If you had to pick one word to describe Donovan McNabb's 2010 season with the Washington Redskins, you probably wouldn't pick "special."
Perhaps "disastrous," "nightmarish," "hellacious" or "miserable" might come to mind, not "special." But the likely-to-be-ex-Skins quarterback thinks the coming season is going to be "different" and, in fact, "special."
"2011 is different than 2010," McNabb said via NFL.com. "For those who wanna sit back and dwell on what happened last year, so be it. But 2011′s gonna be a special season. A season in which I feel that I've prepared myself well — not just conditioning and strengthwise, but most importantly getting back to the fundamentals. And I look to display that in the 2011 season.
"And for those who feel like it can’t be possible: I'll prove you wrong."
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The first thing that strikes me about McNabb's statement is that he a) thinks/knows he'll be gone from Washington in 2011 and b) that he thinks/knows he'll get a pretty good shot to start come 2011 with a team that needs a quarterback.
Maybe I'm reaching there, and maybe McNabb is simply being optimistic about his chances to bounce back in a new opportunity. But given that he thinks he'll "prove [people] wrong" and almost knows that he'll end up in a specific opportunity that will give him a chance at redemption, you have to think he has an idea of where he might play next season.
Which is really weird, considering there's been VERY little talk about teams want to ink McNabb in the coming year.
All that speculation aside, though, can McNabb actually redeem himself in 2011 and prove people wrong? (Or, perhaps, prove Bruce Allen right?)
It's certainly possible, especially if he ends up in the right situation (handing off to Adrian Peterson, in a hypothetical example), but unless a greater market for McNabb materializes as we -- hopefully! -- get closer to having free agency and a full season, it seems unlikely that he'll end up in a better spot than he was to start last year.
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