I wasn’t a fan of the Donovan McNabb trade from the start, but Washington’s turnover-riddled win over Chicago brings to mind how much better off they are with that deal vs. the rumored Jay Cutler deal of 2009. Let’s recap the terms:
What the Skins gave up for McNabb: a 2010 second-rounder (37th overall) and either a third- or fourth-rounder in 2011.
What the Bears gave up for Cutler: Kyle Orton, first-rounders in 2009 (18th overall) and 2010 (22nd) and a third-rounder (84th) in 2009.
Obviously, Chicago gave up a hell of a lot more for Cutler than Washington did for McNabb. Two first-rounders? For the Skins, those turned out to be franchise cornerstones Brian Orakpo and Trent Williams.
But how have McNabb and Cutler performed? Let’s take a look:
McNabb with Washington: seven games (4-3), 76 rating, 7.1 yards/pass, six TD, seven INT, three fumbles (zero lost).
Cutler with Chicago: 22 games (10-12), 79 rating, 7.0 yards/pass, 34 TD, 33 INT, 15 fumbles (four lost).
The performances here are pretty similar, which is to say they’re similarly shitty, but what’s in McNabb’s favor is the small sample size. You’ve got to think, or at least hope, that he’ll bounce back to his Philly playing ways.
Regardless, Washington would be in a much deeper hole had Vinny Cerrato succeeded in swinging a deal for Cutler two years ago. Thankfully, he failed at failing. It was probably the best thing he ever did.