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Andy Reid tells other teams they should sign Donovan McNabb

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Two years after Andy Reid convinced the Redskins to give him a pair of draft picks for Donovan McNabb, the Eagles’ head coach is still telling other teams they ought to take McNabb — even if Philadelphia won’t get anything out of it.

Reid told NFL Network that he urges other coaches around the NFL to take a chance on signing McNabb, who has been an unrestricted free agent since the Vikings waived him and no team claimed him late last season.

I tell them to take him,” Reid said in an interview set to air on Monday evening’s NFL Total Access. “I still think he can play. I think the world of him, and we had some great years together here. I’m always wishing him the best and a fan of his. I got a chance to see him at Brian Dawkins‘ retirement [ceremony]. He looks good. He looks physically good. He looks like he could go out and play tomorrow. I would highly recommend [him].”

Reid may be right that McNabb looks physically good (even though he still looked a little chubby in the ESPN segment about his weight loss), but the bigger problem is that McNabb still thinks he’s good enough to start. No team is going to take Reid’s advice until that team is convinced that McNabb can be a good teammate and strong locker room presence as a No. 2 quarterback.

As the first of three coaches in the last two years to discover that McNabb wasn’t good enough to start for his team, Reid can’t be too surprised that the NFL’s other 29 coaches don’t think McNabb is good enough to start for their teams, either. And no matter what Reid may say about thinking highly of McNabb, I have a feeling that if McNabb ever does accept that he has to be a backup, the quarterbacks Reid would really like to see McNabb back up are Tony Romo or Eli Manning.

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  1. Tarkus says: May 14, 2012 6:05 PM

    Yeah, preferably other teams in the NFC East.

  2. gojags says: May 14, 2012 6:07 PM

    Were the other teams Reid referred here play in the NFC East division?

  3. mikewasserson says: May 14, 2012 6:08 PM

    Gotta love Reid. First he swooned the Redskins into taking him now he’s going back for double dips!

  4. cincinnasti says: May 14, 2012 6:13 PM

    I’d like to see him in Cincinnati.. He’d be an upgrade over Gradkowski as a backup.. That’s if he’s been humbled enough to take a back up roll..

  5. andyb02 says: May 14, 2012 6:16 PM

    Eagles should sign him then flip him for two 2nd round draft picks and a pro bowl player.

  6. cbass59 says: May 14, 2012 6:17 PM

    He’s also telling teams to sign Ron Jawroski.

  7. alexb64 says: May 14, 2012 6:18 PM

    I’ve never been a McNabb fan but I do kinda feel bad for how much of an after thought he is at this point. There was a time (albeit a short one) when he was one of the premier QB’s in the NFL. I guess you’re left wondering what he’d have been like with a better work ethic, I think Reid absolving him of fault (like The Jets did with Sanchez up until these past few months) for his mistakes really killed him, because by the time The Eagles were done with him he was incapable of pushing himself or learn a new offense.

  8. lamass44 says: May 14, 2012 6:20 PM

    If Andy loves him so much, why doesn’t he sign him as a backup? Why? Because Reid knows he couldn’t beat out Mike Kafka for the backup spot. We are talking about a cat that lost his starting job to Rex F. Grossman. Think on that for a second.

  9. 7ransponder says: May 14, 2012 6:23 PM

    My packer friends here and in the Minneapolis area tell me that the Packer organization can turn anyone into a winner. I hear the Pack needs a viable backup QB – why not NcNabb??

  10. tom-a-hawk says: May 14, 2012 6:25 PM

    “He looks physically good. He looks like he could go out and play tomorrow.”

    I’m going to take a wild guess and say that he wasn’t in pads throwing to any receivers during Dawkin’s retirement party. Since he didn’t, Reid’s endorsement means nothing. Sure, he can go out an play tomorrow, but I’m going to say he’ll play horribly, just like he did with Washington and Minnesota.

  11. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 14, 2012 6:29 PM

    McNabb didn’t exactly have good situations in Washington and Minnesota. If I were a team like the Cardinals, I’d give him a shot over Kolb.

