabb.

  2. Bwa Ha Ha says: Nov 2, 2010 9:12 AM

    McNabb, in D.C. is done.
    Stick a fork in it.
    Even if he plays he will dog it

  3. YP2K says: Nov 2, 2010 9:14 AM

    I have a big problem with these losers who “knew about this all along” but didn’t have the balls to say it until now . . .

  4. wydok says: Nov 2, 2010 9:15 AM

    Eagles fans who were at training camp have noticed this, too.

  5. DrunkSkunkworks says: Nov 2, 2010 9:16 AM

    Bull.. As much as McNabb irritates me I doubt the validity of this comment. These stories always come out 5 years later when the player is on the downhill spiral. Out of all the players that left Philly while McNabb is there, I never heard about his tempo at practice. And I’m a Cowboy fan! Now being out of shape is another thing… He has been eating the Campbells Chunky Soup for awhile..

  6. i who have nothing says: Nov 2, 2010 9:16 AM

    Allen Iverson once said….lol i’ll stop
    but what it boils down to is production. so based on Tim’s comments, he himself had great habits in practice?
    if thats the case, tim’s superb practices didnt keep him in the league or ever get him a starting job. Mcnabb’s slouch ways got him to multiple nfc championships and to a SB..
    McNabb has to be the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL..he’s never been my favorite player by any means but the guy deserves his just due

  7. Magnus the 1st says: Nov 2, 2010 9:18 AM

    I must have forgotten how Tim Hasselbeck was the pinnacle of QB talent where he’d be credible in critiquing other QBs habits.
    Wait, what’s that, you say? He wasn’t? Tim Hasselbeck wasn’t that good? He wasn’t even close to mediocre? Wait. He sucked the biggest suck that ever sucked a suck? I am shocked.

  8. TheDPR says: Nov 2, 2010 9:18 AM

    “We’re talking about practice, man. I mean, how silly is that? We’re talking about practice.”

  9. poonhok says: Nov 2, 2010 9:21 AM

    As long as he brings it on gameday, that’s all that matters.
    McNabb is a great QB and I don’t know why he’s having trouble adjusting…..

  10. Real Football Fan says: Nov 2, 2010 9:23 AM

    When the media gets tired of all the ball washing that they do of Shanahan, they’ll realize that he’s a pretty mediocre coach. His shortcomings 20 years ago when Al Davis fired him are still glaring, his huge ego and piss poor people skills. He went to war with great Raider players about sitting on their helmets in practice because he thought that made them undisciplined…seriously.
    He has no room for flexibility, which some players definitely need, but you’re a moron if you think one size fits all, especially when you have agreat, proven commodity on your team like MCnabb.
    Tim Hasselbeck knows that as well because he probably practiced full tilt whenever he was running the scout team or whatever scrubs like him do, but it didn’t make a difference on his overall performance….either you can play or you can’t. Practice habits aren’t going to change that in the long run.
    McNabb isn’t a good come from behind QB in pressure situations….you know what, neither is Peyton Manning and we get shoved down our throat how he eats, sleeps, and breathes football. On the other hand, Ben Roethlisberger, a well known slacker is, so it doesn’t seem to make much of a difference, does it?
    No matter what rah rah garbage most of you believe, players and their game plan execution on the football field win games. Shanahan is simply trying to force mcNabb into the rigidity of his system, which by the way, fractured his relationship with John Elway as well. The difference was that Elway led them to Super Bowls and the underlying problems in Denver were swept under the rug.
    He couldn’t push Elway into that box, so they had huge problems over the differences in how to play (think Childress/Favre with a happier ending), had the same experience with all of Elway’s successors, and is now going through the same routine with McNabb.
    Well, Terrell Davis and salary cap cheating aren’t walking through that door now, so Shanahan has to learn to work with players, not treat them like they’re his kids.
    PS: Eagle fans, shut up. Your team lucked up that they couldn’t trade Michael Vick like they wanted to in the off-season because Kevin Kolb sucks. Even with your horrible defense and offensive line, McNabb makes that Eagle team 6-2 right now at least. It’s like the moronic Green Bay fans to an even more absurd level because you get off on dumping on the best QB your organization has ever had because he got traded, quite laughable. Just pray Vick can stay upright or you’ll be on that 6-10 plan by season’s end.

  11. Lee C. says: Nov 2, 2010 9:33 AM

    Wasnt Shanahan praising McNabb for his preparation and conditioning earlier in the offseason/preseason?? Is he lying to us now, or was he lying to us then??

