**UPDATE/POST BLOWOUT THOUGHTS***
Hard to process what the Eagles did to the Redskins Monday night. That was just a once in 5 or 10 year type offensive explosion to start the game. Literally everything worked. McNabb was helpless against it. I think most quarterbacks would have been. When the dust settled, McNabb had a good 2nd quarter, but the rest of the time showed the same deficiencies that he always has. The more I thought about the extension, the more I realized Washington may be comfortable with this. It’s so hard to get a decent QB in this league that they are going to take their chances with Donovan, and maybe try to make the team a little better around him. They weren’t bad enough to get a top pick, and even if they were that’s a 50/50 proposition at best with a similar monetary commitment. Do I think this is going to work out for Washington? No, but after kicking it around for a few hours it is ever so slightly less shocking.
Easily the most surprising sports story of the…well, I have no attention span any more, but I was and still am a little bit shocked over this one. The McNabb/Shanahan/Redskins fiasco seemed to have a lot of possible outcomes. McNabb staying in D.C. for the foreseeable future was not among them. In fact, last week when complaining that we couldn’t escape Don here in Philly I said that he was all but guaranteed to move on. Put another notch in the “stone-cold wrong” column, please. McNabb signs a 5-year extension with Washington that will give him 40 million guaranteed, and could swell to 88 million.
I don’t know how a player having one of his worst years, clearly on the downside of his prime can manage a deal like this one. Where does the bargaining power come from? The Redskins are concerned that what, they were losing their grip on McNabb? Did they think the only way to keep him after the benching two weeks ago was to hurry up and get it done before Don soured on them for good? Did they think this was the only way to make the controversy surrounding McNabb disappear? And, more importantly who there thinks McNabb is a guy you want to have at QB when he is 36/37 years old?
Just one of the oddest decisions I’ve seen a team make in a long time, and the timing is even stranger. It puts a ton on Donovan for tonight’s game, but I guess there is no way to announce this extension after a loss, so might as well get it on the table. Good for you Don, now as you creep up on 200 million in career earnings, maybe everyone can stop feeling sorry for you.