There was a moment Sunday when the Redskins were flying high, up 27-10 on the strength of a command performance from Donovan McNabb, while Jason Campbell was hitting rock bottom, benched by the Oakland Raiders. You can bet I was hearing a lot about both via just about every form of modern communication.
Which leads us to this morning’s Thomas Boswell column in praise of McNabb. Seeing as how it pretty much summarizes every point of the pro-McNabb/anti-Campbell camp, I’ll give it the call-and-response FJM treatment:
“This defeat will, in time, be seen as the day when the Redskins realized how much they’ve improved since last year at the game’s most important position.”
The Redskins blew a big lead and lost, despite having the ball in a tie game at the end of regulation and again in overtime. Wasn’t that always the knock on Campbell? (He doesn’t “find a way to win.”)
“McNabb didn’t just complete 28 of 38 passes with no interceptions or fumbles. He also heaved a 65-yards-in-the-air bomb that slipped through Joey Galloway’s fingers in the end zone for a should-have-been 54-yard touchdown. Mike Sellers could have caught another deep pass up the sideline.”
Yes, it was the receivers’ fault that those balls were overthrown.
“As courageous as former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell was, he never had a day when he looked remotely as good as the spry 33-year-old McNabb in his second game for Shanahan.”
Campbell threw for 367 yards and three touchdowns against the Saints last year. It was one of six games in 2009 in which he posted a QB rating of 100 or higher. He had four more in ’08, all victories. Point being: It’s one game, people. Actually, three quarters.
“In fact, Campbell was lifted at halftime by his new team, the Oakland Raiders.”
Oakland is a hot tranny mess.
“One blown victory matters a lot. But getting this kind of vintage McNabb for a measly second-round draft pick and a third- or fourth-round pick means a lot more.”
Was this week (119 rating) “vintage McNabb” or was last week (63 rating) “vintage McNabb”? His career mark is a lot closer to last week.
“Those who believed McNabb was past his prime, especially fans in Philadelphia who booed, nagged and gainsaid him for years, have been notified that they were spectacularly incorrect.”
Does anyone doubt that McNabb is still in his late-period prime? What’s unknown is how long he can sustain this level of play and good health. The man turns 34 in two months and now has Stephon Heyer blocking for him.
Also, nice use of gainsaid.
“Seldom in his superb career has McNabb passed more accurately, moved more quickly in the pocket with veteran decisiveness, or sensed the presence of pass rushers breathing near him as precisely as he did Sunday.”
It has been a superb career, and it was the 18th regular-season game in which McNabb has posted a rating of 119 or higher.
“McNabb reads defenses, and sees the field so much better – and faster – than any Redskins quarterback in more than 10 years.”
No one denies this.
“For years, Eagles fans and critics have complained that McNabb’s passing arm was inaccurate, that he bounced balls or overthrew deep passes. There may be days like that in the Redskins’ future.”
Like the day he had just last week, when he posted a lower Week 1 rating than Campbell did in Oakland.
“Donovan McNabb is still as good as he has ever been. And he’s a Redskin, now and probably for a long time.”
If it’s possible to agree with that first sentence while also living in fear of the second, that’s where I’m at.