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Garrard’s Bad Case Of Deja Vu

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David Garrard's career in Jacksonville ended the way it started.

Here’s how cruel of a business the NFL can be… David Garrard was released today by the Jacksonville Jaguars only five days before the start of the regular season.

Jack Del Rio had grown sick of Garrard’s inconsistency and didn’t see enough from him in the preseason to keep him as the team’s starter.

Its a weird twist of fate as well as Garrard’s end mirrored his start. Garrard became the team’s starting QB in 2007 in similar fashion as the Jags cut ties with Byron Leftwich just days before it’s opener with Tennessee.

Garrard led the Jags to a 10-6 season and a first-round win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs. Ever since then Garrard has been an enigma under center and there was talk last year of him being replaced by Luke McCown before McCown went down for the season with an injury.

Garrard’s last few starts as a Jag were horrendous including a five turnover performance against the Redskins at the end of last season and in this preseason against St. Louis he went 1-5 and exchanged words with his offensive line. That may have factored into him not being voted a team captain by his peers and it was the straw that broke the camel’s back for his days in Jacksonville.

Now McCown takes over for the Jags but the real question is how long will he be the starter before Blaine Gabbert takes the reigns?

Gabbert was the tenth overall pick in this years draft and seems as though he’s adapted well to the Jags offense. With the Jags in rebuild mode we could see Gabbert after the November 6th bye week versus Indianapolis.

As for Garrard teams like the Buccaneers, 49ers & Bengals could use a veteran to backup a young QB so who knows how long he’ll be out of a job for.

One things for sure, Garrard got a front row view of how harsh life in the NFL can be. Today he lost his job in the same fashion that he got it. It’s tough but if you don’t perform well you won’t have a job for too long.

It also doesn’t matter how close to week 1 it is either.


Are The Yankees The Next Empire To Fall

Was the Soriano deal a sign of a possible downturn for the New York Yankees?

Did you notice a trend that has happened in sports in the last ten years?

The death of the traditional power.

Think about this for a second; how many traditional sports powers took hits to their pride and luster in the last 10-15 years?

In college football Notre Dame still thinks that they will wake up the echoes in a matter if time and Michigan still considers itself to be the gold standard even when no when, I mean no one, wanted its head coaching job after the ousting of Rich Rod. Throw in Miami and Florida State and four of the games premier programs are in the middle of the pack as far as relevance .

In college basketball its Kentucky who still prides itself on being an elite program but hasn’t made a final four since Tubby Smith’s first year. Arizona, though they have an excuse, and recently UCLA, which is stunning especially after the run they had at the beginning of Ben Howland’s regime, have all fallen to the middle of the pack in recent years.

In hockey its been the Maple Leafs and Canadiens. Did you know once upon a time in the 90’s that the Habs had the same number of championships (24) as the Yankees? Ever since their last cup in 1993 the franchise has been plagued by unfortunate injuries (the Saku Koivu cancer cancer scare), lackluster performances (have they had a player in the top 20 in scoring in the last 20 years?), and scandal (hi Kostitsyn twins). Oh yeah don’t forget the whole Patrick Roy asking out of Montreal fiasco that has probably led to a curse on the team. Not that we’re counting or anything.

Dont get me started on the Maple Leafs. They havent won a title in over 40 years and in the last 10 they’ve resembled the Toronto Raptors more than the franchise that has the second most cups (13) to the Habs.

(Side note: Shouldn’t Gary Bettman step in and help fix this team. The NHL needs to Leafs to be good just like the NBA needs the Lakers, or baseball needs the Dodgers to be important. This is one of the leagues flagship franchises in the country’s capital. The hockey hall of fame is there for goodness sakes. The fact that the Leafs haven’t made the playoffs in seven years and haven’t been relevant since their last division title in 2000 is a little more concerning than the fledgling Phoenix Coyotes, who should still be in Winnipeg. Yep, Bettman is back on my bad side.)

