McNabb faces uphill battle in Washington

M. Shanahan.jpgA large contingent of Eagles fans have waited for Donovan McNabb to be traded for years.

Now that the day has arrived, many of those same fans are convinced that trading McNabb within the NFC East will come back to haunt the franchise.

So McNabb wasn’t good enough for a primed young offense, but he can resurrect a 4-12 team with a terrible offensive line?

There are three major advantages to Washington for McNabb. One is the contract he will probably sign.  The other two share a last name: Shanahan.

After that, the Redskins are a major downgrade.

Mike and Kyle Shanahan know how to maximize a mobile quarterback, but McNabb is going to have to adjust to a new team and system for the first time in his career.  (Yes, we’re aware the schemes won’t be too different.)

Washington’s wide receivers are below average as a whole.  The running backs were awesome in 2006.  Most importantly, Washington’s offensive line is porous.

(McNabb’s back-to-back weak efforts against the Cowboys shows what happens when he gets no protection.  Like any quarterback.) 

Mike Shanahan can coach up his team, but how quick will the transition be? McNabb only has so many prime years left, and the Eagles think his prime is over.

Make no mistake: This is a win-now move by the Redskins.  The bar is raised. Anything less than a playoff appearance would be a disappointment.  We trust Shanahan and G.M. Bruce Allen far more than Vinny Cerrato, but ignoring the future in an effort to win now is a recurring theme in Washington.

That approach hasn’t resulted in a lot of winning.

68 responses to “McNabb faces uphill battle in Washington

  1. “a large contingent . . . HAS waited . . . . ”
    “Contingent” is singular. It has waited. Just sayin.
    To the substance, Mcnabb was never that good. He has been above average, and that’s great, but he is not getting any better, and he aint gettin’ any younger. Props to the Eagles for makin the hard decision. Its even more of a dis to McNabb that they traded within the division.
    And kudos to a previous poster who pointed out that Jimmy Clausen just lost several million dollars.

  2. Strong armed mobile QB who couldn’t win the big one until paired with Shanahan and a decent running game…McNabb? No – John Elway. Will we see a repeat?

  3. still don’t think the skins make the playoffs next year…in fact i wouldn’t be surprised if they still finish at the bottom.

  4. Best of luck to DMac and thanks for the memories. DC will be less pressure which will be good for him. Shanahan was very successful with both Steve Young and John Elway at similar points in their careers to where McNabb stands in his.
    However… it is indeed going to be an uphill battle for McNabb in Washington. Whereas the other three teams in the NFC East have talented young cores in place, the Skins are mediocre at RB, WR, and across the offensive line, their defense is average at best, and they lack playmakers on special teams.

  5. Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!

  6. Shanahan and Elway didn’t finish well until they got TD. After TD left Shanny hasn’t done anything excpt sign turd free agents and draft poorly.
    Fact.

  7. McNabb knows how to win..he’s a winner. The Eagles will rue this day as one that lives in infamy, akin to Ruth to the Yankees….a wr here and there and the Skins are in business for next three years.

  8. good reference to Elway. Shanahan knows how to build a good running game and has always had a top 5 O-Line. Let’s see how long it takes him to do it with the skins.

  9. Connect the dots: the Redskins did not require a contract extension before trading for McNabb; therefore, they are officially still in the Sam Bradford Derby. Washington trades Jason Campbell (plus maybe another draft choice) to St. Louis to swap first round picks. Sam Bradford has a year to learn the NFL game behind McNabb — next year, McNabb is a free agent and signs with the Vikings after Brett Favre’s 33rd annual retirement!

  10. WHo is this moron who claims the Redskins are a major downgrade with McNabb??? I will trust Shanahan to evaluate talent more than internet hacks.

  11. Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    The original words were:
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old Dixie!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Scalp ’em, swamp ’em — We will take ’em big score
    Read ’em, weep ’em, touchdown – we want heap more
    Fight on, Fight on — ‘Till you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

  12. Hey dogma kill your self!!!!!
    As a Vet of SPEC WAR I can make it happen, but honestly shut your trap.

  13. Does anyone realize Shannahan got FIRED and hasn’t done anything in a sub par divison since Elway and Davis. He has a bad O-line and none of them match his zone blocking prototype as well as 3 aging RBs that can’t stay healthy and an unproven core of WRs.

