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Redskins plan to keep playing games with Haynesworth, McNabb

Albert Haynesworth AP

The offseason is a time for every team to hit the reset button, to learn from past mistakes, and to begin to look toward the next season.

But not for the Redskins, who seem to be content to continue to wallow in their blunders of 2010.

On Thursday, General Manager Bruce Allen said that defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and quarterback Donovan McNabb will be leaving the team “[n]o time soon,” according to Jason Reid of the Washington Post.

The game is obvious.  The Redskins intend to try to trade both players.  The market for Haynesworth has plummeted after his four-game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team; Allen has now embarked on a fairly transparent effort create the impression that the team still wants Haynesworth, in the hopes that someone else will give up something of value for him.

“We were hopeful that he was gonna help the team win, and we remain hopeful that he can help the team win,” Allen said.

Right.

The same reasoning applies to McNabb, but the Redskins have a drop-dead date for dumping him.  On the eve of the regular season opener, his $2.5 million base salary becomes guaranteed.  The day after the first regular-season game, his $10 million option bonus is due.

Look for McNabb to clamor constantly for his release, so that he can land with a new team and make proper preparations for the 2011 season.  And look for the presence of both men to continue to provide a distraction for the organization.  And look for coach Mike Shanahan to be as hard headed as ever regarding his trade expectations.

Complicating matters for the Redskins is the labor uncertainty.  If the event of a lockout, the new league year may not begin until a new deal is negotiated.  Thus, the window of trading either player may not open until May or June or July.  Or August.  Or September.

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  1. jimmy1smith says: Jan 13, 2011 5:41 PM

    Fat Albert is a head case but McNabb is sufficiently washed up to the point that the Vikings might want him. He meets all their criteria, he is no longer any good, his contract makes him overpaid for his limited production, and he doesn’t provide any long term solution at QB.

  2. mezter says: Jan 13, 2011 5:44 PM

    Come to San Francisco McNabb. You won’t go to waste here. We have a new coach name Harbaugh who would love to work with you. :)

  3. damongraham says: Jan 13, 2011 5:47 PM

    Man why do the redskins always do this. I bet these guys become better after they leave like Bradon Llyod and ryan clark

  4. joerevs300 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:48 PM

    When you’re ranking the organizations from 1-32 in terms of front offices, you’d have to put Washington dead last.

    Until Daniel Snyder just butts out and/or hires some competent football people, the Redskins will continue to underachieve. Forever.

  5. chuckiesez says: Jan 13, 2011 5:52 PM

    The ‘skins seem to be operating on a premise of “lets get a lot of crazy suggestions of how we run this franchise, write ‘em down, put’em in a bingo tumbler and try whatever comes out first. Then we spin it again and try another……” and so it goes
    Larry, Mo, & Curly… I mean Dan, Bruce, and Mike need to head one direction at a time. Which way is the door ???

  6. bbrophy1 says: Jan 13, 2011 5:52 PM

    It’s a good time for Bruce Allen to step in and assert himself

  7. 66circleoption says: Jan 13, 2011 5:59 PM

    Washington needs to trade Dan Snyder too; he has ruined this franchise.

  8. stockpickgame says: Jan 13, 2011 5:59 PM

    I almost feel bad for Skins fans. You have an owner who has no problem throwing around cash, but he also has no idea how to put together a quality product for the field. The only thing Snyder got right was hiring Bruce Allen-aka the “cap specialist.” Shanahan was a huge mistake-like McNabb, Coach Kevlar is washed up too. Does anyone really think Grossman is the answer at QB? Were Snyder smart, he would drop Shanahan off on I-95 and let him hitch a ride home. Snyder needs to bring in Gruden. Gruden teamed up quite well with Allen in Oakland. Let Gruden have full control over the roster, and watch how fast he turns things around in DC. There is talent on the roster, but I doubt any of it respects Shanahan. Marc Trestman could be the OC. Until and unless real change is made, Washington’s going nowhere in the crowded and talented NFC East.

  9. shaneispic says: Jan 13, 2011 6:02 PM

    Anyone else think Shanahan is just a head case at this point?

