Much ado about nothing now has the likes of Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers coming to Donovan’s aide.
“People are way too hard on Donovan, making way too big of a deal about this,” Roethlisberger was quoted Tuesday in reference to McNabb’s admission about his lack of knowledge of the OT rules in the NFL. “You’d be surprised. I’d bet at least 50 percent of the league didn’t know that at the time …”
Ward, Roethlisberger’s receiver, echoed the same sentiments.
Ironically, the last tie in NFL history was — you guessed it — the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Atlanta Falcons that ended 34-all in November of 2002. Luckily, for Roethlisberger, he wasn’t the QB. Ward, however, played in that game.
Football has a lot of rules. Again, unfortunately for these guys, this particular rule has been in place since 1974.
Knowing that the game would end in a tie verus thinking he has another OT to play, wouldn’t have changed Sunday’s outcome. In fact, if anything, McNabb might have played harder, been more excited and in the moment in his disillusioned state since he thought he’d get another crack and ending the game once and for all.
That’s not really what is being questioned since the post-game conference. With this, McNabb just made a huge blunder at one of — if not the — most fragile moments of his tumultuous career. The Eagles, with dashed playoff hopes, needed a leader — someone to stand as the team’s saving grace. And this is what McNabb gave them.