The Washington Redskins may have finally landed the free agency "big fish" that team owner Dan Snyder has been looking for since taking over the team 1999. The signing of Donovan McNabb in the 2010 off-season could yield the perfect play caller to lead this veteran team to the playoffs, and maybe further.
With the Redskins signing so many big names to even bigger contracts over the years, it's easy to be skeptical of the latest blockbuster deal to hit Washington, but this time it seems different. McNabb isn't just some defensive position player who's difference making days are long behind him. This is a QB who has proven that he still has what it takes to win games in this league.
In his past three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Donovan McNabb has put up the best numbers statistically that he has ever put up in any three year span. In that span, he has thrown for 10,793 yards, 64 TDs, has completed more than 60 percent of his passes all three years ( had done that only once in the previous eight seasons), and quite possibly the most important stat of all, he has started 44 out of 48 games. He had never started that many games in any three year span in his entire career; and he did all of this in his thirties.
In fact, with the exception of 2008 standout draft pick DeSean Jackson, he had no wide receivers worth mentioning to throw to. He even turned a tight end that only Eagle fans knew by name into a household fantasy football name in 2009.
McNabb seems to make the best of what little he has. He managed to do a lot offensively with very little to work with over the years. The list of offensive "skill position" players that wore an Eagles helmet in the Pro Bowl on McNabb's 11 year watch is incredibly short (TE Chad Lewis - 3, RB Brian Westbrook - 2, Terrel Owens -1). He has had only one pro bowl wide receiver in his entire career, and has managed to gain the tag "future-hall-of-famer" from many respected writers and players in the football community.
Now McNabb goes to a team with at least one talented wide receiver in Santana Moss; a loaded backfield with RBs Willie Parker, Clinton Portis, and Larry Johnson; a solid pass catching tight end in Chris Cooley; and most importantly, coach Mike Shanahan, who took an aging John Elway to back to back Super Bowl wins in Elway's final two seasons and is known to produce 1,200 yard rushers like no one else in the last 30 years or more.
As long as the team's offensive line keeps McNabb on his feet, the seasoned QB seems to be in a great position to make trouble in an already troubled division. The Dallas Cowboys are more closely resembling a poster for the Heimlich maneuver than America's team , the N.Y. Giants just can't seem to keep it together, and the Eagles lost a Pro Bowl and possible future hall of fame QB in the off-season. With no clear cut favorite in the NFC east, the Redskins could be set up to make a run at winning the division.
The Washington Redskins are far from a Super Bowl lock, But I'm not putting anything past a hungry group of veterans like this. From champs, to challengers, to never sniffed the big dance - this team seems to be loaded with just enough talent and experience to be a surprise contender in 2010. Now, Donovan McNabb holds the keys to this unconventional not so little engine that could, hoping to ride it all the way to the last stop: "Super Bowl!"