Although not as cheerful as the coverage of the recent CMA awards winners, other sports and entertainment figures have made headlines. Donovan McNabb, the starting quarterback of the Washington Redskins, has had an up and down season so far, seeing him engineer wins with great performances and get benched with under two minutes to play and the game on the line against the lowly Detroit Lions. As the season progresses and more distance comes in between him and his separation from the Philadelphia Eagles, his perspective has to be shifting over time as well. The former two sport star at Syracuse University became the most prolific passer in Philadelphia Eagles history during his tenure there from 1999 to 2009. He also became the face of the franchise, but even this was not enough to keep him from being traded for a few draft picks during the offseason leading up to 2010 training camp.
Kolb and Vick Battle it Out
During the last season Donovan McNabb played in Philadelphia, the Eagles also had Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick under contract. Once he was traded, it seemed to clear the way for Kolb to take over. This was the general explanation for the trade: that the career backup had been groomed long enough and was now ready for a shot to be the starting quarterback. But an injury to Kolb put Vick under center, where he dazzled. Even without Donovan McNabb there anymore, there was still a quarterback controversy with the Eagles.
But he had his own problems to deal with in Washington, so there is little reason to believe the competition in Philly held any interest for Donovan McNabb. He took over under center for a team that has been paying a lot of money for very little in recent years. Daniel Snyder the team owner seems to be trying to become the Jerry Jones of the East Coast by luring high priced free agents into town and sparing no expense to give his players the chance to win. And to pull the trigger in the Donovan McNabb deal, the Redskins owner had to give up a considerable trade package that did not include any high performance car insurance incentives.
Redskins QB Benched Against Lions
This season Donovan McNabb has seen some highs and lows in his first season in Washington, but undoubtedly the low point came against the Detroit Lions in the eighth week of the season. There were less than two minutes to go in the game and the Redskins were within reach of the Lions with the ball when Donovan McNabb was benched in favor of Rex Grossman. The explanation provided by Coach Mike Shanahan after the game was that he felt that given the intricacies of the offense, Grossman gave the team a better chance to win. But sadly, he fumbled the ball on the first play of the drive and Detroit returned the fumble for a TD that put the same out of reach.
It has been a rollercoaster ride for Donovan McNabb this season in his new job. His team played against the Eagles in Philadelphia and he got a standing ovation during the pregame introductions. Then he went on to lead the team to a win against his former teammates in spite of the fact that he did not seem to play particularly well. This is just one more example of the way things have been for Donovan McNabb this year. It has been a big adjustment leaving the place where he had played for his entire career to go to a new team with a shaky offensive line and not too many weapons at receiver. Donovan McNabb is just moving on.