It seems to me that many who think that they are defending Donovan McNabb actually are delivering him an insult.
It's obvious that McNabb's boss, Mike Shanahan, is unhappy with his job performance.
Many of us have been in that spot at one time or another. When it happens, one can react in one of two different ways:
--Mope about it and spend all of your time looking over your shoulder for a potential replacement.
--Double down your efforts, put your nose to the grindstone (you can toss in a few other similar clichés here) and be determined to prove that your boss' lack of confidence in you was ill founded.
From the comments and reactions to last week's benching and subsequent shifting explanations that I have seen, it seems to me that many fans and many who comment on the NFL for a living believe that McNabb will take the first road.
If I was Donovan McNabb, I would take those reactions to be just as much of a slap in the face as were Shanahan's remarks about his cardiovascular endurance.
I would think that if you have the chops to survive as an NFL quarterback in Philadelphia for 11 years, you have some pretty thick skins. I also would think that if you can get pulled at halftime of a 2008 game in favor of a rookie and then bounce back to lead your team to within about five minutes of playing in the Super Bowl that same season, you have the ability to respond positively to a very negative situation.
And yet you hear fans and analysts talking about poor Donovan and how he's going to play tentatively the rest of the year and then slink his way out of town when the year is over.
I don't know McNabb but from talking to him a bit he seems like a supremely confident individual, the Type A personality who is going to meet the challenge head on.
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