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McNabb says he just wants to compete

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Free-agent quarterback Donovan McNabb has been available to be signed by any team for more than two months.  But no one has signed him, and no one seems to be interested in signing him.

McNabb joined Sports Radio 610 in Houston recently to discuss his plans for a sport that seems to have no plans for him.

“I think the most important [thing] for me is just to have an opportunity to come in and compete,” McNabb said.  “Come in as a starter, yes, that’s great.  I have no problem with that, but in certain situations obviously being a 35-year-old quarterback and people want to look into your past, the last two years, they want to nitpick a couple things.  Well, I just want an opportunity to compete.  Go into a team with a solid defense, a run game, and with some weapons on the outside.  That’s something that I’m accustomed to, being obviously in Philadelphia.  And the two teams I’ve been on [Washington and Minnesota], there’s been some ups and downs.”

On the issue of the nitpickers, McNabb suggested that the recent criticism of him is something that emanated from one person in the media, and that then snowballed.  (He sounds a little like T.O.)  McNabb also defended his preparation, work ethic, and conditioning, calling criticism directed to those areas “garbage.”

Still, there’s a reason why no other team has signed him.  And it’s not because the various General Managers, head coaches, and owners are listening to the things said by people in the media.  Whether it’s work ethic or conditioning or preparation or performance or something else, teams simply don’t want McNabb, they haven’t wanted him since he was cut, and there’s no reason to think anyone will want him at any point in the foreseeable future.

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86 Responses to “McNabb says he just wants to compete”
  1. FinFan68 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:00 PM

    In order to compete you must be willing to put in some effort. He hasn’t. He does not deserve a roster spot in the NFL anymore

  2. tramonisland says: Feb 24, 2012 6:00 PM

    last year the only thing he looked like he wanted to compete in was the nathan’s all you can eat hot dog eating contest.

  3. bodester says: Feb 24, 2012 6:01 PM

    McNabb says….he just wants to blame everyone else.

  4. norseyapper says: Feb 24, 2012 6:04 PM

    Please, just go away.

    Like a pro golfer with the yips McNabb was short arming easy throws, especially in the 2nd half of games. Yeah, his body showed a lack of conditioning but the bottom line is he lost his nerve.

  5. joetoronto says: Feb 24, 2012 6:04 PM

    McNabb says he just wants a paycheck.

  6. diegiantsdie says: Feb 24, 2012 6:04 PM

    Nobody wants him cause Reid isn’t grooming him. I’m an eagles fan and I believe that Andy is why his qb’s are good.well. Marty too

  7. contra74 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:04 PM

    McNabb…SHUT UP!

  8. cali49er707 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:04 PM

    and i just wanna make millions for playing a game i use to play as a kid

  9. theghostofjackkentcooke says: Feb 24, 2012 6:04 PM

    He just needs to find a team that isnt picky about wanting to win games.

  10. rajbais says: Feb 24, 2012 6:06 PM

    Then lose some weight, “Donovan McFlabb”!!!

  11. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 24, 2012 6:06 PM

    He can compete for a spot on Sunday countdown, but he’d still lose that.

  12. dirtdawg55 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:07 PM

    He wasn’t all that in his prime, never mind at 35. Yeah, I know, I know. 5 NFC championships, 1 SB appearance, but 1 for 5 and an 0-fer was still the result.

    There is just something about this dude that never sits well with me. He always seem to have that perfect politically correct answer but also that perfectly uneasy smarmy feeling that comes with it.

  13. trbowman says: Feb 24, 2012 6:10 PM

    No one wants a 35 year old QB who’s immobile, woefully inaccurate and has lost a lot of his arm strength. Oh, and there’s the fact that he’s not a mentor and has questions about his work ethic.

    Sorry Donovan, father time’s a calling.

  14. themonster49 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:12 PM

    Compete with who? 3rd strings?

    McNabb, it’s nice and we get it that all you’re doing is trying to get a single team to give you any chance and invite you to camp, but the fact is: Straight Up If You Have To Do That It’s Because Nobody Wants You.

    Not to mention, throwing around “nitpick a couple of things” takes away from the purpose of the statement, which was to get you to a camp any camp, and replaces it with us realizing midway through reading your statement that you aren’t going to accept a single fact that isn’t positive. Which means any GM that was considering inviting you to camp, once they got to that part of your statement, decided it was a crazy idea and they won’t be calling you, as they had originally planned before your statement.

