Oakland Raiders Could Upgrade Quarterback Position by Acquiring Donovan McNabb
Everyone is talking about the Oakland Raiders trading for guys like Carson Palmer and Kyle Orton or getting David Garrard from the streets following quarterback Jason Campbell suffering a broken collarbone late in the first half of the Raiders' 24-17 victory over the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
I've even some inquire about the Raiders going the George Blanda route with silver-haired quarterback Brett Favre.
Let's wake up Raider Nation!
There's a guy out there by the name of Donovan McNabb that could take the Raiders to the Super Bowl. I don't know if he can win that Super Bowl, but he's already proven that he could get them there.
Turn the page to see how and why.
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The Bengals aren't going to give Carson Palmer up for anything small, so the Raiders don't need to go there. David Garrard is going to have surgery on his back, so the Raiders can't go there either.
The Broncos are possibly willing to trade recently demoted quarterback Kyle Orton to the Raiders according to The Denver Post, but that would take the Raiders nowhere fast anyway. Orton has had good stretches of seasons, but has also had awful ones.
While all this is going on, the Vikings are seemingly already out of any playoff contention and they just drafted a quarterback in the first round of this year's draft. It's time to get first-round pick Christian Ponder's feet wet to prepare him for the future.
That means it shouldn't be too hard to pry McNabb away from the Vikings.
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McNabb is yet another former first-round pick.
He has been to the Pro Bowl six times, and has orchestrated 17 fourth-quarter comebacks and 25 game-winning drives. More importantly, while in Philadelphia, he led the Eagles to four straight NFC East division championships and five NFC Championship games.
With a career record of 98-62-1, the man is clearly a winner.
That's the bottom line of his resume.
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The main thing that I hear the Raiders talking about in losing Jason Campbell is losing their leader. I appreciate what Campbell has done for the Raiders but McNabb is a huge upgrade over Campbell in that department.
The resume that I mentioned in the last slide gives McNabb instant credibility with the young Raiders. Like Richard Seymour on defense, the offense will listen to McNabb, knowing he's actually done something in his career.
Neither Campbell or the other quarterbacks you hear about the Raiders acquiring have really done anything. McNabb can be a complete caretaker of the offense, as he is a seasoned vet that's been in all of the big games.
The best thing you can do for third-round supplemental draft pick Terrelle Pryor is put McNabb in the locker room with him. McNabb did wonders with Michael Vick and would do more of the same with a young Pryor.
Prior is three years away and McNabb has around three years left.
McNabb was borderline Hall of Fame before the last couple of years, so Pryor would listen.
Reclaim Another Career
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McNabb struggled last year as a Redksin with no real weapons and Mike Shanahan not playing to his strength. He looks much better this year, but the Vikings still aren't winning and I'm telling you it's not solely his fault.
McNabb threw just five incompletions Sunday, three of those incompletions coming by way of receiver drops. He does have Adrian Peterson in the backfield but the Vikings foolishly let vertical threat Sidney Rice out of town.
Now, the rest of the receiving core suffers as Rice took the coverage with him. McNabb is also the fourth most sacked quarterback in the NFL ,and he is known for his mobility.
He wouldn't have those protection issues and would have every weapon he would need in Oakland. The Raiders run an offensive system that fits McNabb's skill set, so there's no need for the Raiders to worry about 2011.
Everyone underestimates him right now and he would have a chance to reclaim a once great career.
The Raiders are known for that.
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Jason Campbell is known as the game-manager that won't mess things up as much as he won't win games for you. McNabb manages a game even better, as he is fourth all-time in the NFL in interception percentage.
Where he also fits is like Campbell, he has a huge arm.
However, unlike Campbell, McNabb still throws one of the best deep balls in the league. So when opposing defensive coordinators want to take running back Darren McFadden away to force McNabb to beat them, they're going to get beat.
Remember, McNabb did a lot with nothing before the emergence of Desean Jackson.
What could he do with a track team?
McNabb fits the Raiders better than any quarterback they could trade for or pick up. His big-game experience and leadership could actually be the difference in the Raiders just making the playoffs or go to a Super Bowl.
Remember, before McNabb was traded to the Redskins, the late Al Davis was very interested in him. After being outbid by the Redskins, Davis settled for Campbell. But Campbell is now hurt with McNabb expendable in Minnesota.
It's time to revisit this now!
With his skill set and hunger to reclaim his greatness, McNabb could help the Raiders get to a Super Bowl!
He can at least take the Raiders to an AFC Champioship game while he raises Pryor.