There haven't been many good times in Toronto for awhile.

In the NFL its been the Cowboys, Redskins and Raiders. All of these franchises have slid to mediocrity due in part to their ridiculous owners and their bad habits of spending money while letting the football side of things slip through their grasp.

The Redskins haven’t won a division title since their Super Bowl run in 1991 and have been a running joke since Daniel Snyder took over. They’ve made the playoffs three times with only one win to show for it. However, what’s defined them is their penchant for over paying players well past their prime. Bruce smith, Deion Sanders, Mark Brunell, Jason Taylor, and that’s for starters. Throw in their horrible coaching history lately (hi Jim Zorn, and Steve Spurring) and you wonder why fans want Dan Snyder’s head on a stake a la MacBETH.

For the Cowboys its a combination of Jerry Jones overbearing style and the lack of productivity on the field that has hindered them.

In the 90’s Dallas owned football with three titles and a high-powered offense anchored by three hall-of-farmers. Then after their last Super Bowl win over Pittsburgh in Super Bowl 30, the team hasn’t seen a playoff victory.

They’be been plagued by bad QB play, poor decision making by Jones, which includes firing Bill Parcells and trading two number one picks for Roy Williams (I’m sure the Lions still can’t believe that one) and not getting much from heralded draft picks (Mike Jenkins that’s you). Be honest, what do you know about the Cowboys now, a franchise with a rich history from Roger Staubach to Troy Amman, or their ridiculously expensive stadium with a 80 yard flatscreen in the middle of it?

As far as the Raiders go… let’s put it like this; they haven’t been over .500 since getting smoked by the Bucs in Super Bowl 37 over 8 years ago. If you want to know why then take a look at Hue Jackson’s press conference to introduce him as the team’s new coach this past week. Owner Al Davis, looking as decrepit as ever, sat at the table and ranted about Tom Cable’s personal life, comparisons of Jason Campbell to Cam Newton, and seemed more out of his mind than normal.

This is the guy who blew up Lane Kiffin at a press conference years ago, fined Cable for not executing a game plan he wrote out, drafted JaMarcus Russell, and has made so many horrible personnel decisions that no coach or player should come near Oakland. Poor Hue Jackson, I don’t think he knows what he’s getting into.

Before the Boston Celtics climbed back into contention in the NBA they had grown into a punch line. Gone were the days of Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and in were Dino Radja and Antoine Walker.

Their most memorable moment during that time came during a Rick Pitino news conference after another loss where he told the media and essentially the fans to get over themselves and that “Larry Bird ain’t walking through that door.” Right he was, though fans would’ve rather had a near 50 Bird than Ron Mercer.

So in essence every sport has seen its top franchise go through the motions and fall from grace in a haze of greed, nativity, or ignorance. Well everyone except baseball.

In the last 15 years the top tier teams in the sport have stayed on top without much static.

Sure past champions like Kansas City, Toronto and Oakland have seen their share of bad times, but their history is nothing like the Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers.

(You’re probably wondering what about the Cubs? Flagship franchise? Yes. However, they haven’t won a damn thing in 109 years so they don’t count. Sorry Cubs fans.)

These were the bad times in Boston.

Baseball has largely protected its top franchises by not introducing a salary cap, which allows the Braves, Phillies and Angels to out spend every other team in the league and stay where they are.Sure these teams haven’t made the playoffs every year, but they always bounce back from lackluster seasons.

The Red Sox will be favorites this year after finishing third in the AL East last year in part to overspending for Carl Crawford and giving away the farm for Adrian Gonzalez.

It’s hard for any of these teams fall off of their perch and fall victim to the same plague that’s infiltrated each league over the past 15 years. Or is it?

Last week the New York Yankees announced the signing of former Tampa Bay Rays closer Rafael Soriano to be the 8th inning setup man for closer Mariano Rivera and eventually replace him.

No big deal, just the Yankees spending their endless funds to fix a problem like not having an eighth inning stopper.