  15. kash71 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:14 PM

    Get your cowboy hat on and just ride off into the sunset. It is better that way.

  16. govtminion says: Feb 24, 2012 6:15 PM

    “I think the most important [thing] for me is just to have an opportunity to come in and compete,”

    Please, Donovan, don’t let any of us stop you. Just… well, the past two years, you haven’t tried to compete, so… go ahead and just do it if you want to, and if you’d rather be lazy and unmotivated, then do it at home.

    It’s on you, dude. Show some team why they should toss money at you- because in the past two years, you’ve shown the Eagles, Redskins, and Vikings why they shouldn’t have bothered.

  17. thegonz13 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:16 PM

    You’re 35, you’re overweight, you’re out of shape, you’re coming off your worst season ever… and you’re NOT going to get a job!

    Get used to it!

  18. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:18 PM

    He was soo terrible for the Vikings that i don’t think anyone will want him again. Don’t blame the team either because Ponder stepped in there for the first time and played 100x better than Mr. Turf skimmer.

  19. t2live says: Feb 24, 2012 6:18 PM

    Hey McNabb, when your own coach trades you within the division and your next two coaches bench you and then cut you after the season. They all can’t be wrong. You want someone to blame? Look in the mirror.

  20. knicks4life says: Feb 24, 2012 6:18 PM

    2nd string qb

  21. We'reFineThere says: Feb 24, 2012 6:19 PM

    I think it’s funny he is still requiring a solid D, run game, and receivers.

    Anyway, Andy Reid could probably have 5 rings by now if he just stayed a QB coach.

  22. chowface86 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:24 PM

    If he would quit admiring Brett Favre so much maybe he could compelte more than 2.5% of his passes.

  23. calvinreddick25 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:26 PM

    I think Mcnabb still has something in the tank. Everyone is quick to say he is old, he cant do it. Look at the teams he was with, the redskins were a BAD team, they had no Oline no WR nothing for offence. No QB could do good in that system, rex was running around like a mad man all the time. And the Vikes did not allow him to throw the ball as much as he is use too more run the ball and really had no WR to throw too. They sat haven most of games. Give him a chance there are a few teams that could use him, the fins, jets, denver, cards

  24. bleed4philly says: Feb 24, 2012 6:28 PM

    No, he just wants to start.

  25. mrcosio says: Feb 24, 2012 6:29 PM

    He will compete for a starting position as long as the other QB’s are not starting calibre

  26. melikefootball says: Feb 24, 2012 6:29 PM

    Well how about getting in shape and learn the play book.

  27. go9ers says: Feb 24, 2012 6:32 PM

    “I just want to compete. I don’t want to get into shape. I don’t want to study a playbook. I don’t want to practice. I don’t want to learn the overtime rules. I don’t want to mentor a young QB. I just want to compete.”

  28. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 24, 2012 6:32 PM

    You’re fat.

  29. njsteeler says: Feb 24, 2012 6:33 PM

    Really Donavan? It’s time to hang up the cleats. If you want to compete, get into broadcasting and compete for an Emmy, or an ESPY. You’re not wanted. And there is nothing sadder than a grown man begging for a job. You have options man! You had a great career. Retire, and enjoy your second career in TV. You’re going to be great!!

  30. pacificajim says: Feb 24, 2012 6:34 PM

    Oh, so he wants to try something different this year.

    Good luck with that.

  31. redskinroro says: Feb 24, 2012 6:35 PM

    Hang it up (Don Mac) your DONE

  32. souldogdave says: Feb 24, 2012 6:37 PM

    How pathetic.

  33. poohman1975 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:38 PM

    You want to go to a team that has a solid defense, good run game, and decent receivers. Well Donovan, all those teams actually have good QB’s.

  34. vikesfansteve says: Feb 24, 2012 6:39 PM

    MN couldn’t get him to stop eating. That safety against Chicago summed up his whole season last year. Didn’t even try to get out of the end zone. All he had to do is fall forward. Failed. He didn’t even seem to care.

  35. joealaniz says: Feb 24, 2012 6:40 PM

    I think he was misquoted. Mcnabb really wants to comp-EAT.

  36. upperdecker19 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:47 PM

    Who gets signed first…..???