  10. smellmyface says: Jan 13, 2011 6:08 PM

    Is Shanahan really that retarded to think someone will trade for two players everyone knows he doesnt want on the team. Holy cow just release them and be done with it

  11. ahgeez says: Jan 13, 2011 6:09 PM

    Haynesworth is a fat slob. I’ve seen nothing over the past two seasons that makes him anything more than less than average. Why would anyone want him.. He just seems to suck the life out of teams and wants to do his own thing. I’m sorry the redskin fans had to put up with him.

  12. randolph32 says: Jan 13, 2011 6:09 PM

    This is what it’s all about…the two above posts, one thinks McNabb is washed up, the other wants him to come play for MY TEAM–neither is probably accurate, but in reality the truth lies in the middle.

  13. reddskeletor says: Jan 13, 2011 6:11 PM

    What is that, sarcasm?

  14. brasho says: Jan 13, 2011 6:15 PM

    And in accordance with the last paragraph, even if they did cut him he couldn’t sign with a new team either until the labor situation is settled.

  15. gcsuk says: Jan 13, 2011 6:19 PM

    Keep it up, Washington. Keep playing games, and keep any potential free-agent from EVER wanting to play for Shanahan and Allen.

    Giants fans thank you for helping to keep Washington in the NFC East cellar for the foreseeable future.

  16. rayjayjohnsonjr says: Jan 13, 2011 6:23 PM

    Dear Skins – whatever it takes, dump both malcontents, move on and rid yourself of all of the it’s all about me stuff. The head case one will never earn his(it’s) pay and the over the hill one is simply over the hill.

  17. juddgr says: Jan 13, 2011 6:25 PM

    Yeah, They will help let us see a forth rounder for Fat Albert 5th rounder for McNabb and those to draft choices will fit in. and help them win

  18. steelerzzzrule says: Jan 13, 2011 6:26 PM

    The Redskins organization is a complete joke!!!

  19. bravin4evr says: Jan 13, 2011 6:42 PM

    This is just business as usual for the deadskins. If they think Grossman(hahaha) is better, then McNabb go…… Why give a draft choice or make a trade for Haynesworth when you can wait for him to be cut?
    If they really want to improve their team………. FIRE THE SHANAHANS……. LMFAO!!!!!

  20. loytomaki says: Jan 13, 2011 6:50 PM

    McNabb would be perfect for any team trying to bring a young QB along, more often then not a top pick that gets put into the lineup of a bad team fails horribly and never gets a real shot to learn before they get labeled a bust. To any team drafting late in the first round that wants to get a QB, they could take McNabb and name him the starter this year, and give their new QB time to learn. Vikings would not be a fit since they are likely to switch offensive schemes, but the 49rs have said they want to do a west coast offense, which would be perfect for McNabb. Arizona might want him as well, if only to try to get enough production while looking for a long term answer that Fitzgerald doesn’t bolt after 2011.

  21. scytherius says: Jan 13, 2011 6:50 PM

    There have been some bad owners in pro sports, but no one has ever killed a franchise quite like Dan Snyder. A shame he’ll never sell as the Skins will always be in the toilet, and a joke, as long as he owns the team.

  22. ernieernie says: Jan 13, 2011 6:59 PM

    I love it for them to bench him for all of next season and not pay him anything. Just give him a bag of sub sandwiches and let him swell up on the bench.

  23. 49ersforlife says: Jan 13, 2011 7:01 PM

    @mezter. Yeah we would love Mcnabb here in SF except for the 2 minute drill….

  24. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 13, 2011 7:05 PM

    You might as well have titled the article “Redskins Plan To Keep Losing”.

  25. granadafan says: Jan 13, 2011 7:07 PM

    Dan Snyder is pulling an Al Davis with Haynesworth by sitting his fat butt on the bench. Of course Haynesworth has no one to blame but himself with his terrible and lazy attitude. The video of him lying on the field during play sealed his fate.

  26. phillyjeff says: Jan 13, 2011 7:19 PM

    Skins are screwed if there is a lock out.

