I remember back when Donovan McNabb was a polarizing figure in Philadelphia. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, a weapon with both his arm and his legs, a 10 or 11-game winner every season.
Then he left Philadelphia after the 2009 season and his career did nothing but go south. First there was the awkward contract extension with Washington, the six-year, $78 million deal that was handed to McNabb and then taken away by the end of the season.
Then he was run out of Washington (for Rex Grossman and John Beck). He signed a deal to be the starter for Washington but that ended after six games, of which McNabb led the Vikings to just a single victory.
And now he’s desperately trying to sign with another team to extend his career, but it appears that nobody wants the 35-year old quarterback, including the Philadelphia Eagles, who have been rumored to bring back McNabb ever since he was released by Minnesota.
McNabb now spends his days appearing on ESPN’s First Take with analyst Skip Bayless, where it really couldn’t be more obvious that he is extremely bitter about his playing days and lack of opportunities in the league right now.
Yesterday he was talking with Bayless when Bayless said that Tim Tebow is the most overcriticized quarterback in the history of this league.
McNabb: “Negative — I am. I am. Nobody has been criticized as much as I have.”
While I do think that McNabb has been unfairly criticized throughout much of his career, I also think that he brings a lot of it onto himself. He has a way of making himself look like an absolute loser in the biggest situations.
For example, his 1-5 record in the six biggest games of his career (1-4 in NFC championship games and 0-1 in Super Bowls) doesn’t help at all. Neither did the fact that he literally did not know a game could end in a tie (that would be the ugly 13-13 game against the Cincinnati Bengals on my 19th birthday in 2008). And his bounce passes, which have become legendary across the league, don’t help his case either.
Now that he’s out of the league (we think), he’s nothing but a poor sport, whether it’s calling himself the most overcriticized quarterback in league history, or announcing that Robert Griffin III is not going to be a good fit in Mike Shanahan’s offense.
Regardless, I legitimately wince every time I hear McNabb open his mouth, which, when he becomes an analyst after his career, is going to be every single week.