Ex-NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has always seemed like the type to hold grudges.
When the Eagles traded him to the Redskins, he talked for months about the lack of support the Eagles showed him during his time with the team. After the Redskins dealt McNabb to the Vikings and replaced him with Robert Griffin III, he went out of his way to criticize RGIII about pretty irrelevant things like press conferences and endorsement deals.
McNabb’s critical, almost bitter ways have continued since he started his post-football career as a sports analyst. When asked in July about Jay Cutler’s new contract with the Bears, McNabb made sure everyone knew he doesn’t think Jay deserves it.
"I think Jay might be the luckiest dude in Chicago, to be honest with you, with the contract that he received for what we haven't seen thus far,” McNabb said. “…you haven't been able to get past that hump you needed. One game to get into the playoffs, you couldn't get it done. Caleb Hanie comes in to play, Josh McCown comes in to play, and then contract comes up and you get paid like a top-three, top-four quarterback? I mean, are you serious? For what we've seen? If he doesn't do it this year, it's going to end up being a mistake."
Is McNabb jaded because Cutler got the kind of payday he never did? Probably. All of these examples are just meant to put McNabb’s words this week about Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in perspective.
Foles is coming off a historically great season. In only ten starts, he threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions -- the best single season touchdown-interception ratio of all time. He tied the NFL record for touchdown passes in a game (7), and he posted the third-highest single season quarterback rating in NFL history.
Point is: Foles was dominant last year, and there’s really no reason to think he won’t succeed in Philadelphia for years to come. Just don’t tell McNabb that. The ex-Eagles quarterback said on Tuesday that Foles isn’t a franchise quarterback.
"I really can't answer that at this particular point, but if I had to give a take, I would say no," McNabb said on 97.5 The Fanatic. "I think what he will do, he won't do what he did last year, that just won't happen. I see him more being a 25 touchdown, maybe 8, maybe 10 interception guy."
You’re no fun, Donovan.