Manage Your Expectations for McNabb

mrice | McNabb, Players, Predictions | 08 27th, 2010  |  Comments Off

Not to stomp on fellow Redskins’ fans collective birthday cake, but a lot of people in the D.C. area are acting as if the Redskins finally acquired the second coming of Doug Williams, destined to lead the team to Super Bowl glory in his first season with the Skins. To put it as lightly as possible, there is quite simply no way that will ever happen. Granted, the situations are obviously very different, with McNabb coming over as part of a high profile trade with the Eagles, while Williams was brought in as a backup to Jay Schroeder after spending time in the USFL. Still, the idea that McNabb could hoist the Lombardi trophy in Washington, particularly spurning to the rival Philadelphia NFL franchise that cast him away, seems to have brought an uncanny sense of optimism among the FedEx Field faithful. Let’s dispel the notion that McNabb, who never actually won a Super Bowl while playing in Philly, could possibly engineer playoff run with the current talent around him.In Philadelphia, McNabb had the advantage of playing alongside a ball-hawking Brian Dawkins-led defense, not to mention a few more weapons on the offensive side of the ball. From the quarterback-friendly Brian Westbrook coming out of the backfield to Terrell Owens in his prime, more recently an emerging DeSean Jackson, McNabb has had weapons over the course of his career, but never gotten it done. Yes, McNabb will be motivated with a Brett Favre 2009 size chip on his shoulder, but the Skins simply don’t have the necessary skill players for that frustration to come to fruition on the field. Sure, Moss is a nice asset split wide, but entering his 10th year of NFL service he’s not a consistent game-changer. The chance that Mike Shanahan can mold McNabb and this hearty group of has-beens into winners is quite the coaching challenge for the first year Skins coach, whose own better days may have passed.

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