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Devin Hester: Signing Donovan McNabb would be “a waste of time”

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The report that the Bears might consider signing Donovan McNabb doesn’t sound like a great idea to one of the Bears’ starting receivers.

Devin Hester said on Mike and Mike in the Morning that he doesn’t think there’s any way McNabb could show up in Chicago this week and get up to speed fast enough with the Bears’ offense to make a difference. And Hester even suggested that McNabb’s arrival could be counterproductive, as any time spent working with McNabb would take away from time the rest of the offense needs to work with Caleb Hanie, who is struggling in his role as the replacement for the injured Jay Cutler.

“It’s going to be tough right now to pick up a quarterback that hasn’t played in the Mike Martz offense,” Hester said. “This is a difficult offense to run, so as far as a quarterback who hasn’t played in the offense, right now it’s going to be a waste of time.”

Hester makes a good point, although one of the problems the Bears have had in their two losses with Hanie under center is that they’re adhering too strictly to the Mike Martz offense. What the Bears need to do is start running an offense that fits Hanie: Martz hasn’t changed much to account for the fact that Hanie isn’t nearly as good a passer as Cutler, and he also isn’t calling enough plays to take advantage of the fact that Hanie is a better runner than Cutler.

And if Hanie just plain isn’t good enough, then it’s Martz’s job to find a way to put points on the board with a different style of offense. Maybe that means snapping the ball to Hester in a wildcat formation. Maybe that means a series of nothing but handoffs to Marion Barber in the I formation. Maybe that means taking a cue from the Broncos and giving Hanie some Tim Tebow-style read options to run.

But it doesn’t mean signing McNabb.

“We’re going to stick with the guys we got right now and hope we get better with those guys,” Hester said.

If the Bears don’t get better with the guys they have, what looked like a very promising season is going to end very badly.

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62 Responses to “Devin Hester: Signing Donovan McNabb would be “a waste of time””
  1. blackqbwhiterb says: Dec 5, 2011 10:04 AM

    I wish Hester would have told Shanahan before last season he was wasting his time………Of course, lots of us could have told him, probably many did, and he didn’t listen anyway………….

  2. Andee says: Dec 5, 2011 10:05 AM

    Real talk.

  3. CKL says: Dec 5, 2011 10:05 AM

    McNabb is done. Was done the minute he was traded within the division. Maybe this is Hester’s way of being polite about it?

    Cutler is also quite athletic so unless Hanie is Newton/Tebow as a runner, I think this complaint is a little off base since Martz didn’t take advantage of it with Cutler either.

  4. Land Snark says: Dec 5, 2011 10:10 AM

    McNabb could do no worse than Hanie right now. If they don’t take a flier on him they’ll probably watch the season go down the drain.

  5. technovike says: Dec 5, 2011 10:12 AM

    Why does Hester care about which QB hes going to be dropping passes from next? I would have moved Hester to CB years ago, speedy guys that cant catch become CBs. Hey Hester stick to returning kickoffs.

    whats Marc Bulger up to?

  6. dl3mk3 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:14 AM

    where is Marc Bulger?

  7. threedeep1998 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:15 AM

    Better off with Jeff George or Garcia

  8. cameran0804 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:15 AM

    Did this guy just try to compare Hanie to tebow?

  9. KIR says: Dec 5, 2011 10:16 AM

    The season is already shot. Does anyone expect Forte to come back with a bulky knee WITHOUT A CONTRACT and risk his entire career? This injury has already hurt his value. Newsflash, he’s not coming back folks. Who wants to see Hanie, & Cowboys rejects Roy Williams and Marion Barber in your starting offense? I’d rather not see the Bears in the playoffs.

  10. buffalohogan says: Dec 5, 2011 10:16 AM

    What about Marc Bulger? He knows Martz’s offense.

