Posts Tagged ‘Donovan McNabb’

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?

Perhaps the best example of the Madden Curse
Perhaps the best example of the Madden Curse

I’m here instead to raise my concerns about the health, happiness, well-being and possibly mortality of Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and Pittsburgh Steelers S Troy Polamalu.

They are the new faces of the Madden computer game.

Lets look at the fate of previous Madden stars

09 – Brett Favre QB – was pictured in Packers and Jets uniform but either way he crashed and burned late in the season and left his record setting career on a pretty awful note, hence his flirting with the Vikings.

08 – Vince Young QB – He is now backing up Kerry Collins – yep Kerry Collins. Young is about one cameo apperance from becoming the next Akili Smith

07- Shaun Alexander RB – In 2006 Alexander had his highest number of career fumbles and missed 6 games. His career has gone down quicker than Gillian Tailforth in a Little Chef car park.

06 – Donovan McNabb QB – In 05 McNabb only managed 9 games.

05 – Ray Lewis LB – Anyone for murder charges?

04 – Michael Vick QB – Enough said – 2 years in prison and global hatred from every dog lover

03 – Marshall Faulk RB – Only 10 starts and the first time in 6 years he rushed for under 1,000 yards

02 – Daunte Culpepper QB – 16 starts in 2000, 16 starts in 2002 – but in 2001 when he was on the Madden cover only 11 games.

01 – Eddie George RB – Only Madden cover star to have a MONSTER season – 1,962 combined yards and 16 touchdowns.

I have Fitz in one of my NFL.com fantasy teams so I hope he stays fit.

It is pretty much a guarantee though that Fitz or Polamalw will suffer somewhat and I would put £10 on that both of them will combine to play under 30 games this season between them.

What u guys think – nonsense or curse of the cover?

This weekend belings to Ray Lewis and the Ravens - my upset special against an 'on paper' better team.

This weekend belongs to Ray Lewis and the Ravens - my upset special against an 'on paper' better team.

After two rounds of hitting and high fives I have managed to get six out of eight playoff winners correct, and this means I did predict the Ravens, Eagles and the Steelers to reach the final four.

Where I messed up and where I suspect the rest of the world messed up was not giving enough respect to the Arizona Cardinals. Yes the Arizona Cardinals – a team historically so inept they can talk long into the night with the Detroit Lions and still feel bad.

Say it in your head, or say it out loud – the Arizona Cardinals are JUST ONE game away from the Superbowl. It sounds like some sort of joke, or maybe something that you can only witness when playing John Madden on your console, but no this is real, and in about 30 hours the Cards HOST the NFC Championship game against the wily Philadelphia Eagles, so that is where my prediction will start.

NFC CHAMPIONSHIP – PHILADELPHIA EAGLES @ ARIZONA CARDINALS

On the surface this is a battle between Donovan McNabb (one Superbowl played one loss) and Kurt Warner(two Superbowls played one won one loss) to show which veteran quarterback has the intestinal fortitude to lead their team to the promised land, but this game will come down to the brute strength and blocking power of the offensive and defensive lines – as they will be the guys pressurising or protecting Mc Nabb and Warner, and the ones making the gaps or shutting down the run.

Both McNabb and Warner were sacked an average of less than twice a game, so both offensive lines are solid but are able to be exploited.

The real key is that McNabb is more likely to take a sack and keep possession of the ball. Cardinals have looked awful at points this season when Warner has spilled the ball, and I think the Eagles will dial up the pressure throughout the game.

NFL FAN IN ENGLAND gives his KEYS to the game

1) The Cardinals need to get 120 yards rushing to stand any hope of winning this game, and this does not necessarily mean 100 from Edge – it could be 65 for Edge and 55 for Tim Hightower who looks to be swimming in shark infested water at the moment.

2) The Eagles WRs need to make a statement early that they can be difference makers. Kevin Curtis and DeSean Jackson can both have huge games but someone like Reggie Brown or Jason Avant could be the player to break the game open as they will get single coverage.

