Your Monday morning open thread:
Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan's first and possibly worst major acquisition for the Redskins, formally retired yesterday as a member of the Eagles. The NFL retired him after the 2011 season after he got benched and later cut by the Vikings after playing six games there.
He has said that he belongs in the Hall of Fame. In his favor are his six Pro Bowl appearances and five NFC title game appearances. Detracting from his case are the four losses in those conference championship games, the fact that he was never selected All-Pro, and the fact that he never led the league in any major statistical category for a season.
I probably think he's closer to being a legitimate selection than many do. Although QB's get too much credit for wins the Eagles were one of the most consistently successful teams of the last decade and the Eagles' rise to prominence coincided with the arrivals of McNabb and Andy Reid. And a lack of "rings" should not be an automatic disqualifier.
But, in the end, the lack of a single season where he was considered the best QB in the game is fatal to his case. And stats can tell part of the story for a quarterback and the fact that he never led the league in TD passes, yards, or any other major stat screams Hall of Pretty Good, not Canton.
What do you think?