However, GM Brian Cashman didn’t want to spend the money on Soriano and wanted to keep either Joba Chamberlain in the setup role or David Robertson. Owner Hal Steinbrenner overruled Cashman and handled the negotiations himself while Cashman sat in the corner and pouted.

Both sides say everything is fine but I’m not buying it.

Cashman is the game’s best GM and built a dynasty in the 90’s while the young Steinbrenners sat back and watched from The Boss’s luxury box. Cashman knows what he’s doing and what to do to keep the Yankees successful.

What Steinbrenner did was undermine Cashman and used his power to make a decision that may or may not work and also costs the Yankees a first round draft pick. That’s the kind of decision you would see Al Davis make. Uh oh.

Ok so that’s one little thing so what? Well, look at the Yankees future for a second if you will; the Yankees have been able to stay competitive after their dynasty years in the late 90’s and 2000 thanks to their huge budget and the ability to get whoever they want for any price. While they haven’t been winning championships at the rate that they would like, the Yankees are still the class of the AL East and remain the team to beat.

However, look at the current contract situations that the Yankees have:

Mark Teixiera- 8 years/180 million dollars, signed til he’s 37
A.J. Burnett – 5/82.5, signed til he’s 39
C.C. Sabathia- 7/161, signed til he’s 37
Alex Rodriguez- 10/275, signed til he’s 43
Derek Jeter- 3/51, signed til he’s 40
Jorge Posada- 4/52, signed til he’s 41
Mariano Rivera- 2/30, signed til he’s 43

In other words half of the Yankees main players on their roster are all signed well into their late 30’s or 40’s and are owed a boat load of money.

Guys like Rodriguez, Jeter and Posada are already on the downside of their careers and aren’t worth the money.

Not to mention there is the possiblility at other long term deals for Robinson Cano and Phil Hughes looming, which will add more money to their books.

The Yankees are used to shelling out lots of cash but right now there’s too much tied up in players that won’t help them contend in three years and could lead to the Yankees becoming baseball’s Cowboys.

As great as they've been, the deals given to A-Rod and Jeter could lead to the Yankees downfall.

There is no balance with them right now. There’s lots of old guys and not enough youth. Sound like Dan Snyder to you?

Another problem are the deals that the Yankees have made, which cost them two viable parts that they could use right now and both could’ve added some much needed youth to their everyday roster.

Last year they traded Austin Jackson and Ian Kennedy for Curtis Granderson essentially in a three team deal. Jackson and Granderson play the same position and Jackson hit for a higher average, stole more bases and had a higher in-base percentage than Granderson. Not to mention he’s five years younger and the perfect leadoff hitter that the Yankees so desperately need.
Kennedy went 9-10 last year for the Diamondbacks with a 3.80 ERA. While his numbers don’t seem too impressive Kennedy got stronger and stronger towards the end of the year. He’s currently penciled in as their third starter while the Yankees have no viable options in their rotation past Sabathia, Hughes, and Burnett. I’ve seen the Leafs give up on a few young guys in the past few years haven’t you?

Lastly the Yankee luster isn’t what it used to be. Guys now a days grow up hating the Yankees instead of idolizing them. No one fawns over Jeter the way they did Mickey Mantle, there’s no appreciation for Posada like there was for Yogi Berry. In the 60’s if a guy like Zach Greinke was on the market he would’ve been a pinstripe in a heartbeat, same for Cliff Lee. Now, they’d rather be a Brewer or a Phillie.

Still, the Yankees can out bid whoever they want to get their man. However, they also set the bar for other teams with just as deep of pockets to follow. How do you think the Sox got Carl Crawford or the Nats (yes, the Nats) got Jayson Werth? It’s the Yankee model; overpay for them and dare someone to leap up and get them.

So now its no longer about the pinstripes and the aura of the stadium and the pressure of the media. If you were Werth wouldn’t you rather take 126 million to play in a small market and not have the pressure of facing 1000 media faces a week wondering what’s wrong with you?

