Donovan McNabb Traded Within the Division to the Washington Redskins? The Kevin Kolb Era (Error?) Has Begun

This is what I wrote immediately after my sister called and informed me that Donovan had been traded:

I am no longer a Philadelphia Eagles fan.

Never a quitter but judging how the Eagles organization treated the man who lined their pockets for eleven years, I can not sit by and continue to have my intelligence insulted.

I can’t wait for Donovan to come into town and eat Rocky’s heart…

I waited until morning to express my true feelings because those of last night immediately after the trade was announced were just way too emotional and not objective in the least.

Does McNabb to Washington rival the Wilt, Malone, Barkley, Brad Daugherty trades?

Statement I received later on from the McNabb camp last night…while diplomatic, it’s true to Donovan’s name:  “I’m really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins. I’m eager to work with Coach Shanahan – he’s been a very successful coach with a couple of Super Bowl victories on his resume. While it has been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years and know that we shared a lot more good times than bad.”

Does Shanahan see Elway in McNabb? Elway was a different player after Shanahan took over. The offensive guru streamlined Elway’s talents to the tune of two consecutive Super Bowl wins after 4 Super Bowl losses became his career definition. 5 has a stable of running backs…Willie Parker, Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson and you know Shanahan will run the ball…something Donovan wasn’t afforded in Philadelphia…and stick with it.

As an aside…Jason Campbell wasn’t told of trade until he heard from this reporter (Donovan might want to consider this just in case he wants to sign a deal with Washington and where does this leave Campbell. Is he out?).

Have the Eagles front office ameliorated the team?

Not in my opinion.

Why is Kevin Kolb being mentioned in the same sentence with Donovan McNabb? His potential is that good and some of you actually see him leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl right now?

Let’s put it all out on the table. Donovan McNabb is a soul model for young Black quarterbacks who don’t have like minded coordinators to refine their talent. He is the prototype. He is arguably the best Black quarterback of all time because of what he’s done during the regular season and also in the playoffs. When are Black quarterbacks going to be defined by their success and not their “failures”? A third and 20 run for a first down may not show up in passer rating but it damn sure leads to wins. To say 5’s not a winner because he’s never won the Super Bowl is soul diminishing of his legacy. His legacy and the legacy of others should not be characterized by how many championships won because very few athletes…in any sport…can lay claim to last game shine.

This city is so fickle that an Eagles town has quickly become a Phillies town despite a Eagles current playoff run rivaled only by the Doc and Cheeks led Sixers teams of the late 70’s and early ’80’s.


That Donovan McNabb quarterbacked the Philadelphia Eagles was a perfect storm. He was my Randall Cunningham revenge. I loved the Philadelphia Eagles and love Donovan McNabb because of his steadiness. This really hurts but I will hurt no longer for Donovan McNabb is in a better place…even if it’s merely a year. I held out hope Triple 5 Soul wouldn’t be traded. I held out hope because despite all the controversy swirling, I knew Donovan could withstand everything fan, media and organization exacerbated and still rock.

Another thing…passionate fans do not equal great fans.

Inside the Linc is where Donovan got his respect. The fans there during game days were’s outside the Linc I take issue with.

Most of the fans I spoke with wanted Kevin Kolb. Really? How can that be? Why should Michael Vick have to sit behind someone lacking so much experience?

One thing McNabb did master (for his own sanity) was dealing with media. He was diplomatic when he absolutely needed to be, critical in code at times and injected child like laughter when he felt froggy as well. He played the Philly media and most couldn’t stand it so the hate prevailed in relevant op/eds and the like. Yes, there were some decent columns (definitely not enough) but Donovan never received the adulation of his comparable NFL peers despite being booed on draft day…despite the Rush Limbaugh bs…despite the lack of talent, inconsistent play calling, despite the Terrell Owens negativity (I blame Donovan as well), the front office drafting his replacement…while his arm is still prime, lack of offensive balance and despite the all the  injuries.

