Donovan McNabb wants to play, “just waiting for the opportunity”

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Three teams giving up on him in two years isn’t enough to convince Donovan McNabb that his NFL career is over.

McNabb said on ESPN 1000 in Chicago today that he has been working out, getting into better shape and focusing on his fundamentals as a passer, and he’s ready just as soon as some team wants to pick up the phone and call.

“I’ve been training hard and preparing myself out in San Diego working with George Whitfield, the obviously well-known quarterback guru, supposedly, for over the past month,” McNabb said. “Just kind of refining the skills, working on the mechanics and getting back to a high level, an elite level. I’m just waiting for the opportunity to display that.”

The question is whether he’ll ever get that opportunity. From the perspective of an NFL front office, it would be easy to say that McNabb already had the opportunity to display what he could do, and the three teams that got an up-close look at his abilities — the Eagles, Redskins and Vikings — all decided they were better off without him.

McNabb, however, said he firmly believes there’s a place for him in the NFL.

“I sort of have some unfinished business,” McNabb said. “I love the game, I have a passion for the game, and I look forward to continuing that on. . . . I will be playing somewhere. This is the first time I’m actually going through free agency and I’m excited about it because I get the choice, to pick and choose of the teams that are interested.”

That assumes that there are teams interested. So far, no such teams have been identified.

125 responses to “Donovan McNabb wants to play, “just waiting for the opportunity”

  1. If Mark Brunnell can hold a clipboard, McNabb has got to get a chance somewhere …. right?

  2. Mr McNabb, just retire, no NFL team is, or will be interested in you. Give up.

  3. Know what. This guy is way past his prime, but he’d be a great backup upgrade on most teams….he deserves the opportunity to at least be a back up. The NFL will have at least 10 starting QBs miss games some time this year due to injury. Why not get Mcnabb in and get him familiar with the team?

  4. As an eagles fan I loved mcnabb, sad to see what went down with him his last few try’s, but I still think he will get a chance, not a locker room problem, and he beat out the ” starters ” on the last 3 teams. Good luck #5, somebody give this guy a call, he would still be a decent backup anyway.

  5. Here’s a summary of the end of his career:

    -Eagles willingly trade him to a divisional rival (and laugh all the way to the draft).

    -Redskins dump him for 2 other stiffs at QB.

    -Vikings decide they would rather play for a high draft pick than stick with him.

  6. If Vinnie Testeverde could keep getting jobs into his 40s, there’s no reason why McNabb can’t catch on with some team as a backup this year.

  7. Seems to me that when he was in Washington, the staff tried to get him to focus on fundamentals and footwork. He scoffed and said they wanted him to play like a robot. No they just wanted you to stop throwing the ball into the dirt. Now, he says he’s focusing on fundamentals? He say he was used incorrectly–in Washington and Minnesota? I think he’s delusional and doesn’t realized that his time has passed. To bad for him no teams other than the Redskins and Vikings were delusional enough to think otherwise.

  8. Is it just me or does it sound like Andy Reid runs a marathon before doing a press conference. That guy cant get a sentence together without taking a few deep breaths in between.

    Anyways i say that because He’s about to speak at McNabb’s retirement press conference.

  9. The sad news about Junior Seau reminds you why aging stars will do just about anything to keep their careers going.

    So few of them find anything close to the feeling they get from playing pro ball, whether it’s the adrenaline rush, the comraderie with their team mates, or the adulation from the fans.

    As much as a program to reduce head injuries from concussions, the NFL needs to have more resources to help these guys feel meaningful when it’s time to hang up the cleats.

  10. Donovan McNabb wants to play, “just waiting for the opportunity”
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    Yeah, me too.

  11. He would make a great practice arm to teach receivers how to catch shoestring passes and dive for underthrown balls.

  12. This guy was way overrated

    When he had a great defense and was surrounded with talent he was decent but could never take the team over the top

    With mediocre talent he always under acheived

  13. Does he still want to be a starter? Cause if so, then it’s done. But if he could be a mentoring backup, then sure… as long as its not with myIggles.