  27. vikesfansteve says: Jan 13, 2011 7:23 PM

    With a fresh start & a team that actually wants him McNabb can do well. If Miami signs Childress don’t be surprised if he ends up there. Vikings would be better with him or Kolb at this point.

  28. ejmat2 says: Jan 13, 2011 7:25 PM

    jimmy1smith says:
    Jan 13, 2011 5:41 PM
    Fat Albert is a head case but McNabb is sufficiently washed up to the point that the Vikings might want him. He meets all their criteria, he is no longer any good, his contract makes him overpaid for his limited production, and he doesn’t provide any long term solution at QB.
    ——————-
    Without looking at who typed this post I began reading it and as soon as I saw Vikings I knew it was you. It cracks me up how you hate aa team so much yet take every second of your waking hours to comment on them. You are the only person I know that would take any player, coach or their relatives and make it into a bash Viking thread. You are pathetic and its quite comical.

  29. vikesfansteve says: Jan 13, 2011 7:25 PM

    The Vikings would also take Haynesworth as a replacement for Fat Williams.

  30. moochzilla says: Jan 13, 2011 7:33 PM

    Haynesworth will trash the team, owner, coach, and GM to get released.

    He will be called a greedy scumbag who won’t honor the deal he signed.

    McNabb will trash the team, owner, coach, and GM to get released.

    He will be called a classy guy looking to be treated with respect.

    Odd, huh?

  31. FinFan68 says: Jan 13, 2011 7:34 PM

    Redskins plan to keep playing games with Haynesworth, McNabb
    ——————-
    I don’t think there is anybody that follows the NFL that actually believes that statement. Haynesworth’s suspension didnt’t hurt his trade value…his behavior did. Shanahan is no saint but players need to do what their boss tells them to just like everybody else. At this point, I’m not so sure that Grossman isn’t a better option than McNabb. He had some turnovers but I didn’t see any wormburners and the offense seemed to flow better with him at QB.

  32. moochzilla says: Jan 13, 2011 7:39 PM

    Harbaugh probably knows from his brother that McNabb is trouble. Why the headaches for a 2 year band-aid he’d represent?

    I do agree that McNabb would be fine if you wanted to write off a year while grooming a young QB – while at the same time trying to placate the fan base.

    But that isn’t something ANYONE will pay $10+ for. Much less what his contract increases to after that.

    No, McNabb is untrade-able. That contract is going to prevent them from finding a taker. Oh, and Shanny tipped his hand that he doesn’t want him back.

    Outright release. No picks.

    That contract was stupid for both McNabb to sign, and the Redskins to have offered. It handcuffed them both. Like it or not, they chose to get married when they inked it.

  33. phillyhomer says: Jan 13, 2011 7:42 PM

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  34. freedomispopular says: Jan 13, 2011 7:53 PM

    I’m thinking McNaab would probably be a good fit in San Francisco running Harbaugh’s West Coast offense. Other than that, I don’t really see any other team being a good fit for him. In Philly there’s no way they’ll let Vick go, so Kolb will probably be on his way out, so maybe they’ll bring back McNaab to back up Vick. Crazier things have happened.

  35. xpensivewinos says: Jan 13, 2011 7:53 PM

    As bad as they are, the Redskins ownership and front office are the Patriots compared to what’s going on in Miami.

    The Dolphins are like having a guy who knows nothing about football in your fantasy league. Ultimately, it’s more annoying than exciting…..

  36. cav2ya says: Jan 13, 2011 7:54 PM

    Long time Eagles fan here.
    Long time McNabb supporter. not jock.
    he was 3 yrs over due to be released by the Eagles.
    He should have gone to Denver, or San Fran, or Detroit even. A team that really would have loved him.
    instead, he wanted to stay close to home, where his kids go to school. I understand that.
    What the ForeSkins and Shannahan and Snyder are doing to this QB is downright despicable.
    they should both be banned from the league for “playing Games”

    They’re just Jerks.