One must understand that if the press in any given city on any given Sunday does not write at least a few shining moments regarding an athlete’s career, fans will pick up on the perception, run with it and ultimately that perception becomes reality. It’s good to see the national media reporting what Moon and Eli Manning said but if the national beat spoke out even more about Donovan earlier on, we might not be in this space.

That DeSean Jackson is being bandied about to somehow confirm some sort of anti-McNabb locker room sentiment is disgusting. DeSean is a beast. He’s simply a monster on the football field, but fans have to understand he’s a third year player. Of course there is going to be a disconnect between a youngsta coming into the lead and a older cat with one thing on his mind…win a Super Bowl. I’ll say it again that if the climate of journalism in this town was anything moral, then there would be a different attitude and perception of Donovan McNabb.

Don’t prop up Jukebox to sooth your own insecurities. There are disagreements in every locker room and in every work place the world over.

Make it work!

Did the Eagles brass use Donovan to galvanize Maclin, Jackson and Celek’s skill sets, respectively? Will LeSean McCoy pick up a blitz play in and play out? Will Maclin hold on to a ball thrown when a safety speed knock is imminent? What will Jackson do if Kolb doesn’t perform in the clutch? Where’s the defense? Will Reid run the ball more because if he loses the writing is on the wall for him as well.

The Eagles have let go 12 players this off season…most in the league…and now have one position player over thirty. Average age is a mere 26.

Covering the team the last two years was a dream. I picked Donovan’s brain on occasion on and off the record and was sometimes vilified by talk radio hosts who somehow didn’t get I care about the legacy of players.

I don’t care if you are Black, White or ooze blue and silver star, if you command respect, you get it from me for life.

But, but, I live here…

I live where a fictional character has become the definition of the underdog. Why not Joe Frazier, Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Benard Hopkins, Vince Papale or Brian Dawkins? This is where perception vs. reality comes in.  The Rocky statue is a fixture of this town and over the years and also because the majority of Philly’s sports stars do not look like Balboa, the proper respect simply isn’t given (Dawkins is the exception). Writers capitalized on what they thought was the pulse of the city to sell papers and threw McNabb in the trash whenever the joy rode their backs; never knighting Donovan with the key to their would be emotional pens.

Media prose was never glowing but more of tolerating 5.

Since journalistic creativity has waned in this town and the strength…or lack thereof of the almighty dollar is pushed to the fore, most didn’t know if they were coming or going. Most knew the Eagles weren’t getting rid of Andy Reid despite his Rocky shortcomings, so they focused on arguably one of the best athletes the town has ever had.

Donovan McNabb was certainly a polarizing figure for the city. Most either loved or hated him and as a result there was a prevalent fatigue associated with Donovan. When trade winds blew the city was awash with excitement and a smiling hope for the future. A trade had to be made.

The city is ready to hand over the keys…cheese steaks and all…to a young quarterback with two starts. They are ready to do so despite having Michael Vick here as well.

The ability of Kevin Kolb is unknown.

Do you really think  Kolb is a better quarterback right now than Michael Vick?


Yes,  Kolb became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300 yards in his first two starts. Remember, one was a blowout loss to the Saints where he threw 3 picks…and it was a true blowout…and the other was a 34-14 demolition of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs game was in effect…his fire starter. He got a taste of success and his time is now.

If Kevin Kolb was truly the man to get it done then Donovan’s career should have been over that fateful day in Baltimore where Andy Reid didn’t even have the balls to tell McNabb he was benched himself and instead asked an assistant coach to do his damage.

McNabb did have 7 turnovers in 7 quarters…that should not be understated…but why the hell was his leash so short in a town yet to win a Super Bowl?

Would a Golden Boy quarterback like Favre, Brady or Manning been given a similar hook?

Kolb was miserable in the 36-7 loss and that he performed badly was probably the only reason McNabb was able to put the team on his back and lead Philadelphia to yet another NFC Championship game.

He was magnificent in that stretch.