    Thumbs up = McNabb
    Thumbs down – Vince Young

  37. scott8nj says: Feb 24, 2012 6:51 PM

    He has nothing left. He’s done.

  38. emoney826 says: Feb 24, 2012 6:51 PM

    Whatever he does, please don’t get a job for ESPN as an analyst. He was guest on NFL Live one day during the playoffs and he was absolutely terrible. Stuttering constantly and making it so obvious that he was reading a monitor…at least trying to read it.

  39. katrinasafterbirth says: Feb 24, 2012 6:51 PM

    McNabb just wants to compete, Big Ben just wants to rape, whatever…

  40. devrick says: Feb 24, 2012 6:55 PM

    That requires being a competitor.

  41. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Feb 24, 2012 7:00 PM

    Classy guy. He’s set on cash so he still must have desire. I’d sign him Jim Harbaugh!

  42. tjacks7 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:16 PM

    “people want to look into your past, the last two years”

    Yes, why would anyone want to consider your recent work history when they’re considering employing you? The fact that you were essentially fired from THREE teams is irrelevant.

    “Go into a team with a solid defense, a run game, and with some weapons on the outside.”

    I don’t know what’s more sad. The idea that McNabb thinks theres a team out there with a solid defense, a run game, and some weapons out side, in need of a terrible QB to lead the way; or the fact that this egomaniac still thinks he’s the missing link for a team that’s already built.

    Hold a clipboard on sundays or be put on the inactive list; your playing days are over.

  43. theytukrjobs says: Feb 24, 2012 7:28 PM

    I think the problem with McNabb is that he takes years to get accustomed to a system. He isn’t one of those veterans who can show up and adapt to a system. He’s an old dog that can’t be taught new tricks so to speak.

    Still somewhat surprising, given his career stats, that no team has signed him to be a veteran backup. It just seems like there ought to be a team in the NFL that currently has a QB on their squad not as good as McNabb.

    Christ the guy has gaudy career stats and is a fairly healthy 35. Nobody even wants a sniff? There must be a little more to the story. Kind of reminds me of how Culpepper couldn’t even get a sniff with any teams.

  44. backindasaddle says: Feb 24, 2012 7:29 PM

    Donovan…. you already had your “opportunity to come in and compete”. As a matter of fact, you were outright handed the job…. and then you failed miserably. Now it’s time for you to take your lazy rear end home to Momma for some Cambell’s soup…. and don’t come back. It’s much nicer for us fans to watch players with real genuine enthusiasm play the game and not some lazy, unmotivated, fat cat whose only objective is to collect a final fat paycheck.

  45. realityonetwo says: Feb 24, 2012 7:40 PM

    Time to go compete with Jaws for face time on ESPN…

  46. kingjoe1 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:40 PM

    The only thing this dude has a chance competing with any longer is in an Nathans Hot Dog eating contest against kobayashi.

  47. brenenostler says: Feb 24, 2012 7:41 PM

    Funny how everyone just suddenly hates him. It’s not like he sneaks out killing babies at night.

  48. eagleviking says: Feb 24, 2012 7:44 PM

    Someone here said that Andy Reid is the reason his QB’s are good…I disagree and I’m an Eagle fan. At the time of McNabb’s release, I wanted Andy to go instead. Now it is even more clear he should go. Andy’s system HURTS QB’s! There are very few QB’s that would possibly win a super bowl in his system…Joe Montana, maybe Elway…You could not sit in the pocket because you would be killed! Line play must be the number one priority. Because ANdy is SO pass happy, he neglects his running game(an after thought) and sets his QB’s up as sitting ducks. Dominating offensive lines GET AFTER PEOPLE..they are OFFENSIVE. ANdy has never had that because he always puts the offense in a defensive mode. We know this as Eagle fans because we have come to dread 3rd and 1. Now McNabb is past his prime, but he doesn’t deserve all this stupid hate stuff. Get over it people!

  49. jtwp61 says: Feb 24, 2012 7:48 PM

    He had his chance to “compete” the last 2 years and chose not to work at it. I will be shocked if anyone gives him another shot.

  50. billybatty says: Feb 24, 2012 7:48 PM

    NO COMPETE FOR YOU!

