In McNabb, I Trust

By: Aaron Goldhammer

In a recent chat on, NFL analyst Adam Schefter listed the potential suitors for Redskins QB Donovan McNabb this off-season. As we know, McNabb is not expected back in Washington after his more than tumultuous season with head coach Mike Shanahan.  He was bashed for allegedly being overweight and out-of-shape. He was benched in favor of Rex Grossman. His replacement in Philly dominated the regular season and was a MVP candidate. Overall, it was a very bad year for McNabb, but it was a bad situation for him. I still think he has something left, and judging by the number of teams listed in the quote below, I’m not alone.

Quarterback Donovan McNabb During His Time With The Eagles

Per Schefter…

“So many teams need QBs — Miami, Minnesota, Tennessee, San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona. Could be almost any of them except for Arizona, which never has been interested in dealing for McNabb for whatever reason.”

Browns fans, I hate the be the one to bring this up, but shouldn’t your boys from Berea be one of the teams on this list?

A few weeks ago, I discussed Cleveland’s love for QB Colt McCoy in this blog space. You can read those comments here. [PLEASE LINK TO THE MCCOY BLOG HERE]

Again, I’m not sure if Colt McCoy is a long term answer at quarterback for the Browns. However, I do know that history says he needs to SIT AND WATCH in order to be successful in the west coast system.

Here is a list of four of the best west coast quarterbacks since Joe Montana. Notice that three of them have something important in common.

#1 Steve Young – SAT AND WATCHED behind Montana for four seasons before taking San Francisco to the Super Bowl and going to the Hall of Fame.

#2 Brett Favre – SAT AND WATCHED for a season in Atlanta and three games for the Packers before being thrust into action due to injuries.

#3 Donovan McNabb – Pretty much played right away in Philadelphia. Started 6 games as a rookie.

#4 Aaron Rodgers – SAT AND WATCHED for three full seasons in Green Bay. Now may be the best young QB in the league.

Shurmur and McNabb

I firmly believe that Colt McCoy needs more time on the bench. He needs to develop arm strength. He needs to learn the new offense. He needs to get to know Pat Shurmur.

McNabb already knows this system and Shurmur. He is one of the five best west coast quarterbacks in NFL history. Who better to tutor the young Colt?

Unless you want to go 5-11 again, don’t get hooked into believing that McCoy is the best man for the job in 2011. He can sit. He can watch. And maybe…just maybe…Shurmur’s Browns can win while they wait.



  1. As much as I am a fan of McNabb, I think the Browns would be better served just going ahead and playing McCoy, or playing Seneca Wallace. Seneca played in Holmgren’s offense in the past and is very familiar with the WCO. He certainly would be a decent tutor for McCoy. If the Browns’ offensive line were in shambles and there was a risk of McCoy getting killed in the pocket, I’d say sit him. But if the Browns can shore up the right side, I’d say the line would be pretty solid.

  2. I would love to have McNabb on a two year contract. That is not going to happen, though. McNabb has more attractive options.

  3. If this were ’99 all over or even 3 years ago, than yes, go after McNabb. Not now, no way. The man bringing in the WCO had a rookie QB running it this past seaso, no sitting behin d anyone else. For McCoy to go back to the bench when he is the top QB on the team is going backwards. This wont be a playoff year and the team wont add all the pieces they need. Let the kid take his knocks, he did pretty well this past season thrust into action.
    McNabb is going to want to go to a team that is on the verge of winning, not keep the position warm for Colt or any other young QB

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