Maybe I’m going crazy, or maybe I see the writings on the wall. I know the Yankees have had to good a run of gluttony and capitalist pleasure to not have it come to a screeching hault. We’ve toed the line of smart and senseless way too long to not have it blow up in our face and I feel were getting to that point.

If the Yankees don’t solve their spending problems and incorporate some youth and practice patience then they may resemble the Celtics of the late 90’s or the Raiders of right now. They run the risk of losing their luster like Notre Dame and could become a legendary afterthought like the Habs.

Call me crazy, but Soriano deal might be the first in a long line of problems for top to bottom from the Yankees. I might be wrong, but I’ve seen it all before.


McNabb: A Play

I guess Shanahan is MacBeth to McNabb's Banquo, look close and you can see the kinfe.

And now I present to you a piece of a new play I’m writing. A tale about talent, time and torture, the story of a man that is strong in will and leadership but is done in by his graceful persona and meekness. Ladies an gentlemen I give you MCNABB:

Act 1, scene 1:
(the three witches. Loria, Reid and Owens sit calmly outside of The Linc in Philadelphia. Their eyes fixed on their television screens eyeing the moves of McNabb and his associate Shanahan. Owens laughs at the misfortunes of the man he once considered his friend while Reid and Loria ponder McNabb’s misfortune)

Witches: double double toil and trouble, Fedex burns and Dan Snyder bubbles. Wicked man Shanahan turns all the wheels while Donovan paces with wounds yet to heal.

Owens: soft man McNabb winner of zero, without my aid he wouldve never been a hero. Look at Philly thrives in his departure, his is just a novice while Vick is the archer.

Reid: oh dear brother I stood by at war, when words pierced us together an we fell on our swords. I benched thee in the same fashion of the present. Though Rex Grossman in my eyes would never have left my bench kid.

Loria: I gave unto thee riches never seen before Snyder made player contracts obscene. I traded thee to a familiar circumstance with no weapons, no receivers and nary a chance.

Witches: we see you again and again you are down, but now at 34 are you down for the count. New contract at hand but the future is dim. Dear friend we fear your time is at end.

Scene 2:
(Donovan sits next to Albert Haynesworth contemplating what to do next after another debilitating setback that has lessened his influence as an excellent quarterback and now brings him more doubters.)

Albert: cardiovascular endurance huh? I would love to hear his excuse for me.

Shanahan believes Rex runs the offense better, or is he hiding the truth?

Donovan: wouldn’t we all.

A: you have to speak out against these demons with huge egos. How can a man that was fired after it was clear that he couldn’t lead a team without a superstar quarterback tell us that Rex Grossman is a better fit for out team? Did he not see how terrible he was in Chicago?

D: indeed it is troubling. But I have been here before with Owens, and Limbaugh. With follies overtime rules, which are dumb to begin with, and the lack of a ring. This is nothing new to me. Nor will it get old.

A: time and time again Donovan you have handled these failures of judgement of character with grace and humility. You are one of the best men in the league and yet you are constantly disgraced. It’s not your fault we have no receivers, no run game or no direction. The shanahan’s are merely deflecting blame to save their name.

D: indeed but who cares we’ll be rid of them next year with I in Minnesota and you with Giants.

A: hopefully. I would say I shouldn’t have left Tennessee but you see that mess.

D: indeed.

Scene 3:
(Dan Snyder throws money in every direction in ignorance. He’s currently wondering about the price of possible free agents Jon Kitna, Brian Westbrook and even aging defensive end Kyle Vandenbosch… there is no dialogue just imagine the stupidity and the possible amount of money that Snyder is about to waste on aging players… Again.)

Scene 4:
(the shanahan’s Kyle and Mike comb over their evil plots of self-absorbency of their egos and their plots of showing their power)

Mike: we’ve finally rid ourselves of Donovan McNabb.

