If it were up to Anthony Armstrong, Donovan McNabb would be the quarterback of the Washington Redskins in 2011.
The breakout wide receiver made it clear for consistency sake “No. 5″ would be the best option for the Redskins moving forward in his eyes.
“Bring my man 5 back,” Armstrong said Tuesday night during his show on the Sports Journey Broadcast Network. “I want to bring Rex back, too because we have a familiarity… Everybody has a familiarity with the offense. But I say bring five back.”
But why McNabb over Grossman?
“I think that one he’s going to add that extra element that Rex doesn’t have… he’s more mobile,” the breakout receiver told network founder Lake Lewis and myself. “He can run.”
Even at his advanced NFL age, there is little doubt McNabb is still able to scramble out of the pocket. For many, that was never the concern. The main concern was whether he could grasp the Shanahan offense–in two-minute situations or otherwise.
Also playing in McNabb’s favor is a year under the new system.
“I think that once he gets this year under his belt and he gets more confident with the way this offense goes it’ll be more be more dangerous and more explosive,” Armstrong added. “Whenever you have a guy that’s going to run the keeps and then he’ll take off and run for 10 yards the defense is going to have to pick and choose what he does. He has a big arm so he can thrown the ball deep.
“I think you gotta bring Donovan back.”
If no McNabb is Grossman the best available option?
“I think so. Most definitely,” he said. “I mean, we finished the season with him. He knows the offense. He has that familiarity with the team. . . I don’t want to basically start that whole new dish over again and just have a new quarterback.”
“Sports Journey with Anthony Armstrong” airs Tuesday night at 7 p.m. ET on the Sports Journey Broadcast Network and on sportsjourney.com.