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McNabb deal makes no sense

Posted on: November 15, 2010 6:23 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2010 11:14 pm

Let me see if I have this right: One week after the Redskins bench Donovan McNabb they turn around and give him a  long-term contract that includes a reported $40 million in guaranteed money? This, folks, is what is known as fiscal irresponsibility, but, more than that, it's why Washington's worst enemy is itself.

Look at how the Redskins operate vs., say, Monday night's opponent, the Philadelphia Eagles. The Eagles are the club that could have kept McNabb this season but didn't -- and they didn't because they weren't going to commit a long-term deal to a 34-year-old quarterback.

Instead, they sank their money in a young quarterback -- extending the contract of Kevin Kolb -- while keeping Michael Vick, who is four years younger than McNabb, on the hook another season. That is smart football, and it's why Philadelphia has dominated the NFC for much of the past decade. You stay ahead of the curve, trying not to get caught paying big bucks to a descending player.

What Washington did, however, makes no sense, and it's why the Redskins have been at or near the bottom of the NFC East for much of the Daniel Snyder era. Snyder overspends for talent, and McNabb is the latest example. McNabb was supposed to stabilize an unstable position for Washington, yet he has been so ordinary -- and that's being kind -- that he was pulled in his last game.

The Redskins offered three reasons why, none of which stuck, and I naturally figured his tenure in Washington would be short. Not so fast. Just when you think you have the Redskins figured out, something like this happens, and, I'm sorry, this just doesn't add up. Long-term contracts almost never work for veterans not named Peyton Manning who are in their mid-30s -- one reason being that older players get hurt more often and another that older players typically yield diminishing returns.

But that didn't faze Washington, and why should we be surprised? The Redskins sank big money into veterans like Deion Sanders and Bruce Smith and overspent for free agents like Adam Archuleta and Albert Haynesworth. You'd think they'd learn. They just proved they haven't. It will cost them, and I'm not just talking dollars and cents.


Category: NFL

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:32 pm

McNabb deal makes no sense

What amazes me is how in the world can you place the blame for losing last night on McNabb's shoulders.  Sure he is the QB, but the QB can't play defense.  I think I seen the reason for the Redskins woes.  It is the defense, they are always off and on wishy washy.  I put blame on that part essentially on why the Redskins got beat last night.  I mean the first play of the game and then the next possession just takes them all the way down field.  I mean I know that the offense struggled, but I question the first couple of drives.  The play calling was a bit funky.  You got to catch the football as well.  I know McNabb had a few bad passes, but they have quite a few dropped balls.

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 12:48 am

McNabb deal makes no sense

It amazes me how the Cowboys will be rebuilding soon and just destroyed the Giants on Sunday and nobody has mentioned this so far!  Is there a tide turning in the division? Can Snyder's team gain momentum in the next year or so, and how much will that rest on McNabb's cannon arm? They've won more games in 10 weeks than all of last year and they DO in fact have some talent on both sides of the ball.  Fit a few more pieces in and the Skins win the div w/ a healthy McNabb.  Hey, it could happen, and if it does, the East could return to prominence in the conference.

Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:39 pm

McNabb deal makes no sense - BUT IT DOES

This deal makes PLENTY OF SENSE. The Skins haven't had a franchise quarterback since Joe Theismann. There is no way that McNabb sees the end of the contact and it's the last day that the Skins could have put the money in an extension in the UNCAPPED YEAR. How about you think a little but Judge? The Skins were going to sign McNabb after the season anyway. Why not put some of that money into this year so that the Skins can sign some of their FA's coming up this year (Rogers, McIntosh, Landry extension). Stop hating on the Skins. If you have the money in an UNCAPPED YEAR than you make it happen. 

