Let’s start with the bad.
Donovan McNabb is 34 years of age. He’s coming off the worst season of his career. He was yanked by Mike “Windburn” Shanahan after 12 games this season, having thrown more interceptions than touchdowns (12TDs, 15INTs) for the first time in his life. McNabb signed a boffo contract last season that will pay him way more than he may be worth at this point of his career.
Now the good.
Donovan McNabb has scored 274 times in his career, with only 123 interceptions. He has a career 92-49-1 record. He threw for as many yards per game as Aaron Rogers this season, despite a hit and miss receiving corps, and the second worst pass blocking in the NFL. And that boffo contract will most likely mean the Redskins will either have to release him, or let potential trade partners (he might fetch a 4th rounder, if we had to guess this early) negotiate a new contract with him in advance.
Before we hear a chorus of protests, let us finish. This wouldn’t be about McNabb as the new sheriff in town. Nor would bringing “Chunky Soup” to Davie be a redux of the Daunte Culpepper disaster. This would be largely about a kid named Colin Kaepernick.
If you haven’t heard of Kaepernick yet, you haven’t been paying attention. The 6’6″ Nevada gunslinger has a cannon arm and serious wheels. He dialed up some insane totals in college, rushing for over 4,000 yards, and throwing for 9,000. He is fast becoming a draft darling, and he’s nicely set up to become the talk of the combine. It wouldn’t surprise us in the least if he pulls a Tebow and sneaks into round 1.
Still, there’s work to be done. There are concerns about his long release, which is definitely influenced by many years on the diamond as a top pitching prospect. There are concerns that the Pistol Offense he played in at Nevada hasn’t prepared him for more traditional, “QB under center” schemes. He may not a guy who can step in from day one, or even in year one for that matter.
We know, there’s a lot that has to happen between now and then. All we’re sayin’ is, McNabb is probably done in our Nation’s capital. In addition to his epic career passing numbers, Donovan has also run for almost 4,000 yards and has scored 31 rushing touchdowns. If we’re the team that ends of calling Kaepernick’s name, might there be some sense in bringing in one of the most successful mobile quarterbacks in the history of the game to mentor him?
McNabb might not be half bad as a placeholder for Kaepernick. He put up yards, even in this failed Washington stint. Our pass protection is a bit better. Our receivers are too. Could be a nice marriage if McNabb understands that he’s here to win games now, but also to teach Colin everything he knows for an eventual transfer of power. Reads, checkdowns, when to hang tough in the pocket, when to bolt. McNabb has had his ups and downs, but he has also been one of the greats of this era.
We can think of a lot worse guys to learn from, anyway.