Duality of Donovan McNabb to the 49ers: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

April 3, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The prospect of a trade between the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers involving QB Donovan McNabb has been the topic of much discussion around the Bay lately.
Most people are firmly in one camp or the other: Either the 49ers would be insane not to make a move for McNabb, or it would be a terrible ploy that would hamper the development the team has seen under head coach Mike Singletary.
So which camp is right?
The answer is both—each in their own way.
The pro-McNabbers make a good case. Clearly nobody with decent reason and logic can argue with any validity that McNabb would not be a notable (notice that I was careful not to use the word “significant") improvement at the QB position over either Alex Smith or David Carr. Statistics spell that out undeniably.
McNabb’s 86.5 career passer rating is clearly better than Smith at 69.2 or even Carr at 75.2. More importantly, his career record as a starter of 92-49-1 is worlds away from Smith ...

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