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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 30, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 6:12 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

All of you McNabb bashers are ridiculous..  Like others are saying, he did more with less than any QB in the last 10+ years.  Thrash, Pinkston,Mitchell, Staley.  Very average to below average professionals at their positions.  Westbrook was great but often injured and TO was a nightmare in Philly although a great WR.  The defense was always very good during these times though and helped out tremendously.  The Eagles were a very good team and just couldnt get to the top.  I hate when people say that a team didnt win a Super Bowl because of 1 player.  Football is not about 1 player.  If your line does not block, you do not win, if your D has a bad game, you dont win.  If you turn the ball over, you do not win.  Winning a championship is about a team coming together.  The Eagles just could not put it all together at once.  Donovan deserved a championship with the Eagles and I understand why he is not happy with the way he was let go, but he saw it time and time again with the Eagles.  They make the right move when they have to.  They might let a guy go a year before his time is up, but this front office makes GREAT personnel moves at the right time.  Anyways, the heat is on in Philly and I like it that way. This team needs to win and it will not be easy.  GB is a great team with that championship experience and healthy players like Finley coming back that they didnt have at the end of the year.  The Eagles are the most dynamic offensive team in the league and now with a more aggressive attacking D, they could be a terror for opposing teams.  We will see.  Crazy things happen in the NFL.  Good luck Eagles and to all Philly fans that want to bash Donovan....  He and Andy Reid brought this team from scraps to where it is today.  Have some respect...  



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 2:06 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

I loved McNabb in Philly and refused to boo him as a Redskin.  He is a classy guy and was a great face to the organization for a decade.  That being said, perhaps this quote is taken out of context, but it comes off as bitter and even contradictory.  He hints that he did not have any playmakers at WR other than TO, which is a fair point.  He also hints that this equated to a lack of championship success.  However, the quote ends with a viewpoint that the Eagles seeming excess of playmakers is now going to be a weakness.  I don't quite follow his logic.  Yes, he was great for this franchise, but this franchise was great for him; and I think that respect should be shared in the media.



Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:33 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

i guess mcnabb is too busy throwing the ball at people's feet to realize he was the main problem



Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:20 am
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Hey Mcnabb don't forget you had the luxury of having one of the best O-lines in Eagles history with 2 pro-bowlers in Thomas and Runyan, throw in Mayberry another pro-bowler at guard, and Herremans.  Oh yeah and our defense was always one of the top 5 in the league.  As a #2 pick your expected to be the brunt of the offense.  Speaking of offense you also had Deuce Staley a quality back then some bum named Brian Westbrook.  Please spare me the "no weapons" garbage, you had a great career thanks for the memories and good luck in Minny.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:42 pm
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

I'm a big Donovan McNabb fan. Let's face it, he did more with less for most of his career with the Eagles. With the exception of T.O. and DeSean Jackson he had no big name recievers and he still took them to 5 NFC Chamionship games. And 1 Superbowl. The defense really let them down in the NFC Championship game against Arizona or the Eagles would have went again to the Super Bowl.

Statistically, no one will ever catch him for record as the QB of the Eagles. At least not in my lifetime anyway.  I know he's bitter still about how the Eagles let him go. I hope he just shuts his mouth and plays football.  Because one day he'll be back in the Eagles stadium when they retire his number.

I think he will start off hot for the vikings this year, just like he did for the Redskins and then fade quickly just like the Vikings Play-off hopes every year.



Since: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:29 pm
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

You understand that Stinkston and Trash couldn't get off the line in that game, right?  If you watched it, you couldn't have missed that.  They got jammed at the line on every play and were soft.  They made Ricky Manning look like Night Train Lane.  If your receivers can't get off the line, it doesn't matter who was at quarterback.  The O line was breaking down in 5 seconds with the WRs unable to get off the line, yet alone get open.  And Big Red decided to keep dialing up slow-developing pass plays to make sure Don got destroyed.  Typical Andy Reid arrogance.  I have the same complaint as always.  If the pass isn't there, it's ok to run the ball Andy.  His fat ass must be on fire right now with all these moves.  It's win or go home for Big Red.  And he knows it.

The defenses under Andy Reid have always been stout, but they are eventually going to break down if the offense consistently puts them in awful, short field positions.  And that will continue unless Big Red gets smart or lucky.  All these moves are going to be big, but if an NFL offense needs to get into the end zone from the Bird's 20, it doesn't matter who is out there.  NFL offenses will take advantage of that.  3 and outs on 2 passing plays and a predictable run on second and long have been the norm in Philly under Big Red.



Since: Oct 12, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:21 pm
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

funny how everyone blames McNabb.  Dawkins is loved, but came small in just about ever NFC Championship game.  Why is that?  Ppl conveniently forget McNabb marched the Eagles down and gave them the lead with 2 min left vs AZ in the NFC Championship.  Then Akers kicked off out of bounds and the D got shredded as Larry Fitzgerald scored TD #3.  McNabb is unfairly blamed for that loss which definately hurt his legacy.  Had the D come thru and McNabb goes to 2 Superbowls -- he is looked at differently
Ummm, McNabb got the Eagles ahead with a lot of time remaining, the Cardinals marched down the field and got the td to win it. McNabb then tried to march down the field and turned the ball over on downs and Hood (Cards DB) and Curtis (Eagles WR) got tangled up on the 4th down play, it was a no-call pass interference. But the Cardinals started that drive with 10:45 and it was a 7:52 minute drive.

http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/playb

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Since: May 13, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 10:05 pm
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Donovan, you had plenty of talent that year with T.O.,and you couldnt get it done. You couldnt beat a Carolina team with stinking Jake Delhomme at QB another year.

Just go away Donavan, and make the best of your situation in Minnesota.

The Eagles will only trade Asane if they find a deal to their liking, and that seems unlikely right now. Who can take on his contract and give up a starting linebacker or safety? eagles already have 11 picks next year so trading away a talent this year for more picks next year doesnt make much sense..


so, we'll count on the offensive line coach to come up with a way to figure out how to work these guys in...but DRC as nickel seems most likely....
Are you going to comeback and say that Freddie Mitchell was plenty of talent?  You can't be serious.  McNabb has made a bad roster full of crap receivers into a decent team.  He has won time and time again getting talentless teams to the NFC Championship.  The Eagles screwed him.  McNabb never screwed the Eagles.  He had some rocky times, but he would get the job done and to the playoffs.  He done awesome with the roster he had.  Between Westbrook getting hurt 24/7 and Jackson dropping the ball getting to the endzone..yet a bright group right there. 



Since: May 14, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:58 pm
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

funny how everyone blames McNabb.  Dawkins is loved, but came small in just about ever NFC Championship game.  Why is that?  Ppl conveniently forget McNabb marched the Eagles down and gave them the lead with 2 min left vs AZ in the NFC Championship.  Then Akers kicked off out of bounds and the D got shredded as Larry Fitzgerald scored TD #3.  McNabb is unfairly blamed for that loss which definately hurt his legacy.  Had the D come thru and McNabb goes to 2 Superbowls -- he is looked at differently



Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:51 pm
 

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

McNabb is nothing to what he once was but in his prime with the weapons the Eagles have now....we would have rings!



You'd be hard pressed to find a more diehard Eagles fan than me but McNabb had those weapons two years ago in The big D wild card and stunk up the joint then.......so please don't tell me what McNabb would have done in his prime with these weapons.    


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