Posts Tagged ‘Donovan McNabb Redskins’

Oh the irony - Rex on his knees - just like the Redskins season now

Is there some sort of sick conspiracy against all Redskins fans?

Woke up this morning to some snow here in England but the matter responsible for the shiver up my spine was not the white flakes it was the news Rex Grossman is now Washington’s starting quarterback.

With the team 5-8 and out of the playoffs there is absolutely no point sticking in sexy Rexy for three weeks.

Yes Donovan McNabb has not been playing at a Pro Bowl level in 2010. This is not all his fault though. The offensive line has had injuries and lack of talent all season and the Redskins running game has been as consistent as a concussed crocodile.

The team has made so many humongous silly mistakes that installing Rex into the starting line-up seems to match the rest of the insanity.

Lets look at some of the ascending chickens (cock-ups):

  • Failed to persuade Chargers WR Vincent Jackson to depart the West Coast, leaving the team with a weak WR crew. In 13 games Redskins WRs have scored a TOTAL of 6 touchdowns. Jackson scored 3 in one game on Thursday just gone. Any team that had any degree of reliance in Joey Galloway is clearly in trouble. Lets not even mention former high draft picks Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly.
  • Special teams have been special needs, and that is being disrespectful to anyone who has any form of special needs. Graham Gano has missed 10 field goals, has not converted one of 5o yards or over, and has even managed to have a punt blocked. The signs were there in Week 2 when he missed a field goal in OT against the Texans.
  • Turned Michael Vick from a dog killer to an MVP candidate in just one game. Vick passed for four scores and ran a further two in, en-route to an Eagles Monday Night massacre of the Redskins in front of a global audience.
  • After 13 weeks the team is dead last in defensive yards allowed, averaging a ball aching 394.8 yards a game.

Perhaps the most bizarre statistic for the Burgundy and Gold after 13 weeks is the fact the team is Plus 1 in turnover ratio. Proof that again the finger of blame should not point simply at McNabb. Donovan may have fumbled a pretty poor 10 times so far but only one of them ended up being recovered by an opponent. Donovan has already surpassed 3,000 passing yards in 2010, the eighth time in his career he has broken the 3k barrier.

In the past three seasons (including this one) the ‘prolific’ Rex Grossman has thrown for a mind-blowing 334 yards – that’s a remarkable average of 7.4 yards a game.

The worst part of all of this is because the Redskins DID manage to get 5 wins in the first 10 weeks of this season they will miss out on the very top college prospects – Andrew Luck and Heisman winner Cam Newton.

This team is just one big joke – and to top it off they face the Cowboys this weekend, who will be hell-bent on revenge following their ‘holding call’ loss in Week 1.

Someone wake me up when this nightmare is all over.

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McNabb is playing at the Linc - this time without wings on his helmet

I have to admit its been a somewhat flat start to the season for me.

A week 1 win for the Skins (just – thanks Alex Barron – cheque is in the post!) followed by two collapses, has me thinking this will be another season of doom and gloom.

And then the juiciest matchup in the entire NFL in Week 4 lands on my lap, and praise the lord Sky Sports here in England have selected it as the 4.15pm EST (9.15pm here) live game.

Talk about great stories coming from this game;

  • Washington QB comes back to Philly for the first time in his professional career NOT wearing the green of the Eagles
  • Professional dog killer Michael Vick has cemented himself as the number one signal caller in Philly and will be looking to show off his silky running skills and big arm on Sunday.

What makes this games so special is not only the fact it is one of the fiercest divisional rivalries in the NFL, both teams have not been able to establish the run, so they will be looking to McNabb and Vick to grab the game by the scruff of its neck.

The Eagles for sure have faster, younger and more talented wide receivers, with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. In the Burgandy and Gold corner is a bunch of WR that excites me as much as a luke-warm cappuccino from a petrol garage.

My prediction – When he was traded earlier this year and asked about returning to Rocky Balboa’s home town McNabb said it ‘would just be another game’ – what a bunch of crap. McNabb will be fired up, but so will the Eagles fans, and so will Philly head coach Any Reid. This game has the potential to be a classic, but the Redskins are simply not worth the hype. Going 14-0 down early to the bottom feeding Rams last week was enough to convince me that Washington will be picking top 12 in the 2011 draft. Hate to say it but I have the Eagles by 10.

Prediction – Eagles 27-17 Redskins – Vick to pull off a few dizzying scrambles and Trent Cole to get to McNabb twice.

After torturing the Redskins for a decade McNabb is gonna be wearing burgandy and gold in 2010

I have always had great respect for Donovan McNabb, primarily because he plays NFL games with a smile on his face.

He has taken the Eagles to countless NFC championships and even a Superbowl, but he has never managed to win one.

I kinda figured that with Kevin Kolb as a much cheaper and younger option in Philly, it was inevitable that McNabb would not be suiting up with wings on his helmet in 2010.

I thought of McNabb as a member of the Oakland Raiders, which seemed to be the most logical place for him to go, and I even pictured him looking good in the silver and black.

Now I wake up this morning, Easter Monday, to find out that Donovan ‘the grin’ McNabb is a Washington Redskin.

As a lifelong Redskins fan I certainly laughed, but I’m still confused as to whether it was a chuckle of joy or a nervous chortle, disguising my confusion over the trade.

Now McNabb has a great arm, has stellar intestinal fortitude, has charisma, has playoff experience, and even experience in the big dance, but he is getting old, and he has to learn a new offensive scheme.

This move signals the death knell of Jason Campbell in D.C. but I’m not convinced that it signals the Redskins will avoid drafting a quarterback in the 2010 draft.

Not my best analysis of McNabb I know, but to be perfectly honest I’m still in shock.

Any other Redskins fans puzzled by this move?