Kyle: an excellent play dad of putting every blame on the aging moor when in reality injuries have decimated us, we’re on our fifth different running back and my play calling had been atrocious.

M: yes. Deflecting blame is what I do best. Yes this is partly my personnel and I did want McNabb here, but I can’t take blame for this mess. These players will understand that I am in charge if I have to cut or bench everyone. This is my team and my rules. I care not that I gave McNabb nothing to work with or that he has a bad offensive lone that could block a soccer ball. You play by my ridiculous rules and if you cant comply with my ridiculousness then sit down.

K: thank you father for sparing me in this process. I have pathetic in my practice especially in that Giants game two weeks ago were I looked like a moron. You saved me from all harm dad.

(Our act ends with McNabb riding the bench looking as stoic as ever, waiting patiently for his time in Washington to be done. A shadow emerges in the form of Zigi Wilf and a message reads “come to minnesota” and McNabb heeds the warning and plans his escape north.

Shanahan watches as Grossman fumbles and trips over himself and the Redskins begin the descend deeper into mediocrity while Dan Snyder talks about adding the Panthers Steve Smith to his team for 100 million dollars, again past his prime. Shanahan can no longer place blame, but he can’t take it either so he steps down a year later as does his son.

Haynesworth moves to New York for a million dollars and explodes for thirteen sacks and another huge deal as the Giants become the most dominate team in the league. How the next act will play out is anyone’s guess. One thing is for sure, this has been one big comedy of errors.)


Shanahan’s Trick Trumps The Redskins Treat

Shanahan's comments about Donovan McNabb are beyond ridiculous.

I’ve heard of a lot of crazy things from NFL coaches in my lifetime. I’ve heard Lovie Smith continually say that Rex Grossman was his quarterback for months, even though Rex couldn’t hold on to his jock strap without losing it. I’ve heard Andy Reid call his quarterback situation a blessing when it really is a huge curse. I’ve heard Ken Whisenhunt say that Derek Anderson is the perfect man for his offense ( somewhere Matt Leinart is still laughing at that one)…

But there is nothing dumber than what I heard from Redskins coach Mike Shanahan when discussing why he benched Donovan McNabb with less than two minutes and the Redskins down only 6 points yesterday at Detroit in favor of the aforementioned Grossman. Shanahan claimed that Grossman had a better grasp of the two minute offense and gave the Redskins a better chance to win than McNabb… Um, what?

You mean the same quarterback that was cold coming off of the bench that hasn’t played a live snap in two years? You mean the same quarterback who lost his job in Chicago to Brian Griese? You mean he gave the Skins a better chance to win over the six time pro bowler who lead the Eagles to four straight NFC title games and a Super Bowl and that you paid a hefty price for to acquire from Philadelphia? Really Mike… REALLY??!!

Now let me ask Mike Shanahan a question, do any of us from spectators to Skins fans look that stupid? Apparently so in his eyes. Because after Grossman fumbled away the game to Ndamukong Suh and the Lions finished off the Skins 37-25, there was Shanahan feeding the football world his trash. Unfortunately for McNabb he’s seen this episode before.

This is the second time that McNabb has been pulled from a game due to ” performance” in his career and for the second time it leaves you scratching your head as to why.

In Philadelphia he was pulled by Reid for Kevin Kolb at Halftime of a game versus Baltimore where the Eagles were only down by 3 points. Reid’s reasoning was that he felt the offense needed a spark and he pit Kolb in to do so… against the best defense of the decade. The Eagles then got blown out.

However that was different than this benching in the sense that McNabb and Reid had a history, Shanahan has no history with McNabb at all. What he did was undermine his quarterback and basically his entire team.

What kind of message do you send to your team when you bench your starting quarterback late in a game where you need one score to tie and you’re in the thick of a divisional race? Call me crazy but not a good one.

Unfortunately McNabb is used to this.

