A few hours ago, I expressed my opinion about Donovan McNabb being benched.
I said I don’t care. At all.
Then I learned that he’s being demoted to third string for the season’s final two games and he probably won’t be back on the Redskins next season.
All of a sudden, I’ve changed my mind. I care.
I don’t care that the Redskins’ season is a disaster. I don’t care that McNabb has been benched.
But I do care that he’s being demoted to third string behind two of the biggest jokes at the quarterback position in the entire NFL.
And it’s taken me too long to realize how poorly McNabb has been treated by the Redskins this whole season.
He was given a contract extension. Now he’s going to get cut and won’t see any of that money.
He was brought in to be the team’s savior, and was benched against the Lions, despite leading the team to 25 points.
And now he has been benched again, despite his final pass as a member of the Redskins (likely) surpassing virtually anything he ever did as a member of the Eagles.
That’s right. NcNabb threw a fourth down, game-tying touchdown pass with nine seconds left in the Redskins-Buccaneers game on Sunday.
During his time with the Eagles, he didn’t throw a game-winning touchdown pass in the final two minutes after the 2003 season.
He was anything but clutch. And the one time he did something clutch, he lost his job.
It wasn’t McNabb’s fault that he had to resort to Ryan Torain and Keiland Williams as his running backs.
It’s not McNabb’s fault that he doesn’t have talent at wide receiver.
It’s not McNabb’s fault that two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Mike Shanahan couldn’t do anything with the Redskins.
It’s not McNabb’s fault that star defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth would rather lay on the ground while quarterbacks are scrambling around in the backfield extending plays.
But whatever. McNabb is having a forgettable season.
Next season he’ll be on the Minnesota Vikings or Arizona Cardinals or Buffalo Bills.
The less the team has to do with the Eagles, the more I will care about McNabb’s situation.