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Donovan McNabb brings a loose side to serious work

New Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb has a reputation of being serious all the time. But McNabb likes to have as much fun as the next guy - as long as the next guy also has a burning desire to win, one of McNabb's former and current teammates said.

"Donovan's not like people think," new Washington lineman Artis Hicks said in a phone interview late Sunday night. "People think he's always [serious], but Donovan likes to have fun, too."

In a phone interview late Sunday night, Hicks, who played alongside McNabb in Philadelphia from 2002-2005, said the Redskins got not a great quarterback and locker room leader in the trade with the Philadelphia Eagles.

"He's the type of guy you're definitely going to hang out with outside of football," Hicks said. "He's a laid-back guy. He's going to bring a good, positive energy and a relaxed atmosphere at work.
"But he's also, I think, one of the biggest class clowns I've ever met. When it's time for work, you have to understand Donovan is going to put the work in. But when it's time to have a good time, be fun and be loose, he's gonna do his share of that, too. So he kind of brings the best of both worlds."

By Jason Reid  |  April 5, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  | Tags: Artis Hicks, Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

FIRST to say I'm kinda warming up to this trade...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 5, 2010 6:22 AM | Report abuse

Love this quote from Wilbon:

"Donovan McNabb has done most of it and seen all of it. Even on an evening when the Eagles, the only team he has played for, were trying to trade him, he was completely unfazed. We're talking about an 11-year veteran who was booed by Eagles fans from the moment he was selected. He's dealt with injury, the harshest criticism imaginable, idiot teammates such as Terrell Owens, roiled up locker rooms. He's watched his team draft his replacement, taken the field with few if any Pro Bowl-caliber weapons. He's shrugged off controversies involving race that were none of his doing. Yet, McNabb has always been able to speak his mind, keep his dignity and keep his team in Super Bowl contention.

McNabb is not only accustomed to the insanity of being a quarterback in the NFL, and the extra weight of being a black quarterback in the NFL, he laughs it off. It can't get to him, didn't even catch up to him when he was young. If you can survive playing quarterback in Philly, and lead the team to five NFC championship games, then Washington ought to be a piece of cake. After a week or two in D.C., McNabb will wonder who turned down the volume."

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 5, 2010 6:26 AM | Report abuse

While I would like to get a pick or 2 by trading JC17, a part of me wants him to stay as the backup this year to McNabb. I think Campbell could be better for the experience of stepping back and learning from #5 and the Shanahans.

I wouldn't trade him if they can't get anything better than a 3rd rounder this season.

Posted by: gilk | April 5, 2010 6:26 AM | Report abuse

SECOND thoughts?
I have always enjoyed and hated watching McNabb over the years he has been a great football player. I have cursed him and cheered him but always thought highly of him, as long as, he stayed an Eagle.
Far to much to give for him when there are so many needs on the team. Yes you get him for this season but how about next year if there’s football? Do you sign him to a new contract? Will he sign?

If there is a strike next year and no football you don’t see McNabb next year either way…How old is he again. The o-line had better stand up and play like Vinny expected them to.

Nope! I don’t support this one.

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | April 5, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

FIRST to say I'm kinda warming up to this trade...

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 5, 2010 6:22 AM |

Brown,

Theres no question that JC was not the QB of the future, so I like them getting Mcnabb. I want to see what the team goes into camp with on the o-line before I make my final judgement.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 5, 2010 6:29 AM | Report abuse

I'm starting to back off of my spiller pick due to this trade.......

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 5, 2010 6:31 AM | Report abuse

McNabb's age when traded to Redskins: 33. Mark Brunell's age when traded to the Redskins: 33. Time remaining before a WashPo opinion piece makes this comparison: less than 24 hours.

Posted by: dragon2eden | April 5, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

Any free agent O-Line now worth grabbing? Guess we still are off season champions.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 5, 2010 6:36 AM | Report abuse

What we need to hope for is that Bradford falls to us at 4 teams will definatley want to move up to get him, we then can get a later 1st and replace the 2nd we lost.

Most people didn't want to draft a QB this year anyway, you take a QB next year and let him sit behind McNabb for a year or two.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 5, 2010 6:37 AM | Report abuse

How do we even know that McNabb is more than on an expensive one year rental. I maybe would have liked this trade if it had been accompanied by news of a several year reasonably priced extension.

Posted by: dante12 | April 5, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Flound, I hear ya but I think this trade now makes it imperative that the Skins stay at #4 and take Okung. Getting McNabb means nothing if he's taking the same pounding JC has over the last couple years.

O-line, O-line, O-line. They just sent expectations thru the roof and now they have to protect this investment.

Can't wait til Greg shows up here...anxious to see how bad he's freaking out over this.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 5, 2010 6:42 AM | Report abuse

Time to fix the O-line now.
We keep him upright boys and we will be watching football in January and February.

We will win and enjoy football for a change while they can take a couple of years and "raise" our next QB.

