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McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:34 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 5:24 am
 
Enough already.

One day it's Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. The next it's Nnamdi Asomugha. Then, Cullen Jenkins. Now the Philadelphia Eagles have reached a one-year deal with running back Ronnie Brown.

When does it end?

Once upon a time, the Eagles were so reluctant to make offseason splashes that former quarterback Donovan McNabb had to go public to urge the club to add playmakers. So it did ...  but only after McNabb exited for Washington, and, now Minnesota. Now that he's far, far away he has a intriguing perspective that he shared with me Tuesday afternoon after practice.

"I was there for 11 years, and the biggest thing we brought in was T.O. [Terrell Owens]," said McNabb. "Now they’re getting the so-called 'Dream Team.' It’s amazing, but I look back on my career and what they’re doing now ... that’s great; that’s excellent. But you’re seeing another side. You’re seeing Andy (coach Andy Reid) taking that chance. It’s not just taking that chance on one guy. They’re taking a chance on a bunch of guys. And they’re spending money. That’s amazing. Ever since the lockout [ended], teams have to spend money."

The Eagles have brought in a raft of free agents on offense and defense, including former Tennessee quarterback Vince Young, and the idea is clear: Identify the enemy, and load up. The Eagles have, and they're stalking Green Bay.

Once upon a time it was good enough to win the division and make the playoffs. Not anymore. With the moves Philadelphia keeps making the pressure grows on Reid and the coaching staff to deliver a Super Bowl, and McNabb knows it. As he said, he was there for 11 years, and he understands what fans will say about the Eagles because he's been there ... only not like this.

"With T.O.," he said, "after the first two or three weeks of training camp we felt like we had something. But you never say, 'Aw, we’re going to win the Super Bowl. Fans say that. Radio says that. But now they expect them to win.

"Now they bring in a Cullen Jenkins, and we all know he’s a dominant force. They bring in a Nnamdi Asomugha. You have Rodgers-Cromartie, who is the one they don’t mention the most because they have Asante Samuel, too. The problem is: What do you do with Asante Samuel?

"Then, you've got to worry about DeSean (Jackson). When he comes back are you going to give DeSean the ball or throw it to (Jeremy) Maclin? Remember, you have to give LeSean McCoy the ball, too. And then at the end you still have to pay Mike Vick. They have more problems than people are looking at."

We'll see.









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Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:51 pm
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Just a few thoughts... Maybe McNabb is just another AJ Feeley or Kevin kolb that Reid knew how to make look better than he actually is.  He is completely overrated.... Why aren't the ESPN "Experts" telling the Redskin fans to "be careful what they wish for". The Eagle fans knew what they had and are quite happy that they got what they wished for.  I think that they would agree with most Eagle fans that he is not a star.  He is above average and a class act most of the time. He does a lot of charity work. But as far as football,  Never a top 10 QB. ever. Low interception totals?  yeah because the DBs couldn't catch his groundballs either!  has he ever been a "clutch" QB? NO.  Minnesota does give him a decent chance to succeed because they can rely on the run game.  Oh and just wait for the "McNabb Camp (Momma, Poppa, brother, whoever) to bash the coach, backup qb, or front office.  Then #5 will deny that those words "came outta my mouth".  If he was half as good as he and his mom think he is, he would be a hall of famer.  In reality, he's more like a Jake Delhomme type.  Pretty good, not great.  Joe Webb could be just as good.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:20 pm
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Serphnx - Two things in response.

First, I have to say that while I'm not a Michael Vick fan, I am able to recall who it was that quarterbacked the first team to win a road playoff game in Lambeau Field.  I'm a big fan of redemption, and Vick seems to genuinely want to change his life from where it was.  So yeah, I think you're right - everyone harps on "can't win a superbowl" til they actually win one.

Second, while Brady & the Patriots haven't won the Superbowl in 7 years, to say they haven't "won anything" is a bit of a stretch.  I seem to recall a superbowl visit just a few years back, and a few pretty good seasons.  The playoff record in the last three years ... well, can't argue with that!



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:48 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Even getting all that talent the Eagles won't win the Superbowl. They have Mike Vick at QB and he has never won anything.Atlanta found that out after paying him all that money and they nevr got a Superbowl. Vick couldn't do it in College and he won't do it for the Eagles. Sure he can run and throw the ball. We all saw him throw the ball against Green Bay last year but it went to the wrong team. Vick beleives he can do it all himself and tries to look like hes the man but it never works. Vick will never win the SuperBowl and they will end up sending him down the road like they did McNabb.
People said the same things about Drew Brees and Peyton Manning.  Some said it about Rodgers but the sample size was really small so that was even more silly.

