Donovan McNabb vs. Michael Vick: An easy choice in the offseason
I've been asked this question too many times this week so I decided to answer it. If I had been making the decision for the Redskins last offseason, who would I have taken, Donovan McNabb or Michael Vick? Well, here's your answer, and here's why.
Both guys are incredible players, and contrary to what some say, both are really gifted quarterbacks. So if I had been in the position Bruce Allen was in, I would have taken McNabb for these reasons:
>> McNabb has been a high level professional since being drafted in '99;
>> he has been a class act on and off the field;
>> he has been a dependable player;
>> he has been a consistent player;
>> he has been a leader;
>> he has been a winner;
>> he has proven he can win with limited talent in key positions.
In other words, I know exactly what I'm getting if I make the move to bring McNabb here.
At this point in McNabb's career, it's safe to say that Vick brings more to the table physically. But we didn't see Vick too much last year, and the few times we did, he pretty much ran the ball out of a wildcat set.
These would be my questions looking at Vick:
>> Can he still play at a high level?
>> What type of guy would he be in the locker room and on the field?
>> Can I trust that he will be available?
>> Are we willing to handle all the media that will follow him?
In other words, with all of the misses in free agency we've had, is this the most sensible decision? Would I be making this team better by bringing Vick to this team?
It's easy to say he would have been cheaper, or look at how he's playing now, but at the time, we didn't know much about where Vick was except for on the depth chart which at the time was third behind McNabb and Kolb.
To me it's obvious that Allen and Coach Mike Shanahan want to win now, so the clear choice would be McNabb. He was a safer and a much more practical choice with all things given.
If you had been the GM, whom would you have picked this offseason, McNabb or Vick?
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