  51. uraduntx says: Feb 24, 2012 7:55 PM

    Ran into him at the super bowl. He is an ass, you would think at the point his career is in, he wouldn’t mind some one to asking him for his autograph. But just the opposite he was very rude. I understand if there are a bunch of people are him, but we were both alone.

  52. delshofner says: Feb 24, 2012 7:58 PM

    They’re not listening to rumors Donovan …

    They’re watching your game film.

    It’s sad when NFL players time is up … sadder when they won’t acknowledge it, even to themselves.

  53. nfceastisbeast says: Feb 24, 2012 7:58 PM

    The only thing worse than watching him play is watching him on pre-game shows. He thinks he’s a frickin’ comedian, but the only one that laughs at his jokes is him. Everyone else is laughing AT HIM, not with him. Just go away!

  54. virusgvr says: Feb 24, 2012 8:02 PM

    You know I wonder if McNabb jumps on here as some crazy screen name and goes “I really think he deserves a chance, that was the past, look at Ricky Williams.” Anyone else think that way?

  55. delshofner says: Feb 24, 2012 8:10 PM

    @virusgvr — is that you, Vick?

  56. vikingdoode says: Feb 24, 2012 8:19 PM

    As head cashier at KFC

  57. randomjim says: Feb 24, 2012 8:21 PM

    Some one should give him a shot. He has a great bounce pass, if he can improve his 3 point range.

  58. gb4mn0 says: Feb 24, 2012 8:24 PM

    MN should resign him. He’s still better than the grossly overrated christine pondexter.

  59. illbilliv says: Feb 24, 2012 8:38 PM

    He’s done and refuses to see whats obvious to fans and NFL personnel. Tired of this guy

  60. mikehockhurtz says: Feb 24, 2012 9:01 PM

    McNabbs future in the NFL = Taking some Xanax on top of a couple drinks and taking a hot bath

  61. asw1028 says: Feb 24, 2012 9:03 PM

    Are you sure he didn’t say ‘I just want to eat?’ That would make a lot more sense.

  62. mikehockhurtz says: Feb 24, 2012 9:04 PM

    You know I wonder if McNabb jumps on here as some crazy screen name and goes “I really think he deserves a chance, that was the past, look at Ricky Williams.” Anyone else think that way?

    ****************

    Yeah, his screen name is NComPlete

  63. runtheball says: Feb 24, 2012 9:32 PM

    Just want to compete? Go play bingo!

  64. vetdana says: Feb 24, 2012 9:36 PM

    “they want to nitpick a couple things. …are you kidding me !!…..has he looked at any game film in the last two years ? [ proof is in the pudding]…Donavan is going to compete next year….but it is going to be… for the bench !!!

  65. vetdana says: Feb 24, 2012 10:19 PM

    Funny how everyone just suddenly hates him. It’s not like he sneaks out killing babies at night…..

    Nobody says they hate Donavan…how can you hate a guy who has his mom fix soup for the whole team ?….We just say …HE CAN’T PLAY FOOTBALL ANYMORE !

  66. mattolikesthevikes says: Feb 24, 2012 10:20 PM

    Go join TO

  67. thegonz13 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:25 PM

    Are you sure you didn’t mean “Throw an incomplete”?

  68. buddybowl69 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:34 PM

    MCNABB: “Did somebody say pudding?”

  69. pb333 says: Feb 24, 2012 10:54 PM

    Go home and be a family man.

  70. bangitfootball says: Feb 24, 2012 10:54 PM

    McFlabb couldnt start for most major college teams. Maybe he can get a job on the Food Network.

  71. effjohntaylornorelation says: Feb 24, 2012 10:58 PM

    He does compete all the time, with his ego.

  72. legeisyaj says: Feb 24, 2012 11:45 PM

    Bye bye. Nice while it lasted. But bye.

  73. CKL says: Feb 25, 2012 12:48 AM

    dirtdawg55 says:
    Feb 24, 2012 6:07 PM

    There is just something about this dude that never sits well with me. He always seem to have that perfect politically correct answer but also that perfectly uneasy smarmy feeling that comes with it.
    ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    It’s because he’s a master of passive aggressive speech & actions. The uneasy feeling you get is probably that you sense that he’s full of BS and wants to be pitied while looking “classy” and he makes a martyr of himself.

