Donovan McNabb's Problem Isn't Because He's Black

Clayton CoffmanAnalyst IJune 5, 2008

Having the calling card of a starting NFL quarterback means having great power.  It also means being responsible. 

Comments made by black athletes that "their under more scrutiny" because they’re black is irresponsible.  How would an NFL player, either white or black, feel if they had just won a championship and people were criticizing him? 

For years, Peyton Manning was criticized for not going far in the postseason.  Last time I checked, Manning wasn't African American. 

The race card also enters into the coaching realm.  Wasn't Marty Schottenheimer hammered for his dismal playoff record? 

He was under incredible scrutiny, and it led to his firing last year after going 14-2 in the regular season but losing to the New England Patriots in the Chargers' first playoff game at home. 

With Donovan McNabb's playing time diminishing within the last couple years due to injuries, the last thing he should be saying is that blacks are under more pressure. 

Why don't you get on the field and improve your inconsistent play Donovan? Your former teammate, Terrell Owens, said it best after the Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots. "I wasn't the one who got tired." 

Being called out by your teammates, even though Terrell Owens is the worst teammate ever, proves that whining about being under pressure is irresponsible. 

Playing a game in which every player at every position is criticized at one point during his career doesn't mean it’s a racial motivated.

It means getting better.