  14. You can keep on waiting until the cows come home. No one is going to want a washed up vet coming off two bad seasons who has a huge superiority complex. Maybe he should go play with TO in that arena league or whatever he was up to.

  15. Buffalo passed on Vince Young, If he is having trouble finding work, McNabb is sure to be watching this season from his couch. Young has much more upside than McNabb. The only similarity they share is the fact that they both think their ELITE and they are both a pain in the arse when it comes to speaking to the media.

  16. So you’re waiting for a quarterback to be injured? You’re suspended, McNabb!

    Sincerely,
    Rog

  17. Now he wants work on his mechanics? If he had done that while he was with the Vikings, he just might still be playing.

    Too late Donovan….maybe you can find a job in the Arena league.

  18. He is washed up. He will not get a job. No one wants him as their starter, I wouldn’t want him as a back-up or 3rd stringer either. I wouldn’t want this delusional whiner in the ear of any of my players.

  19. “the obviously well-known quarterback guru, supposedly, for over the past month,” McNabb said.”

    So is this an obvious guru or a supposed guru?

    Is McNabb reluctant to give someone else credit? Is this his extreme ego slipping into his words, or just a terrible use of grammar in his speech?

  20. He would have to be willing to take a backseat and shut his mouth. I don’t think he’s capable of doing that. The media would come calling and he wouldn’t be able to resist.

  21. I thought I was on “The Onion” website. That seems like a headline they could use.

  22. as an Eagle fan and a one time McNabb fan as i read this I’m laughing so hard i think im gonna pee.

  23. [quote]Just kind of refining the skills, working on the mechanics and getting back to a high level,[/quote]

    OH really Mcnabb?? remember when Shanahan tried to help you with your mechanics and footwork but you fought his advice and input, same thing with the Vikings when they tried to help you but you refused to be open minded and now that your lazy butt is out of the league you now realize that you could indeed better yourself as a QB.

  24. Mcnab said he is training at an ELITE. LEVEL what a joke he is nobody wants mcnabb as their starting QB dude just retire already your day’s of getting fat paydays are OVA.

  25. hahahaha, the right opportunity meaning any team in the nfl offers you the veteran minimum? no one wants mcnabb because hes more trouble than hes worth and doesnt care enough to get himself in shape

  26. This guy is awesome. He has no idea how badly he is embarrasing himself. Thats the funniest part about it.

  27. Only been a week since we heard from Mcnabb, he must of not like all the concussion fanfare.

  28. I use to like McNabb, but without Andy Reid he hasnt been able to do a thing. He doesn’t work hard and he is out of shape. I felt bad for him when he was with Washington, but after seeing what he did (or should I say didnt do) with the Vikings McNabb has lost my sympathy. If he didn’t blame everybody else after leaving the Eagles and still worked hard he could have been in consideration for the HoF. But after all this finger pointing and poor play he has no shot at getting a bust in Canton.

  29. FeedtheOldtotheYoung says:
    May 4, 2012 5:50 PM
    Here’s a summary of the end of his career:

    -Eagles willingly trade him to a divisional rival (and laugh all the way to the draft).

    -Redskins dump him for 2 other stiffs at QB.

    -Vikings decide they would rather play for a high draft pick than stick with him.

    _____________________________
    You can add to that list the fact the Bears chose to go with Caleb Haine down the stretch last year rather than sign McNabb.

  30. You know, as an Eagles fan and I hate to admit it, but it would not surprise me one bit that if Vick goes down for the whole year the Eagles bring McNabb back. Ugh….

  31. Speaking as a fan who saw McNabb absolutely dominate games at the college level, then take it to my favorite team (Jaworski days on) in the pros for more than a few excellent years, I have to say…

    Donovan, I love ya, but you’re done. The hardest part of being human is admitting the point that one stage in your life is done and it’s time to move on. Your chances for additional greatness were ruined by pride in Washington (didn’t help that you’re actually right about the Shanahan clan, they’re dicks), then fear on 3rd down – the most important down in the game – in Minnesota. I don’t care who else was on the field, you’re the field general, and you’ve done a buttload more with less than was on either team at the time. It’s really, really time to give it up.

