Quarterback Donovan McNabb indicated on Friday that he thought the Chicago Bears were going to call him after their starting quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a fractured thumb back in late November. Instead the they chose to go with Caleb Hanie and Josh McCown and ended up losing five of their last six games and missed the playoffs.
“I thought the Bears would call,” McNabb said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “So many people continuously talked about the Mike Martz offense and things of that nature. I personally didn’t care about that. If you want to win and win now, you go out and get a better quarterback and you cater your offense to his strengths, and obviously the strengths of your team.
“Obviously it didn’t work out well for them. It’s unfortunate. I wish things would have worked out, but it didn’t. We will see what happens from now on.”
Mike Martz did end up retiring after the season and Bears general manager Jerry Angelo ended up getting fired.
“That call (from the Bears) was fully never made,” McNabb said. “I think also, just kind of what direction they wanted to go with. When you look at the situation they had, obviously Jay is their guy. I don’t know about their backup situation, but you had a solid defense, a defense that was playing well at the time.
“Obviously going forward they have some decisions to make as far as bringing in some youth on both sides of the ball and some talent that will help them get to where they were last year.”
Since McNabb is from the Chicago area, he did think about the chance of coming home and becoming a hero.
“I definitely thought about it,” he said. “Growing up a Bears fan, I kind of saw myself playing back home and hopefully winning the Super Bowl … I think when the situation was there, everyone, friends and family, thought it would happen. It didn’t, things didn’t work out well for them.
“I got a chance to relax and rest my body, so I don’t mind at this particular time what happened, but things could have been different.”
The 35 year-old McNabb isn’t sure what he’s going to do next season, since he’s now a free agent. The big question is, will any team be interested in him? I doubt it.