Collinsworth Believes McNabb Will Make A Big Difference In WashingtonNews, NFC News, NFL Wednesday, July 7th, 2010
Have you ever heard a lawyer argue that his client couldn’t get a fair trial in a certain area because the people were biased against his client because of their involvement in case.¬† I think that’s case here in Philadelphia with Donovan McNabb.
Nobody can discuss him without getting emotional and going to extremes.¬† That’s why I feel the people who watch him from a distance have a clearer and fairer idea of his strengths and weaknesses.
That brings us to NBC football analyst Cris Collinsworth.¬† He gave his assessment of McNabb and his move to the Washington Redskins and I agree with what he had to say.
Collinsworth is expecting big things from McNabb and the Washington Redskins in the upcoming season.¬† He thinks McNabb’s presence in the huddle will help Mike Shanahan and the Skins¬† turn things around.
He believes McNabb was an integral part of the consistent winning which the Eagles achieved over the last decade here in Philadelphia.¬† Collinsworth even celebrated the smile and kidding around which are part of McNabb persona as an Eagle.
Of course that runs counter clockwise to some of the voices here in the city, who don’t see leadership qualities in McNabb.¬† His detractors see him as a loser and the reason the Eagles don’t have a Super Bowl title, rather than the main reason this team went to the playoffs in eight out of 11 seasons.
I see pluses and minuses in McNabb, but much more on the plus side than the minus and so does Collinsworth.
“I thought that was one of the great additions to a team I’ve ever seen,”¬†Collinsworth said. “I mean, the Redskins were really in sort of disarray. No matter what anybody else says, they were just swimming out there. They really were. And then they bring in [Mike] Shanahan. And you bring in McNabb. People are going to always talk about McNabb and his accuracy, and I don’t disagree with that. I don’t think that he’s a typical west coast kind of quarterback, and when you look at what it’s going to mean for Philadelphia with Kevin Kolb, I think they’ll get back to more of a classic west coast kind of offense. But now you’re going to get in Shanahan’s offense a big, strong, powerful guy that’s going to bring a little fun, that’s going to bring a little laughter back to the huddle, that is a dynamic personality.”
“It sounds weird to say that a quarterback’s charisma can make a difference,”¬†Collinsworth continued. “But the Redskins just have been so beaten down for so long, and this whole thing with [Albert] Haynesworth and all the junk that’s going on with him. I just think that you’re going to see a different personality come out of the Washington Redskins and they’ve got a great coach now. They could very easily surprise a lot of people because their defense is pretty good.”
These comments will be taken as something from out of space here in Philadelphia, but there’s no way you can tell me that McNabb sucks as a quarterback despite doing all the winning he did here in Philadelphia.¬† I’m not saying he’s the best quarterback in the league, but the guys has won a lot of football games.
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