  74. phillyphan72 says: Feb 25, 2012 1:20 AM

    The one thing that always bothered me about this self centered idiot is that he played like he didn’t give a dam.all those bad throws usually got followed up with a smile..that always got under my skin. You just don’t care Don… So why should any team give you the time of day..get lost.. You caused us alot of dissappointment..bum

  75. MichaelEdits says: Feb 25, 2012 6:19 AM

    That would be a first

  76. charlutes says: Feb 25, 2012 7:34 AM

    Yes, nitpick on those little things…like how you have sucked for 5 years.

  77. kitwor says: Feb 25, 2012 7:44 AM

    Being an Eagles fan for over 40 years the thing that literrally killed me Donovan was how you absolutely played like you did not care during most of the second half of 2004 Super Bowl. I’ve watched replays of that 2nd half a ton of times and I became a major disbeliever in you from that point. Did you, yourself watch that game? Although TO became a distraction in the locker room for that team he played that game with a broken leg and caught every innacurate pass thrown his way.

    Your answer to all the critics in that game as well as everything your done since is to deflect the criticism instead of trying to learn from it and get better.

    What has happened to you over the last three years is a reflection of what you did in that game.

    You are not going to change. Its that simple

  78. ravenheath21 says: Feb 25, 2012 12:08 PM

    he could compete on some teams practice squad.

  79. richardhurtz says: Feb 27, 2012 2:25 PM

    Dude, you have been released or traded from THREE TEAMS IN JUST OVER A YEAR! How many more “chances” do you want? McNabb was a slightly above average QB that had a couch who build the entire offense around protecting him. Once daddy Reid was gone, McNabb became useless.

    This guy stole more money than any player I can remember outside Haynesworth. Don’t go away mad, just take your millions and JUST GO AWAY!

  80. stercuilus65 says: Feb 28, 2012 4:49 AM

    Fact is the QB play was worse when he left Washington and worse when he was benched in Minnesota. A shame the idiots are condemning him for not doing more with two horrible teams…

  81. FinFan68 says: Feb 28, 2012 10:28 AM

    stercuilus65 says:
    Feb 28, 2012 4:49 AM
    Fact is the QB play was worse when he left Washington and worse when he was benched in Minnesota. A shame the idiots are condemning him for not doing more with two horrible teams…
    ————
    That is not fact. That is your fanboy delusion talking

  82. blu4l1fe says: Feb 28, 2012 2:47 PM

    I am not a fan but I just think it is somewhat ironic that the one thing that always comes up whenever his name is mentioned is the same thing that he keeps asking for – an opportunity to compete.

    I think between the Eagles, Redskins and the Vikings, he’s had all the opportunity he can ever have. Not knocking him as he did have some good playing years with Philadelphia but really, at this juncture, historically, if he even gets signed, he’ll assume the position of back-up.

  83. stercuilus65 says: Feb 29, 2012 2:36 AM

    FinFan68 says: Feb 28, 2012 10:28 AM

    stercuilus65 says:
    Feb 28, 2012 4:49 AM
    Fact is the QB play was worse when he left Washington and worse when he was benched in Minnesota. A shame the idiots are condemning him for not doing more with two horrible teams…
    ————
    That is not fact. That is your fanboy delusion talking
    ———
    Ahhh but it is fact, look it up moron.

  84. stercuilus65 says: Feb 29, 2012 2:54 AM

    2012
    Mcnabb 82.9 rating
    Grossman 72.4 rating
    Beck 72.1 rating
    Ponder 70.1 rating

    Yeah it’s McNabb’s fault Minnesota and Washington suck.

  85. richardhurtz says: Feb 29, 2012 9:48 AM

    stercuilus65 – Do you even watch football? The Viking offense dramatically improved (although it was still below average) once McFraud was replaced by Ponder. Percy Harvin went from being a non-factor to one of the better WRs in the league (look at the stats). In Washington, Grossman wasn’t good by any means but he didn’t do any worse than McFraud either. McFraud will end up joining one of the NFL talking head shows after he realizes NOBODY wants him on their roster.

  86. richardhurtz says: Feb 29, 2012 9:51 AM

    stercuilus65 – How many wins did McFraud have in 2012? What were Percy Harvin’s numbers with McNabb under at QB compared to Ponder?

    Stop riding McFraud’s jock already. That dude wouldn’t pi ss on you if you were on fire in front of his house so why are you so in love with him?

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