Recently, I wrote an opinion piece on people leaving Donovan McNabb alone. I know as a writer I'm not supposed to use cliches, but in this case, "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it".
ESPN's Adam Schefter just reported that McNabb has just been traded to the Washington Redskins for a second round pick in this year's draft and a third and fourth round pick in the 2011 NFL draft. There now is officially a changing of the guard in Philadelphia. Good luck, Kevin Kolb.
This could be good for both teams. Critics have complained that Redskins QB Jason Campbell is a back-up quarterback. Now they have a franchise quarterback in McNabb and a mediocre receiving corps for him to throw it to. Eagles fans have screamed for the Eagles to get McNabb out of their for what seems like an eternity. Now, their wish is granted.
If we are being honest about this whole situation, you saw this coming. When coach Andy Reid came out and spoke and said the team was listening to offers, you knew a change was going to be made. No one saw the Redskins as being part of the trade, despite Daniel Snyder's reputation as an owner that pays out big money to big name players.
However, when you consider what the Eagles got for a franchise quarterback, it sounds like a slap in the face. Current Redskin Jason Campbell will certainly be sent packing now, and McNabb inherits a receiving corps that is inferior to the one he had with the Eagles. They resemble the receivers McNabb began with in Philadelphia, with the exception of Santana Moss.
New Redskin coach Mike Shanahan is a quarterback's coach and loves to throw the ball. His offensive blocking schemes in Denver continued producing 1,000 yard backs. This could be a good situation for McNabb in the long run.
The angle that needs to be researched, however, is on coach Andy Reid's future.
McNabb has been the coach's goose that laid the golden egg. He was his only quarterback he has coached: If Reid does not come through this year, could he be the next one to leave Philadelphia? I think the answer is yes.
The Philadelphia brass has made it clear that they're ready to move in a different direction. This is Kevin Kolb's team now. Good luck!
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