3) Neil Rackers needs to be there and come through in the clutch. He has gone from fantasy gold to an after thought, and this game could come down to a kick. David Akers has the NFL post season consecutive completed fg record. Rackers has never been to a championship game – will it overawe him or will he become a hero.

 4) Brian Westbrook . He has had a rather quiet post season, so is this the game he busts out of his funk? YES in my opinion it is. Westbrook has more talent than Edgarrin James but has so far not been the multi dimensional weapon that he has been in the regular season. Providing he has 15 touches each half this could decide the game.

5) This game comes down to the Eagles secondary beating up on the Cardinals wideouts, and despite the hype surrounding Fitzgeral and Boldin this is where I think the game will be won for the Eagles, who will pick off Warner three times.

Prediction – Philadelphia 27-17 Arizona – MVP Donovan McNabb 2 passing tds

AFC CHAMPIONSHIP – BALTIMORE RAVENS @ PITTSBURGH STEELERS

The Ravens have shown that the formula of Defense Defense Defense is enough to mask any offensive deficiences. Only one problem its exactly what the Steelers have in their very own test tubes also.

On paper he Steelers have the all round talent and also are the most recent of the final four to win a Superbowl, and the last time they did it they had Ben Roethlisberger who will again be under center for this bruising affair.

The 2008 season will be remembered as the Wild Card winners Superbowl as I think the Ravens will get revenge against a Steelers team that is going to be thinking it is the better team right now. I expect this game to be as ugly as the Titans v Ravens game last week – but for the defensive purist this will be a thing of beauty.

 NFL FAN IN ENGLAND gives his KEYS to the game

 1) Flacco has to be a handoff robot. If Joe Flacco wants to be the first rookie qb to start in a Superbowl then he needs to be disciplined and listen to his coaches instructions. This is what has got him this far, and despite a pass rush that will be scarier than being stuck in a lift with Plaxico Burress and an AK-47, if Flacco stays disciplined this could be his ticket to immortality.

2) The emotional impact of Hines Ward. Whilst the linebackers of the Steelers have been the highlight reel champions the Steelers go as far as Hines Ward’s catches. He is destined to go to the Hall of Fame (and I am no terrible towel waver) and he can ignite Heinz Field with a crucial 3rd down conversion or a touchdown. Take him out early – no – take him out late. When the game is on the line that’s when the Ravens need to cover every blade of grass that Ward does.

3) The Steelers offensive line protecting Big Ben. Its all very well saying Willie Parker is gonna have another huge game – but you cannot get the running game going unless the pass is successful early. Look for Big Ben to try and pass the Steelers out of the blocks with some screens and te hitches. I think the Ravens D will be ready for this and an early pickoff will get Big Ben nervous.

4) Can Mark Clayton please show up. Derek Mason is a stud and deserves respect (I said last week he would be huge and he was) but he cannot win the game by himself as a WR. Fans will have Clayton as an afterthought but he does have the talent to change a game, and this in my humble opinion is where he will do it.

5) Todd Heap. It seems the real Todd Heap hasnt shown up for about 2 seasons, but when it counts Heap can be dangerous. He may not be the Todd Heap of old – but he can get 5 catches this game. If he does the Ravens win.

Prediction –  Baltimore 21-20 Pittsburgh – MVP – Ray Lewis 12 tackles and 1 INT.

That leaves me with a Baltimore v Philadelphia Superbowl – Any thoughts ?????

My upset special McNabb to lead the Eagles to an NFC Championship

My upset special McNabb to lead the Eagles to an NFC Championship

I went 3 out of 4 in the Wild Card weekend and even got an exact score (Falcons 24) so I have a bit of pressure on for the divisional playoff round.

There are usually less upsets this round than in the Wild Card week but I have a feeling that the home teams will take a bit of a battering this Sat and Sun, so here goes, time to put my money where my mouth is……..

