Five years ago Donovan McNabb and the Bears would have been a good fit; maybe even two years ago, but not now.
The obvious reason it wouldn’t make sense to bring in the 35-year-old McNabb now, is that 100 percent of the coaching staff’s time and effort must be devoted to getting Caleb Hanie ready to lead the offense. That would leave little time to get McNabb up to speed, and there’s not much evidence that he could pick up Mike Martz’s offense on his own overnight.
Best-case scenario is that the former Mount Carmel High School star might possibly be ready to serve as the emergency quarterback for the final two weeks, but he’d be at least two weeks behind current veteran backup Josh McCown.
The old Donovan McNabb wouldn’t have had a problem playing behind a Bears offensive line that still, at times, struggles in pass protection. But at 240-plus pounds, McNabb has retained very little of the mobility that made him so dangerous in his Eagles days. In the previous two seasons he was sacked 72 times.