Since the NFL free agency opened up, teams' transactions have accelerated at the fastest pace ever seen in quite sometime. Perhaps the biggest transaction came when the Eagles and Redskins agreed to a trade for Donovan McNabb. The last article written talked about the cons of this deal for the Skins. This article now focuses on some of the pros.
The Redskins add a QB to their roster with solid stats. The six-time Pro Bowler averages a 60 percent completion rate and a 92.9 rating. While these numbers are not astronomical, they realistically represent what he brings to the table. He led the Eagles to seven post season appearances, including three conference 'ships and a Super Bowl. The six Pro Bowls speak to how solid he is.
Arguably the one thing that was missing from the locker room was the veteran leader to keep team cohesion at an all time high. McNabb is the epitome of a team player who really puts the team first. He's not only a vocal leader, but one by example.
Reminder: Six time Pro Bowler and very capable veteran.
Stated in the earlier article: familiarity breeds contempt. Another fact: guys play harder and more passionate against their old teams. Who knows the ins and outs of the Philadelphia organization better than McNabb?
Who knows the defense's identity better than McNabb? In addition to having the goods on his old team, he's still in the division he's enjoyed so much success against. Was the trade a good idea for the Eagles? That would be no.
Where in the mix should this tidbit of info should be added, or if it should be added is a matter of opinion.
However, the parallels are just too close to ignore. In 1964, The Philadelphia Eagles dealt Sonny Jurgensen to the Washington Redskins. The result is history. Sonny did better with the Redskins than he did with the Eagles. Another parallel is the McNabb/Shanahan pairing.
The fun-loving McNabb and the no-nonsense Shanahan. Does this sound similar to the Lombardi/Jurgensen pairing? Point here is simple: Pay attention to the past.
McNabb is a class act guy who causes very few problems. Who can forget how he reacted to the benching? Of course we're all human, but the 'Skins get a treat with McNabb; he can be the new face of the franchise.