He has won in Philly with a less than stellar supporting cast for years.

At least I don't have to watch another year of 3 yd screens on 3rd and 6.

Posted by: westjr88 | April 5, 2010 6:43 AM | Report abuse

Don't give me he is to old crap 5 out of the top 10 QB's in the league last year were over 31, and 1 was 29 so his age is of no concern to me.

One other point he will not have to throw the ball everyplay in Washington like he did in Philly, Shanny will have a running game unlike AR.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 5, 2010 6:44 AM | Report abuse

How do we even know that McNabb is more than on an expensive one year rental. I maybe would have liked this trade if it had been accompanied by news of a several year reasonably priced extension.

Posted by: dante12 | April 5, 2010 6:39 AM |

Why rush to sign him longterm this isn't Vinny, lets see how he performs before rushing into a long term deal.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 5, 2010 6:46 AM | Report abuse

Flound, I hear ya but I think this trade now makes it imperative that the Skins stay at #4 and take Okung. Getting McNabb means nothing if he's taking the same pounding JC has over the last couple years.

O-line, O-line, O-line. They just sent expectations thru the roof and now they have to protect this investment.

Can't wait til Greg shows up here...anxious to see how bad he's freaking out over this.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 5, 2010 6:42 AM |

I say that because you know I don't think Okung will be there at 4, if he is I take him and call it a day.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 5, 2010 6:47 AM | Report abuse

McNabb's age when traded to Redskins: 33. Mark Brunell's age when traded to the Redskins: 33. Time remaining before a WashPo opinion piece makes this comparison: less than 24 hours.

Posted by: dragon2eden | April 5, 2010 6:32 AM | Report abuse

McNabb is a better QB than Brunell ever was anyway.

Posted by: westjr88 | April 5, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

repost

"Donovan McNabb linked to Redskins in trade rumors"

Adding D McNabb is poor subtraction when you take into account what the team would have to give away to get him.

The better option--again--is not getting McNabb, but moving J Campbell for picks.

The skins could use additional picks as a rebuilding team needs options, not a singular media personality/quality quarterback in the likes of McNabb.

Posted by: MistaMoe | April 4, 2010 12:52 PM


Posted by: MistaMoe | April 5, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

How do we even know that McNabb is more than on an expensive one year rental. I maybe would have liked this trade if it had been accompanied by news of a several year reasonably priced extension.

Posted by: dante12 | April 5, 2010 6:39 AM


Dude, the ink isn't even dry on the trade announcement...the extension is probably coming soon.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 5, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

At least I don't have to watch another year of 3 yd screens on 3rd and 6.
Posted by: westjr88

Oh yes you do. Three seconds. That’s how long McNabb will have to throw the ball. Just ask Campbell.

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | April 5, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

So we can get used to it now. http://redskinsinsiders.wetpaint.com/photo/9418055/McNabb+to+the+skins

Feel free to download for avatars.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 5, 2010 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Oh yes you do. Three seconds. That’s how long McNabb will have to throw the ball. Just ask Campbell.

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | April 5, 2010 6:54 AM

The o-line will be better under Shanny trust me, we still have are first pick for o-line and most people didn't want to take o-line with the second anyway.

JC was to blame for atleast half of his sacks, McNabb gets the ball out quicker then JC could even think of.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 5, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

So the Redskins go 6-10 next year. Mcnabb is not the final piece of the puzzle to get them to Super Bowl or even the playoffs. The OL line is still awful, they don't have a playoff caliber RB. Sorry LJ, CP and Willie what's his name are nice give the guy a breather RBs but they all ahve too many carries.

And the Redskins got rid of their team player sin the offseason and kept their knuckleheads.

How do Mikie do w/o Elway? Shannahan will be gone in two years and Danny Boy will be back looking to make anothe rbig media splash and win the presseason with his old buddy Vinny Cerrato becasue he will can Brucie!
Maybe 6-10 next year and then 5-11. SOS

Posted by: sheepherder | April 5, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

JC was to blame for atleast half of his sacks, McNabb gets the ball out quicker then JC could even think of.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 5, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Actually according to the stats I have seen Camp was responsible fore more like 25% of his sacks. I agree McNabb can have a fast release, but the longer he has the better I have seen him play. I like the move because I lived in philly for four years, so I have seen a ton of film on the guy. Like any QB, give him time and he is deadly.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 5, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

JC was to blame for atleast half of his sacks, McNabb gets the ball out quicker then JC could even think of.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 5, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Amen.
Steven Hawking gets the ball out faster than Campbell!

Posted by: westjr88 | April 5, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

Can't wait til Greg shows up here...anxious to see how bad he's freaking out over this.

Posted by: brownwood26 | April 5, 2010 6:42 AM

He prob doesn't know yet....RedSox played last night....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 5, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

I like this trade better than I liked when Gibbs went for Brunell and better than I would have liked trading up for Bradford or Clausen with #4. I wish we hadn't given up two picks, but I've got to believe there were other teams bidding for McNabb and we had to outbid them.