  12. bubba9er says: May 14, 2012 6:30 PM

    Outward appearances aren’t what matters with McNabb. He’s “out of shape” in the head. He’s fat from the inside out, from the top down. I saw a comment somewhere last week that “…if Mark Brunell is still in the league, there is a place for Donovan McNabb…” (loosely summarized) I agree with that, someone needs to rep Campbell’s Chunky soup.

  13. strokeytheclown says: May 14, 2012 6:30 PM

    Will this crap ever end?

  14. biasedhomer says: May 14, 2012 6:32 PM

    If Im another coach, Im asking why did Reid sign Trent Edwards instead of McNabb.

  15. justasecond1 says: May 14, 2012 6:35 PM

    I think he IS a good locker room presence AND a team player. However, even I wouldn’t take him until he becomes serious about being a starter. Being a leader means more than just leading a team, or having a commanding presence. Being a leader also requires that one be led from time to time. And, as much as like McNabb he seems rather stubborn to me. I hope he can get it together. If he ever does, some team will have a great player.

  16. espnfeedback says: May 14, 2012 6:38 PM

    Here come all the Rush Limbaugh Ditto Heads who agreed with him wrongly back in the day hang out and troll. Now McNabb is at the end of a tremendous career you all come out of your decade long hiding to dance on his career grave in a vain effort to justify your wrongheaded prejudgment of McNabb. You all were wrong then and you’re wrong now.

    Besides we all know these armchair, double-wide trailer opinions have nothing to do with McNabb per se anyway. He’s just a stand-in; a crash test dummy for social commentary. It’s far bigger and deeper than Donovan!

    @ESPNfeedback

  17. flyeredup says: May 14, 2012 6:42 PM

    As long as Andy Reid is with the Eagles, they will never win a Super Bowl. Frustrating!

  18. mayortito says: May 14, 2012 6:44 PM

    the tin man still needs to head to Oz to find his heart.

  19. laeaglefan says: May 14, 2012 6:45 PM

    The fact that Andy Reid signed Trent Edwards over McNabb to compete for the backup QB spot speaks volumes about what he “really” thinks about McNabb’s abilities.

  20. 4512dawg4512 says: May 14, 2012 6:45 PM

    Browns ought to make a run at him. Under Brad Childress as QB coach in Philly he went to 5 probowls, now Childress is the OC in Cleveland, be a good mentor for Weeden also

  21. hawkforlife says: May 14, 2012 6:45 PM

    This is a joke right? Andy Reid wouldn’t know a QB from a fire hydrant. How many QBs has he won a super bowl with? How many Eagles QB draft picks under Reid have turned into pro bowlers?

    If my memory is correct, one and that’s McNabb!

  22. prmpft says: May 14, 2012 6:48 PM

    Actually, he said – I don’t care what you do with him he’s not my problem – but the media can read between the lines for us…

  23. wludford says: May 14, 2012 7:05 PM

    What is Andy Reid McNabb’s agent now?

  24. righthereisay says: May 14, 2012 7:09 PM

    Steelers need a backup. Charlie Batch is like glass.

  25. thegreatgabbert says: May 14, 2012 7:16 PM

    Andy thinks other teams should sign McNabb. And send him a couple of draft picks while they’re at it..

  26. phillyforlife says: May 14, 2012 7:39 PM

    As a life long Eagles there was a point in McNabbs tenor with the Eagles that i worried his career would mimic that of Steve McNair(Before Death). Meaning that he shined brightly got to the Super Bowl lost by a few points, then down never to really gain that certain something that made them good enough to win the Big Game and be a Champion. Its sad really.

  27. phillyforlife says: May 14, 2012 7:52 PM

    hawkforlife says: May 14, 2012 6:45 PM

    This is a joke right? Andy Reid wouldn’t know a QB from a fire hydrant. How many QBs has he won a super bowl with? How many Eagles QB draft picks under Reid have turned into pro bowlers?
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    Let me guess your a Dolphins fan( A.J Feely for 2005 second round pick) Or a Redskinsfan( D.McNabb for a second-round (37th overall) pick and a conditional third- or fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft) Or a Cardinals fan (Kevin Kolb in exchange for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and a second-round draft pick in the 2012) Yeah I would be bitter too.