  12. Meldog says: Nov 2, 2010 9:35 AM

    I agree with everyone else who has said that this hasselbeck comment is BS….I’m not a fan of McNabb, but I know he’s a good QB. To come out and talk about his practice habits is foolish. Tim is in no place to talk.

  13. BackToJail4Vick says: Nov 2, 2010 9:36 AM

    Anybody who says anything negative about Donovan is a racist. Just ask his mom.

  14. Rip says: Nov 2, 2010 9:37 AM

    Look at McNabb’s body language every time he comes off the field after failing to score for whatever reason. He gives every impression that he really doesn’t care and isn’t concerned, and given that his play has been mediocre at best, I think this is what is frustrating the coaches in DC. Though it was really stupid for Shannahan to tell an incredibly obvious lie.

  15. Floridacock says: Nov 2, 2010 9:38 AM

    Shanahan is a terrible coach. If it wasn’t for a HOF QB in Denver, he would not have won anything.

  16. PolegoJim says: Nov 2, 2010 9:41 AM

    I believe it completely – why else would a seemingly talented guy perform so…average.
    DPR – Practice transmits to Game Day, that’s what we’re talking about. Dogging it in practice–which is why it’s called PRACTICE … How silly is that? There’s no magic switch from dog to full speed Game Day.
    Sadly, Grossman is just a bonehead. Hard decision, Dog V Bonehead. Gotta go with Dog, but kiss post season good bye.
    Mike is tired. He’s cashing some checks for the year, just like did Parcels in Dallas and Miami.

  17. Q2A says: Nov 2, 2010 9:44 AM

    This is absolutely ridiculous. Because Shanahan wasn’t pleased with McNabb’s hustle or lack of it at practice he benches him. McNabb is no rookie just off the block. The man is a professional and has always conducted himself and played that way. I think Shanahan has picked a fight with the wrong guy. What Shanahan needs to do is stop trying to micromanage his players over things he can’t change and start managing his offensive coordinator play calling or lack thereof. I am not a Redskins fan even when Joe Gibbs was the coach. I say, let Shanahan keep benching McNabb over some silly trivial BS and see how many games they don’t win. It will be good for my Eagles.

  18. jimmySee says: Nov 2, 2010 9:47 AM

    And they say Donovan is a candidate for the Vikings job!
    Moss, Favre, McNabb – all these guys come with baggage.

  19. Dmac's #1 Fan says: Nov 2, 2010 9:51 AM

    I can’t believe this all this crap… criticizing Donovan’s work ethic. The guy has hell week in Arizona every year to stay in shape and develop a rythm with his receivers. The guy showed up the very next morning in DC after the trade and didn’t miss a single OTA or practice. Michael Vick praised McNabb and what McNabb taught him about putting in the necessary time in weight room and film room, etc… I just don’t buy it. I was excited at first about Shanahan coaching McNabb, but now I wished McNabb went somewhere else. Shanny is an ego-maniac who will never admit he’s wrong and scapegoat anyone he can. For all the crap I’ve said about Andy Reid, at least he never threw his players under the bus the way Shanny does. You want to criticize a QB’s work ethic, why don’t we start with Favre?

  20. jedicolt says: Nov 2, 2010 9:53 AM

    Warren Sapp once said “We get paid a king’s ransom to play a kid’s game.”
    Professional Practice is like all of us going to work. They aren’t paying him millions of dollars to go to work one day of the week.

  21. MrONE50 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:55 AM

    I’m not sure if Tim Hasselbeck’s Rush Phlegmbaugh induced shat at McNabb is because he thought he’s a better QB, or if he’s just trying to make a (ahem) name for himself. Since when does former players discuss the practice habits of former teammates? I know Mike Golics makes veiled attempt to criticize former teammates but he never names names. I mean damn where the professionalism.

  22. teeg01 says: Nov 2, 2010 9:56 AM

    Philly fans got tore apart by the national media when they couldn’t wait to get rid of McNabb (Mike Golic being one of them).
    Now, since Mike Shanahan says that McNabb has poor practice habits and benched him, the national media is jumping on the bash McNabb bandwagon?
    The national media is now catching up to what Philly fans knew all along, that he is an over-rated, inconsistent QB…even if he is a nice guy (and can play Stair Way to Heaven on air guitar).
    Most Philly fans couldn’t tell you what a financial derivative is or how cold fusion works, but we know our sports, especially football.
    National media, next time you want to know something about sports, ask a Philly fan so you don’t have to flip-flop your position 6 months later.

