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Eagles rolling the dice

Posted on: April 4, 2010 11:39 pm
Edited on: April 4, 2010 11:49 pm

The Washington Redskins have a real quarterback.

Do the Philadelphia Eagles?

As word trickled in Sunday that the Eagles had traded quarterback Donovan McNabb, I was lost in a food poison stupor.

I wasn't sure if I was hallucinating.

The Redskins? From the same division?

That's how desperate the Eagles were to find a trade partner, receiving a second-round pick from the Redskins in this year's draft and another draft pick -- third- or fourth-round pick -- in next year's draft.

As one personnel man told me last week, "They don't have a lot going for him."

So they settled. The Redskins had a big hole at quarterback to fill. The Eagles might still have one.

They love Kevin Kolb. And I do as well.

But let's be real. His track record grade is still incomplete.

Andy Reid is betting a lot on Kolb.

He better hope this one doesn't backfire. Kolb or McNabb next season goes to McNabb.

The Eagles better hope Kolb for the long run is what they expect him to be.

If not, can you imagine Philadelphia talk radio next year?


Category: NFL

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: April 22, 2010 9:47 am

Eagles rolling the dice

We traded Drew Bledsoe to Buffalo and came out of it fine. Bledsoe never beat the Pats as a Bill or Cowboy.
I do think McNabb still has some more football left in the tank and he's very different from Bledsoe obviously,
but the Eagles have a far better team than the Redskins and felt they needed to move on. They went as far
as they could with Donovan and Andy Reid, one of the best coaches in the league, knows what he's doing.
The Eagles have been a perennial contender under his watch and I don't see that changing now.
Either, it's a huge upgrade for Washington at QB, but who knows how much longer he'll hold up. Reid obviously
thinks he has something special in Kolb worth developing now. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: April 10, 2010 8:16 pm

Eagles rolling the dice

Excellent post. Kolb gets no pass from me. 4 years to watch, and gets a team (offense) thats top 5 in the nfl. My worry is our D. How will THAT side of the ball shape up? It was average when the eagles played above average teams, NOW we loose a vet in S. Brown ( and a dam solid one for years at that) on D, AND WE STILL DONT HAVE AN ANSWER AT SAFTEY. Starting center won't be 100% by wk 1 in 2010, and the EAGLES ( REID) STILL HAVE YET TO COMMIT TO THE RUN. All reasons why i would have let Donovan make one more run i  2010.

Young Qb's and average D's Never equal winning seasons let alone a real shot to be one of two teams playing next FEB.
I just wish the Eagles would have taken a page from the Denver Broncos Playbook( 97-98) By instead of Making the Qb the scapegoat of the teams losses, Make the team around him better and run the ball. Running teams have a better shot at winning the Big one more than passing teams. Im 26 and In my viewing and understanding of Pro ball, running teams or teams with good O lines and backs usually win it.
NOt saying pass first teams can't or have not, but running or more balanced teams win a bit more.

When will Eagles (Reid ) get this? At best Donovan had one yr left although i think they should have kept him untill he coud not have played, but why throw away a possible super bowl run for the unknown?

EAGLES 4 LIFE but i wolud be shocked if this team has more than 7 wins.  Im all for this move if we had a top 5 D, but we dont so eagles fans get ready for some hard years. BACK ON TOP IN 2012 WHEN A. REID IS FIRED!!!!

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: April 6, 2010 7:15 am

Eagles rolling the dice

If they traded him to a division rival to honor his wishes then they're stupid.  The NFC East is tight to begin with, to give the team that has come 4th in the div for that last few years a solid QB is stupid.  To give a team that you will see twice a year the man that has lead your offense for over a decade, the man that knows your coach's signals and tendencies is stupid.  You ship that guy to Oakland and you play him once or not at all.

Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2010 7:02 pm

Eagles rolling the dice

is that a poem or an article petey? nice writing.

Since: Nov 10, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 6:34 pm

Eagles rolling the dice

Time was a big issue for the eagles.  They did not want to pay the $6.5 million roster bonus & had to trade McNab quickly.

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 6:23 pm

Eagles rolling the dice

Eagles roll the dice only on if Donovan gets hurt or doesn't. Lets be for real Washington has no Oline which means Donovan gets more hits on him. I agree with you on this one eagles west with the front office has decided to do. Next year we get nothing back for him and Washington signs him for way to much money anyway. I was happy with what I seen from Kevin last year FIRST QB EVER to throw for over 300 yards in his first two starts.

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2010 2:57 pm

Eagles rolling the dice

I'm as shocked as the next guy, but let's think about this - Do you really think the Eagles organization would sign off on sending McNabb to a division opponent if they were truly worried it would be a disaster? They know McNabb better than anyone. If you want to talk track records over the last 10 years, whose front office has more credibility - the one that's been to the playoffs 8 out of the past 10 years, or the one that refuses to stop overpaying for flashy, overhyped superstars who have already peaked? I'll admit it's one heck of a gamble, and I'm not terribly fond of the way the Birds have done business (and, by extension, treated their players) over the years. But if I'm rolling the dice with one of these two organizations, I'll go with Philadelphia.

Since: Dec 19, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2010 2:25 pm

Eagles rolling the dice

And throw a 7 , but what we don't know is whether it's on the Come or follwing the Point.  Either way we'll know more this season.  I'm just happy he didn't go to Oakland, the rumor is he would have retired if traded to Davis Land.
As for Kolb - never saw him play but if you don't have a lot of experiance in the real trenches it could take time to adjust to a full season of competition.  It will be interesting in Philadelphia if the Eagles lose their first home game, or better yet if it's to Washington.  The NFC East now belongs solely to the Cowboys.

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2010 2:09 pm

Eagles rolling the dice

This is somewhat similar to the patriots situation with bledsoe. At the time brady had one their first superbowl and was really a dink and dunk qb who shouldnt have gotten the superbowl mvp. However there was a split between brady/bledsoe. The pats traded him in the division and everyone thought they were nuts. It actually turned out great for the pats. This situation is somewhat different since kolb is an unknown and i would rate mcnabb higher than bledsoe. I think mcnabb is slightly overrated and he doesnt have great accuracy for a qb but this is definitely a huge roll of the dice. I think they got a fair value in a trade since he only has 1 yr left on his deal

Since: Oct 23, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2010 10:56 am

Eagles rolling the dice

Well all you fair weather Eagle fans got what you thought you wanted. I am an Eagles fan but a big McNabb fan and this was one of the dumbest moves the front office madeYellNot only did you trade a future HOF into your division but you didn't get anything for the trade. You rolled the dice and you are going to get crap out of it. Don't use the excuse of the defense or this is Kolb's first year starting when we are sitting dead last in the division and we were very close to competing in the SBFoot in mouthFor the last 5 years McNabb have been my starting QB in fb and you best believe I am going to grab him again this year.KissAR you lied again and again saying that McNabb is your starting QB, well it just shows how much pull power you have because you stuckFoot in mouth So it looks like the Skins are going to be contenders this year with their new QB and the weapons he will be throwing toWinkThe draft of 2011 the Eagles will drafting a new QBKissYou rolled the dice the wrong wayCry

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