I know its ta-bu to discuss anything anti McNabb to some people. So I will do my best to be as fair as possible in this Post.
Let me start by saying, I don't want to be the voice of the Anti McNabb crowd. As I am still a strong supporter of McNabb. And I want nothing more than to see him succeed. But his performances vs the Raiders and now the Redskins have become a cause of concern to me.
Last week, most will agree that Andy's pass heavy play calling was mostly the result of his observations of wide receivers being WIDE OPEN all game. I know that they blitz was coming, but to be honest, they didn't blitz as much as you think. Our offense line really struggled with the front four alone, but with that given. You should be able to hang in the pocket, and deliver a quick strike to a spot to wide open receiver. McNabb couldn't, he tends to hold the ball long, and he still refuses to throw the ball unless receivers are a mile open. That's why we lost last week, Andy trusted his QB can make at least 1 quick slant or out. But he couldn't
That brings us to the Redskins game. Some will say, "Well he did hit Jackson". But lets be honest, the ball was under thrown and off target, and that was a blown coverage play. 99% NFL QBs hit that pass, even Jake Delhomme hits that pass with no problem. But I do recall McNabb rolling out on one play and trying to throw off the run to Maclin who was sitting beyond the sticks, and he threw it into the floor. There were times that Maclin was wide open, and McNabb just missed him, I think he missed him over the middle, and even missed Jackson for an easy completion up the middle. I recall at least 5-7 easy passes that were missed. The defense gave the Offense the ball in Redskin territory like 3 time. Only to get FGs. Five really could not sustain a drive.
Lets examine the Panthers game, where he thew 2 TDs but under 100 yards. He didn't sustain drives in that game, and he really struggle vs the Buccaneers. Granted, he has made some big place for scores. But he hasn't be able to move the sticks consistently and just get first downs and sustain drives for long periods of time. He hasn't done it all year.
Now McNabb faced some bad teams in Panthers, Raiders, Buccaneers, all have horrible defense. But McNabb did not play that good in any of these games. And while the Redskins defense is decent, he didn't fair to well. We scored on big plays, mostly great execution by the WR or RB. But not really attributed to any sustained drives. But Kolb played vs a better team in NO who has a better defense than most teams McNabb faced and played very good. And he got the job done vs a bad Chiefs team. He did what he was supposed to do, that is embarrass the bad teams. Donovan should have killed those bad defenses like Kolb did, but he didn't. So lets be fair when we examine our QBs of the future. Don't say, well Donovan has one us so many games, and Kolb hasn't done anything. Kolb hasn't done anything because he hasn't had the opportunity to do it. But in his short live chance, he has done a better job than McNabb in sustaining drives and moving the ball and putting his team in position to score, also our time of possession is higher with Kolb. So its up to you guys to debate if McNabbs poor play is just rust, or if Kolb is starting to become a better option.