Sunday, April 04, 2010

Breaking: Donovan McNabb Traded to Redskins, News Conference 9:30pm ET, ESPN News

Update 11:15pm ET: Three hours to reflect on the situation and I am with the program, ring me up, I am on board with Donovan McNabb, already in the market for a new number five jersey.

Update 10:30pm ET: Curly R quick take: Donovan McNabb becomes our starting quarterback for 2010, serious questions about blocking and offensive line play and receiver quality may hamper Dono, and age and injuries may play a role as well. On the upside, Dono will for the first time have a legitimate ground game to back him up. Overall this will be good for Washington. This clears the way for Washington to select a tackle in this month's draft. Sadly, the Jason Campbell era is over.

Update 10:27pm ET: Adam Shefter was on, thinks the Eagles traded Dono to Washington out of respect for Donovan, to prevent him from going to the Bills or Raiders, given the Redskins offer for compensation. The unspoken opposite position is they traded Dono to Washington because they think he has nothing left in the tank and or that the Redskins are such a poorly run organization that they cannot win with him.

Update 10:21pm ET: Ron Jaworski now on ESPN News, he is as shocked, shocked that the Eagles would trade Dono to a division rival. Also thinks Dono is a perfect fit for Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan's offense.

Update 10:08pm ET: ESPN analyst and former Redskins offensive lineman Mark Schlereth was as surprised as I am that the Eagles would trade Dono to a division rival. That tells me the Eagles have little respect for Donovan McNabb or the Redskins, likely the latter.

Update 9:59pm ET: The presser is over and the ESPN talking heads tell me the first person Dono reached out to was Redskins incumbent quarterback Jason Campbell. The end of the Jason Campbell era is upon us.

Update 9:54pm ET: When asked to name his top Donovan McNabb memory, Andy said oh garsh there are so many but I would have to say fourth and 26, that was a pretty good day right there. Andy was referring to Dono's 11 January 2004 pass to Freddie Mitchell on fourth and 26 in the division round of the 2003 playoffs against the Packers, that pass saved an Eagles drive that ended in a tying field goal, then the Eagles won in overtime, it was an incredible come from behind win. I was at that game.

Update 9:46pm ET: Another text to my phone points out that the background behind a wheezing Andy Reid at this press conference reads FLUANDASTHMA.COM

Update 9:40pm ET: My phone is lighting up with texts and emails, sample from a friend in Kansas City, still guffawing about the Larry Johnson deal, on watching the Andy Reid press conference: "Reid is so tensed up he may not take a shit for weeks."

Update 9:37pm ET: Dono and Andy Reid came to the Eagles at the same time, in 1999, this is not how I thought that marriage would end.

Update 9:32pm ET: Andy Reid is hosting the Eagles press conference, says the timing was right, the compensation (from the Redskins) and Philadelphia has a great quarterback in Kevin Kolb in the wings, saddy though that he has to part ways with Dono.

Update 9:30pm ET: The blow dried talking heads on ESPN News tell me that Adam Shefter reported that Dono wanted to come to Washington. Why? That btw is a real question, tell me what you think.

Holy shit. The Redskins traded a second round pick this year and a third or fourth round pick next year to the Eagles for quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Live coverage now on ESPN News, there is a press conference scheduled for 9:30pm ET, tune and let's see what the fuck is happening.


Loren Smith


I concur. End of Campbell era is sad; I was hoping he'd get another chance.

However, overall, this is a good move.

I also hope the move does in fact mean the Redskins will be drafting OL, OL and more OL.

It's an interesting bet by Philly: they apparently think that their QB, who took them to the playoffs four months ago and to the NFC championship game just over a year ago, is now totally used up. Here's hoping they're drastically wrong.

Andy Rosenberg (formerly wilbert montgomery)


Hey Ben - I have a Dono Jersey for you. I am really disappointed in you. I cannot believe you really think this was a smart move for the Skins. I mean, really, the Skins are several years of steady rebuilding from having a decent team... and McNabb has MAYBE 2 years left, although I'll bet injuries get him before then. So by the time the Skins may have a line, they'll need a Q-back. He is going to be sacked more easily than my groceries. I feel bad for him... he is a warrior and fought hard for Philly... he should've retired there.

Dave Gross


This will only help the team. He will have a chip on his shoulder and something to prove to Philly. Shanahan has the exact same attitude-they may not be the team to beat but they will be much improved.



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