Donovan McNabb is no stranger to the Wildcat. In 2009, Marty Mornhinweg installed it with the Philadelphia Eagles, and guess who the Wildcat quarterback was? None other than Michael Vick. Donovan McNabb was not a fan of it then, and now, as an analyst, doesn’t like the idea of the Jets installing it with Vick either. He discussed it with Manih Mehta in an article in the Daily News:
“The Jets tried this whole garbage with Tim Tebow and Mark Sanchez and it got them nowhere,” McNabb, a Fox Sports analyst, told the Daily News. “In the situation now, I think it takes away from what Geno Smith can do. It’s a maturity process for him to try to develop into an NFL quarterback. Now you’re taking him off the field or splitting him wide to bring in a 34-year-old quarterback? To do what? I understand the ‘wow’ effect, but it’s not a good thing for either quarterback.”
McNabb believes that Michael Vick does not want to be the “Tim Tebow of the 2012 Jets”. Who could disagree with that part?
He does, however, see limited cases where it could be useful:
“I think that if you’re in the flow of a game offensively, OK, then you can come with some trickery,” McNabb added. “But when the offense is sputtering a little bit, that’s not the time to add a spark. That takes away from getting the starting quarterback back into a rhythm.”
Donovan McNabb can sure hold a grudge, can’t he? Personally, however, I agree with him, as most of you already know. The way to mentor a young quarterback is not to disrupt his rhythm in running an offense.
Hopefully the Jets won’t do this too often. If you have TWO quarterbacks, you have NO quarterbacks.