Is It Over For Donovan McNabb?
While most of the NFL is curious about where the semi-retired Brett Favre will end up, the most intriguing story has got to surround Donovan McNabb. With the latest reports have him landing in Minnesota you’ve got to be curious if McNabb is ready to bounce back after an abysmal season with the Washington Redskins or if his best years are behind him and we’re just living off of his days as an Philadelphia Eagle.
Did the Eagles know something that we didn’t? When they traded McNabb to division rival Washington, most thought that Philly had lost their minds. After all, McNabb had one of his best statistical years in 2009 with over 3500 yards passing and 22 touchdowns. But perhaps his wretched performance in a first round playoff match-up against the Dallas Cowboys was a sign of things to come. Despite Philly making it to the Super Bowl in 2004, McNabb’s ability to lead had always been in question. His inability to sustain the same numbers in the second half of the season after 2004 kept the Eagles from making it back to the Super Bowl that many expected them to be in. A few injuries and up-and-down seasons had the Eagles head office figuring they could only get so far with McNabb.
Maybe they were right.
Although it would be Michael Vick and not Kevin Kolb, as most originally expected, the Eagles seem to be doing alright without McNabb. Meanwhile, the Redskins struggled mightily with the former Syracuse QB. 2010 marked the first time that McNabb threw more interceptions than touchdowns and had his worst QB rating since his rookie season. But there is still hope for McNabb and the Minnesota Vikings might just be the right home for him.
The Vikes have a threat in Percy Harvin and an monster tailback with Adrian Peterson. And after a disappointing 2010 campaign, the only place the Vikings can go is up. Just as long as Donovan McNabb can take them there.
He’s 35-years-old and signed a $78 million contract extension. That means a whole lot of money and even more risk to come along with it. Can he stay healthy? Can he learn the offense? Can he handle the pressure of being on another team most say just need a solid QB to make an impact? Or have we come to the end of the road with Donovan McNabb?
We’ll just have to wait and see.