    That said, I’ll still wear #5 with pride

  32. Does anyone else find it weird that, after consistently taking the Eagles to the playoffs, he suddenly sucks when he’s in a different system with a different coach?

    I’m not saying McNabb hasn’t regressed, but the Redskins and Vikings sucked even when McNabb wasn’t starting.

  33. Before he got on my team he would have to submit to a psychological consult.

  34. I am a die hard Eagles fan and I am even tired of McNabb. Please, somebody please give the man his own tv show….stat!

  35. I’ve been training hard and preparing myself out in San Diego working with George Whitfield, the obviously well-known quarterback guru, supposedly, for over the past month

    What does that even mean?

    Is he taking a shot at the man who he’s been working with?

    Is he catching himself boasting in the middle of his statement and backing away from immodest comments about Whitfield?

    Or is he leaving himself an out in case things don’t work out… let’s say he gets a chance with a team, and when he sees the field he has a completion percentage of 40% and a balls-in-the-dirt percentage of 50%. If he’d been working with a true QB guru, then you’d think that the fundamentals would have been more sound. But he’s left himself some wiggle room.

    …yeah…maybe this guy, Whitfield, isn’t a QB guru after all. Yeah, that’s the ticket.

  36. Merril Hoge says McNabb is just uneducated. He is just being completely irresponsible!

  37. This story is getting recycled as the whole Favre retire-unretire thing. Let’s lay it out McNabb: you were very good for a pretty decent time, but not great. I’m certain you could have success in this league again if you were given 5 all-pro linemen, several really good receivers, a good running game and a great defense. Of course, so could I. or any other QB in the league. Short of that, you don’t have it anymore. Three teams figured that out over the past two years. Get over it and retire.

  38. I really don’t understand all the hate for Donovan. He had a solid career, couldn’t win the big one but the same thing rings true for a lot of other good players. He obviously has a passion for the sport if he still wants to continue despite his declining skills. Good luck in finding a job as a backup somewhere McNabb.

  39. Wow, unless McNabb needs the money he really should retire. Every one is not wrong about him.

    Well perhaps he can throw passes to T.O. in the Arena Football League.

  40. Folks, McNabb is past his prime as an NFL starter and he’s annoying even his former supporters by blabbing a new comment every five minutes. But, the vitriol toward him is a little bit unfair.

    If you honestly think that Rex Grossman deserves a chance to be an NFL backup and McNabb doesn’t, you just might want to talk with Dr. Phil about your problem.

  41. He’s clearly better than most of the backups in the league and a handful of starters, too. I don’t see why someone hasn’t signed him to the minimum if he wants back in that badly.

  42. Has any recent Eagles quarterback looked good after they left to play somewhere else. Maybe…just maybe its been the system they were in and not the quarterback…..Hmm?

  43. You might be able to join TO in the AFL. This is another guy that has begun running his mouth now that he’s done. No one wants to hear it. You’ve been washed up for years.

  44. You had a whole career to show what you got. You did well, but could never finish. It’s time to hang it up. You would only be tarnishing your “legacy”.

  45. McNabb would be the perfect fit as the Eagles b/u . He knows the system like
    the back of his hand &’ could win Philly games if/when Vick misses a couple gms this year . Foles is a locker spot & we would end up losing Edwards & Kafka . But philly needs to win now & #5 would give us a better chance of winning if vick can’t play . I would trade Foles for a 5th or 6th next year and then bring Kafka back. Then make another trade (chaney,Matthews rolle or someone) to get draft ammo, and then make power moves to get a legitimate franchise pick . Hell maybe
    even trade Babin (if Vinny Curry turns out be a beast only) for a 1st & 2nd , that would help us get a franchise QB who could learn off Vick and#5 .

  46. Reid & Roseman would never do the controversial signing , and iam ok if not but Foles isn’t our QB of the future , but were going to need a franchise QB in the next 4-5 years , so they better start planning…

  47. He is “getting into better shape and focusing on his fundamentals as a passer”?????

    Why not do that in Philly, Washington, or Minnesota???