  14. @Maddenboy
    Actually there can be more than one contingent of fans, and you can be sure there are, so in this case the usage is correct. THe ‘have’ refers to the plural – fans.

  15. The information that McNabb will be able to give the Redskins (about the Eagles) will be as valuable as his physical skills.

  16. Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    The original words were:
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old Dixie!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Scalp ’em, swamp ’em — We will take ’em big score
    Read ’em, weep ’em, touchdown – we want heap more
    Fight on, Fight on — ‘Till you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!

  17. “(McNabb’s back-to-back weak efforts against the Cowboys shows what happens when he gets no protection. Like any quarterback.) ”
    Like any quarterback? Tell that to the QB in Pittsburgh.
    I think you mean like career postseason chokers like McNabb and Peyton Manning

  18. Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Beat ’em, Swamp ’em,
    Touchdown! — Let the points soar!
    Fight on, fight on ‘Til you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old D.C.!
    The original words were:
    Hail to the Redskins!
    Hail Victory!
    Braves on the Warpath!
    Fight for old Dixie!
    Run or pass and score — we want a lot more!
    Scalp ’em, swamp ’em — We will take ’em big score
    Read ’em, weep ’em, touchdown – we want heap more
    Fight on, Fight on — ‘Till you have won
    Sons of Wash-ing-ton. Rah!, Rah!, Rah!
    GO F YOURSELVES!

  19. It could very well be that McNabb was partially brought in to school Campbell. No one doubts Campbells skill set; he just hasn’t developed the higher level instincts of a top QB.

  20. Two reasons why i like this: A) Redskins have a much better defense than the Eagles. B) Now, McNabb is now our quarterback. You do the math…

  21. I think the guy who gets the best out of this is Jason Campbell – who will be in a new town by draft day.
    As a Skins fan I have to say this looks like, at best, a lateral move to me. We get a proven QB for sure but we load up the Eagles with a draft picks and, unlike the Skins, they’ve proven they know what to do with them.
    But then again the last time we traded for Philly QB…some guy named Jurgensen….it worked out pretty well.
    But until we prove otherwise we’re a 4-12 team.

  22. dogma1 same old Redskins you know nothing. They are not the same they havent made that much noise on free agents this offseason so they are not the same boy. Stop hatin all your life
    Hail Skins Hail. NFC East champions

  23. Still has all the earmarks of a Danny Snyder move. A March or April move to fool the fan base into buying tickets…ala the Haynesworth move. The team stinks and McNabb will be running for his life with that running game that scares no one behind a horrible offensive line.
    Again…the Skins always win the Superbowl in March or April.

  24. Man it’s good to be a Redskins fan this time of year (like every year on paper), Maybe now they have a piece to a larger puzzle. Hopefully they can trade away haynesworth and rogers, and portis for brandon marshall and then what will the na sayers say then? They will say that B-marsh is a brat and that the skins still suck and blah blah blah. All i know is that the most feared QB(for skins fans) in the nfc east is now on the skins. That is a good feeling, have fun in philly with your corn on the kolb.

  25. You bet, Allen did a bang up job in Tampa and left that team just loaded with talent lol. Give me a break, you have a 34 year old QB that is old beyond his years and has not been able to play a full season in years. The Raiders showed what type of QB he is with some pressure and good corners.
    I am glad that it is Washington that made this blunder and not the Raiders.

  26. The Eagles once traded starting QB Sonny Jurgenson to the Redskins. Didn’t turn out so bad for the Redskins back then.

  27. “Washington’s wide receivers are below average as a whole.”
    Who’s to say it was the wide recievers and not the QBs and offensive system–um, I mean “play calling”?

