We all tend to get a little spoiled with success, and so it went with Eagles fans and Donovan McNabb. It’s easy to block out guys like Bobby Hoying, Koy Detmer, Ty Detmer and Doug Pederson, and with each successive year, they became a distant memory. McNabb played for 11 seasons in Philadelphia. He played in five conference championship games and led the franchise to its greatest string of successful seasons since the 1960 NFL Championship season. Yet it wasn’t enough.
Was Philadelphia right to move McNabb? Well, he does turn 34 later this year, and many a successful quarterback began to decline around that age. Still, it’s pretty risky to trade a guy within the division, and it should provide for some interesting discussion so long as McNabb remains in Washington. It’s definitely very early, but so far, McNabb has been pretty good in Washington (8.2 ypa), especially considering the public perception was that he would be throwing to a far inferior receiving group compared to what was in Philadelphia.
Houston at Oakland: Andre Johnson versus Nnamdi Asomugha would be a heavy weight battle, but Johnson has been ruled out (ankle).
Indianapolis at Jacksonville: It doesn’t seem to matter who Peyton Manning throws too and stands behind. In his Colts’ career, 19 different linemen have started a game, and 23 different receivers have caught a pass. Undrafted free agent Blair White stepped in at wide receiver with Gonzalez and Garcon out last week, as did undrafted free agent rookie Jeff Linkenbach at left tackle.
Arizona at San Diego: Arizona has won close games over Saint Louis and Oakland, while the Chargers have lost close games to Kansas City and Seattle. Look for Stephen Williams to step in at wide receiver with Steve Breaston and Early Doucet out. Also look for the Chargers to get rolling after their typical slow start. [photo via Getty]