The McNabb-Elway Connection
Uh oh. Maybe Rush Limbaugh had a point about this whole race thing. People might've missed the connection until the clue of clues fell into our laps by seeing Mike Shanahan introduce him, but it's entirely possible that, with the recent trade from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Washington Redskins, Donovan McNabb is this generation's John Elway.
McNabb can't win the big one. And neither could Elway until his final two years. Neither are traditional pocket passers, and both have some impressive mobility. And as McNabb pointed out, Shanahan started coaching them when they were both 34 years old. That's ... a little scary.
I suppose this means the Washington Redskins are bound to win a Super Bowl in the next three years if frightening coincidences continue to unfold in this manner.
Both players began their career starting at age 23. Through their first 11 seasons, here's a sampling of their stats:
|Drafted||1st overall||2nd overall|
I'm not sure if this fits into the equation, but Elway's last season was 1998. McNabb's rookie year was '99.
It's not a perfect assortment of high-tech stats. McNabb threw for more touchdowns whereas Elway had more picks, played more games (he didn't get hurt as often) and reached the Super Bowl more than once. But the statistical discrepancies are not that far-fetched.
What I'm trying to say is bet on as many Redskins Super Bowls as you can. But don't blame me if you go broke. Blame the quarterback.