  28. This is salary slashing – nothing else! And like the year after they played in the Super Bowl when they let 11 free agents leave and signed no new ones to replace them.
    c/p
    AP
    “McNabb is the latest veteran to depart Philadelphia this off-season. Longtime starting cornerback Sheldon Brown(who wanted more money) was traded to Cleveland on Friday. Former All-Pro running back Brian Westbrook, former All-Pro guard Shawn Andrews, linebacker Will Witherspoon, defensive end Darren Howard and wide receiver Kevin Curtis were released.”(plus Dawkins longtime star last year)

  29. So McNabb wasn’t good enough for a primed young offense, but he can resurrect a 4-12 team with a terrible offensive line?
    Well you might think that because you know nothing about actual Eagles fans and only listen to the general stereotypes of the fan base.
    Most Eagles fans wanted Mcnabb to stay. Most of us like Mcnabb and think hes a great qb. Everyone only focused on the ones that didnt like him so they were the only ones who got reported on in the media which made everyone believe we all felt that way.
    Now that the story that Eagles fans want Mcnabb gone is done and over your trying to grasp at straws and make a new one.
    But thats not the case the reason why it seems like the Mcnabb hating Eagles fans now believe hes good enough to bring the Redskins back from the basement is because you are finally hearing the true voice of Eagles fans and that is we love Mcnabb and wanted him around.

  30. Ok there have been sooo many comments that this trade is bad because he is an “aging QB” so at 33 he is too old….hmmmm
    Here are the ages of the QBs who have won a super bowl at the age of 30 and over…these are just the winners…
    (not even counting QBs like Joe Theismann who lost a super bowl at age 34 or the countless NFC/AFC Championship games which featured over 30 QBs like Brett Favre, Steve Deburg, Jim Kelly and Warner who lost the SB at age 37)
    Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers – 33
    Bart Starr, Green Bay Packers – 34
    Len Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs – 34
    Johnny Unitas, Baltimore Colts – 37
    Ken Stabler, Oakland Raiders – 31
    Roger Staubach, Dallas Cowboys – 35
    Terry Bradshaw, Steelers – 30
    Terry Bradshaw, Steelers – 31
    Jim Plunkett, Oakland Raiders – 33
    Joe Theismann, Redskins – 33
    Jim Plunkett, Raiders – 36
    Phil Simms, New York Giants – 32
    Doug Williams, Redskins – 32
    Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers – 32
    Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers – 33
    Mark Rypien, Redskins – 30
    Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers – 33
    John Elway, Denver Broncos – 37
    John Elway, Denver Broncos – 38
    Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 34
    Drew Brees, NO Saints – 31
    POINT IS???? McNabb is NOT washed up and too old.

  31. My guess is the Redskins hope Okung falls to 4 or, if Detroit takes him (as they should) they hope to trade down to pick up Bulaga or Williams later on.
    I could see the Bills, Seahawks or 49ers taking the bait.

  32. Kurt Warner was too old and washed up. Ditto Kerry Collins (at least for a few weeks). Veteran savy counts for something. It was amazing how much the Packers O line ‘improved’ once Aaron Rodgers learnt how to get rid of the ball quickly. It is amazing how many linemen resurect their careers when they play for a top QB. I predict the Washington line is only half as bad as people think and with a good draft, good coaching and a smart QB they will get better.

  33. confused by both teams on this one. I do not understand at all, unless the offers for McNabb werent as good as rumored, why the Eagles would trade their best proven QB to a division rival that is struggling to find a QB and in the process make their rival a better team. Second, what the hell are the Skins doing? Jason Campbell and the Skins struggled mightily because their O-line was awful. They now basically have just their first round pick to grab an offensive lineman. And if they choose to go QB with the first round pick then they are left with Artis Hicks as their lone improvement on the line, if you can even call Hicks an improvement for them. So they lose Samuels and Thomas coupled with everyone else on the line who sucks. Their second round pick was early second round and could have easily been a starting offensive lineman for them yet they give it away for a 33 year old QB who not once, not twice, but three times was manhandled by the Cowboys, a team they are trying to catch along with the rest of the NFC east. This kind of move makes me think that this was one of the moves this offseason that Danny Boy just had to get his hands on and make happen in order to sell hype and season tickets to a fan base that swore after this season they wouldnt get hyped over anything that occurs this offseason. Yet the cycle continues.