    Because Mike Wilbon and Michael Smith kept coddling you like how Dr. Evil did to Mr. Bigglesworth!!!!

  48. i hear Canada likes nfl rejects…

    hes going to keep talking his way out of football like TO. TO still can play and would have no problem finding a job but his mouth kills him.

    whatever team mcnabb goes to the coach better make it mandatory to wear steel toe boots in games.

  49. commonsensedude says:
    May 4, 2012 10:03 PM
    Folks, McNabb is past his prime as an NFL starter and he’s annoying even his former supporters by blabbing a new comment every five minutes. But, the vitriol toward him is a little bit unfair.

    If you honestly think that Rex Grossman deserves a chance to be an NFL backup and McNabb doesn’t, you just might want to talk with Dr. Phil about your problem.

     ———————————————-

    Please don’t count me in with that crowd! The sooner Rex is out of Redskin Park for good the happier I’ll be.

  50. Where was the getting in better shape and working on your fundamentals last Donovan? He must have meant his bounce pass fundamentals from his Syracuse hoops days. He fleeced the Vikes for 5 mil. No other team is even going to take a flyer on him for the minimum.

  51. jw5111,
    exactly, great point. kinda like the joe gibbs offense back in the day… he took a ok qb and made them into stars…look at vick a few years ago, best season ever for him…he hasnt repeated it since but still his best season ever came under reid.

    reids system is a qb friendly system, and those systems make good qb’s great, great qb’s elite.

  52. Getting is shape and working on arm mechanics is a waste of time. The only problem McNabb has is that thing on top of his neck. Fix that and he might be of some use to the NFL.

  53. Dear Donovan,

    The fact that you just will not retire already and leave the game to those with the abilities to still play it is starting to annoy me. Just leave already.

    Sincerely,
    Brett Favre

  54. “Just kind of refining the skills, working on the mechanics and getting back to a high level, an elite level. I’m just waiting for the opportunity to display that.” ~ Donovan McNabb

    Donovan, when were you ever an elite NFL QB? You’re delusional. You’re the only one who can’t see that reality doesn’t factor into your comments.

    Please just go away. Your own former teammates in Philadelphia don’t even respect you.

    Not one of your former Philly teammates has publicly defended you after you foolishly said that you belong in the Hall of Fame.

    Not a single player!!!

    Have fun blaming everyone else for all of the criticism you receive when you say something idiotic.

  55. Groundskeepers who will have to replace his divots from his wormburners just rolled their eyes in disgust.
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    Perhaps it’s from the few after-work beers I had, but I nearly choked to death after reading that.

  56. “I’ve been training hard and preparing myself out in San Diego working with George Whitfield, the obviously well-known quarterback guru, supposedly, for over the past month,” McNabb said.
    ===============
    Huh? On one hand he calls Whitfield “obviously well known” and then quickly follows up with “supposedly”. Did he just praise and diss this guy in the same sentence? PLEASE, for the love of all that’s holy, DON’T let this guy get into broadcasting.

    And to deshofner: You can’t possibly compare McNabb to Seau. Seau played all out for this entire career right up until he retired, which is exactly the opposite of what McNabb did. Seau’s passion was evident, McNabb’s not so much.

    As far as a “program” to help players adjust after their careers are done….well, gee whiz. Maybe players should start taking advantage of the opportunities provided by a college education while they’re there.

    Please, Donovan, go enjoy your retirement with what little dignity you have left.

  57. It’s past time to retire McNabb. With all the defensive talent the egals had and (the late great) Jim Johnson calling that D, it should be unforgivable to Philly fans he didn’t win them a ring.

  58. Does he think there is some conspiracy in the league against him or something?

    Older QB’s still get attention in free agency — Hasselbeck comes to mind. The difference is he can still win games and if he were replaced by Locker (which he didn’t) he’d mentor him, not ask for a release.

    Who wants an old, egocentric QB who won’t support a young QB?

    That’s why there’s no market for you Donovan.

