Theismann: McNabb "the last piece of the puzzle"
The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The Redskins have a quarterback some are saying is their best since Joe Theismann. Time for some Joey Sunshine.
"Donovan is like the last piece of the puzzle if you want to move forward and say ok, what are we going to get out of this football team," Theismann said Monday on SIRIUS XM's Mad Dog Radio. "This will be an entirely different looking football team obviously than it was a year ago, in a true West Coast style offense. I think you'll see the ball down the field, you'll see Donovan on the move....He has a chance to get better. That's the thing that I'm excited about for the Redskins. I think Donovan is not a finished product, and he still can improve and get better. Accuracy on shorter routes, if he takes that to the level where I think he can, he could be the best quarterback in football next year."
Joey Sunshine, spitting those warming rays right onto our necks. Feels warm, right? So tell us, who now has a better team, the Redskins or the Eagles?
"Right now? You know, I really think you have to lean towards the Redskins at this point," Theismann. "I don't think it'll take very long for that talent to get good. What's important to me is depth, and that's the thing that the Redskins have right now in a lot of different positions that they haven't had in the last couple of years, and it's the thing that the Eagles are really skating on thin ice at, especially at the quarterback position. Right now when I look at this football team, I would lean towards the Washington Redskins."
Theismann though the trade was good for both clubs, but he said that after a career of being booed, McNabb doesn't know what he's in for at FedEx Field.
"He will find that opening day in Washington, when he steps on that football field in front of those 89 or 90,000 fans, it'll be like nothing he's ever felt," Theismann said. "It'll be a warmth that he hasn't been able to find in Philadelphia...."
"I think this will be able to extend Donovan's career, because he'll be on a football team that hopefully will have the ability to run the football," Theismann continued. "There's still one very big looming question in Washington, and that's the offensive line. I believe they're going to address that with the fourth pick in the draft. That would be the way to go now that you've got your running backs, you've got your quarterback, you've addressed some of your defensive issues....
"Now they'll go after offensive line, and that is always the heart and soul of what happens on a good football team. If you've got a good offensive line, you're gonna be successful. If you don't, you're lucky to win eight. That number one pick's gonna have to play, guys. If they draft an offensive lineman number one, I guarantee you he's gonna line up at one of those offensive line positions, and probably the left tackle."
As for McNabb? Theismann doesn't see this as a one-year dalliance. Extension, baby.
"He's only 33," Theismann pointed out. "At 33, I won my world championship. At 34 I was still a Pro Bowler, and that was back in the '80s. You look at the way Donovan works out, the way he takes care of himself, you really sit down and say to yourself Donovan McNabb should be a quality, productive quarterback for the next three years at least. I look at him for a five-year extension....I'm looking for him to have a four, five-year extension. Probably they'll get that done this year. I don't think they'll wait for him to become a free agent."
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