There is plenty of talking going on about Donovan McNabb right now. Many people think the Eagles should get rid of him, and many people think that they should keep him. Unless Andy Reid is bluffing, it appears that those who want them to stay are going to get their wish. Reid has said twice since Saturday’s loss that McNabb will be the guy next year.
Is Donovan McNabb staying in Philadelphia a good thing? It can definitely be argued both ways. On one hand, you look at McNabb’s track record and the fact that they’ve made the playoffs eight times with McNabb at the helm. However, many people in this city want more than just playoff berths. They want championships and that’s something McNabb has failed to deliver after multiple opportunities. He’s been on the cusp but always seems to break our hearts in the end.
So what can we expect with McNabb back as the Eagles quarterback next year? A playoff run that ends short? Eagles fans have had their fill of runs that end short. Our hearts can’t take it anymore. We need to win the big one, but is that something that’s obtainable as long as Donovan McNabb is in town?
If we reflect on the way Donovan McNabb played at the end of this season it’s hard to believe he can give us what we want. However, let’s look at our other options. We have a Pro Bowl quarterback who served as a role player this year. He made some big plays but isn’t anywhere near the quarterback he once was. I’m not saying he couldn’t be, but the reps aren’t there and it would take some time. It’s also hard to believe the Eagles would pick Michael Vick to lead this team out of the other options that exist. It just doesn’t seem possible.
We saw a little ray of light this year in Kevin Kolb as he entered the record books being the first rookie quarterback to throw for over 300 yards in his first two starts. It’s hard to judge the guys potential on these two starts but it does seem like something could be there. The Eagles are very high on him and he hasn’t had the long term shot he needs to assess his NFL potential.
It’s apparent that we won’t see all three quarterbacks return. However, who will be back and who won’t? Andy Reid wasn’t going to come out and say “yea we want to trade McNabb” in his press conference but was he serious in saying that McNabb is still the guy?
What do you think?