Say it ain’t so. Well it could be. And frankly, I believe his career depends on it.
Everyone was saying “Oh he will go to Arizona or Minnesota..” The fact of the matter is those places are dumps right now and may not offer him as much of an opportunity as *gasp* we could here.
So what would finish off such a great quarterback and make him fade into Bolivan?
Playing not to lose.
It always happens, and for some reason…always happens here. Joe Gibbs, the greatest Redskins coach, was accused to coaching not to lose in his second stint? Jason Campbell, as great as physical athlete as he was here, played not to lose. I fear McNabb may be heading down that path.
I think he is still ways away from that mentality, but with such a big game coming up at home versus the Eagles, he may be more afraid of losing than looking to win.
Mike Burke of www.birdsfan.com has watched McNabb’s career for quite some time and has offered some insight.
Donovan has always been a diva. When he plays great, everything else is great. When he plays bad or is criticized, he crawls into a defensive shell. He’ll come out and say things to defend himself and not look like the bad guy. When situations like this happen, you have to be worried because his mental state definitely changes and you don’t know how he’s going to act moving forward.
McNabb this season is throwing seven touchdowns to eight interceptions. Clearly not the number we expected. He is only on pace for 14 TDs and 16 picks. Two picks I won’t fault on him. They were two Hail Marys at the end of the 4th quarter (vs. GB and INDY).
What we need to see vs. Philly on Monday Night Football is a field general. Not afraid to make the throws and making the best throws. Two weeks ago in Detroit, I feel he did not play in a manner that put his team in a place to win. Brandon Banks did with excellent returns. McNabb needs just one classic game to get his swagger back. He gets his change on Monday night.
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