For once in his career I just Donovan to go off on someone like they properly deserve. It seems as though every year McNabb is in the center of some type o controversy and always takes the high road like a true professional. Just once I want him to rear back an let some venom fly onto the individuals who continuously put him in a bad situation. Instead he calmly addresses the situation after it’s over an moves on. He’s a better man than I would’ve been.

The worst part of the whole situation is that the Redskins now have a bye week to let this whole story stew before the Eagles come to Fedex Field on the 15th. That means two weeks of stories, analysis, questions and no answers.

Shanahan says McNabb will stay his starter, but for how long? What about that contract extension McNabb sought after? Why would he want to stay after this incident? Also you have to wonder about the ever present Haynesworth situation. Maybe his behavior towered Shanahan wasn’t his fault after all. Maybe Shanahan brought that tension on by himself just like the McNabb situation.

Just what the Redskins and their fans needed, more uncertainty about their team. They tried to create an identity for themselves with the acquisition of Donovan McNabb and now at 4-4, an improvement over season, they still seem to be stuck in the same position as last year.

In the NFC 4-4 is good enough to stay on the playoff hunt. However, you have to wonder with Mike Shanahan’s decision making how much longer they’ll be there. If any of his decisions are as bad as the McNabb benching then not very long.


You Can Thank Dan Snyder For The Haynesworth Mess

So, what would you do if you were the Washington Redskins and you had a player like Albert Haynesworth? Would you a. Sit him on the bench for being a malcontent, b. Trade him for less than market value, because honestly, who really wants an 100 million dollar pain in the neck who only earned this much money for one good season in Tennessee? C. Deal with him because you gave him a load of promises and he’s making sure that are kept. Or d. (my favorite option) NOTHiNG!! Because it’s the Redskins fault for this entire mess.

Yeah, i'll do that fitness test coach... but i'm really not in a hurry.

I understand that Haynesworth has become the league’s biggest baby and should never have gotten 100 mil to begin with, but who signed off on the deal? Once again a bad free agent signing has hurt the Redskins and now has people asking questions about the future of a player they once thought would anchor their defense much like he did in Tennessee.

It’s Snyder’s fault for the deal he gave Haynesworth, for the promises he gave him about the type of defensive scheme he wanted to be in, and it’s his fault for disregarding all of this and bringing on Mike Shanahan who changed the system  immediately, which is the cause for this mess.

I understand that people have come to look at Haynesworth as a pain in the rear, but can you really blame the guy for what’s gone on early in Shanahan’s regime? Shanahan’s methods of punishment against Haynesworth for not wanting to be a part of his system have either proven to be unsuccessful or have backfired.

The three 300 yard sprints seemed to be a tool for embarrassment by Shanahan, until Haynesworth took three days off due to “exhaustion” and then passed the test only to take off more time for “recovery.” So pretty much Shanahan has punished Haynesworth by giving him more time off during training camp and allowing him to buy more time to draw the ire of Dan Snyder so he can be traded. Good job on that one Mike.

So now here we are three weeks before the beginning of the regular season and the Redskins have a huge headache on their hands in the middle of their defense and in the newspapers.

Haynesworth couldn’t care less either way. He’s going to pocket all of 41 million plus in guarantees whether he plays or not and the Redskins defense will suffer because of it. The right thing for Snyder to do would be to cut Haynesworth and see what you have down your depth chart. It sounds crazy, but what can you truly expect out of a man that hasn’t really practiced, has shown no signs of working hard in the offseason and probably won’t do it in the regular season.

The Haynesworth saga has been one big pain in the back for the Skins and they have to figure out how to stop the drama before their opener in September. However, as much as you want to blame Haynesworth for this mess, make no no mistake this is all Dan Snyder and the Redskins fault and it’s up to them to correct it.


McNabb’s Passing

Despite his success, Donovan McNabb will be known for what he didn't do in Philly.

