I first saw a young Donovan McNabb in 1999. He was a rookie playing on the road versus the Redskins in Fed Ex Field. The Eagles had won their previous meeting 35-28 at Philadelphia. The Skins were heading into the fourth quarter with a comfortable lead out scoring the Eagles by a score of 17-3. The rookie quarterback willed his team back scoring 14 unanswered points, and forcing overtime. The Skins wound up winning that game off of the foot of Brett Conway, winning that contest 20-17. The Redskins also wound up winning the division, but this was the last time the Redskins EVER won the division. This was also the advent of the decade of dominance the Eagle enjoyed in the NFC East, and that can widely be attributed the leadership and quarterbacking of Donovan McNabb. Since McNabb has been the quarterback for the Eagles, the Redskins have only swept the season series from them twice, that was in 2005. That very same year, McNabb was sidelined due to injury, and did not even play in the second game. The Skins also swept the Eagles in 2008, ironically under Jim Zorn (thanks to Jeff Merritt for the correction and edit).
A memory that is burned in my mind is a 54 yard run that McNabb busted down the field for a score in a game versus the Redskins in 2000, at Fed Ex Field. I knew then and there that this guy would be as huge a threat on his feet as well as through the air.
In the last few days there have been trade talks about McNabb being sent to places like Oakland or St. Louis, my feeling is-I hope this happens. Yes McNabb is older, and may not be the same quarterback, but I still feel when healthy he is the best quarterback in the NFC East. I actually baffles me that McNabb could potentially be on the block. Does Philadelphia truly believe that they are better off without McNabb? Does Kevin Kolb have what it takes to assume the reins and lead the Eagles? Maybe, so. Maybe, not. But I am not here to evaluate what effect this would have on the Eagles, but should McNabb leave the NFC East one team that would be in better shape would be the Redskins.