  37. durno99 says: Jan 13, 2011 7:58 PM

    I love the thumbs up or thumbs down graphic. Now Jimmy Smith and Bob Nelson can see just how ignorant everyone thinks their comments are!

  38. smellmyface says: Jan 13, 2011 8:05 PM

    @finfan

    So Haynesworth’s attitude hurt his trade value, not Shanahan? He walks in the locker room with Cooley and gets pulled aside and told he isnt playing. Many players have said he does what Haslett ask’s of him and has no problems with Haslett. From day one Shanahan wasnt going to try to work with him at all which should be his job as a coach. Yes Albert has acted like a idiot through all of this but for you to say its all his fault your crazy.

    @ernieernie

    So they could bench someone and not pay them???

  39. ejmat2 says: Jan 13, 2011 8:11 PM

    durno99 says:
    Jan 13, 2011 7:58 PM
    I love the thumbs up or thumbs down graphic. Now Jimmy Smith and Bob Nelson can see just how ignorant everyone thinks their comments are!
    —————————
    LOL. They have to be 2 of the most ignorant posters on PFT. It’s pretty bad when even non-Viking fans see their ways.

  40. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 13, 2011 8:18 PM

    I still haven’t figured out if that’s Haynesworth or McNabb in that picture…

  41. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jan 13, 2011 8:41 PM

    Great plan for improving the team in 2011.

    Wow.

    Just Wow.

    Step right up and but your tickets – NOT!

  42. bucks12965 says: Jan 13, 2011 8:45 PM

    Snyder sure knows how to give has-beens big-time $!

    He’s paying Shanahan over $7mil per year….for this?!

  43. FinFan68 says: Jan 13, 2011 8:48 PM

    @smellyface: First, Haynesworth was given the option to be traded to a team with a 4-3 scheme and he chose to take $21M and stay. Then he skipped offseason workouts, boycotted a mandatory minicamp, needed 10 days to pass a conditioning test (that a 50 something yr old Golic had no trouble passing on a single attempt) has cited numerous phantom injuries for being unable to practice and missed a practice due to allegedly being hung over, continuously complained abot the 3-4 defense, showed blatant insubordination, refused to talk to the coach, “took a nap” on the field in the middle of a play and wore a shirt that said “punk” to work for his exit stuff…I’m sure there is more but I think this more than proves the point that Haynesworth’s behavior is the problem. All the suspension did was remove him from the vicinity. His trade value was already damaged by Haynesworth’s own obstinance, laziness and stupidity. As far as the players that support him, there are more players on the Redskins that have publicly said he is selfish and an uncooperative distraction than have said he has been cooperative. Like I said, Shanahan is no saint. He could have handled things better (read: suspended him earlier) but Haynesworth is responsible for his own behavior regardless of his perceived “victimization” circumstances.

  44. bobbyhoying says: Jan 13, 2011 8:52 PM

    Maybe nobody picks up McNabb. I think a lot of 30 something players may be done with their careers. If many of the owners really do lose less money by not having a season, that is exactly what they will do. I don’t think all the players understand we’re in a really bad economic downturn. I think some of the fans assume all football franchises are profitable. The longer the lock-out goes, the less valuable older guys become.

  45. svenftw says: Jan 13, 2011 8:56 PM

    it’s one thing for albert to act childish, but it’s amazing to watch an organization be every bit as childish in the way they handle veteran players.

    i’m sure veteran free agents have taken plenty of notice.

  46. FinFan68 says: Jan 13, 2011 8:57 PM

    BTW, that pic would have been hilarious if it was McNabb alone in front of that banner instead of Haynesworth

  47. boysroll says: Jan 13, 2011 8:58 PM

    how come every article on the PFT related to the 4skins is all drama and the most comical stuff that goes on week to week in the leage? talk about a franchise down in the dumps. It really is a major embarassment the way this team attends to its affairs yr to yr.

    My sons pop warner football team is run better than this org….lmfao.

    LAST PLACE AGAIN SUCKAS!!!! AND AGAIN AND AGAIN!!!!