Sat., Jan. 10, 4:30 p.m. ET, CBS
Baltimore (11-5, 1-0) at Tennessee (13-3)
Kevin Mawae is out and that is huge.  The veteran Titans C is the rock that has led the way for Lendale ‘who ate all the pies’ White and Chris Johnson to dominate 13 teams this season. No one needs to read here how good the Ravens defense is – but people do need to finally pay respect to Baltimore WR Derek Mason who has shown that he is one of the most reliable wideouts in the entire NFL. Can Ed ‘ball magnet’ Reed get another INT – most likely !
Key 1) Baltimore getting a big run early as opposed to a big run late
Key 2) Albert Haynesworth pressuring rookie Joe Flacco
Key 3) Joe Flacco staying the hell away from Cortland Finnegan
Key 4) Kerry Collins not being forced to pass if Titans go down
Prediction – Baltimore 23-17 Tennessee – Game MVP – LeRon McClain (2tds)
Sun., Jan. 11, 4:45 p.m. ET, CBS
San Diego (8-8, 1-0) at Pittsburgh (12-4)
The Chargers are living the dream, and after using the pocket rocket Darren Sproles to kill the Colts. This time around the Sprolesmeister will have been on the Steelers radar. The Steelers D line is a lightyear above the Colts D line so Rivers will be forced to pass the Chargers up and down the field. Big Ben Roethlisberger has shown that he can guide a team through the playoffs, and I have a feeling that Pitt WR Nate Washington will come up with a huge catch that turns the game. I don’t expect a quality 1st half, but the Steelers have enough class to hang in there.
Key 1) Hines Ward getting 4 catches in the first half
Key 2) Can LT be any sort of factor in the game?
Key 3) Big Ben not fumbling the ball
Key 4) Santonio Holmes drawing double teams to free up Nate Washington
Prediction – San Diego 10-20 Pittsburgh – MVP Ben Roethlisberger (1 td and 250 yards passing)
Sat., Jan. 10, 8:15 p.m. ET, FOX
Arizona (9-7, 1-0) at Carolina (12-4)
Wouldn’t it be fun to see the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC Championship against a former NFC East division foe? Well I really want to write this will be a Cardinals win, but I just can’t. The hype given to Edgarrin James last week was nonsense. He got 73 rushing yards in a Wild Card game – so freaking what. If he got 173 then I would be saing wow. The Panthers have the all round quality to win this without going into 5th gear, but I am sure they will make a bit of a meal of it and Jake Delhomme will get intercepted at least once. Look to DeAngelo Williams to show his class on a national stage but Jonathan Stewart to get the fanatsy tds.
Key 1) Cardinals DBs not getting called for pass inteference in the first half
Key 2) Jake Delhomme sticking to the plan and not trying to be a hero early on
Key 3) Steve Breaston showing up and getting some 1st quarter catches
Key 4) Panthers safeties not being exposed by the long ball
Prediction – Arizona 21-28 Carolina – MVP DeAngelo Williams (120 all purpose yards)
Sun., Jan. 11, 1 p.m. ET, FOX
Philadelphia (9-6-1, 1-0) at N.Y. Giants (12-4)
There has to be one upset special each week and I’ll call it here. I do not think the New York Giants are a dynasty and despite their good record they will finally sucumb to a Donovan McNabb led team that will win a nailbiter. Brian Westbrook will get more involved early in this game, and Eli Manning will make a huge mistake in the 2nd quarter that will turn the momentum. Giants pressure will again be relentless, but the Eagles will gameplan against it, using short passing to neautralise the agression on Kiwanuka and Tuck. Expect it to be close, but expect the Eagles to leave Giants stadium with their playoff dreams intact.
Key 1) The Eagles run d adapting to the difering styles of Brandon Jacbs and Derrick Ward
Key 2) McNabb finding TEs and RBs for short passes to set up a big ol bomb
Key 3) DeSean Jackson getting one big return
Key 4) Kevin Boss living up to his name
Prediction – Philadelphia 31-30 NY Giants – MVP Donovan Mc Nabb (3 tds 240 yards passing)
What do you all think?