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John Madden sees some Brett Favre in Donovan McNabb

With Brett Favre stealing headlines from Albert Haynesworth this week, it seems only right that we connect the dots back to Redskins Park. John Madden makes it easy.

Madden sees a quarterback like Donovan McNabb and he makes the comparison to Favre. They both are mobile, they both make plays, they both turn nothing into something. And Madden thinks McNabb could play as long as Favre has. McNabb is 33 -- seven years younger than Favre.

"Really, I can see him playing easily four or five more years," Madden said Wednesday during a visit to Redskins Park. "I think, you say, 'Peyton Manning, I can see him playing that long. I can see Donovan playing that long.' Brett Favre obviously played that long. He's in that category."

Madden has gotten to know McNabb pretty well over the years. As a broadcaster, Madden would regularly chat with McNabb the day before games in production meetings. Madden says no trips were better than when the Eagles visited Chicago, where McNabb is from and his parents still live.

"His mother used to cook for the whole team, and somehow I'd get invited. 'Who's a good eater around here?'" Madden said. "I'd always go to those dinners in Chicago when the Eagles played there."

Another person praising McNabb on Wednesday was Eagles' owner Jeffrey Lurie, who staged his annual question-and-answer session with the Philadelphia media. He said McNabb is the "greatest quarterback in the history of the team."

"Classy, terrific in every way," he said. "He did not win a Super Bowl, but the franchise over the last 10 years as you know, five division championships, five appearances in the championship game in the NFC Super Bowl, a very extraordinary decade by any measure except for the lack of a Super Bowl championship."

Lurie also discussed why the Eagles didn't have a problem trading McNabb within the division. Apparently, it wasn't much of a concern at all.

"I don't see it as a negative. I see it as a positive," he said. "They were the ones who gave us the best offer and two years ago we made it to the championship game and Jason Campbell and the Redskins swept us. They can't do any better than that and hopefully we'll sweep them."

"You have to develop young quarterbacks in their prime and the best way to do it if you can is to develop that player, pinpoint the player, develop him while you have the quality quarterback we had in Donovan. So, I think there was a natural evolution here. Kevin (Kolb) is more than ready to play. Donovan had a good season. There wasn't the feeling that we would drop off in any way, having a new quarterback there's a risk. There's obviously an unknown involved there, but there wasn't a sense that this is a drop-off situation. This was a perfect opportunity for the player youth and developing to take the reins of the team and maximize his capabilities."

By Rick Maese  |  August 5, 2010; 10:15 AM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

McNabb just sent me a text that he's done

Posted by: PlayAction | August 5, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

redDMV

"I haven't followed baseball for too long, but I can't think of any major record feat that was least celebrated as A-Rod joining the 600 club."


It happened the same day as B Favre couldn't decide to sh!t or get off the pot.

Which is why the vikes are handing him $16 million in toilet paper for 16 Sundays of earnest strains.

The same week the Prez turned 49.

Within the same hour a black dude in a beer warehouse i Conn. shot white people who caught him stealing in ways Wall Streeters get away with.

Three days into most NFL camps having opened.

In the middle of a Rick Pitino extortion trial.

While 80 year old Joe Paterno stood at a podium at the Big Ten media days and asked, "Have you seen my pills?"

He hit a home run that was less spectacular than the BP line drive that shut off a leaky oil well.

He achieved his milestone without doping just as we're learning that Lance Armstrong really was on it, too.

Chad and T.O. are the reality show this week, not A Rod and the sagging Bombers.

A Rod, a very fit athlete, chased Aaron, Bonds, and Ruth while the national sports media wondered when Albert Haynesworth would be able to complete a simple conditioning test having already finished his chase for $21 million.

Point is, baseball just doesn't register on the national scale anymore.

The chicks now dig the long pass, not the long ball.

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 5, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Moe, we definetly need a source on the ground, we gotta get an agent in the henhouse.
One of the main probs im seeing in these updates are they all seem to revolve around whats happening on the O-line during pass protection. Now clearly with Dmac and really for anyone this is the most important aspect. But you draft guys like Cook and Capers for their impact in the run game. Havent really heard updates concerning the oline on run plays mainly just saying which backs broke long runs. I know from seeing Capers and the would assume from the style new mexico ran that both these picks arent going to excel right off the bat in pass protection. You get them in run blocking drills and they will wow you though.
I would love to see some progress with the young players during camp because I dont think anyone can defend Heyer as being the guy they want out here. And im not really sure about the practice squad placement status for our young oline players but im assuming we could put whoever down their w/o them getting snatched up?

Posted by: Stu27 | August 5, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: Stu27 | August 5, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like Madden is having a senior moment.

Posted by: theBozyn | August 5, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Interesting that Madden equates good cooking with good quarterbacking.

Probably thinks Rachel Ray is a Hall of Famer.

Posted by: Vic1 | August 5, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

stu27

"And im not really sure about the practice squad placement status for our young oline.."


I think the real question is, if S Heyer isn't that much better than a rookie, why not cut him, keep the rookie, and find other young linemen for the practice squad?

The team would do well to sign a vet tackle who can at least fill-in adequately in the event of injury.

Oh, Jeremy Bridges, where art thou?

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 5, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

13-3

Book it!

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 5, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

And yet StrausBerg is selling out Natty park. Wot gives, Moe ;]

Why'd ya have to go racial in there?! wtSJK?

Posted by: DikShuttle | August 5, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

Um, John?

Brett Favre: most INTs in NFL history

Donovan McNabb: fewest INTs per pass ratio in NFL history

Yeah, they're JUST alike...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: 4thFloor | August 5, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Probably thinks Rachel Ray is a Hall of Famer.

