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Posted at 9:45 AM ET, 12/20/2010

Bruce Allen says McNabb trade "was a good move"

By Dan Steinberg

I guess in sports, sometimes people get asked questions and they just respond with random words, and you're not really supposed to think about it too hard. It's a holiday week. Just take a quick read, then pass the egg nog. Or the Silk Nog, if you're lactose intolerant or vegan. Pumpkin donuts also work.

The question:

"Mike Shanahan talked about it, and he said that we did not guarantee Donovan - this is quoting the coach - did not guarantee that Donovan would be here next year," Larry Michael said Sunday morning, during his pre-game conversation with Bruce Allen on the Redskins Radio Network. "So in hindsight, was it a good move, acquiring Donovan McNabb?"

Tough question. I don't know how you'd best answer it. You gave up two high draft picks for McNabb, made him the centerpiece of your "Future Is Now" marketing campaign, and sold a whole bunch of his jerseys, and then you won five games and benched him for Rex Grossman. If that was a good move, Ernie Grunfeld's acquisition of Randy Foye and Mike Miller was a bloody steal. Very, very tough question. I'd ramble and then change the subject. Your move, Bruce Allen.

"I don't think there's any doubt that it was a good move," Allen said. "We feel he's added a lot to our team during the season. I think what coach wants to do is evaluate the other quarterbacks as well. We'll discuss next season when next season comes around, and that applies to everybody on the football team."

You know? You could probably find ways to defend the trade, even now. But I think there might be some doubt. Like, I have a doubt. Maybe two doubts.

"All right, that's pablum," Pollin said Monday morning. "Puke. I don't think there's any doubt about it? C'mon, Bruce. Who are you playing us for?"

I guess he has doubts, too.

By Dan Steinberg  | December 20, 2010; 9:45 AM ET
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Comments

Miss me with that crap, Bruce. You and mike f'd up your first move with the team. Is it the end of the world? No, but it was undoubtedly a huge screwup on your part. Wear it, and move on.

Posted by: AdamCr | December 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

The only thing I have no doubts about is that I wish the Redskins had those two draft picks back.

Posted by: innocentbystander | December 20, 2010 9:55 AM | Report abuse

"I don't think there's any doubt that it was a good move" Bruce Allen

OK, we gave away 2 draft picks to a division rival for nothing. Exactly what would constitute a BAD move?

I was thinking only the Shanahan's were in need of therapy.

Posted by: jmueller7 | December 20, 2010 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Snyder & Bruce Allen traded for McNabb. The way the Shanahans have treated McNabb, I think it's pretty clear Mike & Kyle never wanted McNabb in the first place. The "Future is Now" campaign does not work when your starting quarterback is Rex Grossman. Mike Shanahan has a large ego. Would he give up on McNabb after 13 games and admit to a mistake if that were his decision?

Posted by: pearlbullets | December 20, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Why did you flush all that bonus money 3 weeks ago down the toilet? You knew then what you know now. Donovan McNabb is a good QB but he isn't going to take a mediocre offense to the Playoffs.

McNabb could take a team from the NFC West to the playoffs where an 8-8 record works. It wasn't working in Philly so why do you think it would work in DC?

So $3,500,000 additional dollars wasted unless you can orchestrate a trade which may not happen.

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | December 20, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Wow, a lot of armchair GMs out there.

Signing McNabb was the right thing to do, no question. He gave this franchise an air of professionalism and hope that was missing for years.

Sure, he had some tough games, but he handled the transition to Grossman with class. And look at Rex's performance yesterday. No way he puts up 4 TD's without McNabb's tutelage.

Despite the talking points that people love to repeat, those later-round picks rarely yield anyone of value. Look it up. I would make that trade for McNabb 10 times out of 10.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 20, 2010 10:39 AM | Report abuse

The worst thing about giving Philly draft picks is that Philly actually uses draft picks intelligently.

Every time I see Fred Davis I get ticked off because the player who Philly picked immediately after we picked Davis in the 2008 draft ... was DeSean Jackson. Arrrgghh!!

