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It's Amazing How a Change Of Address Changes My Mind on McNabb

Josh McCainSenior Writer IApril 5, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31: Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back to pass during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
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It's funny how the universe works sometimes loyal readers.  For the last week I was racking my brain as to what I wanted to write about for my 100th Bleacher Report article.

I thought long and hard about it.  Most of my thoughts drifted towards some sort of 100 Greatest list, but I didn't know what kind of list I wanted to invest that kind of time into.

However, as a Redskins fan, I was delivered the greatest Easter gift I have ever received.

Of course I'm speaking of the trade that has brought Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins.

For years I have simultaneously hated, yet respected the man who has torched the Redskins more often than not.  Now that he'll be wearing the burgundy and gold, it's amazing how my feelings have changed.

Back in January I wrote an article about how (for years now) the city of Brotherly Love has shown little love for McNabb and once again talk of his exodus lit up the blogs and sports pages everywhere.

I allowed myself to dream, if only a little, that somehow he'd come to D.C.  Of course I didn't really think this was a reality, given that the Skins and Philly are in the same division and the Eagles weren't just going to cut McNabb.

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However, the impossible happened.  The Eagles decided to bank their future on Kevin Kolb, a young quarterback they think the world of, and who now has enormous shoes to fill.

The Redskins are banking on the fact that they can resign McNabb and he'll have a good five years left in the tank.

For the Eagles, we'll have to see how Kolb handles being "The Guy."  It's a lot easier to come off the bench and play than having the whole team rest on your shoulders.  When you're the backup, not much is expected of you.  You're in there because the guy in front of you wasn't playing well or got injured.  There is very little pressure.

Now of course all the eyes of Philadelphia will be on Kolb, heck, most of the NFL will be watching to see if the Eagles' gamble pays off.

As for the Redskins in the deal, I think they made off like bandits.

First off, I don't think they would have made the trade if they didn't think they could resign McNabb. 

Secondly, as far as trading the second round pick goes, I'd rather use that pick on a Pro-Bowl quarterback who I feel has at least five good seasons left in him than on a possible bust in the draft.

I was shouting from the rooftops to draft Bradford because this team has been missing a franchise quarterback since Theismann broke his leg.

Now we have one and it didn't cost us the fourth overall pick.  Now the team can address the line with that pick and take Russel Okung, or even trade down in the first round and get back a second round pick or a third.

Also, this makes it so much easier to trade away Jason Campbell.  The team could possibly land a second or third round pick for him as well.

I know he has a lot of supporters here in D.C., but in reality he just couldn't cut it.  He has all the talent in the world, but is so afraid of throwing an interception that he either holds the ball too long or dumps it off short of the first down.

Jason just wasn't going to win with the Redskins.

I'm sure a lot of people are saying, "Well if he had a line..." well some of his sacks last season were of his own doing.  Many a time he'd be sacked because he held on to the ball too long.

I'm not giving the offensive line a pass by any means, they were dreadful, but a handful of those sacks were Jason's fault.

Already on my commute this morning I've heard many cynics, including my all-time favorite Redskin, John Riggins, complaining that this reeks of Dan Snyder.

You know what, I highly doubt it.  If you look at all the big names that were brought in by the Skins most of them were done through free agency.  Also, unlike Bruce Smith, Deon Sanders, and Jeff George, Donovan McNabb is not past his prime.

This trade happened because Coach Mike Shanahan knows that McNabb is the right guy to run his offense.  Heck if you look at Shanahan's last Super Bowl quarterback, John Elway, then look at McNabb you see a lot of similarities.

This move opens up the door for the Redskins in the draft.  Like I've outlined above, the team can trade away Campbell and/or trade back in the first round and load up on picks.

If they do that not only can they get some more pieces for the offensive line, but possibly draft a young speedster for the crowded backfield.

At the end of the season I thought it was going to take the Redskins two to three seasons to be competitive again. 

Now with McNabb, if the line protects him I think the Redskins are not only a competitor for a Wild Card, but could give the Cowboys a run for their money in the NFC East.

So with my 100th article on Bleacher Report let me use it to say: "Welcome to Washington D.C. Donovan McNabb, we're glad to have you."

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