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Posted at 4:15 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Donovan McNabb in the Pro Bowl? Never say never

By Rick Maese

Here's a fun scenario to consider: Quarterback Donovan McNabb isn't expected to see any action in the Redskins' final three games of the season, but is it possible that he'd appear in the Pro Bowl as a quarterback for the NFC?

As we told you earlier, fan voting for the Pro Bowl ended Monday night . The league released the top vote-getters at each position earlier Wednesday, and we've since acquired some more detailed numbers. McNabb finished fifth among the NFC's quarterbacks in the voting with 458,637 votes, well behind Michael Vick, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.

While only three quarterbacks will represent the NFC on the 43-man roster, it's theoretically possible McNabb could hear his name called. Last year, for example, the AFC went through several quarterbacks on its Pro Bowl roster. Peyton Manning had a Super Bowl to prepare for, Phillip Rivers and Tom Brady pulled out, and Ben Roethlisberger passed. So Matt Schaub started the game and Vince Young and David Garrard came off the bench.

But with the Pro Bowl back in Hawaii this year, it's doubtful as many players will pass on the chance to play.

Teams will be announced Tuesday. Coaches and players are casting their votes this week. The votes of fans, coaches and players each count toward one-third of the final total, so that means despite the fan votes, it's likely the ballots of players and coaches will decide whether McNabb gets a free ticket to Hawaii.

Aside from the injured LaRon Landry several other Redskins finished in the top-five on the fans' ballots.

In the final week of voting, cornerback DeAngelo Hall (295,138 votes) slipped from second to third among cornerbacks, barely trailing Philadelphia's Asante Samuel (299,274) and well behind Green Bay's Charles Woodson (394,330).

Mike Sellers (137,584) was fourth among fullbacks, where New Orleans' Heath Evans (207,936) was the top vote-getter.

At tight end, Chris Cooley (340,077) was second only to Atlanta's Tony Gonzalez (458,527).
Brian Orakpo (466,501) was fourth among outside linebackers, trailing Green Bay's Clay Matthews (466,501) and Dallas' DeMarcus Ware (294,397).

Among inside linebackers, London Fletcher (121,740) was fifth. Chicago's Brian Urlacher (314,584) was first.

Lorenzo Alexander (84,901) was fifth among special teams players, well behind Minnesota's Heath Farwell (162,553).

By Rick Maese  | December 22, 2010; 4:15 PM ET
Categories:  Brian Orakpo, Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

Very difficult to give a damn about the Pro Bowl, especially in a year when I can't see anyone wearing burgundy and gold who clearly deserves this "honor."

Posted by: NateinthePDX | December 22, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

that would be the ultimate slap to shanny bc donovan is more popular than shanny... popularity doesn't wil games but it helps sell tickets...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | December 22, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

mcNabb in Pro Bowl? LOL!!

The Skins are such a debacle. Brand new Free Agent QB, deemed a 'franchise qb', benched, and then the Pro Bowl?

Way to go Shanny and Danny.

There isn't a FA that the Skins can't make look bad. If we did draft DeSean Jackson I bet he'd suck, be hurt, or released.

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Filed under "without schadenfreude, we'd have no freud at all":

•Second round pick Vladimir Ducasse who was supposed to replace All Pro guard Alan Faneca who Tannenbaum decided to let go, doesn't even suit up and the ground and pound attack the Jets once had has been virtually grounded.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | December 22, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Check this out. I'm pretty much right along with this guy in my thinking. I would add a couple of players such as One Man Gang and AA but that would make 12...not 10.


http://www.homermcfanboy.com/2010/12/22/10-redskins-to-build-around/

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

I think some Iggles fan voted for McNabb as part of a campaign to get our 3rd round pick.

Google "Project Donolulu".

Posted by: Alan4 | December 22, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Damn. Alan4 is right.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | December 22, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I think some Iggles fan voted for McNabb as part of a campaign to get our 3rd round pick.

Google "Project Donolulu".

Posted by: Alan4 | December 22, 2010 4:42 PM

Too bad for them players and coaches won't go along with that.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 4:35 PM
++++++++++++++++

One Man Gang?

Posted by: smurff11 | December 22, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

mcNabb in Pro Bowl? LOL!!

Posted by: pabrian2003 | December 22, 2010 4:34 PM


Laugh all you want...if Vince Young can make the Pro Bowl in '09 with only 10 TDs, then so can McNabb. Crazier things have happened...I mean, did you think Michael Vick would be the leading vote getter?

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 22, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan said he definitely would welcome back McNabb if McNabb were willing to return to the Redskins as a backup "but I'm not sure he would, which I would understand. But I think that's why we're talking about hypothetical situations. I don't think that would happen. But if he was interested in that, obviously, that'd be a possibility."