Posted by: League-Source | April 5, 2010 7:03 AM | Report abuse

I love DMac nd have always been fan since he came out of Syracuse, but not on this team. They are rebuilding.

They just burned a 2nd round pick for a guy who may only be here one year.

As Sonny said: "These people never learn."

New coach, same philosophy = losses.

Lame.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | April 5, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Flound
I have no doubt the o-line will be better this year compared to last year. Depending on who was available at the pick and any interest in that pick from other teams, I was one of the ones who wanted a second o-lineman.
That said. Would JC have as many sacks if he had a better line in front of him? Same old argument but you won't know until you have a good line up front.

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | April 5, 2010 7:05 AM | Report abuse

He prob doesn't know yet....RedSox played last night....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 5, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

...and won too, thank god.

F Yankees

Posted by: westjr88 | April 5, 2010 7:06 AM | Report abuse

"Campbell and our 5th to Oakland for their 2nd. Terrence Cody, Tebow, or more O-line."

The only way the trade for DMac makes any sense now is if Campbell is indeed on the move.

If they don't trade Campbell, then this trade is a waste.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | April 5, 2010 7:07 AM | Report abuse

Why would anyone want to trade for Campbell now? They can have him for free when we release him or bench him for a year playing behind McNabb.

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | April 5, 2010 7:09 AM | Report abuse

As Sonny said: "These people never learn."

New coach, same philosophy = losses.

Lame.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | April 5, 2010 7:04 AM |

Sunny was talking about Philly not the Skins. Sunny is no JC supporter.

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 5, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

I wish we hadn't given up two picks, but I've got to believe there were other teams bidding for McNabb and we had to outbid them.

Posted by: League-Source | April 5, 2010 7:03 AM

On M&M...Schefter just said other teams had better offers....but McNabb didn't want to go to those teams. Once he made it known to them he would love to go to the Redskins....Bruce Allen told Andy he would give up #37 pick...and Andy countered with the 2nd pick next year...Allen said deal...and viola.....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 5, 2010 7:16 AM | Report abuse

I read last night on here someone is making a list of those who say this is a bad trade.
[laughter]

I see two sides to this deal and have already posted as much earlier:

Good--
JC has chocked away many a close game in the 4th Quarter
Shanny did not believe in JC, so go get someone.
We were able to keep the 4th pick

Bad--
This team needs not one but at least two good OL NOW!!
If we draft OKUNG at 4, we now have no Rd 2 or Rd 3 pick.

Also, Bruce Allen and Shanny have signed so many guys 30 or older.
In two years, how many of them will be beaten up and done?

Lastly, current Skins will be excited about McNabb and this team will no doubt be much better next year.
In three years? Who knows?
Remains to be seen.

This is no doubt a return to the Over the Hill gang; a sense of urgency to win now!
Could be fun.

So, don't put me on your list [laughter]

Posted by: RedskinRay1 | April 5, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Ray
I to laughed at your post…I especially liked “We were able to keep the 4th pick”

Posted by: 2ndtierfan | April 5, 2010 7:24 AM | Report abuse

Sad day for the Skins. New FO, same old crap. Read Mike Wise's article; he nailed it. Division opponent gets our 36th pick this year and probably 3rd next year. Two players we'll have to face for the next ten years (while Mcnabb is on the beach in West Palm after 2-3 yrs.) You idiots jumping up and down with joy, really don't have a clue.

Posted by: nomolehill | April 5, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

If this means McNabb can help the 'Skins win games in their division for a couple of years, this trade makes sense. I team can't continually go 2-4, 1-5 in it's division and hope to win the division. If they can win the division, they could go deeper into the playoffs.

They will try to trade a couple of guys to pick up some lower round picks, 3 to 6, and even consider trading down from number 4 to get 1 maybe 2 additional picks.

They need to turn this franchise around fast so the fan base is kept in line and then over a couple of years start drafting a lot smarter than they have since Snyder took over.

On review, the trade makes some sense.

Posted by: pjente | April 5, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse


He has won in Philly with a less than stellar supporting cast for years.

At least I don't have to watch another year of 3 yd screens on 3rd and 6.

Posted by: westjr88

Philly's less than stellar supporting cast??? Their offensive supporting cast is WAYYYYYY better than the Skins supporting cast. They have a much better receiving corp. Better Running backs. Oline is not even close.

Posted by: srobert1117 | April 5, 2010 9:38 AM | Report abuse

We will be fine.. We got rid of our second round pick but I believe we trade down ne ways and get that second round pick back

Now we may have some draft day trades
1.Jason Campbell
2.Andre Carter
3.Carlos Rogers
4.Rocky Mac
5.Haynesworth
6.Landry

Thats the order I believe we trade the players I would of had Cooley up there but with Donovan I believe we keep Cooley and Davis..

Posted by: PardenMiSwage | April 5, 2010 9:57 AM | Report abuse

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