Following Donovan McNabb’s successful return to Philly, he proclaimed that the Philadelphia Eagles made a mistake by letting him a go. Yes Donovan a mistake was made. But it was not the Philadelphia Eagles who made the mistake it was the Washington Redskins that made the mistake.
Yes after a game in which Donovan McNabb completed 8 passes threw 1 touchdown, 1 interception, and earned a 60.2 QB rating, McNabb couldn’t wait to start crowing. See Donovan must have missed what was going on in Philadelphia over the last few weeks. If not for injury, not only were the Philadelphia Eagles doing fine, they were looking better than they had looked in years specifically at quarterback. Believe me Donovan, nobody misses you.
The same media who openly mocked the Philadelphia Eagles for trading Donovan McNabb and put him on some kind of pedestal, apparently never bothered to ask his teammates how they felt about Donovan. Reportedly Donovan had lost the locker room and most of his teammates were reportedly happy to see him go. His biggest weapon DeSean Jackson couldn’t wait to tell the media how happy he was to have a change at quarterback. Again, nobody is missing Donovan McNabb here in Philadelphia.
So here you have Donovan McNabb mocking the Philadelphia Eagles along with many in the media who still can’t get over why the Eagles traded McNabb in the division. Has anyone paid attention to what Donovan McNabb has done this season? This isn’t a guy who pulled a Brett Favre and turned around a team in one season into an unstoppable machine. It was just a week ago that McNabb and the God of Coaches lost two in a row, the latter in St. Louis where McNabb was outplayed by a rookie quarterback. I have to tell you, I doubt the Eagles are feeling threatened.
While it isn’t fair to judge McNabb a quarter into the season, since he is judging trades I’ll do it anyway since well he is judging trades a quarter into the season. Donovan McNabb in four games, sixteen quarters of play has three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Washington Redskins under McNabb are 2-2. McNabb has been great at throwing long balls but completely inefficient at scoring touchdowns, a mark most of us remember well here in Philly. I kind of doubt Andy Reid is watching those films with buyer’s remorse.
While one could argue that the Redskins’ win in Philadelphia had nothing to do with McNabb, I could argue that the two losses had everything to do with McNabb. In St. Louis, McNabb was completely inefficient in the second half. As a matter of a fact when it counted, McNabb only converted one third down in the fourth quarter, his first drive ending in an interception. At home two weeks ago, McNabb had the ball in overtime and couldn’t move it. This is not exactly a player coming to a city and making a difference.
Take a look at the entire game in Philadelphia. McNabb was missing receivers, over throwing, under throwing, and he did absolutely nothing in the second half. His run out of bounds in the fourth quarter almost singlehandedly cost his team the game. McNabb should be the last person sticking out his chest and the Redskins defense, not McNabb should have gotten the game ball.
I thought it would be fun to look back at Jason Campbell through the first four weeks of the 2009-10 season with the Redskins. Surely without the God of coaching, you’d think that McNabb would be blowing what Campbell did last year at this time out of the water right? Wrong!
At this time last year, the Redskins were 2-2. The Redskins are 2-2 now with McNabb. Jason Campbell had five touchdowns at this time last year as compared to McNabb’s three. Campbell did have five interceptions, so that was a fair issue. Overall Campbell had more interceptions, McNabb had more yards, but Campbell was a more efficient quarterback. An objective opinion could argue that the Redskins offense isn’t anymore improved under Donovan McNabb than it was under Jason Campbell.
Look, I am not going to tell you that Jason Campbell is a better quarterback than Donovan McNabb. What I will say is that at the end of the day, he has the same record, and wasn’t the difference maker in situations vs. St. Louis and Houston that his fans would lead you to believe that he is. Hey, I am not the only one that thinks this way. Just ask the Washington Redskins who haven’t offered him a contract extension yet. Why do you think that is?
I’m sure when McNabb is 8-8 this year and sitting home during the playoffs he will still be crying about the Philadelphia Eagles. See that Donovan McNabb for you, a more selfish player than the media will ever admit. But hey, why let facts get in the middle of a good story?
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