Rex for McNabb
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There has been a lot of rumors floating around about McNabb returning to his home town Chicago Bears this off-season. The remarks by Tommie Harris further fueled the story. It’s all talk, but the bottom line is would you make a straight-up trade? I wouldn't.
McNabb is a very good NFL QB. His numbers are great, but he will turn 31 during the season, he is coming off a serious injury and has had two back-to-back seasons cut short by injury. On top of that, he has been to as many Super Bowls as Rex.
Rex is just starting to emerge. He was inconsistent last year, but showed that he can put up some big numbers. He will turn 27 this year and is just coming off his first season as the full-time starter.
McNabb was booed by the Philly fans when he was first drafted in 1999. After a rocky 1999 season, he took over as the full time starter in 2000. Philly finished 11-5 and made the playoffs as a Wildcard Team. He threw 21 TDs and 13 interceptions. The Philly D was great that year (ranked #4, gave up 15.3 points/game). McNabb won his first playoff game against Tampa, before losing in the divisional playoffs to the Giants. His stats in that game: 20-41 (48.8%) for 181 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int, 59.1 QB rating.
In 2001, Philly won the NFC East and again finished 11-5. He threw 25 TDs and 12 interceptions. The Philly D was again great that year (ranked #2, gave up 13 points/game). McNabb won in the wildcard and divisional playoff rounds. In the NFC Championship game he lost at home to St. Louis. His stats in that game: 18-30 (60%) for 171 yards, 1 TD, 1 Int, 73.1 QB rating.
In 2002, Philly won the NFC East and had home field in the NFC playoffs with their 12-4 record. He missed 6 games due to injury, but still threw 17 TDs and 6 interceptions. The Philly D was great that year again (ranked #2, gave up 15.1 points/game). McNabb won in the divisional round. In the NFC Championship game he lost at home again, this time to Tampa. His stats in that game: 26-49 (53.1%) for 243 yards, 0 TD, 1 Int, 58.5 QB rating.
In 2003, Philly won the NFC East and again had home field in the NFC playoffs with their 12-4 record. McNabb threw 16 TDs and 11 interceptions. The Philly D dipped but was still solid (ranked #7, gave up 17.9 points/game). McNabb won in the divisional round. In the NFC Championship game he lost at home again, this time to Carolina. His stats in that game: 10-22 (45.5%) for 100 yards, 0 TD, 3 Int, 19.3 QB rating.
After 3 straight home losses in the NFC Championship game, 2004 was the year that Philly finally broke through. Thanks to TO, McNabb had his best year as a pro. The Eagles torched the NFC East and again had home field in the NFC playoffs with their 13-3 record. McNabb threw 31 TDs and 8 interceptions. The Philly D was great again (ranked #3, gave up 16.3 points/game). McNabb got through the NFC playoffs but lost to New England. His stats in that game: 30-51 (58.8%) for 357 yards, 3 TD, 3 Int, 75.4 QB rating.
McNabb got hurt in 2005 and 2006 and missed the end of both seasons.
Rex’s first year as the starter ended with a trip to the Super Bowl. The Bears D was ranked #3 and gave up 15.9 points/game. His numbers in the Super Bowl: 20-28 (71.4%) for 165 yards, 1 TD, 2 Int, 68.3 QB rating.
Bears fans need to just be patient, the numbers do not support any need to change to McNabb.