A Quarterback Controversy? Best Believe McNabb Is Done In Philly
Now I gotta deal with this…..
After last night’s close loss to the 11-0 Patriots, the Philly media were smiling. Yes, they were actually smiling. A Philadelphia media frenzied quarterback controversy will wash over the entire nation. What was funny about a loss that saw the Eagles drop to 5-6?
This is the business I’m in?
In every post game interview you could feel just how much they wanted to ask who should start at quarterback. Donovan McNabb was out with a thumb and an ankle injury, so A.J. Feeley had a shot to win over a town that’s old, restless and haggard when it comes to dealing with the Eagles. I blogged the second half of the Eagles 31-28 loss in case the Eagles somehow gutted it out and won.
A.J. Feeley was a respectable 27-42 for 345, but threw 3 interceptions–a pick six on the first possession and on the final two drives. How does that make you out to be a hero? Say those were Donovan’s stats last night. The picture above would have been replicated under ridiculous Philly scrutiny. There wouldn’t be all this happiness after a loss. Fans and media alike would have called for DNabb’s head. What is that? You should see and hear these people. They want dude out of here.
There are no moral victories in professional sports. Get over it.
The one year McNabb had superior talent on offense, he took the Eagles the Super Bowl.
He’s had some ferocious defenses, but on offense he’s had to do it alone for the most part.
To those who are McNabb followers: Donovan had to play in last night’s game to hold off the dogs. Why didn’t you at least try to get on the field bruh? The dogs are coming. They have mouths of froth, muscles bulging from their bodies and are barking your name. The Philly media is loosening it’s grip on the leashes….
Why this man has had to deal with so much criticism throughout his career is unexplainable. He’s third behind Tom Brady and Peyton Manning in winning percentage. He is the first Eagles quarterback to take the Eagles to the Super Bowl since Ron Jaworski in 1980. During that Super Bowl season, Donovan threw for a career high in yards with 3,875, threw 31 touchdowns and only 8 picks. Overrated? You find me 4 quarterbacks in the history of the league with 30 plus touchdowns and less than 10 interceptions in the same year.
Then there was this:
The biggest catch of Freddy’s short career
The 4th and 26 conversion against “America’s Team” the Packers in 2003 that sent the Eagles to one of the four NFC Championship games. I listened to this play happen on the radio while driving home. It was just as exciting as seeing it on the tube. Most quarterbacks would have been Cantonized after such an amazing play. Not Donovan.
Going for the choke?
The 2004 season–where Donovan set career highs–wasn’t as lovely as it seemed. He had to deal with the cowardice of his administration as well as the daily soap opera of Terrell Owens. Last night’s game eerily mirrored the Super Bowl of ’04. You aren’t a true Eagle fan if you didn’t have a sense of deja vu on the last possession. I have to admit I was one of McNabb’s critics simply because I wanted to see he and Terrell work out there differences for the betterment of the team. Call it idealistic, but it’s something I will never apologize for. You could envision the wheels coming off the franchise the second the confetti rained down in Jacksonville–and the Patriots victorious by a 24-21 score.
Of course there were those here that thought McNabb was never a quarterback and was more suited to run the rock. For the most part, Eagles fans warmed until the injuries became the story. There was the broken ankle. Yeah, the one he played on and led the Eagles to victory against the Cardinals, throwing four touchdowns (38-14 win) and the sports hernia that put him on the shelf while also signifying the end of Terrell Owens in Philly. Last season, in a game against Vince Young and the Titans, McNabb tore his knee also prematurely ending his year.
Why does this keep happening?
To his credit and with the schedule in his favor, Jeff Garcia came off the bench and led the Eagles to six straight victories. During this stretch Andy Reid discovered he had a weapon in Brian Westbrook. Similar to last night, Reid continues to pull out all the stops when Donovan is on the sideline. What is that all about? The Eagles subsequently lost to the Hurricane Katrina spurred Saints 27-24–most notably because Andy Reid elected to punt on 4th down with a mere 1:56 left with the ball on Philly’s 39. Of course the Saints ran out the clock. But it’s all Donovan right?
I spoke with Donovan after he and Sheed’s celebrity softball game for charity. I asked him specifically what he wanted to tell the fans to somehow reassure this delusional bunch everything is gonna be everything. His only words were “I’m baaaaack!” You could see it in his eyes, he wasn’t playing. This is unfortunate. The offensive line play broke down for McNabb this year. The Giants had twelve sacks earlier this year. Somehow that was Donovan’s fault too.
Andy has gone through his fair share of family trouble this season. I’m not here to judge a father–being one of teenage kids myself. I’m an optimist. I look west and see a Pittsburgh franchise stick by Bill Cowher after a sub par stretch. The Steelers ultimately won a Super Bowl because of such a wise move that was so unpopular in this dumbing down what have you done for me lately climate. I see Andy pulling through this, but he and Donovan are in the wrong town.
Winning it all is not all that matters. Donovan McNabb has done for this franchise what only a handful of quarterbacks have done in the history of the NFL.
Injuries have shortened his seasons way too much for Philly fans. “No more McNabb!” they say. Watch the alternative; you won’t have Donovan to blame. For all the hatred you spit at Terrell Owens, how you like him now? He plays for the Cowboys. Our most hated rival! When is Jeffrey Lurie going to hear some criticism en masse? Haven’t you suffered enough? You want to blow up a team and go through losing again over relevancy?
Remember this is the same town that cheered Randal Cunningham as a Cowboy, but booed him when he played here.
Donovan McNabb has kept his team relevant, battle tested and consistently in the playoffs. He’s been booed since draft day and still hasn’t received his just due from these riding Rocky Balboa fans. Like he said earlier in the season, he is not the blame for everything wrong in Philly. Groupie love gets no rap here and most Philly fans are groupies. Haven’t you learned Philly from getting rid of Mo Cheeks, Allen Iverson, Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, Peter Forsberg, Curt Schilling, Scott Rolen–booing Mike Schmidt–and now ultimately Donovan McNabb?
What’s wrong with you people?
Name me one city that has done something similar and I’ll call you a liar.
There are some who will miss you Donovan. Even if you play this week, the writing is on the wall that you’re done here.
Good luck Lovie. Take care of our boy in Chicago next year.