In news for not making sense this weekend, the Philadelphia Eagles trumped everyone’s card this evening from another drunken Lindsay Lohan fall, and Dr. Dre releasing Red Sox themed headphones (excuse me while I vomit).

If you missed it the Eagles finally traded Donovan McNabb after all these years…to their divisional rivals the Washington Redskins. Let me repeat that for you, the Philadelphia Eagles traded their all-time leader in 5 different statistical categories , that led them to 5 NFC title games and a Super Bowl, to a divisional rival that had issues deciding on what to draft due to needs in all offensive areas. The Eagles just made the Skins job a lot easier and possibly gave them a piece to take them to the top in the division.

I’m not against the Eagles trading McNabb at all, I felt his time had come and past three years ago when the McNabb trade rumors first began. McNabb had a great career in Philadelphia where he passed Ron Jaworski as the team’s leader in touchdowns, passing yards and wins. However it was becoming more and more clear in recent years that the Eagles had gone as far as they could go with him at quarterback. With a possible quarterback Armageddon brewing in Philadelphia, the only smart option was for the Eagles to trade their aging quarterback for draft picks and see what they have in Kevin Kolb, the quarterback of the future they drafted out of Houston three years ago.

Kolb performed well in two games without McNabb this past season throwing for 718 yards and four touchdowns, plus he was in the last year of a rookie deal and the Eagles couldn’t risk having wasted a pick on a quarterback that they thought would be a piece of their future.

However, with that said, why would you trade within your own division? It makes no sense even if it was the best deal on the table for the Eagles. How can you make a divisional rival better while hurting your own playoff chances? Picture if the Yankees wanted to trade Alex Rodriguez to the Boston Red Sox or the Lakers trading Kobe Bryant to the Phoenix Suns because they offered the best deals for each player. You don’t think fans and other GM’s wouldn’t scratch their heads and utter “what the heck?”

What it does for Redskins is it makes their lives a lot easier knowing that; A. they can draft an offensive lineman instead of a quarterback this month to better protect who’s behind the line of scrimmage. B. they have a leader in the huddle that they know can go out there and win games for them if need be, and C. they still have the option have drafting a quarterback later in the draft like Colt McCoy or Tim Tebow who can sit for a year or two behind McNabb and get some seasoning.

McNabb's new home.

It would’ve made more sense to trade McNabb to the Raiders or whoever else was available for whatever the price because the deal wouldn’t have affected the Eagles place in their own division. Losing a veteran in McNabb will lower the Eagles shot at the playoffs already, but trading to a divisional foe makes it even harder because now the Redskins became a playoff, and division contender, with McNabb under center than with Jason Campbell, Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford.

With McNabb you can expect the Redskins to win about four more games and the development of Devin Thomas and Malcolm Kelly could improve dramatically with the experience of McNabb behind center. McNabb made decent receivers out of Jason Avant, L.J. Smith and turned DeSean Jackson into an elite receiver in two years.

The Eagles will survive in production. They still have Jackson and Jeremy Maclin and Lesean McCoy, who shined in certain instances last year, will see more carries with Brian Westbrook gone (oh I forgot, the Eagles don’t run the football). However, they’ll miss McNabb’s presence in the huddle, off the field and around the community. He was the face of a franchise that suffered through disappointment after disappointment and all the while McNabb stood tall. He performed when he was benched for Kolb last year, when T.O.-gate nearly made him go crazy, when Jeff Garcia’s success made people question his relevance, even from day one when Eagles fans booed him harshly because they wanted Ricky Williams (Eagles fans, you get a fail for that one) McNabb took it all and succeeded. Not nearly as much as he wanted to, but the he carried himself and made Philadelphians respect him more that any Eagle in team history. Now he’s history.

The Eagles made the right move, but to the wrong team. Trading McNabb was bound to happen sooner or later, yet you have to wonder what the effects of this deal will have on the Eagles now, and in the near future. Guess we’ll find out starting next season when the two meet head to head.