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Posted Sept. 23, 2011 @ 10:15 a.m. ET

By Mike Beacom

Of all of the NFL's active players, there might not be a more polarizing debate over one's Pro Football Hall of Fame credentials than the debate over QB Donovan McNabb's. Those who love him will defend every chink in the armor; those opposed to his candidacy will point to this: Five trips to the NFC championship game, one Super Bowl appearance and no Super Bowl ring. It's a tough stat for any quarterback to overcome.

Canton has experienced a lull at the position in recent years; not a single quarterback has been enshrined since Warren Moon and Troy Aikman were welcomed with the Class of 2006. But there are plenty of candidates coming, many of them sure to become eligible near the same time McNabb is expected.

How will he fare against the other quarterbacks of his era? Here is how McNabb's résumé stacks up right now …

Statistics: At present, McNabb ranks 15th in career passing with 36,517 yards. There is a good chance that by season's end he will have moved past Boomer Esiason and Dave Krieg into 13th place — one spot behind Johnny Unitas on the list. McNabb also ranks among the top 15 all time in completions and attempts, and is fourth among active quarterback in touchdown passes (231). Perhaps most impressive, McNabb ranks third all time in interception percentage (2.2). One thing that could hurt McNabb's Hall of Fame campaign is that his single-season numbers have never been overwhelming, just steady. He has reached the 30-touchdown mark only once (2004) and he has never reached 4,000 yards in any one season. It also might sting that McNabb's career completion percentage is below 60 percent. Of course, helping McNabb are his feet, which have travelled 3,444 yards over the past 12-plus seasons. If he gains 231 more yards before his career wraps, he will pass both Steve McNair and Fran Tarkenton.

Success: From 2000-06, McNabb helped the Eagles win 10 or more games six times. Entering this season, his career regular-season winning percentage was .629 (Peyton Manning owns a .678 regular-season success rate). He took the Eagles to the NFC championship game five times, including four seasons in a row (2001-04). In 16 playoff starts, he has thrown 24 touchdown passes and 17 interceptions.

HOF comparison: Jim Kelly

Like Kelly, McNabb is known for losing big games. The fact remains, we must still respect that both men guided their teams to postseason success. And McNabb is one of few quarterbacks who can claim to have led his team to five conference title games.

Accolades: This is another area of concern. McNabb has six Pro Bowl appearances but he has never been named to the All-Pro team and has never won league Most Valuable Player (four different quarterbacks have won the award in the years McNabb has been active). In short, it indicates he has been one of the best at his position for many years, but never the best.

Intangibles: McNabb should have a stronger likability rating. He has chosen to take the high road whenever he has been wrapped up in drama (Terrell Owens in Philadelphia, last year's benching in Washington) and always has conducted himself with a workmanlike attitude. He has kept his name out of the paper and has starred in national advertising campaigns. But, for whatever reason, fans have never showered him with the same love as they have for other elite signal callers. McNabb is associated with one of the postseason's most famous plays (4th-and-26), but such a distinction probably means less for a quarterback than for a tight end like Dave Casper.

First-ballot candidate: No

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Will/Should DMac be a future Hall of Famer?! Discuss...

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McNabb has never been a top QB. It's a different era so all-time stats are not that impressive.

The biggest difference between McNabb and Kelly is the success Philly had when McNabb got hurt and after he departed Buffalo. Other than one game with Frank Reich, Buffalo was atrocious without Kelly.

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i dont think he gets in.. not because he doesnt have good numbers (his numbers are great) but it is because his fellow QBs in his era were just flat out better. Farve, Big Ben, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady were much better i think and they have won Super Bowls.

McNabb's era also gets overlapped with guys like McNair, Trent Green, Culpepper, Eli Manning, Romo sits to pee sits to pee, Brees, Rodgers and Rivers. I am not saying these guys had better careers than McNabb but I wouldn't say McNabb was clearly better QB than them either. I guess the real debate is.. HOF is it a place for guys that were great or is it a place for best of the best. I think is for guys that were best of the best so, for me, McNabb fails that test. If you let McNabb in then how many other QBs are you going to put in the HOF from this ear?

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I don't think McNabb gets in. To be a HOF QB you need one of two things: incredible numbers or championships.

McNabb doesn't really have either. He's won a lot of regular season games but he's only been to one Super Bowl and lost. His #s, while good, aren't great. I think his only off the charts statistical season was 2004. Other than that, his good years were very good but not great.

I don't think Donovan McNabb is one of the best QBs of all-time. I do think he was very good but there were always QBs in his generation that were better.

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So was Boomer Esiaison.

True. To let McNabb in with his numbers and no rings (and only one SB trip) would mean a plethora of other QBs would have to be considered for HoF consideration that were never given a chance before.

The only way a QB with no rings gets into the HoF is either he has out of this world numbers/career (like Marino), or at least went to a lot of championships (like Jim Kelly).

McNabb is neither. He certainly isn't first ballot.

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He was nothing more than a system QB. Jeff Garcia, AJ Feeley, and Koy Detmer all succeeded while he was injured. The second he leaves the system, he is horrible. The second he leaves the system, a proven failure takes off in the system.

If you want to compare numbers: DMAC has never thrown for 4,000 yards or 30 TDs in a season. This isn't very good in an era that has seen the following (not wasting my time with Peyton or Brady):

Phillip Rivers has had 3 4,000 yard seasons and 2 30 TD season...he has been similar to DMAC...good preseason and loses in the post.

Drew Brees has had 5 4,000 yard season and 4 30 TD seasons...he has a ring...he has been a consistent winner...he has also done it on two different teams.

Ben Roethlisberger has had a 4,000 yard season and a 30 TD season...he also has three rings.

Eli Manning has 2 4,000 yard seasons and a 30 TD season...he has a ring and has been as consistent a winner as DMAC was. The difference is NY has failed without ELI.

Carson Palmer has had two seasons over 4,000 yards and a season over 30 TDs. He doesn't have the wins but statistically is better.

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When McNabb and the Eagles ruled over the NFC East, the Skins/Cowboys/Giants were probably collectively as a group the weakest those franchises have been in quite some time. Can't blame Eagles for it, they just have to beat who's on the schedule but it seemed like anytime the NFC East produced other good teams on random seasons, Mcnabb would suddenly look pedestrian in a lot of the division games.

I kind of look at McNabb as Farve-light. For everything good he has done in his career, he seems to do just as much to hurt his team in close games. He will be remembered by his fans for his deep balls to T.O. and Jackson, and the Trio of garbage WRs, however it seems like he had just as many passes to wide open WRs that bounced on the ground, one-hopping then, for no reason. He wouldn't be under pressure or rushed, just simply routinely made a lot of bad throws.

Brett Farve has the Superbowl Ring to cover his inadequacies though plus some longevity records.

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He definitely won't get in on the first ballot but his body of work (excluding DC and Minnesota of course) should at least warrant an induction into the Hall at some point. True... he never did win the big one (at least not yet anyway) but he knocked on the door quite a few times. Unfortunately for him, he never kicked it down.

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