It appears as if former MVP and Ravens QB Steve McNair is not going down without a fight. The QB, who had an awful, injury filled 2007, is telling those that will listen that he is going to come back better than ever for the 2008 season. McNair told the Baltimore Sun “Being a competitor, I understand that people are always going to put something, some name out there, I’m not into speculation, I’m into reality. If it happens, then I’ll deal with it.” What McNair is speaking of is the talk that the Ravens are going to go in another direction with their QB spot – possibly taking a look at Eagles signal caller Donovan McNabb.
For now, McNair continues to rehab his shoulder, which was hurt last season as the team took a major step back to the point where their head coach was fired. The 35-year-old has clearly seen better playing days, but even entering or maybe at the twilight of his career, he feels there is still gas in the tank. “My only focus is getting my shoulder ready for the season,” McNair said. “I have confidence in myself and in my teammates. If I didn’t, I would not come back.”
It appears that McNair will be in at least a three-way dogfight to be new head coach John Harbaugh’s first QB in 2008. The team was pleased with what they saw from rookie Troy Smith, and still have Kyle Boller, who was signed to a new deal last season. Then of course there is always the shot the team may draft or grab a QB in free agency (Trent Green is out there). For McNair, it’s going to be a long road back for a player whose better days are over.