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Trading for McNabb Would Regain Creditability

Posted on: April 1, 2010 12:58 pm
Since a return to Oakland in 1995, a span of fifteen seasons, the Oakland Raiders seemed to have gone astray from their slogan of “A Commitment to Excellence.”  There has just been three winning seasons in Oakland since 1995, although one of those seasons did include a trip to Super Bowl XXXVII (a 48-21 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).  But since that trip to the Super Bowl, the Raiders have failed to win more than five games in a season.  A failed string of coaches and player acquisitions have been at the forefront of the blame of owner Al Davis.

Coaches during the time period after the Super Bowl include Bill Callahan (whom lead the Raiders to the Super Bowl in his first year as a head coach, following the departure of Jon Gruden, who lead the Bucs to the victory over the Raiders), Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, and current coach Tom Cable.  Cable was also in the conversation last season of being fired.  Despite being criticized as Kiffin’s replacement midway through the 2008 season, Cable does seem to have the respect of many of his players, despite stories of problems with other members of his coaching staff.  The Raiders are 9-19 under Cable, which is actually a step in the right direction for this dormant franchise.

But coaching changes have not been the only criticism in Oakland, a string of bad personnel moves by Davis has also drawn criticism.  WR Randy Moss was acquired for LB Napoleon Harris, the Raiders 2004 first round pick (7th overall – Troy Williamson) and their seventh round pick.  Moss was a bust in two seasons in Oakland, and was then traded for a fourth round pick to the Patriots in 2007, where Moss has gone on to shine with a record breaking season.  There was also the acquisition of DB DeAngelo Hall for a second and fifth round pick in the 2008 draft.  Hall was then signed to a seven-year $70 million deal prior to the 2008 season.  Hall was then released after eight games into the season, for “failing to adapt to the Raiders system”.  Also prior to the 2008 season, safety Gibril Wilson signed a six-year $39 million contract with the Raiders, only to be released after one season.  And also prior to that 2008 season, Davis signed WR Javon Walker to a six-year $55million deal.  Walker played a total of eleven games for the Raiders, starting seven, compiling fifteen catches for 196 yards and a touchdown.  But the criticism is not just on veteran acquisitions, high first round picks have failed to live up to the hype including QB JaMarcus Russell, Darren McFadden, and Darrius Heyward-Bey

Acquiring Donovan McNabb could help silence the critics of Davis for the time being.  McNabb would give the Raiders the elite quarterback they have lacked since the retirement of Rich Gannon prior to the 2005 season.  McNabb has the arm to run the deep passing game that Davis is infamous for promoting with his team.  Although none of those failed veteran acquisitions are still around, McNabb could help those first round picks live up to their potential.  McFadden, who will enter the 2010 season at twenty-three years of age, arguably has more athletic ability than Brian Westbrook (McNabb’s main counterpart at RB in Philly) had in the prime of his career.  McFadden has the ability to be a dual threat out of the backfield, like Westbrook, and proved in college that he has the ability to make some big plays.  Heyward-Bey, perhaps the most criticized picks at the time of the selection, has the speed Davis desires from his WRs.  McNabb just had a successful season with another fast WR in DeSean Jackson.  Perhaps the numbers that Jackson put up are far too lofty of expectations, but similar output is possible as Heyward-Bey does have the talent to find success in the NFL.  Finally, there is Russell, who would find himself back on the bench with the acquisition of McNabb.  But McNabb is not the most durable QB, so Russell may find himself some playing time.  But with a similar build to Donovan, albeit a bit heavier, perhaps McNabb could provide the tutelage, and light a fire under the young QB, so that he can make strides towards living up to his pre-draft potential.  Another player who should prosper with the possible acquisition of McNabb would be TE Zach Miller.  Miller has shown the ability to excel in the NFL in the past, and McNabb has shown the ability to find his TEs.  With McNabb under huddle, Miller could become one of the top TEs in the NFL in 2010. 

A trade for McNabb would finally bring some stability to the QB position in Oakland, and could help diminish, for a time, talks of a string of bad acquisitions in Oakland.  McNabb has the ability to make the players around him better, as he has done for eleven years in Philadelphia.  And in the weak AFC West, making a play for a wildcard spot in 2010 is possible.  If owner Al Davis wants to continue to promote “A Commitment to Excellence,” a trade for McNabb is a must.


Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 9:08 pm

Trading for McNabb Would Regain Creditability

Great point UWDawgs, and yes the Skins offensive line is still a cause for concern, however, McNabb does provide more mobility than Jason Campbell.  Thus, I believe McNabb can hide their inadequacies of that line.  But McNabb has been injury prone over the years, so improving that line is also a key to keeping McNabb healthy for the full season.  I believe the balance he will have in Washington will be helpful for McNabb though, as it should help lessen some of the burden for him.

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 12:54 pm

Trading for McNabb Would Regain Creditability

While the 'Skins managment is far from the disaster of the Oakland Raiders, I believe that their aquisition of McNabb this week gave them a huge boost is credibility.  For years folks in Washington have been saying that they have the talent of a playoff team without the results.  With McNabb at the helm we will quickly learn whether or not that is true.  The last few years the offense line in Washington has been, for lack of a better word, offensive.  If the O-line can keep McNabb in one piece then playmakers like Cooley, Davis, Kelly, and Moss can put up some big numbers.  A leader like McNabb should be able to put Clinton Portis (aka 'Skins cancer) in line.  After a decade of overpaying for aging players I believe that the 'Skins may have finally made an excellent personnel move. 

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: April 2, 2010 8:23 am

Trading for McNabb Would Regain Creditability

He's only 33. He had a pretty good year last year, I don't think it's out of the question to get 5 years out of this guy.I realize the mileage plays a big role, but I don't really remember him having too many injuries in recent years, he had that hernia, but no concussions or arm trouble I can remember. 
I realize it's sort of apples and oranges, but both Warner and Favre have played at high levels beyond 40. Being pocket passers might have something to do with it, but mostly I just think the league has protected qbs to such a degree that of course they are going to have longer careers. It's not black and white easy to make this trade, but it's not a "terrible move" either. 

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: April 2, 2010 1:13 am

Trading for McNabb Would Regain Creditability

The only way this trade would benefit the Raiders is if they are able to sign McNabb to an extension or the eagles drastically lower the price. Giving up the first round pick for a QB on the downside of his career for a year would be a terrible move, it will only make sense for McNabb goes to a team that can sign him to an exstension or a team thats looking for a QB to put them over the top.

Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2010 4:20 pm

Trading for McNabb Would Regain Creditability

The timeline you drew out is a perfect progression of the Raiders franchise. It showed all the issues surrounding them, the coaches, the players progressions from year to year and of course the man behind it all Davis. McNabb will carve the AFC west defenses for sure, if Robert Gallery can step up and actually block someone. Its funny you talked about Westbrook, if DNabb goes to Oakland will Westbrook go with him to give Run DMC a veteran presence. Great read keep it coming Steveo

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