  28. allinskins says: May 14, 2012 8:23 PM

    People on here amaze me. How many NFL teams re-sign their former franchise QB as a back up? Really come on folks that is just plan disrespectful. But for the record McNabb is better then half of the backup Qbs. Deserves that shot if he is resigned to that fact and it sounds like he is folks..

  29. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: May 14, 2012 8:31 PM

    McNabb may be nearing the end, but I love how some of you act like he never was a great QB.

    37,000+ passing yards
    234 passing touchdowns
    only 117 interceptions (2-1 TD/INT ratio)
    85.6 passer rating
    4 straight NFC title games

    That’s one heck of a resume IMO. Borderline HOF. From the way people are talking, you’d think he morphed into Ryan Leaf after he left Philly. He had an 82.9 rating last season, completing 60.3% of his passes. He’s not as great as he once was, but he’d make a fantastic backup. He could still start for a couple teams, no doubt.

  30. neilanblomi says: May 14, 2012 9:09 PM

    Doesn’t this fat pig realize he still has a football team and could actually sign Mcanbb instead of odd commentary like this. Weird he would lobby for a guy that he wouldn’t actually bring back to his team, (and traded him within the division)

  31. fantom21 says: May 14, 2012 9:18 PM

    Again an article related to McNabb with him in a Redskins jersey…… Florio has a man crush on McNabb and his fetish is the burgundy n gold

  32. LoCoSu@%s says: May 14, 2012 9:19 PM

    C’mon Andy. Why dont you put your money where your mouth is?

  33. rajbais says: May 14, 2012 9:24 PM

    PFT:

    And I say to Andy “we listened to you about your other quarterbacks and look what happened?”

    Garcia to Tampa: OK. He was a game manager and he missed some games due to injury.

    AJ Feeley: He did nothing in Miami and was traded to San Diego for a seventh round pick. Afterwards he went back to Philly and had one good game against New England in 2007!!!

    Kevin Kolb: Sorry, but John Skelton is a lot worthier of the starting quarterback position in Arizona because at least it wins with him!!! Plus, he has a deep ball, another receiver to throw to, and underrated athletic ability!!! Kolb is injury and concussion prone!!! He’s likelier to retire before age 30 than he is to start a full season!!!!

    McNabb: Overweight, jiggly, losing, unemployed, and secretly auditioning for ESPN for his backup plan.

  34. ademell1 says: May 14, 2012 9:31 PM

    What’s kinda sad for McNabb is the ‘hype’ how he’s gonna be this great TV analyst for someone and guess what? NFLN gave him a couple shots on their set and he was AWFUL.

    I was more surprised that McNabb was awful as an analyst than he was as a Quarterback (past two years).

    This dude is becoming just as annoying as Favre.

  35. 7ransponder says: May 14, 2012 9:45 PM

    7ransponder says:
    May 14, 2012 6:23 PM
    My packer friends here and in the Minneapolis area tell me that the Packer organization can turn anyone into a winner. I hear the Pack needs a viable backup QB – why not NcNabb??

    ——————-

    Why the thumbs down Pack fans? Are you seriously doubting your organization’s ability to bring out talent? What happened to all that hubris?

  36. phillyphan72 says: May 14, 2012 10:06 PM

    Once he faces the fact that he’s a backup then he’ll get a look.Then hope for injury so he can try to get is name back on the map..That’s the only way Don…Get It?

  37. marshmont says: May 14, 2012 10:13 PM

    this is on donavan. he is a grown man. he is a dead man walking. it happens to nfl stars. derrick mason was a good example. even john unitas played his last year in sd. he was toast. back then the money wasn’t as good. retire donavan.

  38. deathmonkey41 says: May 14, 2012 10:32 PM

    To be fair, when Reid made these comments, he had just finished eating 2 dozen Whoppers.

  39. eaglesfanxx says: May 14, 2012 11:07 PM

    alexb64,

    You’re actually blaming the Eagles for McNabb’s faults? You’re a moron. How many games did you see McNabb play as a member of the Eagles?

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports,

    McNabb had one season when one could argue he was a great QB. ONE season in 13 years in the NFL. How does that make him a great QB? He had 2 or 3 very good years in the NFL. That’s it… in 13 years.