  34. EXTREME REDSKINS FANS..HOW ABOUT ALL THOSE CARTOONS BADMOUTHING MCNABB??? NOW WHAT. YOU THINK WITH NO OLINE YOU ARE GOING TO WIN???COME ON YOU JERKS WISE UP 6-10

  35. Uphill? How about for Kolb?
    Kevin Kolb. 6’3′ 218 lbs. Age 25. The good. Started 2 games in 2009. Completed 55 of 85 passes for 718 yards with 4 TD’s. The bad. Has only 2 starts in 3 years. Both starts at home against New Orleans a 48-22 loss and Kansas City. Threw 3 INT’S in his start against the Saints. Not to mention the fact that he’s not the most mobile QB either.

  36. Well, if anybody can succeed without receivers, it’s McNabb. He did it for years in Philly. Pending an upgrade to the offensive line, I think McNabb will do just fine in DC. I would put money on the Redskins finishing higher than the Eagles this year.

  37. Decent running game? Elway had TD, a HoFer. None of those guys there now are close to his talent. Nor is the offensive line.

  38. Truth is as usual, we don’t know what will happen. This is an opportunity for an inspired McNabb to play spoiler in the NFC East.
    A division as of late, full of posers.

  39. McNabb in his last few years was no longer a ‘mobile’ QB. Besides being slowed by injuries, he shunned that aspect of his talent and was very reluctant to run. Unless by ‘mobile’ you mean his ability to dodge pass rushers, then yes, he can still do that to some degree. But to take off with the ball when the pocket collapses, he won’t do that unless he absolutely has to. He’d rather take a sack.
    If ‘Skins fans think they are getting the McNabb who made that shake-and-bake move against Washington from early in his career, sorry, but that McNabb is retired. Just get ready for balls in the dirt, over-throws and a reluctance to place a ball where a receiver can make a play in order to keep his interception ratio down. You’re also getting a QB who pouts on the sidelines when things go bad and doesn’t interact with his receivers or backs when the D is on the field.

  40. yeah, this is a good move though because I have to imagine that at 4 okung will be there, so they can get to work on that offensive line. priority will be on offense this draft – linemen and receivers. with mcnabb they might be able to win games by putting up a whole bunch of points. Putting a player like that in means you need to get him playmakers around him. I’d say possibly draft a back but they’ve got 3 old ones. That along with veteran coach shanahan could be a good situation to mentor a young rb though. i still think this is still a team thats a year or two away from real playoff contention.

  41. Awesome move by the Eagles. They got great value from a washed up QB. I predict an injury in the first 3-4 weeks then no more McNabb for the season. We seem to have forgotten how injury prone he has been. With an O-Line that is more like a sieve how long will he be able to avoid injury.
    For some reason people are now remembering the Donavan of 7 and 8 years agon instead of the current version. He can’t run away from anyone anymore. Hi is going to bet beat up quick.
    Do you really think Andy would have traded him within the division if he did not think he could beat him twice a year? I see it as 2 easy wins a year for the Eagles.

  42. Might be a “win-now” move by the Redskins, but this is a win-win-win-win move by the Eagles:
    1. Dump McNabb’s attitude & salary. WIN.
    2. Move Kevin Kolb into the starting role. WIN.
    3. Draft #37 overall this year. WIN.
    4. Draft in RD 3 or 4 next year. WIN.
    And I don’t care what kind of offensive backfield Washington has, it’ll be merely weeks before McNabb shows up on the injury report, if not sooner. The big baby is almost as fragile as Big Ben, he just tends to play through it, but how long can he play through injuries when he’s never protected? Skins are going for playmakers, and now they’ll probably target Berry, but they need OL help bad.

