The Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback, Donovan McNabb, may be out the door soon, but you can’t say you didn’t see it coming.
On the depth chart just ahead of Michael Vick, who the Eagles signed after he served a 19-month jail sentence, is four-year quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb expressed his feelings on being a starter but has not yet played full-time in that role.
When McNabb went down earlier in the season with a severe injury, Kolb came in and showed he should be a candidate, throwing for more than 300 yards in back-to-back games.
After McNabb’s injury, many fans wondered whether he would be the starter for the rest of the season.
When he got back, McNabb stepped up his game and finished the regular season throwing 22 touchdowns and only 10 interceptions, leading the Eagles to another playoff berth.
When the playoffs came around, McNabb looked flustered as the Dallas Cowboys bounced the Eagles out of the playoffs after only one game.
Just like in years before, McNabb’s future was in jeopardy. Now, with two other quarterbacks in the mix, McNabb’s days as an Eagle seem numbered.
Head coach Andy Reid came out and said that McNabb wasn’t going anywhere–until a few days ago, when things seemed to change.
“I’m listening (to offers) out there,” Reid said on March 23. “I’m not saying I’m doing anything. But we’re keeping our ears open. It’s an evaluation process.”
Now Reid is listening to trade offers for his franchise quarterback. McNabb is frustrated that Reid has kept his statements short while the media and sports radio rumors are buzzing.
Can you blame McNabb for his frustration? The team that drafted him 11 years ago seems to be turning its back on him. The head coach who was by his side even when he was booed on Draft Day has changed his mind about him. The City of Brotherly Love isn’t so kind to him anymore.
As for the team, it has not been able to win a championship with McNabb as the quarterback. No matter how disrespected McNabb may feel, the time has come for a change. With Kolb watching every move of McNabb’s on the football field, he seems to be the logical fit for the job. If and when McNabb is gone, a new era will begin.
Well Eagles fans, if you want a championship anytime soon, it may just be time to move on.
Kolb is waiting to lead this team. Don’t make him wait any longer.