As Week 4 approaches and the return of Donovan McNabb looms there are many nuances to this game. All I have heard all week is about whether Donovan will be booed upon entering the stadium on Sunday, and quite frankly I hope he is cheered because that is what he deserved. The man is arguably the greatest Philadelphia quarterback of all time. But the second that game starts he is the enemy and all of the love he is shown goes out the window. This game though, seems to be a lot more than just game four of this young NFL season. There is an underlying theme in this game and an argument I have heard fans having about whether it should have been Reid or Donovan to leave town. Ultimately, ownership felt it was Donovan that couldn’t get the Eagles over that Super Bowl hump and Andy now needs to prove he can do it without him.
Donovan was the starter, now the team has been turned over to Michael Vick and that is where the focus should be. However, it almost seems more like it is Andy Reid vs. Donovan McNabb. I know Andy doesn’t play but it was this coach who ultimately made the call to send 5 to a division rival (which i still don’t agree with). It is one of the biggest no no’s in professional sports. It was almost a slap in the face from Reid who wanted to “do right by Donovan” and “put him in the best situation possible”. Quite honestly, that should never factor in your mind when trading a player away, especially one with the caliber of talent Donovan still has. Andy, by trading Donovan to the Redskins, says I don’t think he can beat us. He better hope that this works in his favor and the Eagles send the Redskins back to D. C. with a loss. If not, the egg will very squarely be on Andy Reid’s face, and it will result in what looks like yet another boneheaded move in the coaches 11 year tenure.
So this Sunday at 4pm everyone will be glued to their TV’s waiting to see just how this story will unfold and see who really should have been let go of Donovan or Andy.