Redskins' acquisition of McNabb similar to so many moves before

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The Washington Post's Cindy Boren and Mike Wise debate the impact of the Redskins' trade for Donovan McNabb.

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By Mike Wise
Monday, April 5, 2010; 12:36 AM

Look, nothing personal against Donovan McNabb. Six Pro Bowls, five NFC championship games, every passing record that matters in Philadelphia. He is certainly an upgrade to the position. Even a scorned and prideful Jason Campbell could admit that.

But before everyone congratulates the new brain trust for essentially doing what the old brain trust did -- procure some other town's star instead of developing your own -- answer two questions as thoughtfully and honestly as possible:

Does anyone believe the Washington Redskins are poised to win the Super Bowl next season? What about 2012?

No and no.

If you agree with that assessment and do not live in denial or Ashburn, any well-argued case for acquiring McNabb just went out the window.

Offseason champions again? Offseason champions again.

Daniel Snyder can bring in a new regime. The owner can say he's ceding authority in football decisions to Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen like never before. But the delusion ultimately continues.

They still are in the business of selling hope more than harsh truth, hyperbole more than reality.

The Redskins still want their gullible congregation to believe they're one player away from NFL nirvana, and a 33-year-old, 11-year veteran given up by a team in their own division is that player.

Talk about a chip off the old block. Bruce Allen can't just jettison the future with draft picks, go out and acquire an old QB quarterback and genuinely believe it will work; his Dad already did that.

"The Over The Hill Gang," George Allen called them, and they were led by Billy Kilmer and assorted geezers. The difference almost 40 years later is the Redskins were 4-12 a year ago, not even close to the precipice. Their quarterback was sacked more times than all but two other quarterbacks in the league. Jason Campbell didn't need a capable offensive lineman at the end of last season; he needed a personal-injury lawyer.

You know where I stand on Campbell. He never had a legitimate shot with a healthy line. Between musical-chair coaches and systems and a mighty-mite receiving corps -- before Fred Davis and Devin Thomas grew up late last year -- Campbell's head was on a swivel.


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