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Why the commitment to McNabb now?

Posted on: November 15, 2010 11:24 pm
So now we're told that Washington sank something more like $10 million in guaranteed money in McNabb. If true, that's at least better than $40 million figure that was tossed around before.

But I don't understand the timing of this move. I mean, if the head coach doesn't have a conviction about the guy -- and pulling him at the end of the Detroit game was evidence he did not -- why are you making a commitment to him now? Shouldn't he have to prove he's worth keeping? So what's the rush?

"This has Daniel Snyder's fingerprints all over it," said one source close to the club. "He wanted to make a splash, and maybe try to get McNabb going for Monday's game."

Of course, that didn't happen. Nobody got going in Washington except the fans, who started leaving the blowout at halftime. I understand trying to lock down the most important position in the game, but Washington didn't think enough of Donovan McNabb to keep him in a contest two weeks ago that it could have won.

So now he's the solution to your problem? Whether it's $40 million in guaranteed money or $10 million, I still don't get it. At 34, McNabb is a descending player in the middle of a disappointing season. Washington should start thinking about drafting a quarterback for the future instead of keeping one their coach seems ambivalent about.
Category: NFL

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2010 2:50 pm

Why the commitment to McNabb now?

 THe Mcnabb move was good. Lock him up for cheap for a few more years because the guy  still has a good arm and can still move very welll in the pocket.Skins don't need to draft a qb. They need to get some guys who can get open and take over. Cooley is good and moss has proven he can still catch but thats it. This group of WR's is worse than what mcnabb had in the early part of this decade. Skins need to trade haynesworthless, draft some backs and get some guys in there who want to get open, and this team will be back on track.The corners have played below average too so this is not Mcnabbs fault, the skins as a whole are a bad team. Even if Donny was throwing 3 td'sa game it wouldn't matter cause the skins can't stop a nose bleed nor can they run consistantly.

Since: Mar 1, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:26 pm

Why the commitment to McNabb now?

The timing is perfect, because Dan Snyder knows there isn't going to be a season next year and it doesn't matter. If they can get 
McNabb motivated for the Eagles and the rest of the season, then a contract for a year that won't occur is a few bucks in lawyers and thats about it. 

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 11:23 am

Why the commitment to McNabb now?

If it's really a $10 mil guarantee and not $40 mil it makes a lot of sense.  For $10 mil you're not going to get anything better and you can still draft a QB to take McNabb's place in 3 years.  Also, at $10 mil McNabb is much easier to trade. Remember, the Skins gave up a high 2nd round and a conditional 4th round pick to get McNabb so at least now they're setup to possibly get something in return versus McNabb walking away for nothing.  I'm sure both the Vikings and Cardinals would be happy to make a trade for McNabb with only $10 mil in guaranteed money at stake.

Since: Aug 19, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 10:18 am

Why the commitment to McNabb now?

Another dumb move by Daniel Snyder.  When will he learn that he can't build a winning team by overpaying for players who are well past their prime?  The going rates for QBs just went way up , and Vick and Peyton Manning must be salivating.  Manning is worth at least double McNabb's value.

Not taking anything away from Michael Vick or his performance last night, but QBs have done well in Andy Reid's system.  Remember how well AJ Feeley, Jeff Garcia, and even Kevin Kolb have performed when called to step in? McNabb is a flawed QB.  He throws the deep ball well, but struggles on short and intermediate route, often throwing behind, above or below his receivers.  This is why he struggles in the 2 minute offense.  He was successful early in his career because of his ability to escape trouble and throw on the run.  In recent years his numbers have been average, as he's tried to become a pocket passer. 

This reminds me a lot of Rich Kotite.  He was an average offensive coordinator and a horrible head coach.  However the national media wouldn't believe what Philadelphia was saying.  The Jets hired him, they went 1-15 and he was never heard from again.  McNabb isn't that bad, but the national media wants him to be great...a lot better than he really is.  Just reallize that you're getting an average-above average QB that won't lose you too many games, but won't put the team on his back and win too many by himself either.

