At this point, the only person who believes Donovan McNabb is still an "elite level" quarterback may be Donovan McNabb.
Once considered one of the league's premier quarterbacks, McNabb's descent from the top of the league has been swift and ungraceful.
In his two years since departing from his 11-year stint with the Eagles, McNabb has seen both his level-of-play and his reputation sink into decline, with poor performance and open spats with coaches doing equal damage to impressive legacy.
McNabb's dismissal from the Vikings partway through last season and subsequent passing-over by several teams in need of a quarterback seemed to signal the end of his once illustrious career.
McNabb, however, doesn't seem to see it the same way.
He's hired quarterback guru George Whitfield as his personal trainer, supposedly shed 15-20 pounds and gone on a self-promotional spree, espousing to any outlet that will listen that he is still able to be an elite NFL QB.
While McNabb may still hold himself in high regard, the more one evaluates the realities of the situation, the more unlikely it seems that the aging talent will find himself behind center in 2012.
So why are Donovan McNabb's high hopes beginning to look like a pipe dream?
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