McNabb trade looking good for Philly

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

Broken bones and mangled body parts rarely stopped Donovan McNabb. He threw four touchdowns with a broken ankle once, played a month with a broken hand and shrugged off hits for a third of a season with a sports hernia.

But there is one tackler Donovan McNabb can't avoid. Father Time is zeroing in for the sack.

Somewhere Andy Reid and the Philadelphia braintrust have to be smiling when nobody is looking.

Suddenly that trade sending six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to division rival Washington doesn't look like such a lame-brained idea.

McNabb is unable to play this week after injuring his ankle. It's unlikely he'll play next week either against Arizona, although McNabb says he could play if it was the start of the regular season.

The Redskins are hoping that McNabb can ignite its Keystone Kops offence but the pre-season results have been mixed and the injury will hurt as he tries to familiarize himself with new players and a new system.

When the deal was made, the Redskins had visions of McNabb turning into the reincarnation of Sonny Jurgensen. But Jurgensen was only 29 when the Eagles traded him to Washington where he went on to a Hall-of-Fame career. McNabb is 34 and the latest injury continues an alarming trend.

Rating dipped

While he ranks as the least intercepted quarterback in NFL history with 50 or more starts, the numbers say he isn't the elite quarterback he was several years ago.

In this league, reputation isn't going to win you many games. His quarterback rating dipped to 92.9 last season. Not horrid, but at 12th in the league, it's hardly Drew Brees territory. In fact, before this year is out Jason Campbell may not look so bad to Redskins fans anymore.

The guy McNabb replaces had a 64.5% completion rate last year. McNabb? Just 60.3%, ranked 19th in the league. Even the much-maligned David Garrard had a better average, and Jacksonville is wondering if he's good enough to keep as their starter.

Plus, McNabb has got more dings than my 12-year-old Chevy winter-beater. In 2005, McNabb missed the final seven games of the season with a sports hernia. He missed the last six games in 2006 with a torn ACL. He missed two starts in 2007 with ankle injuries and two in 2009 with a broken rib.

And, now he's hurt before the season even starts with Rex Grossman expected to start this week and play into the third quarter. No big deal, according to coach Mike Shanahan. But truth is the third pre-season games are dress rehearsal's for the regular season and McNabb won't be there.

And, it doesn't matter how much the Redskins try to put on a smiley face; this isn't the way it was supposed to work.

Not a good start. Maybe the Eagles knew something. Maybe they got it right. Like my Chevy, McNabb is still game enough; but the question is, does he still have enough game?


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