The Donovan McNabb saga is finally over. The Eagles shipped the quarterback to their division rival for the 37th overall pick in this year’s draft and a 3rd/4th next season depending on his performance. Many people questioned whether it was smart to trade McNabb within the NFC East. I honestly think it doesn’t matter. I believe that the Eagles made the best possible deal that they could make and weren’t concerned with which team the 11 year pro went to. I also don’t think the Eagles are afraid that McNabb can really hurt them in the standings. He has proven time and time again that he fails to come up big when the game is on the line. I am glad to see this saga end. Now the Eagles can focus on the draft, for which they have a surplus of picks. They have 11 picks in the 2010 NFL Draft. Certainly they won’t be drafting 11 players. Look for the Eagles to be very active on draft day. I wouldn’t rule out a trade up in the first round. If a big name falls such as an Eric Berry, I wouldn’t be shocked to see them move up to acquire such a player.
I had a chance to watch McNabb’s introductory press conference today. I really didn’t care for Donovan’s attitude. It was clear that he was angry for the Eagles trading him. He doesn’t think he is an aging quarterback and didn’t seem to understand why the Eagles are going young. He also mocked the Eagles lack of a running game and said that the Redskins would utilize their surplus of running backs. Yes the Redskins running game could be very good this year if the year was 2006. Willie Parker, Larry Johnson, and Clinton Portis don’t scare me. Their receivers are less than stellar. Santana Moss is a question mark and Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas haven’t really produced yet. McNabb does have a Pro Bowl tight end in Chris Cooley. If he couldn’t succeed with the high-flying Eagles offense, he isn’t going to succeed in Washington. I’m just glad we don’t have to hear McNabb’s excuses or look at him act like an immature child.
Now it’s time for the Kevin Kolb era to begin. Kolb has sat for three years and has been a model citizen. He has two career starts under his belt. He threw for over 300 yards in each game and also threw multiple touchdown passes. I think Kolb will be an effective quarterback in this league. Sure he doesn’t have as strong an arm as McNabb, but he throws a great touch pass. He hits receivers in stride. Something McNabb never could manage to do. Kolb has a lot of pressure surrounding him. He was a high second round pick and has been the heir apparent to McNabb for some time now. I think he’ll do just fine. He deserves his chance. It was obvious that McNabb was never going to get it in and needed to go. The young guys will bond more with Kolb and should make the transition pretty easy. I’m not expecting Kevin Kolb to have MVP-like numbers next season and take us to the Super Bowl. It will be a down year. I think they’ll be at best a 9-7 team. I’m fine with that knowing that Donovan McNabb is not a Philadelphia Eagle any longer.