FYI:  For the the national media and headline readers, Philadelphia fans did NOT boo McNabb on the day he was drafted.  The Eagles were bad for a long time and hadn't had a great running back since Wilbert Montgomery.  They had a chance to get the Heisman trophy winner, Ricky Williams, and the fans went to the draft convinced that's who we were selecting. The boos had nothing to do with McNabb, as they would have booed anyone who wasn't named Ricky Williams.

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:55 am

Why the commitment to McNabb now?

No way J Campbell can't even play in Oakland when Bruce is healthy... DMc is a solid leader but I fault the coaching and org for everything. why keep galloway and cut a 3rd year WR, that is on shanny. He has made 1 bad decision after another as head coach. 1st one was bringing in his 309 year old son to be OC, he is an awful OC. I agree its an org thing and they just need better faster players.
They have been out coached all year. Good point they have tried to fit the players in their schemes almost exclusively instead of playing the best formations when your best players. Hardly any 2 TE sets, galloway has nothing play fred davis and cooley together. clown coaching and clown org. I have been a skins fan for a long time but this is lower than the zorn years. coach seems more past his prime if he had one anyway, done nothing basically since elway.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:40 am

Why the commitment to McNabb now?

well mcnabb will be gettin payed 40 mil for probably only 2 years lol.  even tho i like the guy and he is a good qb he is gettin old so its not his fault dan snyder and the skins decided to sign him for long term.  if the skins hope to win in the future they have to draft a qb in the couple of years so that mcnabb can at least mentor him and will be worth somethin.  mcnabb is a good qb  but he wont be good in five years

Since: Dec 19, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:39 am

Why the commitment to McNabb now?

I agree with this comment. Look McNabb will probably be the starter next year and the Redskins will draft a QB in this years draft. What could be better than having a QB that doesn't throw people under the bus and is a stand up guy. Any QB we draft will have an excellent mentor in McNabb. What for a mere 10 million? That's pocket change in the NFL. I not a huge fan of McNabb and I think he's on the downside of his career but he brings leadership to a team that hasn't had it in a long time. Giving him this contract for this reason alone is worth it. Everyone needs to keep in mind that everything is new this year. Offense and defense and we're one of the older teams in the league. If we keep builidng the team through the draft we have a very good outlook for the next few years.

Since: Aug 1, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2010 8:32 am

Why the commitment to McNabb now?

No brainer???  Easy big boy, McNabb is not the answer, never will be.  The Skins would have been much better served to keep Jason Cambel (a servicable young QB) & their two draft picks than to acquire McNabb.  Here is why.  The teams problems are much bigger than the QB alone.  The skins have ignored the O line for 10 years.  Not only do they have no talent at O-line we have no depth, as a result the run game (joke) & passing game (bigger joke) are completely ineffective.  We need young talent in the backfield & WR position.  Snyder has found a model that works well for him.  I don't think he cares about wins a loss, just selling tickets.  During his tenue as owner, every off season he spends a ton of money on some over the hill has been with name recognition to fill the seats (Bruce smith, Deon Sanders, Jason Smith, Archeletta, Hainsworth, McNabb, to name a few), the fans are excited because the over the hill bum we just pick up is the final piece we need to get to the next level.  Problem is, they come to DC for one reason, "Pay Check", not to play.  While all the big money goes to the over the hill gang, we are stuck with a bunch of O-line cast offs, a running back who is past his prime, and one under sized WR.  So the skins still need to fix the O-line, upgrade the RB & WR positions, then and only then will a QB have some success in this town. Having said all this, completely ignores the fact that we moved to a 3-4 defense this year, and we do not have the skill players to play that "D". 

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 8:07 am

Why the commitment to McNabb now?


have you watched the arizona cards ? they would love to give 10 million to anybody who could complete a pass!!! he is old and on the downhill side but still a good qb

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: November 16, 2010 8:02 am

Why the commitment to McNabb now?

why ?

have you watched the arizona cards. they would love to give 10 million to anyone who could complete a pass!!!
good qb's are hard to come by. he's old and on the downhill but still a good qb

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