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.

86 responses to “McNabb says he just wants to compete

  1. 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. 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. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. “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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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

  13. “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.”

  14. 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!!

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

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

  18. “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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

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

  22. 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

  25. 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!

  26. 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?

  27. 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

  28. “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 !!!

  29. 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 !

  30. 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.
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    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.

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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!

  34. 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…

  35. 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…
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    That is not fact. That is your fanboy delusion talking

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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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