  23. Mighty B says: Nov 2, 2010 9:58 AM

    Tim Hasselbeck sucks so bad that Dr. Suess came back from the grave as Magnus the 1st and penned “Tim sucks a suck”
    If Matt Hasselbeck had said that I might have thought “listen to this jealous hack”
    ….and I hate the Redskins.

  24. chc4 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:02 AM

    So because Tim Hasselback wasn’t good he can’t make observations? Some of you people are really, really dumb. What he’s saying makes sense. McNabb has always been very slow and lethargic late in halves. Doesn’t take a HOF player to see that.

  25. Mooch says: Nov 2, 2010 10:03 AM

    I’d wondered – are the talking heads at ESPN going to:
    1) Back the over-rated QB they’ve been blowing for a decade?
    OR
    2) Back the over-rated coach they’ve been blowing for several decades?
    Looks like we got our answer!
    You have to give it to Shanahan, he’s getting his spin out there first. Donovan was usually good at this, but I guess he hasn’t been paying enough attention to his hack champions Wilbon and Smith.
    The character assassination is interesting to watch. Shanahan is a bad coach, a worse manager, and a lousy human being.

  26. Take says: Nov 2, 2010 10:03 AM

    In that Superbowl against the Pats, Mcnabb was just moving in slow motion when they needed a hurry up score. I was screaming at the TV!!!! Hurry up! He looked like he had smoked a Blunt and was ready to go to sleep.
    I few times this year I was thinking is it me or does McNabb move in Slow Motion? No urgency what so ever! Remember T.O pointed out he was wore out on that last drive in the Superbowl?
    There you have it! And I like McNabb but it is what it is!

  27. Latch-Key Kid says: Nov 2, 2010 10:03 AM

    Because he didn’t have as much natural talent as McNabb, that makes his observations and criticisms invalid? In that case, the only people who would ever be qualified to be critical of star athletes are other star/Hall of Fame athletes. You know, guys like Joe Theisman, Terry Bradshaw, and Emmit Smith. Do we REALLY want more of them on TV?
    Being great at sports does not equal being good at commentating. “Sucking” so much that you only spend several years on an NFL roster, but not start, does not mean you’re incapable of rightly critiquing the superstars. (But being a random commenter on a blog means my criticisms of guys I don’t like are totally valid and right. Wait, what?…..)
    Wait, I’m trying to be rational in the PFT comments. Never mind. Please continue, as you were….

  28. dlmcc0909 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:04 AM

    If the head coach asks you to give a little more effort at practice, give a little more effort. Especially if your getting paid millions of dollars a year.
    If your boss asked you for a little more you would give it. Same thing applies here, only their job happens to be something we all love. No excuse for it especially from a veteran

  29. DP says: Nov 2, 2010 10:04 AM

    I don’t like the piling on either. That said, this isn’t really anything new. People in Philly have been talking about Mc5’s lackadaisical attitude going back. The smiling after balls thrown in the dirt, the passive aggressive attitude and quotes to the media, the inability to accept responsibility, etc. From the outside it just seemed you couldn’t light a fire under his ass. It’s one thing to be calm and collected and another to be comatose. All of this drama surrounding Mc5 is classic and always follows him. Not all of it is his doing but he certainly contributes and feeds into. It just follows him. The critics were largely silenced b/c the team was descent and going to title games and a SB appearance. Mc5 was a good QB but he had enough warts where people never got emotionally attached to him and now there isn’t any good will he built up to stave off these types of attacks. Just b/c Timmy Hasselbeck is taking cheap shots after the fact though doesn’t mean what he’s saying is wrong. It’s the Jose Conseco effect. Dirt bag move but not necessarily lying.

  30. Mooch says: Nov 2, 2010 10:05 AM

    And, again, you knew this when you took McNabb on.
    So why do the trade if you can’t live with the negatives?
    Same with Haynesworth. He was what you thought he was.
    Shanahan is uniquely American – he wants all the benefits and none of the negatives, he has no interest in putting forth any effort to do something hard.