That was almost a year and a half ago and now 5 is gone…

You have to understand I live in a town that gets rid of Hall of Fame or Hall of Fame caliber players as if they are scrubs while holding on to more human cult figures fans identify with…and that’s alright?

Wilt Chamberlain, Maurice Cheeks (player and coach), Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Brian Dawkins, the aforementioned Randall Cunningham, Scott Rolen, Eric Lindros, Reggie White, Curt Schilling, Brian Westbrook…hell Julius Erving was a scant second away from being traded to the Clippers for Terry Cummings.

No love, no loyalty and that fans here identify with a fictional character in Rocky Balboa is telling.

I say tear the statue down. Right now. No…right now.

When Randall Cunningham took over the reigns for Ron Jaworski (funny how Jaws never defends McNabb despite his own mediocre 4-4 playoff record) and elevated the Eagles into one of the more exciting teams in sports the writer of my soul was developing. Passion, excitement, visual amazement…love.

I fell in love with sports and the makings of this piece is lined with Randall’s jheri curl juice…

Cunningham was treated like dog crap here. He was vilified for flying to Vegas to see his first born delivered Dallas playoff week despite being a back up. The fans chanted his name when he threw a pick despite being the entire offense. The media skewered him…yet the fans cheered him when he returned as a Cowboy? Huh?

Nonetheless, he led the team in rushing an incredible four straight years, had decent passing stats and if Buddy Ryan didn’t pull him against Arizona in game 16 in 1990, he most likely would have been the first qb to rush for 1,000 yards (ended with 942 and had 3,466 in the air). He won only one playoff game and that was in 1992. It’s unfortunate Randall’s playoff image is that of the infamous Fog Bowl loss to the Bears in a game he three for 412 yards.

The Eagles neglected to give Randall a line or a top level receiving corps. Fans and pundits alike questioned whether Randall was intelligent enough to read defenses. Cunningham lands in Minnesota, takes over for Brad Johnson, has one of the best quarterback seasons in history and comes within a gimme field goal of facing John Elway and the Broncos in the Super Bowl.

If Philly writers would have left even a decent legacy regarding Cunningham maybe things would be different for McNabb.

Who are Black quarterbacks compared to…themselves or their White counterparts?

Fast forward to 2010. The man who has a better playoff record than Peyton Manning is traded to a hated rival within the division on Easter Sunday.

Could the question be raised Philadelphia is tired of seeing Black quarterbacks lead the Eagles? Is it all about race, hell no, but that a racial component exists  affects how the city is viewed nationally. This is one of the most unique trades in sports because Donovan’s talent has not deteriorated.

I never quite got the criticism after the Arizona 32-25 NFC Championship loss. Especially being he threw for 375 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pick that was deflected. What else could he do? Where is the Kevin Curtis judgment for not catching a sure first down with over a minute on the clock at the Cardinals 25? Where is the criticisms of McNabb grounded? Is it all about the bottom line?

I’m not one to clamor for Kevin Kolb to fail. I wish him well but Donovan is the focus. If Kolb  sets Broad Street on fire, then I’m happy for him. I must ask is the media going to give him a pass because a change in quarterback is what most in the press wanted because stories are generated? When he’s at the podium after throwing yet another late game interception will he be able to handle himself when the fire is the hottest or will beat writers and columnists back off the pedal?

What do the fans and media want here?

What do you want?

Why is the organization trading a franchise quarterback with one of the strongest arms in the league simply because there are backups at the franchises disposal? Those of you who make excuses for kicking Donovan out of town…what does that say about you personally as a sports fan?

What the hell is up with this town thinking they deserve something their behavior and common sense does not?

Donovan McNabb’s Philadelphia record was 92-49-1. He threw for 32,873 yards, 216 touchdowns and 100 interceptions during his time in Philly…all records.

What about 4th and 26?

