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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: Jul 10, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:59 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

like Skyhawk said unless your exclusively running the nickel package your not going to have your 3 pro bowl corners out there meaning someones ego is going to get bruised

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:40 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

And having 3 pro-bowl corners on the field is a problem because?
Because unless you're going to play exclusive nickel, dime and quarter defense, there are only two corners on a football team.

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:38 pm

McNabb on Eagles: The heat is on

Sour grapes Donovan? Getting the ball to your Top 3 options in Jackson, Maclin, and Mccoy is what their offense is based around, what's the problem in that? And having 3 pro-bowl corners on the field is a problem because? What do you do with Asante Samuel you ask, Donovan? Ummm you play him. 

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