  31. simple_simon1 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:08 AM

    Good lord. A coach has a right to do whatever he wants. People act like he benched McNabb in the 3rd quarter or something. People also act like McNabb is a 3 time Superbowl QB that had been successful all day moving the ball against a overmatched Lions team. Neither is the case, though the fact it was Rex Grossman is a little brutal.
    Fact is, McNabb hadn’t done much all day. People look at the score and say he was going to be the one to march the ball and win the game. Well, first, McNabb only led the Redskins to 2 TD’s the entire game. One that materialized due to a 3rd down scramble and one where he hit a long pass. Other than that he nearly went 3 and out on every drive of the game and spent most of it, even on the plays where he acoided the sack, getting nailed anyways.
    If it wasn’t for a kick return TD, a missed pick six and a slow start from a rusty, second year QB, which included a redzone INT on a first down, there would be nothing to talk about because this game would have been such a blowout that it wouldn’t have even been an issue. Lions special teams and some bad plays cost them really destroying the Redskins.
    I wish people would stop pretending this is such a big deal. A QB with a 78 QB rating can and should be benched if he’s not getting the picture that he’s not playing well. I have no problem with the decision. Next time, though, make sure you have somebody better than Grossman, that’s all.

  32. lurch's nyquil says: Nov 2, 2010 10:08 AM

    Thats not fair then, the eagles should have told the skins about this before the trade. wah

  33. Brusci is Poncherello says: Nov 2, 2010 10:10 AM

    Once again with this situation with Mcnabb, the easy remedy would be to run Haynesworth till he pukes…

  34. realitypolice says: Nov 2, 2010 10:13 AM

    If Mike Shanahan thinks that the best way to “send a message” about practice habits is to bench his only decent QB with less than 2 minutes to go in a winnable game, then he has fallen even farther off the deep end than I had thought.
    Do these analysts ever give any thought to the crap that comes out of their mouth? Has Tim Hassleback ever heard of another instance where a coach sacrificed a chance to win a game to send a message about practice tempo?

  35. PhillyFansSuck says: Nov 2, 2010 10:13 AM

    Anything you read in the media is semi-truth. Every media outlet puts it own spin on things. And we eat it up. McNabb’s going to Minnesota, McNabb is out of shape, the Shannahan’s don’t like him, He has bad practice habits, blah, blah,blah…..
    How about the simple fact that Shannahan grew cautious of his QB taking an ablsolute beating because there was ZERO pass protection? With a whole 2nd half of the season to play, and sitting at 4-4, is it possible that Shanny wanted to protect his QB, knowing they would be screwed if McNabb got hurt and Grossman had to be the guy the rest of the way?
    I don’t buy it that they would trade picks away for a QB, who won’t get in shape, can’t run a 2 minute offense, and has had bad practice habits for 11 years running. And, oh by the way, won how many division titles with next to no talent (besides Brian Westbrook)? We are not dealing with Jim Zorn or Steve Spurrier. Give me a break.

  36. slizz says: Nov 2, 2010 10:14 AM

    Thank you Mooch! Well said.
    I’m sick of those talking heads refer to him as a “Future Hall of Fame QB”. He never was even close…he just benefitted from a solid coach & organization (Reid, Banner, & Lurie) + a good defense.

  37. Mooch says: Nov 2, 2010 10:16 AM

    National media collectively asks: How can this all be blamed on Eagles fans?

  38. skinsfan85 says: Nov 2, 2010 10:16 AM

    Coach speaking with forked tongue… which is it.. he’s in extraordinary football shape (end of training camp/end of OTA’s) or he’s a slacker and not in shape. Which one is it?

  39. Chip says: Nov 2, 2010 10:18 AM

    McNabb was too tired and out of shape in the super bowl to run the hurry up offense at the end of the game. This is a fact, watch the tape. He also puked, another sign of being out of shape. Multiple teammates confirmed he puked. The guy is an average QB at best.

  40. Dmac's #1 Fan says: Nov 2, 2010 10:21 AM

    Gosh, don’t you think maybe McNabb isn’t trying so hard at practice because he know sthe offensive scheme is a loosing proposition? It’s based on running the ball well in order to set up the deep passing game. Both of those things require a dominating offensive line and a #1 receiver. The Skins lack both. Something McNabb and every Skins fan seems to know, but Shanny and Kyle don’t.

  41. badabingtime says: Nov 2, 2010 10:22 AM

    Take has it right. McNabb just has the slows. It is natural for him, and you can’t change him or coach it out of him. I would use the term “shiftless”. He is who they shoulda known he is . . .