  59. Really Donovan, ready. This guy is delusional. I suggest he go back to the avaliable game tape the last three seasons. That should give him a clear picture of his status in the NFL. His buddy Terrell Owens thought the same thing. It’s over brother and the past few months you are making a case against getting an analyst spot on a network with some of the things you say. #FAIL

  60. “…obviously well-known quarterback guru, supposedly?” What a lukewarm endorsement of someone who is supposed to be returning him to “elite” status. Was he ever there in the first place?

  61. Come to Cincy… last I checked, we could use a veteran back-up. Andy might even be able to learn from him (from both his strengths and flaws).

  62. And analyze that quote – it’s always about Donovan being in control and other teams desperately wanting him. He has to beat away the suitors with a stick!

    In his mind, anyway.

  63. Hi Donovan, my flag football team needs another player and we’d like you join. With your current mobility, we’d like you to be our Center. Think about it this way, you’d still get to handle the ball on every play.

  64. McFlabb needs to just shut up and go away. His ego is only matched by his laziness and delusion. The Eagles would be rocking 2-4 Super Bowl trophies if he had any real work ethic. It’s crazy how oblivious this turd is.

  65. Say what you will about Donovan but he has always been a classy guy. Never a problem in the locker room. Always respectful, accepted responsibility, good stats…..

    I liked the guy and still do. I just think it’s a shame he didn’t start working this hard when the Eagles cut him. Had he begun the process sooner, no doubt he would be playing as a starter for some team.

    His ego and being stubborn is what did him in. I hope he can turn it around and go out with a bang because someone of his caliber shouldn’t go out with a whimper. He’s a good guy and he deserves the chance to rewrite the final chapter of his story.

  66. @justasecond: He always gave the appearance of being a classy guy, but the last couple years we’ve found out just how truly spoiled and passive-aggressive he is. He was only able to put up numbers in Philly because he had great talent around him and a coach who knew how to push the right buttons with him.

    Once he got to somewhere (Washington) where he needed to step up and be a leader, he was usually the last one on the practice field and the first one to leave. He was out of shape, and had such a poor grasp of the offense they asked him to use a wristband — which of course he refused to do, and then he got his feelings all hurt when he was benched for poor play.

    I think the main reason there’s so much dislike coming out in this thread is because nobody likes a prima Donna. Or, maybe I should say, prima Donovan!

  67. LOL @ you Mcnabb Haters, Talking about “Not Elite” and “Average”. Take these stats and put it in your pipe and smoke it:

    TOTAL WINS IN NFL HISTORY (REGULAR SEASON + PLAYOFFS)

    1 Brett Favre 186 112 0 + 13 11= 199-123
    2 John Elway 148 82 1 + 14 7 = 162-89-1
    3 Dan Marino 147 93 0 + 8 10 = 155-103
    4 Peyton Manning 141 67 0 + 9 10 = 150-77
    5 Tom Brady 119 35 0 + 14 5 = 133-40
    6 Joe Montana 117 47 0 + 16 7 = 133-54
    7 Fran Tarkenton 124 109 6 + 6 5 = 130-114-6
    8 Johnny Unitas 118 64 4 + 6 2 = 124-66-4
    9 Terry Bradshaw 107 51 0 + 14 5 =121-56
    10 Jim Kelly 101 59 0 + 9 8 = 110-67
    11 Donovan McNabb 98 62 1 + 9 7 =107-69-1

    LOL, Donovan is one of the most WINNINGEST QB’s IN NFL HISTORY. The Lack of respect shows how much a lot of you don’t know about football. Donovan has been on of the BEST of the decade. Plenty of Legends didn’t win the Superbowl doesn’t mean they weren’t great. The numbers don’t lie. He’s won to many games.

  68. “Just kind of refining the skills, working on the mechanics and getting back to a high level, an elite level.”

    Kind-of refining the skills?
    Back to–an elite level?

    Man, they have GOT to get that brain tumor out of there!

  69. Although, I gotta admit, if Skip Bayless and Colin Cowherd can get on the air, then maybe there’s a network who will give a mic to McNabb.

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