Most people around the NFL felt that the Redskins trade last spring for QB Donovan McNabb was a failure, considering McNabb was benched repeatedly, while his former team, the Eagles, won the NFC East. Washington GM Bruce Allen, however, is not one of those people.
Allen told CSN Washington on Saturday that if given the opportunity, he would trade for McNabb again. Despite the team's poor record and the quarterbacks inconsistent play on the field, Allen felt the trade had more benefits than negatives.
"We would make the move again with Donovan," Allen told the TV network.
McNabb threw 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 2010, and did not get along well with head coach Mike Shanahan. Allen said that the team's 6-10 record "wasn't what we had dreamed of for the season," but didn't want to place the blame on his quarterbacks shoulders.
"When you're inside the locker room, you have all the facts," Allen said. "You know the affections and feelings we have for Donovan as a person and player. We'll let people speculate and create rumors. Hopefully they go off the wrong tracks and that will give us an advantage when we start playing.
"It was the first year for everybody with the Washington Redskins, and it takes some time to learn the other person's desires."
The team signed McNabb to a contract extension last season, but they are expected to opt out of that deal as soon as the lockout ends.