  42. burtreynolds says: Nov 2, 2010 10:26 AM

    The only Hasselbeck with any standing to criticize McNabb is Matt.
    Someone should remind Tim that he played in a total of 12 NFL games and still managed to throw more picks than TDs.

  43. THEiLLaTRUTH says: Nov 2, 2010 10:33 AM

    How embarrassing these people look defending McNabb. He’s a great QB? He’s the 25th rated QB in the league right now. He’s awful.
    You don’t believe the reports about his practice habits? Seriously? Reports of his laziness and inability to read and adjust to defenses was well documented in his time in Philly.
    He is a lazy passive aggressive turd who throws his teammates and coaches under the bus whenever he gets a chance. He hasn’t been a top ten QB since 2004 and he is barely top 25 now.
    Some of you people must either be sad delusional Redskins fans or are smoking the whacky tabbacky

  44. Pongo says: Nov 2, 2010 10:40 AM

    “if thats the case, tim’s superb practices didnt keep him in the league or ever get him a starting job. Mcnabb’s slouch ways got him to multiple nfc championships and to a SB..”
    I think 5s play in that super bowl might be what the coach is thinking of. A bit better conditioning and he wins that game.

  45. petro says: Nov 2, 2010 10:47 AM

    Where are all of the people who said Philly fans would be sad to see McNabb go? It’s always something with this guy and now it’s happening elsewhere.

  46. DP says: Nov 2, 2010 10:50 AM

    I’m surprised the People’s Champion (aka Freddie Mitchel) hasn’t come out yet. He and the Philly fans were way ahead of the curve on this one.

  47. PhillyFansSuck says: Nov 2, 2010 10:50 AM

    @THEILLATRUTH: are you serious? I’d like to see you do your job successfully, while 300+lb men are in your face from the time your day starts, til the time you go home, throwing you on the floor all day, and slamming you into the ground. How could anybody be successful in those working conditions? Not saying he is a top 5 QB, but put the blame where it should be. The ‘skins can change QB’s as often as they want, but until the o-line is addressed, any QB will suck. Not to mention, his biggest wideout is what, 5’10? Yeah, that works out great in the red zone. All the QB’s fault, as usual.

  48. Real Football Fan says: Nov 2, 2010 10:52 AM

    Latch-Key Kid,
    No, he can make any statement he wants, we just don’t need to listen because since he sucked when he played, what credibility exactly does he have to tell us what it takes to runa 2 minute offense since he never did it successfully. He has no clue what it takes. put me on TV if anybody’s opinion matters. Former player perspectives are valid because they can relate from similar experiences, which we’ve all established he has none.
    It’s why I don’t watch the BSPN circus with their collection of mediocre and never was players dominating the screen, while the NFL network does employ players for the most part that were actually good so their points are always valid.
    It’s like Florio’s criticism of Matt Millen, he’s among the worst professional sports GM ever. Therefore, his points are invalid. If you notice, the guys who actually played at high levels like Phil Simms, Dan Marino, Steve young, etc. generally don’t do that nonsense because they had the experience of knowing how difficult playing at that level is.

  49. Mooch says: Nov 2, 2010 10:55 AM

    McNabb is our decade’s Boomer Esiason. VERY good QB, but several glaring weaknesses and no rings.
    But he is not a HOF’er.
    And now he can’t even protect the ball all the well, which is what his resume is all about at this stage.
    I admire the Skins fans, who are largely bypassing the “he needs more weapons” stage and going right to “maybe he isn’t all he was cracked up to be” stage.
    Took us a decade.

  50. Cortez Kennedy's Sideline Hot Dog says: Nov 2, 2010 11:00 AM

    What’s with all the Tim Hasselbeck bashing? Since when did you have to be an All-Pro QB to OBSERVE a teammate’s practice habits? His professional career has nothing to do with his observations of McNabb.
    He’s an analyst. Thus his job is to analyze and give his insight/opinion. He’s had direct practice experiences with McNabb in the past, which certainly allows him to speak on that matter with some validity. How many of you can claim that?
    But hey, let’s just continue to criticize Hasselbeck’s playing career and use that as a measuring stick for his validity as an analyst/former teammate. That seems to be the norm around here. Basically, “You sucked as a player, but even though you actually saw him practice with your own eyes, your word is still B.S”.
    Makes perfect sense to me.