  11. tjacks7 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:16 AM

    Ding ding ding

  12. govtminion says: Dec 5, 2011 10:18 AM

    It IS interesting that Fox in Denver has designed an offense around the strengths and (especially) weaknesses of his QB, which Martz has been incapable of doing in a similar situation. Maybe the Bears aren’t making a mistake dropping Martz off after the season after all- if you’re that inflexible as a coordinator, that you can’t call a different plan based on having either a proven NFL veteran QB or a green-rookie, maybe you shouldn’t be there.

  13. snowpea84 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:20 AM

    It would also be a waste of time because McNabb isn’t any good. When you sign a guy there is at least supopsed to be the hope that he can accurately get theball to the right guy. When you already know someone can’t do that, then what’s the point?

  14. greenpacker says: Dec 5, 2011 10:23 AM

    Devin Hester should be installed permanently at QB. Have Roberto Garza snap the ball w a lot of arc so its like a punt and every 3 or 4 plays he’ll score a TD

  15. war27 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:24 AM

    Jamarcus Russell is available and could most likely outplay and pick up an offense faster then McNabb.

  16. joetoronto says: Dec 5, 2011 10:24 AM

    Right on, Devon.

  17. bmoreravens11 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:24 AM

    Excuse me everyone. Did I miss something? Where’s my calender? Is this Tebow Monday? Every article I read, there is somebody commenting about Tim Tebow even when the article is not about him. Before for you hop on his (you know what) early in the morning, please go and eat some breakfest first. lol

  18. myspaceyourface says: Dec 5, 2011 10:24 AM

    I guess Rush wasn’t to off base with his comments about McNabb after all.

  19. righton989 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:26 AM

    If you don’t like Donovan, how about the leadership, talent and work ethic of JaMarcus?

  20. edgarprado says: Dec 5, 2011 10:27 AM

    If I remember correctly McNabb was in Washington before Shanahan, blackqbwhiterb. But I could be wrong. I was wrong once before.

  21. dorn09 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:29 AM

    Hester is a racist!

  22. russwrecker says: Dec 5, 2011 10:30 AM

    Call up Favre!!!!!

  23. edgarprado says: Dec 5, 2011 10:31 AM

    Looks like I’m wrong again.

  24. nflofficeadmin says: Dec 5, 2011 10:34 AM

    Jeff George is a cerebral player.. he’s waiting..

  25. thejuddstir says: Dec 5, 2011 10:38 AM

    This has been Martz’s problem his whole coaching career. His cookie cutter offense only works if you have the right personnel (which da’ Bears don’t have) and absent the personnel that fits Martz’s offense, Martz has no clue how to run or adjust to any other kind of offense. It is this one -dimensional offensive attack that made Martz in St. Louis (where they had the personnel) and caused him to fail everywhere else he’s been. You can have the best system in the league but if you don’t have the personnel to run it, it doesn’t mean much. Martz only got the job in Chicago due to his long-time friendship with Lovie and this friendship could cause them both to be fired at year’s end.

  26. bronfieldmann says: Dec 5, 2011 10:39 AM

    umm, hello, why haven’t they signed Marc Bulger? He could def do better than Hanie, no question.

  27. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Dec 5, 2011 10:42 AM

    Am I the only person who thinks Mike Martz is the most over rated coach in the NFL?

  28. djstat says: Dec 5, 2011 10:44 AM

    1. They should throw $5 Million at Marc Bulger.

    2. Jerry Angelo should be fired for going into the season with Hanie as the backup since he clearly is not good.

  29. biggerballz says: Dec 5, 2011 10:46 AM


  30. vikesfan67 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:47 AM

    Sign him!!!

  31. metalhead65 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:48 AM

    hester is right on the money. and the system is the reason bears fans will not be sorry to see martz go. ehy is it so hard for the bears to get a o.c. who run a offense based on the players he has? turner refused to do that untill his last 3 games as o.c. when he finally let Cutler roll out and the bears won all 3. Martz comes in with a system that worked with the players he had with the rams. he has never figured out it is not 1999 anymore and the bears do not play on turf! you would think after they made him change last year and they won with those changes he would stick with them, but no he starts the season the same way he did last year with the same results. this time Cutler stands up to him and they go back to what worked and they win 5 in a row. Cutler goes down and he goes back to his system with the backup qb he never liked or wanted and the offense does not work and people are surprised? Hanie is not as bad as people are making out to be and had alot of help in losing the last 2 weeks yesterday in particular. Mcnabb would be no help what so ever this late in the season. his best days are behind him and he has proven with 3 teams in 2 years all of which ran the same same system. if he could not run those there is no way he can run the martz offense.