    That’s not a borderline Hall of Fame QB, my friend. That’s a guy who will never make the Hall of Fame. His own former teammates in Philadelphia don’t think he’s a Hall of Fame QB, yet you think he’s a great QB.

    You’re an idiot.

    Reid feels sorry for his former QB and is merely trying to help him out. Unfortunately, no NFL wants McNabb as a starting QB. He has little value as a backup since he can’t learn the playbook in one season… he needs a couple of years to actually know all of the plays.

    What head coach wants Donovan McNabb to mentor their young starting QB when McNabb doesn’t work hard, he’s in lousy shape, and he has a terrible attitude.

    Oh, he also doesn’t even know the rules of the NFL. Remember he didn’t know that overtime games in the NFL can end in a tie. McNabb, in his 9th season, thought that the game would just keep going until one team scores. He’s an idiot.

  40. simplyapple2 says: May 14, 2012 11:36 PM

    DM is going to be like farve. Everyone thinks he old and washed up, and right when you’re about write him off, he will come back for a great season. He just needs a shot. I’d have taken him if I was in need for an extra QB. If he doesn’t earn the starting job, he will ensure that you have one heck of a starter, if he is your #2. Theres Not a lot of guys out there with the career he has had. He has an amazing resume. Who out there has made it to 4 straight NFC championships? Exactly case in point rested. He will be in shape. He is smart, overtime saga or not, he is a smart QB. He needs a supporting cast other than chris cooley or a bummed out Vikings team with just Adrian Peterson.

    Heck if I were the Jags, Browns, Cards, Jets, Cowboys (Romo is always hurt), Philly (knows the system), KC (the Qbs are not the best for that system), or Carolina, id be interested. He can give the D a great look in practice and then help the younger QB come a long. In the event they got hurt or didn’t perform as expected, the season wouldn’t be a waste! Mike Smith makes a great point, he should try to be a backup, but hey, if your a QB that has been successful as DM, then I too would want Starting gig. Shouldn’t every QB want to start? If not, why is he playing? Look at Playboy Matt, he hasn’t done a thing his whole career, other than collect a check, but still landed a spot with OAK because he was a trophy winner in college.

  41. tom62215 says: May 14, 2012 11:48 PM

    He stinks.
    Always has.
    Reid is laughing his ass off.

  42. hedleykow says: May 15, 2012 12:00 AM

    McNabb could start in KC. With Cassel as backup, they could easily hit a stride and make a run run in the playoffs. No worries.

  43. duncanthecat says: May 15, 2012 12:06 AM

    The Eagles have been shrewed in trading their QB’s. It would be freightening if they knew how to draft and took advantage of all those picks.

  44. simplyapple2 says: May 15, 2012 12:13 AM

    @ eaglesfanxx

    The dude had your team in the spotlight, year in and year out.

    If DM didnt have a good career, even though I argue it was outstanding, what do you define as a good QB. He will be a Jim Kelly when it is all said and done. Just because he has yet to have a little rock of Gold on his finger, doesn’t take away the fact that he has won more games than any of the current Eagles QBs…. let alone 90% of the active starting QBs around the league.

    Yes he is older. Yes he has had his share of misfortunes. Yes he wants to be a starter… But no, he not this horrible QB that you and everyone is making him out to be. There is more than madden ratings that go into what makes a QB good. Take into consideration his supporting cast, coaching philosophy, gameplane, GM team direction, etc. DM is a Good QB!

    This is Coming from a long time cowboys fan who had to watch his team lose to him time and time again, year after year. Cut the guy some slack or tryout yourself.

  45. fargovikesfan says: May 15, 2012 12:59 AM

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says:May 14, 2012 6:29 PM

    McNabb didn’t exactly have good situations in Washington and Minnesota. If I were a team like the Cardinals, I’d give him a shot over Kolb.

    —————————————————-

    Uh, Kevin Kolb beat him out in Philly…. before Kolb got beat out by Vick

  46. fargovikesfan says: May 15, 2012 1:09 AM

    mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says:May 14, 2012 8:31 PM

    McNabb may be nearing the end, but I love how some of you act like he never was a great QB.