  51. samwadd55 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:03 AM

    I guess being sacked 7 times didn’t contribute to him moving slower in the 4th qtr

  52. minhw0714 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:06 AM

    Who is Tim Hasselbeck to criticize anyone? That’s like the 16th man on an NBA squad criticizing the star player. Tim, you weren’t good enough to make it in the League and now you pile on literally like a Monday morning QB. You have no credibility at all because you worked like a dog and still couldn’t make it. Scary as it is, Kordell has more stroke at ESPN than you do.
    I wish you and your wife would just disappear from TV.

  53. Dolfan34 says: Nov 2, 2010 11:21 AM

    Who cares what Tim Hasselback has to say. He couldn’t cut it in the NFL and everybody knows his wife wears the pants in the family, even if Elizabeth is irrelevant too.

  54. daviskin says: Nov 2, 2010 11:38 AM

    This practice situation is rediculus. If he is that out of shape and practice that bad, then why let him start, play almost the entire game (he had taken all the snaps this season), and now act like he is sending a bad message to the team. If this was in fact the case, you coach, should have benched before the season started let alone 1:50 left seconds in the game.

  55. Real Football Fan says: Nov 2, 2010 11:40 AM

    What’s funny is the same people who are defending Hasselbeck’s irrelevant take are the same morons who hate “loudmouths” like Sterling Sharpe and Michael Irvin for having opinions. Difference is that they were actually good, so I’m inclined to listen.

  56. prnandhomeless says: Nov 2, 2010 11:56 AM

    It doesn’t matter that it’s “just Tim Hasselbeck” saying it. By the same logic, who are you to criticize Tim Hasselbeck when you probably couldn’t make your high school football team, let alone play in the NFL.
    Regardless, it’s not just him either. It’s Shanahan, Reid (who also benched him), former teammates Hasselbeck and Freddie Mitchell, and many Philadelphia fans and local sports media.
    I’ve been saying it for years as a “trade McNabb” guy, and it’s nice that we’re finally proven right after taking so much crap to go against the party line. When we go to training camp and see him slouch around the field, it speaks volumes.

  57. Obnoxio says: Nov 2, 2010 11:59 AM

    McNabb is just costing himself a lot of money since he will be a free agent, his value will go way down if he doesn’t play well.

  58. Real Football Fan says: Nov 2, 2010 12:43 PM

    Obnoxio,
    Yes, because that ’11 free agent QB class is loaded.

  59. geo1113 says: Nov 2, 2010 12:52 PM

    If Hasselback can’t make a comment because he wasn’t a good pro, then Mike Tomlin should not be a coach in the NFL because he never played in the NFL. (And for those of you who think his wife shouldn’t be on TV, WTF are you doing watching “The View.”)
    McNabb and the Super Bowl. I find it hard to criticize McNabb in the Super Bowl because the Patriots game plan was to beat him up and they did it right from the start and it showed at the end.

  60. poppa says: Nov 2, 2010 3:03 PM

    I’m appalled by the media reporting on McNabb. First of all, Tim Hasselbeck? Who is he to criticize ANYONE, let alone a player with hall of fame credentials? Here is what I know about Tim other than he is married to a crazy tea bagger. In 2003 he had the lowest possible single-game passer rating (0.0) in a 27-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He retired as an NFL joke with a 63% passer rating? A guy who sits atop the QB trash heap is now the ESPN expert when it comes to NFL quarterbacks? Give me a break, only in America!
    I have been in Philadelphia for 30 years and watched a biased media pick Donovan apart to find any flaws they could. Never did I read or hear any of the hard-core Philly media report anything close to what Hasselbeck has claimed as fact. I’m amazed that the supposed esteemed national media doesn’t find out the what is true and what is made up stuff with this story. Doesn’t a man with the high character of McNabb at least deserve fair reporting from the major news outlets? I can excuse the Philly rags they call newspapers. I can excuse the amateurs that call themselves bloggers. I can excuse the ignorant tribe on talk radio but I cannot excuse ESPN, NBC Sports, etc.. Within a 24 hour period I have watched one of the greatest CHARACTER athletes ever have his character trashed by a little general coach and a willing media without one shred of actual FACT. Donovan has spent his entire career fighting SUCCESSFULLY to disprove the racist stereotype that a black man is not intelligent enough to play QB or that they don’t have the work ethic. And despite a career with OVERWHELMING evidence to the contrary, the media accepts those very stereotypes as fact without any old school reporting to find truth. Like Brett Farve, the media treats Mike Shanahan as a white god that can do no wrong. And like Bret Farve, the media is more than willing to serve as Shanahan’s lap dog and protector. I guess the politics of the day have even started affecting sports reporting. Disgraceful!

