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The Eagles traded McNabb inside the division?


(2008 photo by Toni L. Sandys - TWP)


Division rivals get strong feelings for each other. This means Redskins fans have some strong feelings for Donovan McNabb. For example, see this video of Skins fans torching a McNabb jersey before a game at FedEx Field. That's kind of harsh stuff. (Bad language warning.)

But you also don't want to help your division rivals get better on the field, which is why some Philly fans are apoplectic about their team trading McNabb inside the division. Just check out a few comments from this story:

To the Redskins? NFC East foe? Oh my god!!!

INSIDE THE DIVISION? DUMBEST MOVE EVER!!!!!!!!!

That takes some serious brass ones to trade him within the division.

NEVER trade to someone from within the division.

I would have been hesitant to trade him in the conference, but to a division foe?! Not only will they have to face a better team twice this year, they'll have to compete with them in the standings now. Filling the hole of a division rival is just plain stupid.

w t f...Why trade him to a division rival?

In the division? Unbelievable!

THE DUMBEST MOVE EVER. Chalk up two losses for the eagles.

This is Sonny Jurgenson for Norm Snead all over again.

Times about 7,000. With spelling mistakes. Andy Reid was, of course, asked about the virtues of trading within the division Sunday night. Several times he explained that "the compensation was right," and also that they were trying to find a good match for McNabb.

"Listen, was it a thought?" he said of the NFC East factor. "It was a thought, because of the talk by the Washington Redskins, so I will say that. Does that necessarily matter? Well I can't sit here and say that it does because we did it. So that's how that goes. I mean, you've seen things like this throughout the league, you've seen other quarterbacks that have moved on....

"You've seen all different kinds of things happen. You saw Drew Bledsoe leave the Patriots and end up with the Buffalo Bills. There's a number of things that have gone on in this league over the years. So I just felt that this was best, for us, and best for Donovan. And that's really what it came down to....Donovan would have played anywhere, because that's the kind of person he is. And I would never tell you that he wouldn't, I would never slight other teams that were involved in this....I do know that Donovan is happy about this, about the team that he's going to, and he'll do a nice job there."

These were his lines, and he used them several times.

"As far as Washington goes, we thought this was best for Donovan and obviously the compensation was right," Reid said. "And again, obviously we thought through this like we do every move that we make. But this will be a good situation for Donovan, and also I would say it's a good situation for Mike Shanahan and the Washington Redskins. They've acquired a tremendous football player, and I will always wish Donovan the best of luck, with the exception of two weeks during the year."

Ah yes. Those two weeks a year. Those should be fun.

"Well listen, are they a better football team with Donovan?" Reid asked rhetorically. "Absolutely. But again, we'll be there a couple Sundays with them, and we'll see how things go at that time."

ESPN.com also has a nice list of trades between rivals in various sports, which includes Bobby Mitchell getting traded to the Redskins from the Browns when both were in the Eastern Conference. I had forgotten about that one.

(Sonny Jurgensen on Philly trading another QB to D.C.: "These people never learn." Via @RedskinsBlog)


By Dan Steinberg  |  April 4, 2010; 10:16 PM ET
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Comments

Wow... just wow.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 4, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

What, no Jagr to the Caps in trades between rivals???

Posted by: CapsNut | April 4, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Thank you, Andy Reid.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 4, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Just read Wilbon's piece on this. Can Wilbon write about McNabb without mentioning his skin color? Seriously Wilbon, get over it. We are more of a colorblind society than ever before, something some folks in the media just don't seem to get.

Posted by: Barno1 | April 4, 2010 11:39 PM | Report abuse

Just read Wilbon's piece on this. Can Wilbon write about McNabb without mentioning his skin color? Seriously Wilbon, get over it. We are more of a colorblind society than ever before, something some folks in the media just don't seem to get.

Posted by: Barno1
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And you are posting this here rather than with Wilbon's story because...?

Posted by: PrinceBuster21 | April 5, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

The Eagles are idiots you never trade a proven probowl player especially a quarterback within your division. First off a lot of you fair weather Skin fans need to get a grip...A lot of you bi%$$d and whined about Campbell you overlooked the fact that Campbell played for 3 or 4 different coaches, which meant different schemes, personnel etc, You also have overlooked that Campbell had no offensive line or consistant running game ....Well he is gone now so get over it this is what you wanted.
Mcnabb owes no explanation to any Redskin fan he kicked the Skins a^% the last 10 years and has been winning division titles while the Skins toiled in medocrity...Mcnabb knows the division he knows the West Coast offense and with the 4th pick in the draft they can now draft a left tackle.....Bradford or Clausen couldn't hold my jock they are not only unproven but unworthy of being the 4th pick nor are either of them franchise quarterbacks.....

Posted by: BeatDontStop | April 5, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

What, no Jagr to the Caps in trades between rivals???

Posted by: CapsNut | April 4, 2010 10:47 PM

While that may be a pretty big one here in DC, what about no mention of Babe Ruth to the Yankees?

Posted by: Brashnir | April 5, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

Quote Sonny..."These people never learn."

Is he talking about Philly being stupid enough to trade within the division or Snyder signing another over the hill player for hard to come by draft picks?

Posted by: bullwinkle1 | April 5, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

Quote Sonny..."These people never learn."

Is he talking about Philly being stupid enough to trade within the division or Snyder signing another over the hill player for hard to come by draft picks?

Posted by: bullwinkle1 | April 5, 2010 8:55 AM | Report abuse

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Maybe he is refering to both situations.

Posted by: ys343 | April 5, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was an odd little gaffe by Andy Reid: "You saw Drew Bledsoe leave the Patriots and end up with the Buffalo Bills."

That's using Michael Kinsley's definition of "gaffe": "when a public figure accidentally says what he really thinks."

If I'm McNabb I think, "you're comparing me to Drew Bledsoe? I though we were friends!" But I bet Reid pretty much thinks of McNabb as 2002 Drew Bledsoe, which is why he was willing to trade him.

Personally I think "don't trade within your division" is outmoded. It should be a factor in a trade decision, but just a minor one - a tiebreaker between roughly comparable offers. But if the best trade happens to be with a team in your division, pull the trigger.

Posted by: hubcap | April 5, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

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