    37,000+ passing yards
    234 passing touchdowns
    only 117 interceptions (2-1 TD/INT ratio)
    85.6 passer rating
    4 straight NFC title games

    That’s one heck of a resume IMO. Borderline HOF. From the way people are talking, you’d think he morphed into Ryan Leaf after he left Philly. He had an 82.9 rating last season, completing 60.3% of his passes. He’s not as great as he once was, but he’d make a fantastic backup. He could still start for a couple teams, no doubt.

    —————————————————
    a couple flaws in your logic..

    1) its easy to have a 2-1 TD/Int ratio when half of the passes he throws ends up killing worms in the turf.
    2) he is NOT a fantastic backup. If he’s not the starter and getting his way, he sulks, cries, becomes a locker room distraction, has a horrible work ethic, and is just lazy.
    3) Name ONE team he’d be a legitimate starter on.

  47. theawkwardyears says: May 15, 2012 1:12 AM

    As a Packer fan I agree. Donovan McNabb should start. Preferably for the Lions or Bears.

  48. rajbais says: May 15, 2012 1:14 AM

    PFT:

    And I say to Andy “we listened to you about your other quarterbacks and look what happened?”

    Garcia to Tampa: OK. He was a game manager and he missed some games due to injury.

    AJ Feeley: He did nothing in Miami and was traded to San Diego for a seventh round pick. Afterwards he went back to Philly and had one good game against New England in 2007!!!

    Kevin Kolb: Sorry, but John Skelton is a lot worthier of the starting quarterback position in Arizona because at least it wins with him!!! Plus, he has a deep ball, another receiver to throw to, and underrated athletic ability!!! Kolb is injury and concussion prone!!! He’s likelier to retire before age 30 than he is to start a full season!!!!

    McNabb: Overweight, jiggly, losing, unemployed, and secretly auditioning for ESPN as his backup plan.

  49. diamondmo33 says: May 15, 2012 2:41 AM

    He’d be a great back-up in green bay

  50. slick3 says: May 15, 2012 4:44 AM

    ” I have a feeling that if McNabb ever does accept that he has to be a backup, the quarterbacks Reid would really like to see McNabb back up are Tony Romo or Eli Manning.”
    =============================================================
    Ha! Ha! Ha!Ha! Oh Michael…Michael… Michael…

  51. tinkletinkleonyourstar says: May 15, 2012 7:46 AM

    “just because i didn’t want him anymore doesn’t mean you shouldn’t.”

  52. deathmonkey41 says: May 15, 2012 9:30 AM

    LoCoSu@%s says:
    May 14, 2012 9:19 PM
    C’mon Andy. Why dont you put your money where your mouth is?

    Ummmm, because most likely he’s shoveling food in there? Thanks for the set up, btw.

  53. eaglesfanxx says: May 15, 2012 1:24 PM

    simplyapple2,

    McNabb scored a 13 on the wonderlic test. He is NOT a smart QB. There are kids in 6th grade who could easily score better than a 13.

    I never said he was horrible. He just won’t ever be in the Hall of Fame. I call it like I see it, my man.

    Donovan McNabb was a good QB for a few years. That’s it. He was never a great QB.

    He was fortunate enough to play on a very good team for most of his career in Philadelphia. His career as a starter is over. Deal with it, bro.

    By the way, you’re a Cowboys fan. Why are you defending a player from Philly? Go back to your hole and come out when Dallas makes the playoffs… in 2020.

  54. defscottyb says: May 15, 2012 9:02 PM

    I am a Redskins fan and to be honest I kind of liked Mcnabb. I thought they should of brought him back for one more year, he was better than Rex Grossman by far. He can still play, somebody will give him a shot. Thank god the Skins got RG3, I couldn’t take another year of Rex as the starter. If this kid pans out as expected watch out. He’s like Vick without all the problems. 3.8 gpa at Baylor, gifted athlete, good arm and a hard worker. Go Skins!

  55. giantsfaninphilly says: May 16, 2012 10:13 AM

    Mcnabb is done! but you can’t blame Andy Reid for his support, the eagles have zero playoff wins since he left. Mike Vick is not the answer 2-3 in the playoffs in his career…..111 touchdowns and 111 interceptions for his career…why the hype??
    Keep dreamin Philly!!!!

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