  43. Convinced this will come back and haunt them???
    70% of Eagles fans supported the move to Kolb…
    Yes, it’s a shocker that it’s in the division, but it’s to a team with a first yr coaching staff, a horrible line/receivers, and washed up backs.
    The defense is good and always gives Philly trouble, so I don’t expect a sweep either way… BUT this move NEEDED to happen, and I’m glad it did –
    Also, enough about Reid taking care of “5”…37 is higher 2nd rd pick than the Raiders, Bills, or Niners…
    GREAT DEAL! Excited to see the west coast offense run by a QB that can make the throws needed to make the offense work

  44. Maddenboy says:
    April 5, 2010 12:13 AM
    “a large contingent . . . HAS waited . . . . ”
    “Contingent” is singular. It has waited. Just sayin.
    I am confused by your post. You corrected Rosenthal’s grammar and then proceeded to start a sentence with “And” and used the following as words: “Aint”, “gettin'”, “makin”, “its”. I’m all for short-handing a response and not worrying about grammar, but you deserve to take one on the chin (metaphorically) since you followed up that criticism with an assault on the English language.

  45. Some thoughts:
    a) I’m a huge fan of Kevin Kolb, and I think he’ll develop into a fine starter. Eagles fans shouldn’t be that worried. He has all the attributes to succeed in that offense – good football IQ, sees the field well, attacks the different planes of the field, solid decision maker. It might take some time, and maybe they take a half-step back, but it was the right move to turn the corner.
    b) Don’t love it for the Skins. That said,
    i) The offensive line is probably a solid LT away from being decent. Decent RT’s for the scheme can also be found.
    ii) It is an upgrade.
    I still expect the Skins to add a QB later in the draft (maybe a Jarrett Brown?) to groom as the QB of the future.
    Besides the OL (LT, RT or RG), the Skins need to find a big WR to step up. The Shanahan’s love utilizing big WR’s going across the middle. I’m not sure the Redskins have that guy on the roster
    (Malcolm Kelly can’t get on the field enough, and Devin Thomas is more of a vertical attack guy). Maybe Marko Mitchell. That said, the one thing Mike Shanahan can do is find WR’s that fit his offense. They’ll go in with their 3-headed RB attack, which should help the OL and McNabb, and utilize Cooley/Davis a lot, akin to how Kyle utilized Owen Daniels.
    Defensively, there’s a lot of holes. A FS is needed to give Laron Landry a chance to succeed. I still believe they need bigger interior backers for the 3-4. Depth across the defense is a concern, at CB and on the line.
    ___________
    You know what I’d love to see both teams do next? It’ll garner a good chuckle, and I’m not expecting it, but I think the Eagles sending their 1/2/2 for the Skins 4th overall makes a ton of sense for both parties. Eagles get into position to draft Eric Berry (the chances of someone trading up to the top 3 to take Berry seems rather slim). Redskins could use the picks, and could find OL that fit their scheme in the late 1st (Charles Brown) or 2nd (Selvish Capers perhaps) and shore up other areas.

  46. With Shanahan it is the running game – not the back. Mike Anderson – remember him? – not a Hall of Famer, but put up a ton of yards there. Portis had his best years with Shanahan too. McNabb is absolutely as mobile as Elway was at this point. McNabb does hold the ball too long – but that is because he just isn’t a natural west coast QB. Shanahan will mix in more play action and an actual running game which should extend McNabb’s life. He has one of the best play action fakes in the league – it just doesn’t matter when you pass 70% of the time like he did in Philly. He also has a nice deep ball – don’t expect him to hit the crossing routes regularly or get the ball out on short timing routes. Reid never adjusted to what he is good at – they had to part ways.

