LANDOVER MD - NOVEMBER 15: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins looks to throw a pass against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15 2010 at FedExField in Landover Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Luft Krigare has already pointed this out in the FanPost section, and I wanted to expound on my feelings about this a little more.
Adam Schefter of ESPN posted this little tidbit on his Twitter feed over the weekend:
Well, isn't that special?
So after three years or so of "Donovan McNabb to the Vikings" speculation while his former offensive coordinator was the head coach here, the speculation continues even though a) Andy Reid is no longer his head coach and b) Brad Childress is no longer the head coach here. I was of the assumption that Childress' propensity for bring in really crappy players from his former team (see also: McMullen, Billy) would have departed when he did, but it's possible that that isn't the case.
This isn't to say that McNabb has been a "crappy player" by any stretch. To the contrary, McNabb has actually been pretty good for a very long time now. . .I mean, the guy is entering his 13th season in the NFL, and hasn't even been a terrible player or anything like that. But I'm going to say the same thing about Donovan McNabb that I said about Brett Favre more than once last season while he was clearly in decline.
Donovan McNabb's biggest problem is that he thinks he's Donovan McNabb.
While McNabb is still a "good" quarterback, I don't think he would ultimately be taking this team anywhere, as unfortunate as that sounds. A guy like McNabb or a Matt Hasselbeck (who would be my choice if we were bringing a guy in for a year or two) might be able to keep the Vikings in contention and bridge the gap to a guy that the Vikings take in the first two rounds of this year's draft, but that's really about it. McNabb, however, doesn't strike me as the kind of guy that would be willing to pass the proverbial torch. From their demeanors, I think you could sit down with a Hasselbeck or even a Marc Bulger and say to them, "Okay, you're going to start this year, the new guy is going to carry your clubs this season, and next season you're probably going to be the backup." I don't get the impression that McNabb would be quite so willing to accept that sort of thing.
I might not cry or anything if McNabb wound up being a Viking next season, so long as the price wasn't too high. I still think he'd be a decent bridge to the future. I just think there are better options available if that's the way the Vikings want to pursue things.