On Friday, Jan. 20, former Philadelphia Eagles and Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb was a guest on Chicago’s ESPN 1000 “The Waddle & Silvy Show.” During his interview, McNabb said he had expected a call from the Chicago Bears this past fall after quarterback Jay Cutler went down.
But the call never came and we all know what happened when the Bears decided to go with backup quarterback Caleb Hanie and then Josh McCown. The 5-6 record wasn’t pretty but I don’t think having McNabb at the helm would have made that much of a difference.
It’s a moot point and it’s time for McNabb to move on.
In Friday’s show, McNabb said,
“I thought the Bears would call. So many people continuously talked about the Mike Martz offense and things of that nature. I personally didn’t care about that. If you want to win and win now, you go out and get a better quarterback and you cater your offense to his strengths, and obviously the strengths of your team.
“Obviously it didn’t work out well for them. It’s unfortunate. I wish things would have worked out, but it didn’t. We will see what happens from now on.”
Dear Donovan, with “what happens from now on” means you need to move on and realize your football career is over. At least with the Bears as a last opportunity. Sure, you may get a call or two, maybe a tryout in the future but considering how things went for you the last few years, it’s time to move on (see playing six games with the Vikings in 2011, getting benched and then let go).
McNabb admitted he had thought about returning to his hometown, Chicago, as a hero for the Bears. And truth be told, after the Kyle Orton idea didn’t work out and Hanie started losing every game, I wondered too if McNabb would have been an answer to the team’s problems. Very briefly.
But no, between running back Matt Forte’s injury, offensive line problems and Mike Martz’s playcalling, McNabb probably wouldn’t have made that much of a difference. It would have been too little, too late.
He added in Friday’s call,
“Growing up a Bears fan, I kind of saw myself playing back home and hopefully winning the Super Bowl … I think when the situation was there, everyone, friends and family, thought it would happen. It didn’t, things didn’t work out well for them.
“I got a chance to relax and rest my body, so I don’t mind at this particular time what happened, but things could have been different.”
Yes, we all wish things could have worked out differently. For Bears fan, things will change this year. Hopefully they are good changes.
Another quarterback who grew up watching the Bears, Jay Cutler, may be the one to win the Super Bowl some day. One thing is for sure, it won’t be McNabb doing so wearing the orange and blue.