  47. Anyone else find it ironic that McNabb is “fighting for old Dixie”? Hey Rush… where are you when we need you.

  48. Great move by the Skins. McNabb is a significant upgrade over Campbell, though I would’ve been fine with keeping Campbell for a couple of years and taking care of other needs. And sure, last year’s Skins needed more than just a QB upgrade. The O-line was terrible, the WR corps wasn’t great, and the secondary was horrendous at times. But here’s the thing – it’s not like the Skins are just switching out Campbell for McNabb and rolling with the same squad from last year. They’re working on the O-line (please, God, let them take Okung at #4), and are adding pieces elsewhere, too. Now that they have McNabb, they are free to move Campbell (not a great QB, but decent) and get somebody in return that will help them shore up some other hole. Bottom line – this is a big improvement and puts the Redskins in a position to at least be competitive in the division. They have a tough non-division sked this year (Colts, Packers, Vikings, Texans), so it might be a tad early to speculate that they just became a playoff team. Still, things are moving in the right direction, and it looks like this is a real change in how the Skins approach the offseason (one can only hope!). Looking forward to the beginning of the McNabb era here in DC.
    Hail!

  49. Talk about mortgaging the future.
    This reminds me BIG TIME of the Bledsoe for a 1st round pick (Ty Warren) inter-divisional deal that Buffalo executed to perfection some nine or ten years ago.
    ‘Skins will get a couple of semi-productive years out of a perennial also-ran and, after the air quickly escapes out of the balloon, will be doomed to enjoy many years to come of nothing but extreme mediocrity (at best).

  50. I see that Shanahan is still being touted as the savior even though the only thing he was ever successful at was having Elway and Davis on the team.

  51. time to call the raiders, cardinals, vikings, and rams, one of those teams will offer something for Jason Campbell

  52. “Hey dogma kill your self!!!!!
    As a Vet of SPEC WAR I can make it happen”
    “DieHardSkinsFan21” is such an internet tough guy. Just like Dan Snyder is an internet football man.
    Why do the Deadskins hate draft picks? hahaha

  53. # JSpicoli says: April 5, 2010 12:38 AM
    Shanahan and Elway didn’t finish well until they got TD. After TD left Shanny hasn’t done anything excpt sign turd free agents and draft poorly.
    Fact.
    ______________________________________
    A Raiders fan busting another team for drafting poorly & making bad free agent deals?
    I’d take Clady over Gallery.
    Brandon Marshall over DHB.
    Eddie Royal over Louis Murphy
    Cutler over JaBust.
    On the FA side the deal Denver did for Javon
    Walker was a much better deal than the Raiduhs did.
    Shanahan certainly made some poor draft signings & FA acquisitions, but a Raider fan busting on another team for bad signings???????

  54. I am very happy for McNabb and Shanahan with this trade. The Skins lost last year because they were one of the worst coached teams in the NFL. They had a load of talent (sepecially on defense) and were competitive, athletically with everyone they played. Put McNabb and Shanhan on that same team and they are either 11-5 or 10-6. D Mac is a franchise QB who is in the prime years (32-38) of his career. This is no different from the Skins stealing P. Manning from Indy or T. Brady from NE. Bottom line is all 3 QBs are stone cold Hall of Fame winners with SuperBowl cred. The numb nuts who never sported a jock strap in their lives who continue to bash McNabb are wrong and irrelevant. McNabbs best year are upcoming, just like Warner’s (a similar QB).
    And I sure wouldn’t want to be Andy Reid right now. McNabb knows every single nuance of his playbook, tendencies and schemes. While Reid doesn’t know Shanahan’s to the same degree. Donovan’s knowledge of that system may prove to be the difference maker in terms of Redskin victories this season. The Redskin’s Defensive Coordinator has the equivalent of a major cheat sheet. And McNabb also knows Kolb’s and Vick’s weaknesses and tendicies. After all. That is what kept him on the bench all of these years.
    Overall, I say major advantage Redskin’s on this deal. Right now, I think they are the second best team in the NFC East behind Dallas. The Redskin Offensive linemen and McNabb will absolutely love Shanhan’s unique zone blocking scheme. McNabb will thrive in a system that is strongly committed to a punishing running game (Larry Johnson, Willie Parker and Clinton Portis). And don’t be surprised to see Shanahan flush Portis again and replace him with Toby Gerhardt (the big Riggins type bruiser from Stanford).
    With this great move along with Shanahan at the helm, I predict an 11-5 Washington to be a major player in the playoffs next year. Also remember, they will benefit from a weaker schedule because of their poor record in 2009.

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