What are the Eagles doing? Trading their franchise QB to a team in their division. Are they crazy. The Eagles are going to need a miracle to have a winning season in 2010. This will be the end of Andy Reid “Eagles head coach”. And for those of you that want to argue that McNabb is to old keep this in mind. Brett Favre is 40. Playing for his fourth team, the Minnesota Vikings, he enjoyed the best season of his career, posting a passer rating of 107.2, his highest ever. His seven interceptions were his fewest since his rookie year (1991), when he threw two … in four pass attempts. There’s always a temptation to remember great players in uniforms they never should have worn.
John Unitas in San Diego’s blue. Joe Namath as a Los Angeles Ram. They were either older or too battered to succeed any longer. McNabb is not. The NFL record book is filled with older quarterbacks who moved on and kept playing at extraordinary levels.
Warren Moon threw 35 touchdown passes for the Minnesota Vikings in 1995 when he was 39. He had back-to-back seasons passing for 4,000 yards for the Vikings, and then went on to play for the Seattle Seahawks at 41 and Kansas City Chiefs at 43. He’s in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
At 32, Fran Tarkenton went from the New York Giants back to the Vikings. In 1975, at the age of 35, he topped the NFL in pass attempts, completions and touchdown passes. He led the Vikings to three Super Bowls in that second go-round. Hall of Fame.
Y.A. Tittle was 35 when he was traded to the New York Giants in 1961. He led the NFL in touchdown passes for two consecutive seasons, throwing 33 in 1962 and 36 in ‘63. Hall of Fame.
Can he be effective in Washington? That remains to be seen but the Redskins are looking up . They have 3 of the top 10 RBs from 2005-present. The Redskins have made huge improvements and will no longer be a cellar dweller in 2010. The Eagles are on the short end of the stick and look to have a “Rebuilding Year” which is an excuse for a losing season. Who will get the blame in the 2010 season ? Say goodbye Andy Reid.