This piece will be seen as a Donovan McNabb apologist piece, but I could care less. Facts are the final culture and that’s my soul aim. The fact is Donovan McNabb has thrown the least amount of interceptions (percentage) in the history of the game…in a pass happy offense…yet most want to paint him as this inaccurate clown lacking passion…which is absurd.

You got what you wished for Philly now what will be the excuse if this monumental move backfires?

Will Kevin Kolb be as secure with the ball as Donovan has been during his more than stellar career?

Some will miss you here Donovan and I’m proud to say I’m one of them. I wish you well 5. Now go claim your legacy in Chocolate City.


Dealing with this craziness the last few years, here are the pieces I’ve written on Donovan:

It’s Time For Donovan McNabb’s Legacy To Be Law

When Are the Eagles Gonna Win One for Don?

The Class of Donovan McNabb Prevails

A Quarterback Controversy? Best Believe McNabb Is Done In Philly

Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss, Chad Johnson: Decisions, Decisions

Repeat After Me: Why Haven’t the Philadelphia Eagles Front Office Given Donovan McNabb Talented Receivers?

Hall of Fame QB Warren Moon questioned the move and so did Eli Manning…of all people.

Ya damn right this hurts and football will never be the same in my eyes. Washington, DC is getting a great quarterback and a better man.

55 Responses to “Donovan McNabb Traded Within the Division to the Washington Redskins? The Kevin Kolb Era (Error?) Has Begun”

  1. mapoui says:

    I have never been an Eagles fan.

    sorry to say so, in the heart if Philly but thats just the way it is.

    Eagles were ok with Vermeil/Jaworsky…. but the only sports Philly I ever liked were the Sixers/Erving, Malone, Chocolate Thunder…..

    oh! Lenny Dyskra…from the Yankees…was a tuff lil son of a gun during Blue Jay time. but it was still Blue Jay time!

    I am glad McNabb has been traded.

    I wish he had decided on the Raiders but I am satisfied with the ‘Skins.

    I am now free to dislike the Eagles with a clear conscience and no residual hindrance. I wish Reid and his OC longevity and guranteed contracts so they may continue with their play-calling for years to come.

    and Michael!?

    I wish he was outta there too. now it looks like he is doomed to a purgatory of back-up to Kolb …or first string when, inevitably, Kolb falters…. in an offense hamstrung by its off-field own leadership and a rabid, baying fan base!

    the Eages are dead! long live the eagles! long live Reid and Morninweg…and the man in the front office!

  2. Temple3 says:

    On one thing we totally agree: that Rocky statue is the epitome of delusion. I guess if Pete Rose wasn’t imported from Cincinnati his image would have been bronzed. Nothing says more about the collective psyche of Philadelphia sports and the fan base than that stupid ass statue. It’s a comedic disgrace…and as a New Yorker, I can proudly say, “We’d NEVER do no dumb shit like that!”

  3. mapoui says:

    yes man! that statue is a hoot! a cackle-producing machine!

    ha ha ha haha

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  6. Ron Glover says:

    The funny thing is that this organization is so classless they announced this trade the day before Opening Day, anything to take the attention from the Phillies.

    The clock is now ticking on Andy Reid’s tenure as coach in Philly.

  7. GrandNubian says:

    Wow….I must say that I didn’t see this trade coming. I’m not sure if anyone did besides the ‘Skins. I just hope that Shanahan get him a few receivers to throw to (T.O.? 🙂 )and solidify that offensive line (Flozell Adams?). I like mizz’s point about the skins running the ball…..they WILL run it with Portis, Johnson & Parker. But ultimately, they’re going to have to throw it to someone and that someone needs to be able to catch the ball.

    I for one am glad that McNabb is out of Philly. The city doesn’t deserve him. I would like to see Vick outta there and starting somewhere as well. Personally, I think Kolb will end up being benched before season’s end and Philly ends up at 6-10.

    Oh well, there’s still room available on the Steelers’ bandwagon for you, mizz. 🙂

    “Nothing says more about the collective psyche of Philadelphia sports and the fan base than that stupid ass statue.”