  48. moochzilla says: Jan 13, 2011 9:47 PM

    Fin – but don’t you, if you are a supposed HOF coach, know better than to poke that big baby with a stick? At the end of the day, that’s your job. To manage entitled young men who act like babies, and can help you win games.

    And don’t you have to make your system fit the talents you have on the roster? The 3-4 was a failure. Offense too – I think McNabb is all done, but will freely admit that the Shanahan’s did zero to make it easy for him.

    To me, that’s grounds for dismissal.

    Especially when Albert essentially has the ability to do whatever he wants, and knows it. He knows the owner will never eat his contract, he knows no other team will trade for the contract.

    People like Synder think they own a guy because they pay him $100 million plus. But, in reality, the player owns them.

    And choosing to fight him? What’s the percentage in it?

    All season, the Redskins MO seemed to be about the Shanahans teaching the players who was boss.

    Well, how did that work out for the fans? They got short-changed.

  49. moochzilla says: Jan 13, 2011 9:48 PM

    And if I was the 49ers I would get McNabb. Even that level of C+ QB play is good enough for the 8 wins necessary to be crowned NFC West champion!

  50. darkphoenix5 says: Jan 13, 2011 9:54 PM

    ejmat2 says:
    Jan 13, 2011 7:25 PM
    jimmy1smith says:
    Jan 13, 2011 5:41 PM
    Fat Albert is a head case but McNabb is sufficiently washed up to the point that the Vikings might want him. He meets all their criteria, he is no longer any good, his contract makes him overpaid for his limited production, and he doesn’t provide any long term solution at QB.
    ——————-
    Without looking at who typed this post I began reading it and as soon as I saw Vikings I knew it was you. It cracks me up how you hate aa team so much yet take every second of your waking hours to comment on them. You are the only person I know that would take any player, coach or their relatives and make it into a bash Viking thread. You are pathetic and its quite comical.

    ————————————————————————

    Can’t you just picture Jimmy being proud of himself everytime he posts? How funny is that that what you take pride on in your life is serial posting on someone else’s blog? Being proud of that there is no question that Jimmy is a fat man the question is just how fat.

  51. FinFan68 says: Jan 13, 2011 10:21 PM

    moochzilla says:
    Jan 13, 2011 9:47 PM
    Fin – but don’t you, if you are a supposed HOF coach, know better than to poke that big baby with a stick? At the end of the day, that’s your job. To manage entitled young men who act like babies, and can help you win games.
    —————————-
    I disagree, in part, with that notion. I believe it is the coach’s job to set the team up for success and to manage the players necessary to that end. It is not the coach’s job to babysit players who feel entitled to their jobs. Each player has a responsibility to the team and haynesworth did absolutely nothing towards honoring that responsibility. Theoretically, if Shanahan caves and treats Haynesworth with kid gloves, then that would likely invite more malcontent with other players who would like to run the ball more, get more passes thrown to them, etc. McNabb not withstanding, the coach did do his job and honor his commitment to the team rather than a spoiled, lazy, entitled ingrate that refused to pull his weight. Nothing about Haynesworth has anything to do with teamwork. I agree that the 3-4 was less successful than the 4-3…but how successful could it have been if Haynesworth had played within the system instead of undermining the scheme by doing his own thing? Shanahan’s actions were less than desirable with Haynesworth and McNabb but the bottom line is Haynesworth deserved a lot worse than he got and McNabb was not playing as well as his ardent supporters believed. Rex Grossman with those same numbers would have been treated much worse by the fans than McNabb was. It seems that Shanahan is at least trying to be realistic about what he has rather than the reputation of the players from years gone by. It is a rocky road but the skins will come out better sooner than later.

  52. skeebo80 says: Jan 13, 2011 10:26 PM

    When you really think about the Shanahans haven’t done much better. Especially decision making throughout the season and personnel. Pulling Mcnabb with two minutes left,Devin Thomas, clock management etc. I thought Shanahan would make it three years but not so sure now.

