The Minnesota Vikings released
dinosaur quarterback Donovan McNabb. Since the Bears are without Jay Cutler and could be even through the playoffs, it seems like McNabb might be a good fit. Wrong. Wrong, wrong wrong. The Bears need to stay clear of the past-his-prime aged McNabb.
It sounds like a nice story. Hometown boy returns to lead his childhood team to lead them to a Super Bowl. If you like that story, I’ve got one about three little bears that you might get a kick out of. The Washington Redskins tried. The Minnesota Vikings tried. It didn’t work out for either of them and it’s gotten progressively worse each game he’s been trotted out there.
Don’t you remember when the Bears retired him back on that October night in Soldier Field? This release was nothing more than a formality since then. McNabb was lifted for Christian Ponder in the Vikings’ 39-10 loss to the Bears and they haven’t looked back since. Donny Mac was slow, creaky and just plain bad in that game. Gone were the days of elusive and evasive McNabb that we remember from his early days in Philadelphia.
The Tribune’s David Haugh argues that a has-been McNabb is better than a never-was McCown. He continues that the only reason that McCown is here is because of his knowledge of Mike Martz’s system. Um, well ya, it’s Week 13 Dan. There’s not a lot of time to get someone up to speed on a completely new system.
It’s time to put our confidence behind the man of the hour, Caleb Hanie. There’s no need to have this kid looking over his shoulder each time he throws an incomplete pass or turns the ball over. If Hanie gets hurt and it comes to McCown, the Bears are sunk anyway.
If for some reason the Bears do decide to put in a waiver claim, they’ve moved up a few slots to #24 in the waiver process compared to the 30th spot where they were in the pecking order last week. More importantly, they move ahead of the Houston Texans, the only other prospective playoff team with a worse quarterback situation than the Bears.
I’m gonna go all soup Nazi on you on the McNabb topic – NO SOUP FOR YOU!