Soon after Donovan McNabb was traded to the Redskins, I was asked an interesting question: will McNabb or Kevin Kolb be under more pressure in 2010? My quick answer was McNabb, but it’s an interesting topic to think about.
Both players are in similar yet different circumstances. Let’s first look at what McNabb will be facing this year.
After a very successful decade in Philadelphia, McNabb has moved on to a different team in which he will try to find the same kind of success. Since McNabb was viewed as a winner in Philadelphia, he is expected to do much of the same thing in Washington. However, he is dealing with a team who only won four games last season, so he has a lot of work to do.
Another thing that adds pressure to McNabb’s case is the Redskins addition of head coach Mike Shanahan. Like McNabb, he is a coach who found a lot of success in his career and expected to do the same thing in Washington. It takes more than two guys to make a team successful; however, those two were brought in with high expectations.
On Kolb’s side, he is taking over the helm for a team that has seen a lot of success of the last decade (brought on by McNabb). Philadelphia fans are demanding and don’t want to see this success fade away anytime soon. It is a tough city to play in, but the city is behind you 100% if you win games.
An advantage Kolb has is the fact that he has been with the organization for a few seasons now and has had time to really learn the system. The only thing that will be new to him this year is the fact that he will be the starter. He got the chance to prepare as the starter for a few weeks last year, but he knew no matter how well he played that it was only temporary.
When Kolb heads into Training Camp this year, he will have to take an immediate leadership role. He will need to prove to his offense that they can be confident in his abilities. Kolb will be compared to McNabb week by week because of the trade but he needs to focus on what he’s doing and not worry about that.
To me, McNabb will be under much more pressure in 2010. I feel that everyone in Philadelphia is accepting that this year isn’t going to be a Super Bowl team. However, it seems that Redskins fans think that McNabb and Shanahan can take a four win team in 2009 and turn them into a Super Bowl contender in one year.
Who do you think is under more pressure in 2010?