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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.

Category: NFL

Since: May 12, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:47 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Because unless you're going to play exclusive nickel, dime and quarter defense, there are only two corners on a football team.

You can play those packages for half of the game and just like McNabb had to give up a few plays to Vick in order to get him on the field, they're going to do the same thing with these three guys. Besides there have been enough injuries in football the last few years to know that you can never have enough skill players.  

Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:34 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

McNabb sign in Minny and Rice leaves, McKinnie is overweight and gets cut. Back to square 1 or is that why Rice signed elsewhere? Is it telling that he chose to play with Tavaris over Donovan?

Since: Mar 23, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:23 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Say what you want and bust McNabb's balls all you want but had the Eagles provided him with any receivers at all we would have a couple Super Bowls right now.  I was at all 3 NFC Championship games and the Super Bowl.  You can say Donovan wasn't great in the losses to Tampa Bay and Carolina but being at the games you could see that his receivers sucked and couldn't get open in the Carolina game leaving him to get crushed.  Tampa game was a huge let down from the defense and in that game McNabb was not sharp.  The one consistent factor in both losses was Andy "choke in big game" Reid unable to make any adjustments at all and his eyes were so glazed over that he wasn't there.

Super Bowl - McNabb sucked up the joint but lets not forget Andy boy not making in game adjustments to the offense and the defense unable to stop a stinking screen pass the entire second half.  Oh, and how about the way Reid managed the clock when down 2 scores with 5 minutes to go......

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

Since: Jun 23, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 9:09 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

donavan i think you are going to have a great year. i think these doubters will find that out  at the end of the year

Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:48 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....

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:32 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

The point is there's no way a corner of Samuel's caliber is going to settle into the nickelback role.   Trade him and get another workable piece.

Since: Jan 18, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:31 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

It's the Eagles.  They just turned an unproven QB into a Pro Bowl corner.  Now they have another Pro Bowl corner that's a tradeable asset.  Isn't it obvious what they're doing behind closed doors right now?  SHOPPING HIM.  To get another piece to add to a loaded roster.  Because they know what they're doing.

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:17 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

To bastardize his own words, why can't McNabb keep the Eagles out of his mouth?

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 8:13 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

I believe D.R.C will be the odd man out. Nnamdi will start and Asaante will start. Samuel was not the issue, it  was who played opposite and the 3rd corner that came in on 3rd and long. To get rid of or sit Asante would be foolish, the guy is as heads up as you can get at the position and Andy knows that. The eagles will make it work becuase at the end of the day its about winning the whole thing, besides eihter asante or D.R.C. is gone next year anyway. They just need to make it work this season.

Since: Aug 16, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 7:47 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Donovan, I would be willing to bet you your salary that you wish you had these problems in Minny. The real problem there would be the problem of the QB getting the ball to all those weapons. You of all people should know better then talk about problems in Philly. Oh ... then again ... is this your way of making excuses for not being able to win the big one?

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