So now the Raiders embark on the 2010 season without Donovan McNabb, who they never really had in the first place but at least created a nice diversion for a week or two.
Saw the McNabb crawl while enjoying Easter dinner with relatives, mildly surprised it happened on a holiday and that his destination was Washington, but never figuring the Raiders as a realistic suitor.
There seems to be a lot of sentiment that McNabb is just what the Redskins need to get over the top, particularly with the new regime headed by Mike Shanahan. And those two NFC East games against the Eagles got a lot more entertaining, provided McNabb is healthy enough to play.
But I repeat _ as much as McNabb has accomplished in his career and as bad as Oakland has been at quarterback over the past several years, this wasn’t a good idea for the Raiders.
(That is, if the Raiders were ever major players in this, and I’m still of the opinion their name was floated by the Eagles and McNabb to get a deal somewhere else).
Judging by the way McNabb has handled himself through some tough times with a tough crowd in Philly, he’s always seemed like a class act. And if the Raiders had actually swung a deal, chances are he’d have been just like Richard Seymour, showing up next to Al Davis talking up his new home.
But as Andy Reid and the Philadelphia organization throw bouquets McNabb’s way, they simply didn’t want him as their quarterback. They’re giving McNabb’s job to Kevin Kolb.
McNabb is a steady veteran presence, but he’s not the playmaker he used to be and he’s an “old” 33, not the guy you want playing in an entirely new offensive system with an offensive line that got all its quarterbacks hurt last year.
The only thing lost was a good rumor.
Jason Campbell, anyone?