    I couldn’t agree more…….

  8. Temple3 says:

    I think Kolb will do just fine in Philadelphia. The interesting thing about Andy Reid is that he has demonstrated a willingness to RUN the ball when someone OTHER THAN MCNABB was running the team. Remember that playoff run the Eagles made with Jeff Garcia? They were balanced on offense in just about every game.

    Washington can trade the #4 overall pick or Jason Campbell to get some additional value. The rumor mill says they’re willing to move Albert Haynesworth and LaRon Landry. From where I’m sitting, that’s a lot of trade bait and MORE THAN ENOUGH to get Brandon Marshall out of Denver.

    Marshall, Owens and Moss at the WR. Chris Cooley at TE. Parker, Portis and Johnson at RB. Lots of zone blocking, bootlegs and deep passes off play action. Sounds like an 11 or 12 win team to me.

  9. Ron Glover says:

    @GN – Mizzo and I should’ve taken you up on that offer last summer. Save two seats for us.

  10. GrandNubian says:

    @Ron G

    I still got two for yall. Let me know what’s up….. 🙂

  11. Mizzo says:

    Seems like a natural move brothas. Kinda dig the unrestricted free agent tag.

    Cowboys fans…don’t even think about it…

  12. Temple3 says:

    I was being facetious about the sports wisdom of New Yorkers. Most black players with tremendous talent go through this. Patrick Ewing went through it. Dominique…Barry Bonds…Randall. TSF’s value, in large part, is in keeping folks from losing their minds. I knew that Ewing, ‘Nique and Bonds played with a bunch of bums…and so did the fan base AFTER those guys left.

    I think people have Negronesia. It’s a disease that allows white folks and many black folk to forget really obvious shit when an elite Black athlete has the keys to the car. People in Buffalo never had that with Jim Kelly. Folks in Miami didn’t get that with Marino. And the fan base in Indy doesn’t have it with Manning.

    Crackhead Clayton (ESPN’s John) still thinks 4-10 Flacco is an elite quarterback. If a 4-10 showing in a road playoff game is the stuff of greatness, I’m ready to induct Akili Smith right now.

    I continue to believe that John Elway and Jim Kelly provide the best counter narratives to understanding McNabb. Elway is a virtual statistical and situational clone of McNabb (allowing for the difference in the eras in which they played) except for two factors: Elway had better health; McNabb threw fewer picks. Both were surrounded by mediocre receivers and light in the ass defenses. Elway’s climb to statistical greatness (as a passer) began with the signing of Shannon Sharpe.

    If Larry Johnson and company can pound the rock, Washington is simply going to punish people on both sides of the ball. But they have to get a big wideout.

  13. Origin says:

    True Temple.

    Or Thomas/Kelly have to develope.

    The good thing is Mcnabb will have a coach who knows what to do with mobile QBs and believes in a running game and big WRs.

    And an owner who will spare no expense when it comes to winning.

    Looks like a good match up. Now can he win a superbowl…in 3 to 4 years. That I am not sure……… coach has coached a team to superbowls with 2 different teams.

    Only Parcells and Holgrem came close. But neither one had QBs with the talent of Elway and Mcnabb at both stops during their coaching career.

    This is almost like Bill Walsh coaching Joe Montana and Elway with 2 different teams.

    Shanahan has a chance to make history.

    And having 2 owners that were willing to spend money.

  14. HarveyDent says:

    I’ve posted my thoughts on SOMM and I wanted to wait for Miz to dedicate a column to this mess before I posted anything here at TSF. I’m a little better today with this deal but I’m ambivalent either way on both ends. I’ll always love McNabb but I can’t stand Washington and won’t even say the team’s nickname or its racist owner from the 50’s and 60’s. I’ll always love the Eagles and will even pull for Kolb to succeed but knowing any success he’s had will be with a team that should have been led by McNabb will be galling. The one thing I do know is that I’ll never forgive the Eagles front office for trading McNabb, period. I could care less where he was traded because the truth was that he shouldn’t have been traded and that most Philly media and anti-McNabb fans felt it was a change needed for change’s sake speaks to their lack of intelligence.

