Donovan McNabb: Is the Veteran QB a Hero or a Zero for the Washington Redskins?

Dan PennwynCorrespondent IFebruary 24, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New York Giants on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Even though Washington Redskins starting quarterback Donovan McNabb is no longer with the Eagles franchise, I thought it would be good to at least check in on his status from time to time since he is a legend here in Philadelphia.

We all remember the shock that rushed through our bodies when news broke last offseason when the Philadelphia Eagles traded long-standing veteran Donovan McNabb to division rival Washington Redskins.

Most fans understood why McNabb was being traded, but nobody could understand why it was to a team within the division.

Once McNabb landed in the nation’s capital and put on his new burgundy and gold jersey, it became obvious that Redskins fans thought they had a Super Bowl-caliber team.

The Redskins had a top-notch defense already in place, and they just needed a leader who was/is a true leader in the league.

Yes, for the second time in his (McNabb's) career, he was expected to be a hero from day one and turn the luck around for a franchise in the dumps. Unfortunately, the relationship never evolved, and now, McNabb could possibly be looking for a new place to call home.

In the title, I also use the word “zero”, which has a different meaning than most probably expected—allow me to explain!

McNabb’s talent appears to be on the decline after a poor showing with the Redskins in 2010 and his being benched only so backup Rex Grossman could start.

No. 5 still has some gas left in the old tank, however, and can still be considered an upgrade over many QBs in the NFL.

What I am referring to is a comment Redskins radio announcer Sam Huff made after being asked whether McNabb stood a chance of returning as the Redskins' starting QB. Huff’s answer was short but definitely not sweet—"No, he’s history."

Or, in other words, Huff believes that Donovan stands zero chance of remaining in Washington as a starting NFL QB, or with the team at all.

His age (34) and fact he hasn’t displayed the same level of talent he had at the start or even middle of his career are what’s causing a silence about a possible trade for him. The most viable reason for the lack of chatter is because teams in need of a starting QB, like the Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals, are waiting to see if they need to trade for him or if he is outright cut from the roster.

Most mock drafts have the Redskins drafting their franchise quarterback of the future named Cam Newton. Mike Shanahan witnessed what Vick can do firsthand in 2010, and wants a player with similar attributes as Vick. Cam Newton is Michael Vick Jr. on the football field, or as close to him as one could get.

I’d like to finish by wishing Donovan the best of luck with whatever happens. Frankly. I think it would be foolish of the Redskins' front office to release him so soon. He entered Washington in a very similar situation as he did in Philadelphia back in 1999, having very limited weapons at his disposal. 

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