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:29 pm

McNabb deal makes no sense

I don't see McNabb as the problem as you guys state.  I see the problem elsewhere.  First the defense is so old I think I could find 11 guys to move the ball against them.  I mean seriously I know Vick is great, but they let him look great tonight.  I mean it was 28-0 just like that McNabb not even apart of that. Sure he threw that one interception early, but it came off of a tip pass okay so blame 7 of those 28 points on McNabb.  Give him something to work with.  I mean if I had Louie Armstrong to throw week in and week out I think I would dominate to :). Moss drops passes, Armstrong dropped three right in his hands. I mean its NOT all McNabb.  Let me remind you that McNabb did lead the Eagles to pretty good years when he didn't have supporting cast.  If you give McNabb a tool he can take you deep into postseason.  Sure the timing of this is wrong, but at the same time now you have job safety for McNabb and the pressure of a contract is off.

Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:05 pm

McNabb deal makes no sense

Am I annoyed?  Yes.  Am I surprised?  Not in the least bit.
This is what Daniel Snyder does, and it pisses me off as a Redskins faithful.He takes washed up or on-the-decline players who had great careers somewhere else, pays them boatloads of money to come play for us and then watches as they play below average on the field and we finish 3rd or 4th in th NFC with a 4-12, 5-11 or 6-10 record.The list goes on, Donovan McNabb, Albert Haynesworth, Joey Galloway, Shawn Springs, Randy Thomas, Laveranues Coles, Warrick Holdman, Philip Daniels, Andre Carter, etc. etc. Santana Moss could even be considered here.  Only once has it resulted in a consistent Pro Bowl caliber player, and that was London Fletcher.
Point is, my Redskins are cellar-dwellers until Snyder is out.  Sad to say, but it's true.  The man fields teams that are great on paper and below average on the field.

Since: Oct 30, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:52 pm

Snyder Worst Owner In Pro Sports

I've said it more than once.  Dan Snyder is the worst owner in pro sports.  He is an embarrassment to the NFL and a disgrace to the franchise.  I wish the NFL could force him to sell and completely boot him from any involvement in the league.  Maybe some day the Redskins can regain some of the the glory that Snyder destroyed.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:11 pm

McNabb deal makes no sense

You're right, Judge, this deal makes no sense at all.  But this is Washington. A town full of political shenanigans ( (or is that Shanahanigans?) both on and off the field. Maybe Snyder signed off on this deal to make sure Shanahan doesn't ever bench McNabb for dinosaur Rex, ever again.  Or maybe, just maybe, he wants to one-up Jerry Jones' own fiscal irresponsibility with his team. This does come on the heels of Jones announcing he has spent $1.2 Billion on the Cowboys since buying them.  Whatever the case, it does prove that no matter how bad the economy is, there's always some fool out there still willing to throw his money away. I wish he would throw some my way.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:08 pm

McNabb deal makes no sense

Michael Vick is licking his chops for his next contract.  He starts next season barely 31 which will be 3 years younger then McNabb. He missed 2 seasons so he's as fresh as a 28 year old.  And oh yeah, anybody watching the game???  Just over 3 minutes left in the first half.   Vick is 12 for 16 for 238 yards and has throw for 3 td's.  Oh yeah, he also has 6 rushes for 66 yards and 2 td's on the ground.  WOW.  That is definitely the best half of football an NFL qb has had this season.  Already about 400 yards in total offense for Phili in less then one half of football.
What's Vick worth?  I say if he keeps playing like he has, he'll get every nickel that McNabb got and more.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2010 10:07 pm

McNabb deal makes no sense

I was so perplexed after seeing they gave him an extension I wanted to find a story just so I could post my comments about it.  Enough has been said. 

Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2010 9:55 pm

McNabb deal makes no sense

As a lifelong 'skins fan, I am used to enduring the pain of moves that are stupid when they are announced and only turn out to be still more stupid when they play out.
I am on the verge of ditching my team because the owner is so abusive of the team's fans. We don't like our team being run in a sucky way. It causes us pain. However, it would be insane to expect anything else at this point.

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