Posted by: Vic1 | August 5, 2010 10:36 AM


She is...she's a HoF MILF...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: MistaMoe | August 5, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I completely agree. Only problem is I doubt anyone would have said that a week into training camp S Heyer would be our backup LT and RT so I guess the coaches value him. me i dread him getting anymore playing time on this team, ive seen it he has just the worst technique, slow lumbering legs, awkward shuffles, just lunges out with his with his arms while his feet are firmly planted to close toegther to often. Typically poor footwork which is the opposite of what you want out of your zone scheme.

Im all for cutting him and taking lumps with the youngsters. Chalk Jeremy Bridges up to fing Cerrato. If we have him so much of my trepidation about this oline disappears.

Posted by: Stu27 | August 5, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

beeps...a little early, but beeps.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | August 5, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Um, John?

Brett Favre: most INTs in NFL history

Donovan McNabb: fewest INTs per pass ratio in NFL history

Yeah, they're JUST alike...

Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, TOTAL ints and RATIO of ints are JUST alike.

Are people on this blog really this stupid these days?

Posted by: Barno1 | August 5, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

Brett Favre career QB rating: 88.6
Donovan McNabb career QB rating: 88.5

Seems to me they are sort of alike.

Posted by: Barno1 | August 5, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Has Donovan been accused of texting pics of his wang??

Favre has...

http://deadspin.com/5603701/brett-favre-once-sent-me-cock-shots-not-a-love-story

Posted by: Rush21 | August 5, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

My question is how many games has Favre missed because he was injuried and how many has McNabb missed. Favre is a ironman.. McNabb has not shown the same ability to be unhurt. That could definitly affect how long McNabb can play...

Posted by: sovine08 | August 5, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Is Joey Galloway still on the roster? Please inform me if he's not so that I can resume following the Redskins.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | August 5, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

12 days into camp and the best story line the insider can come up with is Madden sees some Brett in Donovan, really? You might have wrote a great story, although I could not care less to read it, not sure many would. Hey, heres a thought, how bout your Redskins news stories have a point or are somewhat interesting or relevent, and at the same time not serve as a enabler to a pathetic drama queen man child??

Posted by: Redskin2299 | August 5, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: ShovelPlease | August 5, 2010 12:09 PM
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here's the shovel go bury yourself because he's here and at the moment starting for the redskins

Posted by: jcnjcnj | August 5, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

At least McNabb's providing us with some hope. That was in seriously short supply last 2-19 Seasons. This is going to be an amazing year to be a 'Skins fan. Plus my son will be born in time to 'watch' us win the SB! :)

Posted by: Corvis777 | August 5, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

I would like to say out of all these headlines in training camp the one headline I'm soooo happy not to hear is JIM ZORN still coaching this team and Jason Campbell still our QB.

Just imagine folks we could be really depressed right now if those names were still mention with this team...lol

Posted by: taylormade218 | August 5, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

redDMV

"I haven't followed baseball for too long, but I can't think of any major record feat that was least celebrated as A-Rod joining the 600 club."

It happened the same day as B Favre couldn't decide to sh!t or get off the pot.

Which is why the vikes are handing him $16 million in toilet paper for 16 Sundays of earnest strains.

The same week the Prez turned 49.

Within the same hour a black dude in a beer warehouse i Conn. shot white people who caught him stealing in ways Wall Streeters get away with.

Three days into most NFL camps having opened.

In the middle of a Rick Pitino extortion trial.

While 80 year old Joe Paterno stood at a podium at the Big Ten media days and asked, "Have you seen my pills?"

He hit a home run that was less spectacular than the BP line drive that shut off a leaky oil well.

He achieved his milestone without doping just as we're learning that Lance Armstrong really was on it, too.

Chad and T.O. are the reality show this week, not A Rod and the sagging Bombers.

A Rod, a very fit athlete, chased Aaron, Bonds, and Ruth while the national sports media wondered when Albert Haynesworth would be able to complete a simple conditioning test having already finished his chase for $21 million.

Point is, baseball just doesn't register on the national scale anymore.

The chicks now dig the long pass, not the long ball.
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I agree that baseball dosent register on the national scale as it used to but if A-Rod hadnt been linked to PED's this would had been a bigger deal. Im stationed in Yankees country and the local media here didnt even make a big deal out of it, and these people love the pinstripes almost as much as they love the left hand lane on 95. What sucks is that Griffy got stuck in the middle of all this BS.

Posted by: murphyz703 | August 5, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Probably thinks Rachel Ray is a Hall of Famer.
Posted by: Vic1 | August 5, 2010 10:36 AM
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She is...she's a HoF MILF...
Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 10:51 AM
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MILF while wearing a gag! Have you ever listened to this chick? It's painful.

Posted by: shanks1 | August 5, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

Probably thinks Rachel Ray is a Hall of Famer.
Posted by: Vic1 | August 5, 2010 10:36 AM
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She is...she's a HoF MILF...
Posted by: brownwood26 | August 5, 2010 10:51 AM
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MILF while wearing a gag! Have you ever listened to this chick? It's painful.
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Death by perky.

Posted by: nonsensical2001 | August 5, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

Philly owner Lurie has too short an institutional memory. McNabb, as Lurie says, may be the best qb in Birds' history. But in 1960, they had a quarterback named Van Brocklin, who as least for that season took a squad of misfits to the title in pre-Super Bowl days. It has been widely written that the Dutchman had the greatest single year of any NFL quarterback ever.
The Birds also had a guy named Jurgensen. They let him go way too soon. Their loss was the Redskins' gain. Sonny Jurgensen was magnificent.
It is unfair to label any player the best in the team's history or at a position with the exception of the incomparable Sammy Baugh, the greatest Redskin of all time.

Posted by: royhobbs56 | August 5, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

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