I wouldn't bet against somebody if your sole reason is "they never did it before."  Vick winning a SB is more likely to me than Tom Brady ever winning another one, and Brady has 3 already to his credit...just hasn't won anything for 7 years.



Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:52 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Even getting all that talent the Eagles won't win the Superbowl. They have Mike Vick at QB and he has never won anything.Atlanta found that out after paying him all that money and they nevr got a Superbowl. Vick couldn't do it in College and he won't do it for the Eagles. Sure he can run and throw the ball. We all saw him throw the ball against Green Bay last year but it went to the wrong team. Vick beleives he can do it all himself and tries to look like hes the man but it never works. Vick will never win the SuperBowl and they will end up sending him down the road like they did McNabb.



Since: Dec 6, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:07 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

"the other is a pro bowler. Now you add a pro bowl RB to just get the ball 8-10 times a game....Point being everything points to a great season, but you never know? One thing i do know is they have the leg up ON EVERYONE!" Keep drinking the kool aid bro...a leg up on everyone? Your OL has issues, you have a scrambling QB who will, at some point, get crushed again. Your LB's are WEAK...getting rid of Bradley hurts...oh, but Casey Matthews is the answer? He is not like his brother and at the combine, he did 225lbs for 10-12 reps! And yes, that matters when you are trying to shed blockers. So while you wr,dl, db, and QB are solid...there are many holes. So to say the Eagles have a leg up on EVERYONE is a stupid comment. Packers are still better! And I would put my Jets against them any day of the week!



Since: Aug 14, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:50 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Most of your comment was correct, except this isn't the Cowgirlz or the Skins makin' a few deals.....These moves are VERY different and something THE NFL has never seen. Sure, they could go out and lose i.e. like the cowgirlz did but there is a few differences here, one we don't have Wade Phillips two we were already successful with a core that is still there! Just adding the BEST corner in the league can't hurt? And just adding pieces around him. Cole is still there and now you add 2 pieces to stop the double teams and of which won a SB and the other is a pro bowler. Now you add a pro bowl RB to just get the ball 8-10 times a game....Point being everything points to a great season, but you never know? One thing i do know is they have the leg up ON EVERYONE!Cool



Since: Jan 17, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:16 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

How can anyone say McNabb was the problem when they still have not won sh*#t! and this may include this year.



Since: Dec 24, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:57 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

 As a Cowboys fans, there's no love lost here for the Eagles or McNabb (but there is respect) and as far as this season goes, if the Eagles focus too much on GB, they will get rear ended. There's a lot more in the NFC than the Bears, GB, Vikings and the rest of the NFC East. Sure, they may be favoured in the East, but there's no way the Giants, Redskins and my boys lie down and roll out the red carpet for them. They will know they were in a battle and come playoff time, assuming they're one of the six to qualify, I don't think the Saints or Falcons will be pushovers. In fact, I suspect the Eagles will have to accomplish any post season success, on the road. Good luck Eagles.......I witnessed what happened to the pre-season favourite Super Bowl contender Cowboys, last season, once the real stuff began.  



Since: Oct 20, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 7:37 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

What's the"whiner" McNabb complaining about now? He's had some of the best defenses in the league backing him for years, but when it was time for him to make the big play during big games, he'd throw it in the dirt. It's kind of ironic that troublemaker T.O. was the only one man enough to step forward and point out the problem...."McNabb".



Since: May 22, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 6:47 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

I'm not sure we can hand the NFC itle to the Eagles yet...they made some very good moves, but Ronnie Brown is not the player he used to be. There sure will be a lot of guys wanting the ball. I know DeSean Jackson wants, so does LeSean McCoy and we haven't even heard from Jeremy Maclin yet. He's pretty good too.

Sometimes, too many stars doesn't always spell victory...the Eagles definitely improved their defense with and . I'm sure the Eagles are the favorites in the NFC East...we'll see how well they play together. We'll see if the Giants and Cowboys can mount a challenge. There are some good teams in the NFC, including the Vikings, Packers and Bears. Let's see how good they are and their injury situation come December.


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