  32. greenpacker says: Dec 5, 2011 10:51 AM

    Stop commenting about Marc Bulger, he is retired and has said repeatedly that he will stay retired like a respectable millionaire

  33. asublimeday says: Dec 5, 2011 10:51 AM

    This article is just incorrect. Haine has been in the shotgun constantly and has run bootlegs more than any Martz qb in the past. He needs to make plays, it’s on haine.

  34. ch0rn says: Dec 5, 2011 10:51 AM

    The pass hit Roy Williams in both hands for the win, and he tipped it up in the air for an INT.

    Could a different QB throw it AND catch it ?

  35. crindal3000 says: Dec 5, 2011 10:52 AM

    Another waster of time is to think the bears will make the play offs without Cutler.

  36. Derty Ernie says: Dec 5, 2011 10:55 AM

    I agree with one thing Hester said, its a little late now. Anyone coming in would need two weeks at least to get ready. There are only four games left.
    Ditto on the Martz offense. Need special players to carry it out and Hanie probably isn’t good enough in that scheme.

  37. azjohnny says: Dec 5, 2011 11:00 AM

    Bulger wants nothing to do with playing football, he had his chances to sign with a few teams in the off season and never did. He has lost the fire

  38. illiniftw says: Dec 5, 2011 11:08 AM

    Every Chicago fan knows Hester isn’t exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, but even he realizes there is know way McNabb could learn Martz offense fast enough to help so can we drop it please?

  39. rabidbillsfan says: Dec 5, 2011 11:13 AM

    If Hanie can’t do what Martz asks him to do, then he shouldn’t be on the team. When an offensive coordinator gets hired, it’s not his job to come up with a gameplan for the Starter and the Backup. It’s his job to make sure all players, no matter their position on the Depth Chart, know the plays and can execute them the way their drawn up. Tebowmania has everyone saying “well make it work for Hanie, Fox did it for Tebow, and if you can’t, you suck!” Tebow’s skill set is alot diffrent and easier to draw up plays for. Denver already employed the Zone Blocking Scheme, they also had capable RB’s who were above average receivers. Is all that was needed was a FB and some practice for that offense to work. In Chicago, Hanie isn’t Tebow, so what kind of offense would work for him? If your Backup QB can’t run the plays after spending 2 years in the system, then he should be cut, and no fault to the OC. This is all on Lovie Smith and Jerry Angelo, If I recall, Martz wanted to bring in a guy he thought could run his system and was berated and denied.

  40. vickspuppy says: Dec 5, 2011 11:13 AM

    Mr. “One Dimensional” Hester ought to keep quiet about matters that don’t concern him and let duh Bears management make the decision on McNabb or any other available player. Maybe if Hester spent more time developing his WR skills, he wouldn’t have so much free time to chime in on this issue.

  41. coderacer says: Dec 5, 2011 11:14 AM

    Martz will probably do as much as he can to torpedo the Bear’s season before he leaves.

  42. rabidbillsfan says: Dec 5, 2011 11:15 AM


    Pot, meet Kettle… I’m sure there was “Know” way you saw that coming…

  43. comeonnowguys says: Dec 5, 2011 11:16 AM

    Devin said something that makes complete and perfect sense.

    Tiki… he is flabbergasted.

  44. spharrgcs says: Dec 5, 2011 11:20 AM

    Good luck trying to convince Martz to change anything about how he goes about his business. That ain’t happening, and nothing will ever be his fault either. Just ask him.

