Donovan McNabb: Why He Is a Perfect QB Fit with the Minnesota Vikings

Yueh HoCorrespondent IApril 18, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the New York Giants on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 31-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings are interested in trading for 12-year veteran Donovan McNabb, according to a report from the Washington Post. While this may have appeared to be a no-brainer had Brad Childress still been the head coach, it would appear that the organization still thinks very highly of the five-time Pro Bowler.

It may seem surprising to many that the Vikings may even be interested at all in McNabb. Having come off a mediocre, at best, season of 3,377 yards, 14 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions for a 77.1 passer rating, McNabb's glory days seem all but over.

However, it is my belief that McNabb still has something left in the tank, and the Vikings must feel that way too to be willing to take him this late in his career.

And even if McNabb is past his prime, if he has any playmaking ability left in his 34-year-old body McNabb is a perfect fit in Minnesota and may even be able to lead them to the Super Bowl if he is utilized correctly.

Firstly, it would be wrong to say that McNabb did not have a poor season in 2010. The statistics speak for themselves. However, one must realize that McNabb's strengths simply did not fit those of the Washington Redskins.

Having only completed over 60 percent of his passes four out of 12 seasons, McNabb has never been an accurate passer. He will always be remembered for having a powerful arm, and not an accurate one.

The Washington Redskins, unfortunately, did not have many weapons for McNabb to throw to. Other than Chris Cooley, his lone weapon was an aging Santana Moss. It is difficult for inaccurate quarterbacks to be successful statistically without stand-out playmakers on offense.

McNabb had few weapons throughout most of his tenure in Philadelphia as well, but he at least had more mobility to make up for it. In Washington, McNabb had the same predicament, but a 34-year-old body. 

Throw in a porous offensive line, an inconsistent running game, and constant pressure to carry the team and a case could be made that few quarterbacks could have been successful in McNabb's situation. 

At 34 years of age, McNabb can hardly be counted on to carry a team as he once did in Philadelphia.

But still having a strong arm and an accurate deep ball, one of the more agile bodies among quarterbacks in the league (despite the claims of the Shanahans) and 12 years of experience (including eight seasons of post-season experience) and one can see that McNabb still has plenty to contribute to a football team—especially if his focus can be more so on managing games as opposed to putting them on his back.

That is why the Minnesota Vikings are the perfect home for this weary warrior to end his career.

Minnesota has talented receivers for McNabb to throw to. With a playmaker like Percy Harvin, a deep-threat like Sidney Rice, and a reliable target like Visanthe Shiancoe, McNabb will not be required to be needly-threading accurate with his passes.

Throw in a better offensive line than in Washington and his passing numbers should improve statistically.

And perhaps most importantly, for the first time in his career McNabb will not be expected to carry the weight of the team's offense on his shoulders. Adrian Peterson will be the workhorse of the offense and make the big plays.

McNabb's job will be primarily to stop opponents from putting eight men in the box and to reliably make use of the potent playmakers on the roster.

For years, Minnesota was plagued by poor play at quarterback and when they finally got their upgrade in 2009, they went all the way to the NFC Championship. Of course, no one is expecting McNabb to equal Brett Favre's success that season, but McNabb's strong arm can do much to help a struggling Minnesota Vikings offense.

Additionally, McNabb is not known for throwing interceptions and would likely not make the costly mistakes that Favre did during his tenure with the Vikings. McNabb could limit his mistakes (which he is one of the best of all time at doing), make the big plays when needed, and allow the rest of the Vikings talent to do the rest.

With all this in mind, it makes complete sense why the Vikings would be interested in signing McNabb.

With key players on defense like Jared Allen, EJ Henderson, and Antoine Winfield all 30 years or older, the window for opportunity to win a championship for the Vikings is closing. And who better to take the Vikings all the way than Donovan McNabb?

A player whose accomplishments in the NFL are great with perhaps the only achievement missing being a Super Bowl win.

In Minnesota, he might very well finally achieve that goal and forever etch himself in history.