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THE BENCHING OF DONOVAN MCNABB
NORTH CAROLINA, (BASN)—“I know I have a lot of football left in me.”-Donovan McNabb-
When a team wins; we praise the quarterback.
And when a team loses; we blame the quarterback.
This is the “crooked kind of perfect world” that a starting QB in the NFL lives in.
Currently, Donovan McNabb is living in this perplexing world.
First, there was Kevin Kolb.
Then, there was Michael Vick in Philadelphia.
Next, came the Shanahan’s two-minute benching in Washington.
Now, he has been blind-sided by another benching in Minnesota.
McNabb, whom some consider a future Hall of Famer, has been treated like “Joe College.”
In other words, he gets yanked from the game by coaches more than a red-shirt freshman quarterback.
With the latest benching, however, the question remains, will McNabb fight for his starting position? Or will he quietly stand in silence on the sideline holding a clipboard as rookie Christian Ponder runs the Viking’s offense?
Truthfully, Donovan is too good; too be this sorry.
Without a doubt, he still has the arm strength to throw the deep ball but maybe his 35 year old legs are sinking in quicksand as he roams around the pocket trying to avoid being sacked.
Despite all of that, this season, I expected McNabb to play with purpose and restore his tainted image throughout the league.
He had to prove the Shanahans wrong.
He had to silence his critics.
He had to eliminate the rumors that he was washed-up.
But McNabb’s first six games, fell short like one of his poorly thrown passes to wide open receivers.
With that said, I watched his body language closely during the Monday night game against the Chicago Bears.
And honestly, he seemed to have lost some of his passion to win.
Despite, putting up decent numbers during the Bears’ game, his nonchalant facial expression and poor body language, which was worse than the New York’s Eli Manning, left me questioning his career in the NFL.
With McNabb’s recent so-called failure on the field, do will blame this latest benching on his diminishing talent and dilapidated body or the poor coaching of Leslie Frazier?
Stat wise, in six games this season, McNabb threw for 1,026 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, while completing 60.3 percent of his passes.
But as the experts say, you are, what your record says you are.
And in McNabb’s case, he is or was 1 and 5.
So is it safe to say, the sun is setting on McNabb’s splendid career.
Should he slowly fade in the background as a traveling back-up quarterback, where he provides hope, inspiration, and guidance to a new crop of younger potential passers as he waits for another opportunity?
Only time will tell.
But with the Vikings playing the Packers this week, McNabb maybe on the field before we ever knew he was gone.