Redskins' trade for McNabb continues offseason tradition unlike any other

In a special Washington Post Live, The Washington Post's Jason Reid talks in depth about what the McNabb trade means for the Redskins.
By Mike Wise
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Look, I don't want to rain on Donovan McNabb's parade the day he smiles for the cameras and holds up the burgundy and gold No. 5 jersey he stole from Colt Brennan.

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 -- procuring some other town's star instead of developing its own -- answer two questions:

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? Of course. That's how we roll here.

Remember a year ago when the TV trucks flocked en masse up I-66 West and the anticipation of another celebrity acquisition quelled the anger from another missed postseason? Albert Haynesworth, the $100 million man.

How's that working out for the team and Mr. Butterworth at the moment?

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.

I appreciate the hope-against-hope mentality in town, even if it's enabling. Hey, many actually believe this is it, things will be different. While the realists see it this way:

The Redskins have been making awful personnel decisions, for the most part, for a decade. The Eagles have a 10-year history of making, for the most part, really good personnel decisions. To believe this is a smart move is to completely ignore the track record of the two teams since the new millennium began.

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