Fast forward to the draft. Is there any way Detroit doesn’t take the best QB in the draft with Dan Orlovsky and Daunte Culpepper on their depth chart? Do we really want to risk another disaster at QB like Blackledge, while we watch the next Dan Marino get away from us again? I feel if the Chiefs want to avoid a Derek Anderson/Matt Cassel/J.P. Losman potential let-down situation – (signing a flavor of the week QB with little to no experience) we need to take a hard look at Donovan McNabb.
McNabb is apparently going to be chased out of Philly for no reason this year. I think he should be the first guy we look at this offseason. I never thought these words would be coming out in my column.
McNabb is having a great season despite a meltdown against Baltimore. He’s got 21 TDs: his best total since his 2nd year, and second only to his 2004 season with T.O. where he had 31. He’s right at his career average with a QB rating of 86%, and could possibly break his record for yardage in 2004 (3875) with two games to go sitting at 3511- unless Philly benches him, which is unlikely as they are fighting to get in the playoffs.
McNabb has managed to stay very afloat despite not having any impact WR’s since T.O. Rookie DeSean Jackson is the closest thing McNabb has had in some time that defenses had to be wary of. Meanwhile, he has had clowns like Reggie Brown, Hank Baskett, Jason Avant and 10 other guys who exactly lit up the stat sheet. If McNabb can throw for 1100+ yards to Kevin Curtis, a poor man’s Wes Welk-ah, imagine what he could do with Tony G, D-Bowe, and JaCha out of the backfield! What about Westbrook you might ask? Well he had an amazing 10.1 yds per catch in 2005, then had 771 yards in 07 but is considerably lower this season with 331. Point being – he didn’t get all those yards throwing to Westbrook out of the backfield.
There’s no reason why we can’t sign McNabb at 30+ mil under the cap, and go into next year with our roster looking like this: QB1 McNabb, QB2 Thigpen QB3 Croyle. This would allow us to grab the best defensive player available with our high draft pick and bring in a leader at QB. We could be dangerous with McNabb’s ability to throw to players out of the backfield like Jamaal Charles and still have a power running game in LJ and dangerous downfield options like Bowe and Gonzalez.
Look, this isn’t a testament against Thigpen, he looks like he could fill the void Rich Gannon left – we need to hang onto him. Facts are, Thigpen has only won one game despite some valiant efforts. McNabb is only 32, and isn’t showing much signs of slowing down besides literally with his scrambling perhaps; with a revamped line, he shouldn’t need to run. We don’t face fearsome pass rushers in our division which accounts for half our games. We do, however, face exotic pass defenses in Oakland and Denver, as well as some of the better corners and linebackers- which McNabb is perfectly suited to play against.
The question is, will we see a Farve-like jump by McNabb to the AFC? Or will a team like Chicago or Minnesota snatch him up to face familiar foes?