Donovan McNabb's Career as an NFL Starting Quarterback Is over

Travis SmithAnalyst IIOctober 19, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 09: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates as he carries the ball for a touch down against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter on October 9, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Donovan McNabb seems to have been the most underrated quarterback in the NFL since Don
Meredith played for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960’s.

McNabb has been a Pro Bowler, an All-Pro and has been to the Super Bowl, but he is yet again dealing with controversy, as he has been benched in favor for Christian Ponder. With the latest drama of being benched, I feel that Donovan McNabb’s NFL career as a starting quarterback has come to a sudden and painful end.

Donovan isn’t a terrible quarterback at all folks, heck look at the guy’s stats.

In his career, he has thrown for over 37,000 yards, 234 touchdowns and has been consistently in the playoffs when given the right weapons on offense. Heck, Donovan is the Eagles' all-time leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards and passing touchdowns. With all of the wonderful stats that he has to his credit, fans still view Donovan as a “backup” and a quarterback who always seemed to choke in the big moments.

The fans opinions on this guy is simply unfair, because Donovan has always been put into tough situations, and he has seemed to take some sub-par teams to post-season glory.

Now at age 34, McNabb maybe losing some of his speed and physical attributes, but the guy is still a winner in my opinion.

McNabb has a solid arm and he can be accurate, for the most part, when working with the right receivers. McNabb’s greatest season was when he had Terrell Owens to pass to; heck McNabb went to the Super Bowl that season and only came up seven points short of bringing the Lombardi trophy to Philadelphia.

Now, I feel that McNabb can still be a winning quarterback if placed in the right situation, and let's face it folks, he has played on some terrible teams in the past two seasons. Last year, he was beaten down as the Washington Redskins quarterback because he had a horrible offensive line. McNabb also had a lackluster receiving core, lead by Santana Moss and Joey Galloway. I don’t even think the great Joe Montana could have made that Redskins squad a .500 team.

This season has been the same story, as the Vikings o-line has given up sixteen sacks. How can any quarterback succeed in that situation? Well, all I can say is good luck to Christian Ponder because he will be running for his life each and every Sunday as the quarterback of the Vikings.

Even though I have spoken up for McNabb for two years, I have to admit that his time as a starting quarterback is now over. I don’t see another team taking a chance on a 34-year-old journeyman quarterback that has never won a Super Bowl. McNabb is a great quarterback that I can see being a future hall-of-famer, but starting for another team is looking bleak now, since he wasn’t stellar as the Vikings quarterback.

So with everything now playing out towards Ponder, I can see McNabb being cut and I can see McNabb retiring at the end of the season instead of playing second fiddle to a young hotshot. It’s a shame to see a wonderful quarterback being demoted to a clip holder, but the fact is that it is indeed time to finish up the story known as Donovan McNabb’s career.