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Shanahan makes it soooo easy to rip him. Its Shanny who says the best guy plays. If Donovan returns, why would he automatically get assigned the backup role? 2010 is an aberration in McNabb's career (and in Shanahan's for that matter). There have been several QBs McNabb's age who have rebounded after a down year. Favre went to the Jets in '08, and overall, had a pretty poor year. Went to Minny in '09 and had a brilliant year, one of best of his career.

So to already decide McNabb is the backup QB if he stays ... total BS.

But let's not stop there. What does insulting Donovan get Shanny? Are other players going to be more excited to play for an a-hole?

The HBO special on Lombardi is really a nice piece of work. You understand why the players loathed him, loved him and wanted to play so hard for him.

Not so with Shanahan.

With Shanahan, who would want to put up with his petty games?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 22, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Laugh all you want...if Vince Young can make the Pro Bowl in '09 with only 10 TDs, then so can McNabb. Crazier things have happened...I mean, did you think Michael Vick would be the leading vote getter?

Posted by: brownwood26 | December 22, 2010 4:49 PM
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McNabb in the Pro Bowl -- further proof of what a farce it is.

Posted by: smurff11 | December 22, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse


The NFL's version of the All-star game is already a joke, so placing McNabb in the game would only bring in the laugh track.

Posted by: familynet | December 22, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse


The NFL's version of the All-star game is already a joke, so placing McNabb in the game would only bring in the laugh track.

Posted by: familynet | December 22, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 4:35 PM
++++++++++++++++

One Man Gang?

Posted by: smurff11 | December 22, 2010 4:48 PM |

It's Lorenzo Alexander's nickname.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I think that Danny, Allen and the Shanny's will end up falling in love with Andrew Luck and will find a way to TRADE UP for him! After not moving up for Bradford I think that Shanny regrets it and will not hold back on trading up for LUCK!! After all he is the best qb in the last 15 years and the most pro ready QB who is YEARS AHEAD OF NEWTON! NO CHANCE THEY WASTE A PICK ON A FUTURE SPREAD BUST LIKE NEWTON! If can't make the trade for Luck, they take Mallet who is still years ahead of newton!! Book it!!
I don't think it would take that much to trade up for Luck tho if we have a top 6 pick! I could see us giving the panthers mcChump, fat al and maybe sleepy davis to move up !! Then the Panthers take AJ Green!
while the skins draft luck and build around him!!!

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 22, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I think that Danny, Allen and the Shanny's will end up falling in love with Andrew Luck and will find a way to TRADE UP for him! After not moving up for Bradford I think that Shanny regrets it and will not hold back on trading up for LUCK!! After all he is the best qb in the last 15 years and the most pro ready QB who is YEARS AHEAD OF NEWTON! NO CHANCE THEY WASTE A PICK ON A FUTURE SPREAD BUST LIKE NEWTON! If can't make the trade for Luck, they take Mallet who is still years ahead of newton!! Book it!!
I don't think it would take that much to trade up for Luck tho if we have a top 6 pick! I could see us giving the panthers mcChump, fat al and maybe sleepy davis to move up !! Then the Panthers take AJ Green!
while the skins draft luck and build around him!!!

Posted by: warriorking111285

I saw Luck play one series, maybe 4 or 5 passes total. I would never base an opinion on one series.

But ...

On that one series, he was stunning. Quick decisions, quick release and every pass was perfect. Literally perfect. Draw a 4 inch dot where you'd want the ball to be thrown and he'd have hit that dot each time. With touch.

I can't imagine that is his norm, otherwise Stanford would have never been stopped from scoring. But from just that 1 series, I understood why teams are drooling over the guy.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 22, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

KMoore Beeps

Posted by: Diesel44 | December 22, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

One Man Gang?

Posted by: smurff11 | December 22, 2010 4:48 PM |

It's Lorenzo Alexander's nickname.

Posted by: TheScamp75 | December 22, 2010 5:01 PM

+++++++++++++++

OK. Interesting. Not sure I would pick him with my top ten. I like him and everything, but I don't think he's a starting caliber OLB. And I don't think I'd keep a special teamer on that list (other than Banks).

But then again, I tried to come up with my own list of players on this team with 4 years or less to make a top ten list. And failed miserably.


Cooley
Orakpo
Williams
Bryant
Riley? (stretch)
Kelly? (dream)
Moore? (stretch)
Capers? (haven't even seen him play)
Beck? (total unknown)
Barnes? (huge stretch)

Try it with this roster. Pretty tough....


Posted by: smurff11 | December 22, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

But then again, I tried to come up with my own list of players on this team with 4 years or less to make a top ten list. And failed miserably.


