For those keeping score at home Donovan McNabb has almost as many absurd statements to the media this season as touchdown passes. First it was in response to questions about his work ethic, then it was saying he “absolutely” should still be the starter and then yesterday it was a bizarre interview with NFL Network’s Andrea Kramer on his treatment when with the Washington Redskins. Here is how the conversation went with Kramer…
Kramer: But even your longtime agent said the way that Shanahan handled you was “disrespectful and disgraceful.”
McNabb: Well, I mean, it speaks for itself.
Kramer: What are your thoughts on that?
McNabb: Disrespectful and disgraceful.
Kramer: What was disrespectful and disgraceful?
McNabb: No one needs to know on the outside what’s going on in the building. None of it needs to be played out in the media. You go to practice, you have a conversation with somebody in the morning, all of the sudden later that afternoon you basically hear the whole conversation that was played out behind closed doors, that’s handled unprofessionally.
Really Donovan… The Redskins were disrespectful and disgraceful? The same Redskins who traded for you in 2010 and then later in the year gave you a $78 million contract extension later in the year? The same Redskins who watched you throw more interceptions then touchdowns for a losing team? The same Redskins who then traded you to your first choice of teams in the Minnesota Vikings over the offseason? Would have it killed to simply say “no comment” or laugh it off rather than taking a subtle shot at a former employer?
If history serves as any indication for what’s ahead it’s only a matter of time for McNabb runs his mouth to the media again saying something idiotic about his current team. After all, this is Christian Ponder’s offense now for the remainder of the 2011 season. Oh and hopefully for 2012, 2013 and 2014 while we’re at it. There simply is no going back to McNabb now.
Perhaps the Vikings best option would be to cut McNabb now. Yes, there have been stories where McNabb’s studied film with Ponder helping the rookie out. But who’s to say that McNabb’s presence won’t be a hindrance to Ponder’s development for the remainder of the year? Ponder couldn’t spend his time studying film solely with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave and quarterbacks coach Craig Johnson? Cutting McNabb move Joe Webb to backup taking practice snaps with the second team offense and free-up a roster spot to sign another quarterback. Hometown kid Adam Weber would be avail to sign away from Denver’s practice squad or Louisville product Adam Froman (no relation to Abe Froman the Sausage King of Chicago) is currently without a team.
The Vikings again have to think of what is best for this teams future with every personnel move made. McNabb doesn’t have a future here. Might as well end it sooner rather than later.
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