  61. poppa says: Nov 2, 2010 3:06 PM

    I’m appalled by the media reporting on McNabb. First of all, Tim Hasselbeck? Who is he to criticize ANYONE, let alone a player with hall of fame credentials? Here is what I know about Tim other than he is married to a crazy tea bagger. In 2003 he had the lowest possible single-game passer rating (0.0) in a 27-0 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He retired as an NFL joke with a 63% passer rating? A guy who sits atop the QB trash heap is now the ESPN expert when it comes to NFL quarterbacks? Give me a break, only in America!
    I have been in Philadelphia for 30 years and watched a biased media pick Donovan apart to find any flaws they could. Never did I read or hear any of the hard-core Philly media report anything close to what Hasselbeck has claimed as fact. I’m amazed that the supposed esteemed national media doesn’t find out the what is true and what is made up stuff with this story. Doesn’t a man with the high character of McNabb at least deserve fair reporting from the major news outlets? I can excuse the Philly rags they call newspapers. I can excuse the amateurs that call themselves bloggers. I can excuse the ignorant tribe on talk radio but I cannot excuse ESPN, NBC Sports, etc.. Within a 24 hour period I have watched one of the greatest CHARACTER athletes ever have his character trashed by a little general coach and a willing media without one shred of actual FACT. Donovan has spent his entire career fighting SUCCESSFULLY to disprove the racist stereotype that a black man is not intelligent enough to play QB or that they don’t have the work ethic. And despite a career with OVERWHELMING evidence to the contrary, the media accepts those very stereotypes as fact without any old school reporting to find truth. Like Brett Farve, the media treats Mike Shanahan as a white god that can do no wrong. And like Bret Farve, the media is more than willing to serve as Shanahan’s lap dog and protector. I guess the politics of the day have even started affecting sports reporting. Disgraceful!

  62. petro says: Nov 2, 2010 3:20 PM

    @ realfoootballfan
    You’re one of the bigger idiots I’ve seen on here in a while. How would McNabb make this current team 6-2? Speaking as an Eagles fan, I admit they have many holes but oddly enough, the QB situation hasn’t been the problem so far. Please develop more of a football IQ.

  63. mickp says: Nov 2, 2010 3:33 PM

    Really?? A former 3rd string qb working with espn said that??

  64. rarson says: Nov 2, 2010 4:07 PM

    This is just absurd. It sounds to me like the media is latching on to any story they can just so they can blame someone for the Redskins not doing as well as everyone expected. Sounds to me like Shanahan is trying to shift blame away from himself. After all, he’s the freaking head coach, and he is ultimately responsible.
    So let me see if I get this straight: McNabb isn’t practicing up to pace. Shanahan wants to “send him a message”. So instead of, I don’t know, talking to him, he benches him for the last two minutes of the game? Doesn’t make much sense to me. Why not bench him for a whole game?
    Of course, it’s perfectly possible that Shanahan is just a moron who does stupid things for stupid reasons, and actually thought this might work.
    It’s amazing how many utterly terrible coaches there are in the NFL right now.

  65. DaBeast says: Nov 2, 2010 4:14 PM

    Words of wisdom from a chronic benchwarmer. what a joke! Easy for Hasselbeck to go full tilt at practice. Because he was never nursing injuries from getting beat up in a game. When I played years ago (ole Wisconsisn Badger), it always made me chuckle at some of the pathetic suckups who went all out at practice. Then stunk up the joint when called upon in a game. Mind you, this was not all players. Just a noticeable few. Many and most players practice hard and play hard. But one has to remember. D McNabb plays very hard. And he is usually pretty beat up during practice week (just like Favre). Shanahan should respect that. And that weasel Hasselbeck never figured it out because he was always riding the pine!

  66. DeeDubb says: Nov 3, 2010 1:44 AM

    Nothing like selling out a former teammate to help your stale career. Just ask Marcellus Wiley.

  67. DarthPirate says: Nov 3, 2010 1:25 PM

    Well, Matt Hasselbeck is pretty well respected, and he did get to the superbowl in Seattle, so I can see where he might feel that he has the right to comment on McNabb’s poor…wait…who? Tim Hasselbeck? Who’s…?
    Tim Hasselbeck’s a blowhard. I hated him on Sirius NFL.

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