You rely too much on Macdonald.
'Napoleon considered Macdonal brave but unlucky-meaning, in Napoleon's vocabulary, that he lacked the quickness of mind to meet unexpected developments. He could be audacious, but too often unthinkingly so: At the Trebbia and again at the Katzbach in 1813 he deliberately crossed a difficult stream on a broad front against a superior enemy, at the Katzbach despite Napoleon's express orders.'
'Macdonald suffered from a tendency to free and sarcastic speech, never missing a chance for a jest, preferable barbed. On reexamination, his Souvenirs are unreliable history; he blandly claims credit for actions where he was not present and blames his failures on his subordinates.'
'By making him a marshal, Napoleon hung a millstone around his own neck. With Oudinot and Marmont, that made three millstones.'
-John Elting, Swords Around a Throne, 139.