Donovan McNabb is easily one of the best quarterbacks to have ever laced up his shoes for the Philadelphia Eagles.
The six-time Pro Bowler made an appearance on the “Behind the Mask” podcast recently and talked about how differently Black quarterbacks get evaluated so differently compared to the White QB’s.
“The question they always wanna bring up is, does he love the game? You know, is it something that’s a passion for him?” McNabb said, describing how he believes Black quarterbacks are evaluated. “Is he the first guy in the building and the last to leave? When, really, they’re kind of directing that toward us as Black quarterbacks.”
McNabb continued saying, “you don’t ever hear that [about] any White quarterbacks.”
“They usually say, well, he’s a cerebral guy, he processes information, he loves the game, he’s a grinder, you know. It’s always this reflection and [analysis] of White quarterbacks,” McNabb said.
McNabb added when it comes to Black quarterbacks the questions are, “Does he throw receivers open? Is he a guy that can go from one read to the next? Can he pick up an offense?”
Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence is expected to go No. 1 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars, but a number of QB’s could go at any order after that selection.
McNabb says Ohio State’s Justin Fields is getting the short end of the stick because the Buckeyes haven’t produced many great quarterbacks who have transitioned well to the NFL level.
“He’s playing in Ohio State with Coach [Ryan] Day, who’s supposed to be one of the quarterback whisperers and offensive gurus, and you’re trying to say that he [Fields] doesn’t process information in his offense?” McNabb said. “I understand that you want to reflect back on the quarterbacks that have been playing at Ohio State, but if that’s the case, how many quarterbacks [have] done that much or done anything from Alabama? How many quarterbacks besides Steve Young and maybe Jim McMahon have done anything from BYU?”