So, Philly will use their greatly superior talent evaluation skills to get two more DeSean Jacksons. We'll either get another aging warrior or another couple of dudes who aren't quite ready yet to catch balls that get thrown right at them.

What I really wish we could get from Philly is Andy Reid. That dude is a much, much better coach than Shanahan. And he doesn't have his next-of-kin in the "Coordinator Who Can't Get Fired No Matter How Badly His Unit Does" position.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 20, 2010 10:42 AM | Report abuse

The worst thing about giving Philly draft picks is that Philly actually uses draft picks intelligently.

Every time I see Fred Davis I get ticked off because the player who Philly picked immediately after we picked Davis in the 2008 draft ... was DeSean Jackson. Arrrgghh!!

So, Philly will use their greatly superior talent evaluation skills to get two more DeSean Jacksons. We'll either get another aging warrior or another couple of dudes who aren't quite ready yet to catch balls that get thrown right at them.

What I really wish we could get from Philly is Andy Reid. That dude is a much, much better coach than Shanahan. And he doesn't have his next-of-kin in the "Coordinator Who Can't Get Fired No Matter How Badly His Unit Does" position.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 20, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

The worst thing about giving Philly draft picks is that Philly actually uses draft picks intelligently.

Every time I see Fred Davis I get ticked off because the player who Philly picked immediately after we picked Davis in the 2008 draft ... was DeSean Jackson. Arrrgghh!!

So, Philly will use their greatly superior talent evaluation skills to get two more DeSean Jacksons. We'll either get another aging warrior or another couple of dudes who aren't quite ready yet to catch balls that get thrown right at them.

What I really wish we could get from Philly is Andy Reid. That dude is a much, much better coach than Shanahan. And he doesn't have his next-of-kin in the "Coordinator Who Can't Get Fired No Matter How Badly His Unit Does" position.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 20, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

@getjiggly2

2nd round & 4th round picks make your team and should be starters.

McNabb looked like a real professional with his yawning, his hands in his pants, and his obvious disdain for the Shanahans yesterday.

The trade is one of the biggest mistakes the Redskin organization has made since Snyder bought the team.

Posted by: pearlbullets | December 20, 2010 10:55 AM | Report abuse

Allen, the Shannanigans, hey throw in Grunfeld, The Rat Cerrato, and an owner like Danny boy

you have a recipe for bringing the sports industry in the Greater Washington, Metropolitan Area

Liar Liar pants on fire!

Posted by: datruth21 | December 20, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

All these people who say this was not Shanny's move and he did not want McNabb, forget how excited he was after the draft about writing McNabb's name on the draft board in the 2nd round pick slot.
All this talk about it being Allen and Snyder may be true but (red)Shanny was on board.
He needed someone to through under the bus.

Please do not spend your money on this team......no tickets, shirts, hats, jerseys!

Posted by: timchadwick | December 20, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

The press should be doing comedy bits (actually they are). They go at the Redskins like a woman at her husband asking: Does this look good on me?
The husband knows the best thing is to shut his mouth but the woman persist knowing she is not going to be happy with any answer she gets.

Posted by: hock1 | December 20, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

How many people are going to wake up on Christmas morning and find DM5 jerseys under their Christmas trees?

SUCKERS!!!!!

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | December 20, 2010 12:24 PM | Report abuse

Sure it was great -- they sold tickets and #5 jerseys and got the loyal stepford wife fans to support the team and give Snyder another tidy profit. This Allen is another company man stooge.

Posted by: dbunkr | December 20, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

What I really wish we could get from Philly is Andy Reid. That dude is a much, much better coach than Shanahan. And he doesn't have his next-of-kin in the "Coordinator Who Can't Get Fired No Matter How Badly His Unit Does" position.

Posted by: CommonSenseDude | December 20, 2010 10:42 AM

His next of kin is in jail. So is his next to next of kin.

Posted by: MrChip1 | December 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

Hind sight is always 20-20 my friend.

Posted by: fearturtle44 | December 20, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

It was a bad trade, but at the time it seemed like a good move.

The Skins wanted to give a sense of stability with bringing McNabb in but the reality is he is past his prime.

Can't do much about it now.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 20, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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