  53. paredskinwarrior says: Jan 13, 2011 10:53 PM

    I hope if no cap and if can’t trade mcnabb that shanny just hangs on to him, keeps him on the bench and makes the chump watch for his “disrespectful” hissy fit he threw for being benched when he deserved to be benched!! They got the money and time that they can truly be “disrespectful” to a qb that has been OVER-RATED his entire career! It would be about time that diva got what he deserves! IT WOULD BE SO FUNNY TO SEE HIMBE A 3RD STRINGER THRough A WHOLE SEASON BEHIND A ROOKIE AND MAYBE REX!

  54. kingdomofeagles says: Jan 13, 2011 10:56 PM

    Now I don’t know nor give a damn about what the skins want to do with defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth.

    But, as far as Donovan McNabb’s future is concerned – The Redskins owner and general manager may very well be planning on entering the 2011 NFL season with McNabb as their starter at the quarterback position.

    But head coach Mike Shanahan doesn’t plan on it and even Donovan McNabb himself stated before the last game of the season was even played that he has plans on looking forward to the 2011 NFL away from the Washington Redskins.

  55. kingdomofeagles says: Jan 13, 2011 11:16 PM

    And the fact that Shanahan isn’t allowing Donovan a second season to prove his worth just goes to prove to you that head coach Mike Shanahan was never truly on board with the McNabb trade to begin with.

    2010 was McNabb’s first season in over a decade that he wasn’t playing in Andy Reid’s west coast offense, one would think that at least one more season is needed for Donovan McNabb to get used to the x’s and o’s of Shanahan’s offense.

    Especially since that Redskins offense itself is being rebuilt with in 2011 a very bad offensive line, questionable receivers and no true running backs to take the heat off of McNabb especially since Clinton Portis was pretty much out since the first game of the season.

    All of that lends one to think that McNabb should be given at least one more season to try and turn the team around, but because Shanahan already wants him gone aside from all that against him just goes to show Shanahan never wanted him to begin with.

  56. rajbais says: Jan 13, 2011 11:21 PM

    Washington is the home two kinds of torture waterboarding and playing for the Redskins!

  57. redskinsrt says: Jan 14, 2011 12:48 AM

    Why announce it now? A lot can change, you’ve gotta see if you can get what you want, etc. It’s not playing games, it’s playing business. Owners and operators do things from a business perspective much the same as players.

  58. vercingetorix43 says: Jan 14, 2011 1:34 AM

    shaneispic says: Jan 13, 2011 6:02 PM

    “Anyone else think Shanahan is just a head case at this point?”

    He’s still beloved in Denver but I think most of us knew his time had passed and despite getting McDoush we were ready for a change. He’s a terrible GM, with the exception of of a hand full of guys you’d have to work hard to find a draft he did well on. He didnt really like to develop players so much, he was known to just cut a guy prematurely who would then go on to another team and make a pretty good impact. I get the feeling that despite Fat Alberts attitude problems the situation could be far more amicable with a coach that knows how to talk to players with out the narcissistic kingly attitude. And if he was such a good coach he would have already known McNabbs strength and weakness’ when trading for him and should have pointed them out and and worked with him on them….instead he let Donovan be Donovan and then made a public hanging of him. Im starting to wonder if Elway won 2 Super Bowls out here or if Shannahan did. Sorry Washington, not seeing this going anywhere good.

  59. stanklepoot says: Jan 14, 2011 2:04 AM

    I don’t get the point of this article Mike. You pointed out yourself in a rather good 10 things to know about the labor dispute article that no players can be traded until there is a new cba. You reference the cba issues at the end of this article, but in a hit and run manner that discounts the real effects. Of course neither player is going to be off the team too soon. The Redskins want to trade both players so as to get something back for them. In fact, the $3.5 million bonus they gave McNabb was to ensure that they would have his rights this coming year whether they wanted to use him or trade him. McNabb took the money, so he can whine all he wants, but he did in fact know what he was signing and what it could mean. So, yes, the Redskins will keep both players on their roster for now, and when the new cba is signed they will most likely seek to trade both. There’s nothing surprising about any of this, and rather than it being proof that they’re continuing a series of bad decisions, it seems to me this demonstrates that they’re not acting in haste and simply throwing away something that they might be able to get some value out of. I’m not even a Redskins fan, and I think this is the smartest move they could make under these bad conditions. Of course, the best option would have been to never allow themselves to get into this position in the first place.

