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I’m not a big fan of the “Kick Donovan McNabb While He’s Down Because The Dirty 30 Gets Their Jollies Out of Such Things" club… but I do enjoy a good delusional McNabb story. 

This may qualify. 

And it's still February.

Speaking to ESPN 980, the former Five said that Peyton Manning wouldn’t work out in D.C. because, well, he (McNabb) didn’t work out in D.C.


“Peyton’s not gonna go there,” he said. “I don’t see Peyton ending up in Washington. Because what happens is now, you’re bringing in another veteran who will be 35 36, who has been in one offense throughout his career. It’s the same situation.”

“Now he comes over, and as they say now, Peyton is such an offensive coordinator on the offense. So now what does that do to your offensive coordinator? Does he step down? Does he step back? Does he begin to change the whole offense according to the play of the quarterback that he has in Peyton Manning? Well, I didn’t see that happen, so I definitely don’t see that happening for Peyton.”


Of course, because clearly McNabb is on the level with Manning. And because clearly coaches should have let McNabb’s panicky and pukey (unverified) self run the offense. And because clearly McNabb is destined for the Hall of Fame, like Super Bowl Champion Peyton Manning. Clearly. CLEARLY.


“I played for 11 years in Philadelphia, where it was built around the ability that I had and the guys that we had already there. I think a lot of times when you go in a situation late, and then you have a new coach, you have a new style where they just think their style is gonna work automatically, not looking at the players that they have…..”


He went on to take subtle jabs at his coaches in D.C.– you can read that here. None of it is surprising, really. But, in former Five’s mind: I didn’t work out there, therefore one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time won’t work out there.

Seems reasonable.

As reader Billy notes, the McNabb=Manning math is quite fuzzy. I’d say former Five is missing an X or Y in there someone. Like: McNabbX=Manning. Solve for X. X= a Super Bowl and gobs of NFL records. 

Anyway, the point is probably moot. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio points out that Manning is likely using Washington’s interest to drive up his price.

– checks calendar – Yep, still February.

[Related: Kurt Warner gives Donovan McNabb a pep talk on national television]

H/T to reader Josh