Cooley
Orakpo
Williams
Bryant
Riley? (stretch)
Kelly? (dream)
Moore? (stretch)
Capers? (haven't even seen him play)
Beck? (total unknown)
Barnes? (huge stretch)

Try it with this roster. Pretty tough....

++++++++++++++++

Oops. Out with Beck and Barnes, in with Armstrong and Banks.

My bad..

Posted by: smurff11 | December 22, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't be surprised at all by Snyder/Shanahan trading up to get a QB.

Under Gibbs, we traded a pick for Brunell (3rd rd pick).

then traded up to get Campbell (1st, 3rd, 4th for a higher 1st).

and just traded away a 2nd and 3rd/4th for McNabb.

only to drop McNabb now.

so why not continue to trade away picks and continue to ignore the Offensive Line.

what team exactly was Snyder watching as a "fan" while the 80s skins completely dominated the line of scrimmage?

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | December 22, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse


more like pro blow instead of pro bowl

Posted by: hessone | December 22, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Assuming the rookie salary cap comes in, it will be more difficult to move up in the draft. Most of the teams desiring to move back were trying to get away from paying an unproven rookie a large portion of the salary cap. We need to hold on to our picks and take the best player available, while considering pressing needs. That's what the sustainable franchises do. The FO and fans need to buy in that rebuilding is a process and there are no short cuts.

Posted by: Skin4Life1 | December 22, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

Assuming the rookie salary cap comes in, it will be more difficult to move up in the draft. Most of the teams desiring to move back were trying to get away from paying an unproven rookie a large portion of the salary cap. We need to hold on to our picks and take the best player available, while considering pressing needs. That's what the sustainable franchises do. The FO and fans need to buy in that rebuilding is a process and there are no short cuts. Darn, I hate talking about the draft in December.

Posted by: Skin4Life1 | December 22, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Are you kidding me? he is a bum squared. he can't hit a bull in the rear with a snow shovel. if McChicken gets even allowed in the stadium i will call 911 and for that matter if any one of those 53 losers gets a sniff of an invitation i will never watch another down of pro football. flynn, brees, rogers, vick are 4 straight up that are twenty times the player McLoser is so why even post that stupid stuff. that is like saying fat cooley who can't run anything but curls, hitches, and crap dig routes is getting invited. he can't carry the jock of gonzales, witten, winslow,celek, or any number of NFC TE's. this team is an outright disgrace and another loser year and another slap in the face from a bum retread like shanibag. they are a joke.

Posted by: doyouktt | December 22, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

What a crock of BS. Pro Bowl site does not have McNabb in the top ten.

http://blogs.nfl.com/2010/12/22/brady-comes-from-behind-to-clinch-fan-vote/

Posted by: jeffroski | December 22, 2010 10:35 PM | Report abuse

http://offthebench.nbcsports.com/2010/11/04/jake-plummer-feels-donovan-mcnabbs-pain/?related=1

“It just seemed like every game I could have completed these four more passes or these five more shots here and it would have been perfect. And that just wasn’t my personality… But Shanahan wanted perfection and he wore a lot of us down there.”

Plummer didn’t sound surprised by the current circus unfolding in Washington, D.C., between Shanahan and Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb.

“I think Shanahan is still searching for John Elway,” Plummer said. “Somehow, someway, he thinks there’s going to be another guy like John Elway.”

“He coached a team to almost perfection (with Elway) so he wanted that again, he wanted that every time we went out there. It’s just not realistic.”

Posted by: BenThere | December 22, 2010 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Fifth place for McNabb is a bit of consolation. It is also the closest a Redskin QB will get to the Pro Bowl for quite some time. How many Redskins are in the Pro Bowl? Yes it is a popularity contest isn't it. All the more reason McNabb should be happy he placed fifth. He'll be playing somewhere next year, maybe as a backup, but with an 18 game schedule, he'll get a chance to start. Shanahan was very short sighted in dismissing his possible Hall of Fame veteran QB when he may wish he had him back some time next season. Of course he would never admit that. Most teams would be smart to 'stock up' on QBs for an 18 game season.

Posted by: bfjam | December 23, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Bizarro world. McNabb in the Pro Bowl and Pallin for president. Anything is possible in bizarro world.

Posted by: hock1 | December 23, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I just Googled "Project Donolulu" and it should make Redskin's fans nervous. I'll give Philadelphia fans credit - despite dishonoring the game - for figuring out another way to beat (and embarrass) the Redskin's organization.

However, manipulating the Pro Bowl voting in this manner is clearly tampering and the NFL better keep an eye on it.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | December 23, 2010 1:47 PM | Report abuse

Orakpo derseves it, nobody else, espeically not Cooley!

Posted by: 54465446 | December 23, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Santana Moss is the only Redskin who truly deserves to be there this year.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 23, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

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