  60. stanklepoot says: Jan 14, 2011 3:23 AM

    loytomaki says: Jan 13, 2011 6:50 PM

    McNabb would be perfect for any team trying to bring a young QB along, more often then not a top pick that gets put into the lineup of a bad team fails horribly and never gets a real shot to learn before they get labeled a bust. To any team drafting late in the first round that wants to get a QB, they could take McNabb and name him the starter this year, and give their new QB time to learn. Vikings would not be a fit since they are likely to switch offensive schemes, but the 49rs have said they want to do a west coast offense, which would be perfect for McNabb. Arizona might want him as well, if only to try to get enough production while looking for a long term answer that Fitzgerald doesn’t bolt after 2011.
    _________________________________
    Actually, I don’t think McNabb would be a good fit for San Fran. As a lifelong Eagles fan, I have a lot of respect for what McNabb did for the franchise, but I’m well aware of his strengths and weaknesses. Too many people make the mistake of thinking that McNabb is an ideal west coast QB because he played in a system labeled west coast for so many years. The fact of the matter is, Reid put in a lot of work adjusting his version of the west coast offense in order to make it McNabb-friendly. At the end of the day, it was more a hybrid scheme than a true west coast offense, with the biggest similarity being the use of short passes and screen passes to RBs as part of the running game. McNabb is simply not the ideal type of QB for a true west coast offense.

    If the 49ers did trade for a QB, they’d be better off trying to get Kolb from the Eagles. Personally, part of me wants to see him stay in Philly as insurance in case Vick gets injured during the season. The other half of me knows that this may be the greatest Kolb’s trade value will be and figures take the risk and pick up a vet for insurance and to mentor Kafka. With Kolb, the 49ers would get a young QB who really is built for the west coast offense, and who comes with game experience. He also comes pre-coached by a guy with a good track record for training QBs. So, in essence, he’d simply be going from one west coast QB guru to another. While he would cost more in trade, Kolb’s youth means that acquiring him would be little different than drafting a QB, except you’d have a better idea of what you’re getting and the 49ers would be skipping the awkward training years. Put Kolb behind a good O-line and let him get a little more experience, and the 49ers could end up with Rodgers Lite. Even if it cost the 49ers a high 2nd round pick (or even a 2nd round pick that could become a 1st with the right performance), it’s not like there’s a lot of better options coming out of the draft. Luck is going back to school to finish his degree. Cam Newton is highly athletic, but a project. Locker’s stock has dropped quite a bit. Mallet is uneven. There’s the kid out of Missouri (I believe) that people are speaking highly of, but it’s not like the 49ers have the 1st pick of the draft, and there are plenty of teams that need to improve at QB pretty desperately. So, while I’m not sure I want to see Kolb leave Philly this offseason, If I were in San Fran’s front office, I’d be making some calls to Philly on fairly regular basis.

  61. 1bigtex says: Jan 14, 2011 5:15 AM

    Washington is not bringing McNabb back. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at that contract. In addition, no one is trading for McNabb (not even the 49ers). If you don’t believe me, just take a look at that contract.

  62. paredskinwarrior says: Jan 14, 2011 7:17 AM

    MCNABB IS A COWARD ALWAYS HAS BEEN

  63. ham1 says: Jan 14, 2011 8:07 AM

    This crap started well before the season began, and every other story was a Complainsworth story and a Shanny story about doing the bum wrong.
    The season is over for the skins and we gotta listen to this crap again. Shame of it is we still have some great football to watch and stories like this just have to take up space over some great football stories that could be written. Its old news, really old news. Nobody cares unless they actually get off the mark and do something like get rid of him ( now them).

  64. delshofner says: Jan 14, 2011 8:37 AM

    Don’t know about Fat Al’s contract, but nobody’s giving the Skins a bag of footballs for #5 because if you trade for a guy, you inherit his contract, and nobody’s paying him $12.5M for 2011.

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