Why The Eagles and Redskins Both Got Screwed on The McNabb Trade.

Michael SippContributor IApril 5, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles wipes his face from the sideline in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Donovan McNabb. What do you think of when you hear that name? The Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins, the best quarterback to lead his team to five NFC Championship games, but only to never win the big one?

What about the worst trade of all-time? That is correct, both the Eagles, and the Redskins may have made the worst moves ever.

What did the Eagles do wrong? They traded away Donovan McNabb, that is what. Some may argue that Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick can lead the Eagles, but neither of them can. In Kolb's twelve career games, he has thrown only four touchdowns to seven interceptions. He has a career quarterback rating of 68.9, and it is safe to say that putting the entire franchise on a quarterback that has only played in twelve games is not the best thing you can do, especially a franchise called the Philadelphia Eagles.

They threw snowballs at Santa Claus for God's sake! At least you know that McNabb could get you to the final two games of the season.

What else did the Eagles do wrong? They had an offer to receive Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins. I do not know about you, but if I was Howie Roseman, I would take a Haynesworth-McNabb deal in the blink of an eye, there is no salary cap next year, so you cannot be over the salary cap, and there is a possibility (very likely) that the players and the Players Association will be on lockout next year, pending a pay-cut evaluation, so the Eagles will not even have to pay Haynesworth.

Oh, and the Eagles only got a second-round pick and a third or fourth-round pick from Washington. Yes, McNabb is not the greatest quarterback, but Jay Cutler was acquired for two first-round picks and a third-rounder, Jay Cutler, he is pretty good.

Since the Eagles got screwed, then Washington must have taken candy from a baby, right? Wrong.

What did the Redskins do wrong? They got Donovan McNabb. Listen to me, McNabb is not Peyton Manning, he may be one step up from Jason Campbell, but only one. The reason Washington sucked so bad last season, because they had someone named Rock Cartwright running the ball.

Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts were on and off the injury report the whole entire season, and what do defenses do when you are going to pass almost the entire game? You play some man-on-man defense, you send some backers to cover the flats, and you blitz like a mad-dog and you sack the quarterback, and you win. Which Washington's opponents did.

Now Campbell is most likely ticked off, bringing the morale down in the locker room, and is a cancer to the team until you get rid of him. But anyway, the Giants and Cowboys will have a field day with these guys.


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