  45. metalhead65 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:29 AM

    hey rabid bills fan he got the qb he wanted last year and this year in the draft plus he was behind the signing of possibly the worst back up qb ever in todd collins so I would say he has had plenty of say with the team.

  46. mineallmine001 says: Dec 5, 2011 11:42 AM

    “I would have moved Hester to CB years ago, speedy guys that cant catch become CBs. Hey Hester stick to returning kickoffs.”


    So what cave do you live in?

    He started as a CB/KR and they moved him to WR/KR. Chicago has this pipe dream of tying to get the ball to hester in space on offense. It has hurt the offensenad not helped it. If this team had real WR they would be very hard to beat.

  47. wickedbadazz says: Dec 5, 2011 11:46 AM

    I think hester need to just force on trying to get the ball.. I think Mcnabb would be a fit.. he’d a veteran I’m pretty sure he know’s the game of football. And I also think the bears need better receivers, why not get Terrell Owens.. the bears are not trying they are giving up n hester sound like it too.

  48. boothisman says: Dec 5, 2011 11:57 AM

    This seems like a non story here… He made a blanket statement that you have twisted to make it look like he was taking a shot at McNabb

  49. ike1973 says: Dec 5, 2011 12:01 PM

    You know what’s funny? As bad as McNabb is, he’d be an improvement to that bears offense.

  50. tombradyswig says: Dec 5, 2011 12:12 PM

    zip it and return punts!!

  51. The Prophet says: Dec 5, 2011 12:27 PM

    It took McNabb about 2 months before he knew the Viking offense and he still sucked even after that. McNabb has proven to not be a quick study, and his natural talent is long gone. Devin is right, signing McNabb would be a MAJOR waste of time.

  52. tone360 says: Dec 5, 2011 12:33 PM

    Cut Roy Williams… today.

  53. orangeflh says: Dec 5, 2011 12:36 PM

    The Bears should absolutely sign McNabb and insert him into the starting role effective immediately.

    The rest of the NFC North

  54. philtration says: Dec 5, 2011 12:48 PM

    It does not matter because they have lost their starting QB (Cutler) and their best RB and receiver (Forte).
    They were on their way to the playoffs but the wheels have come off and it is too late to fix it.

    How many teams can lose 90% of their offense and still win?
    You can’t expect the D to score every game or Hester to return a punt for a TD every time he touches the ball.

    By the way… Lovie is NOT going to get fired.
    They were 7-3 when Cutler went down and he has two more years on his contract.
    The McCaskey’s are not going to eat $10 million of his salary.
    He will be here next year even though Martz probably will not.

  55. jimmysee says: Dec 5, 2011 12:53 PM

    Of course Hester is right.

    Football is a team sport that requires collaboration and coordination of the parts.

    McNabb is not the guy to make that work — especially with Mike Martz — an Offensive Coordinator who insists one size fits all — his size.

  56. trbowman says: Dec 5, 2011 12:58 PM

    Marc Bulger?

    If Marc Bulger won’t come out of retirement to play for his former coach and a team capable of making a Super Bowl run, he never will.

  57. glenne81 says: Dec 5, 2011 1:00 PM

    if i was chicago,,,,,i would be offering zillions to kurt warner right now

  58. orangeflh says: Dec 5, 2011 1:35 PM


    That makes a frightening amount of sense.

  59. phillybirds says: Dec 5, 2011 1:42 PM

    What if Tom Brady was available Hester???

    Yea, he’s just hating on McNabb in a polite manner.

  60. lionboy23 says: Dec 5, 2011 2:12 PM

    One option Chicago could have considered was Dan Orlovsky, who played for Martz in Detroit. The Colts just picked him back up.

    Orlovsky isn’t a very glamorous name, but he DID throw for 353 yards, 2 TDs and 113 QB rating yesterday for Indy.

  61. mezanine10 says: Dec 5, 2011 3:45 PM

    There’s a reason why McNabb cleared waivers and nobody wanted him.

  62. granadafan says: Dec 5, 2011 6:18 PM

    What is with the Vikings signing over the hill and divisive QBs?

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