Monday, July 21, 2008

Redskins Welcome Taylor to the Dance

Well, well, well. Look who just joined the ranks of NFC East defensive ends that will try to injury Donovan McNabb. That's right, Jason Taylor got traded to the Skins for a 2nd-round pick and a future 6th-round pick. He doesn't look gay at all.

Somewhere, Winston Justice is praying Tra, wait William, no Tra Thomas can defy the powers of Father Time and remain on the field for all 16 games.

In the grand scheme of things, the Taylor deal isn't really all that concerning to me. Certainly, Taylor is an excellent player who still looks like he has plenty left in the tank. However, the Redskins' season still hinges on having Jason Campbell at quarterback. If No. 5 can stay healthy, that means the Skins still have the worst quarterback in the division. That doesn't bode well for Washington.

The real reason to be concerned with the deal, however, is what this could potentially mean for the health of Donovan McNabb. With Taylor in the fold, that means every NFC East opponent for the Birds has at least one elite pass rusher. That also means that six times this season, McNabb will be forced to run for his life at one point or another, even with a very solid offensive line in front of him.

Let's hope that leg is fully healed, and he can dance out of harm's way this season—kind of like Jason Taylor.

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