    I do have to correct you though, Miz, because Five is a soul model for all pro QB’s who want to be successes on and off the field when it comes to dealing with media and the fans on a classy level. He never cooned or embarrassed himself or his family publicly and for that I’ll always think the world of the guy. In these days of TMZ sports I try not to think too highly of sporting figures but as I always say Sam and Wilma raised a good man.

    The other correction is that McNabb shouldn’t only be compared to Elway because I see parallels with Doug Williams as well. Just like Doug left a team that didn’t appreciate him when it came to paying him to go with anyone else under center, Donnie Mac is leaving a situation where the constant drumbeat from the city was that he was always the cause of team failure no matter what he did. McNabb is going to win a title for Washington and just like when Williams did it everything will come together for him and his former team is going to wither on the vine.

  15. Mizzo says:

    Maybe I was vague but I thought I said McNabb dealt with the media in a classy manner. I compared him to Elway because of his overall stats and how they translate to what Shanahan brings as a coach.

  16. HarveyDent says:

    Definitely understand that, Miz, but I just wanted to highlight that McNabb is a good model for any young player trying to find out what it means to embody class in the public eye. I’m going to say that you like me has marveled at the professional way #5 carried himself while dealing with the media and he would have been excused if he at anytime he complained about his treatment. The closest he came was in that HBO interview when he said Black QB’s are judged differenly. He was being circumspect but even those bland words set EagleNation on fire. The guy could never win for losing in that city but ultimately he’s going to win much more by leaving there. I always said that he would lead a team to a SB title and this trade will bear me out.

  17. eric daniels says:

    This is going to be so funny, Kolb put those numbers against Kansas City not against Dallas or NYG or any legitimate NFL defense, Philly Fan got what they wanted .

  18. Miranda says:

    Kolb will be hurt by Oct.

  19. Ron Glover says:

    Can’t wait to see what they do with the Redskins pick.

  20. Mizzo says:

    I gotcha fam and I hear you but until Black quarterbacks are given proper legacy respect I have to champion their worth because if writers don’t things will remain the same.

    Remember the Martin Luther King Jr. quote?

    “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.”

    I gotta speak on it. Folks might not think it’s important but it goes against my soul not to.

  21. eric daniels says:

    I agree with you Mizz, but Philly fan seems to think that because Kolb put those “great numbers” against subpar defenses that he’s the next Peyton Manning but they did not have any film on him and were expecting McNabb under center. Donovan is one of the greatest QBs in the history of the NFL and he should be accorded proper respect instead the media is treating him like he is Scott Mitchell instead of the Eagles getting rid of their franchise QB which could boomerang on them for the next decade.

  22. Burundi says:

    Just moved from metro DC and can’t believe that Donnie Mac’s gonna put it down for the ‘Skins. I was one of the few who thought that Jason Campbell was getting a raw deal, despite Jason having one of the best games against the eventual Super Bowl Champs, the Saints. I’m definitely done being an Eagles fan. You all really made that apparent by revealing just how ridiculous that Rocky statue is.

  23. Patrick says:

    Kolb will be running for his life in Andy Reid’s pass happy system. If there is no Michael Turner or Stephen Jackson type running back having a Pro Bowl type year, Kolb will be pressured relentlessly by opposing defensive players.

    I predict Kevin Kolb will be among the league leaders in interceptions in 2011, and maybe lead the league in Pick 6’s.

  24. MODI says:

    t3, I think that Patrick was the very best parallel. he took the Knicks deep into the playoffs for 10 straight years and was never appreciated. I used to argue with dumb ass fans who claimed that he was slowing up the offense. then he left and we haven’t won a playoff series since! now fans talk about Patrick very different. the same will happen for McNabb. Go skins!

  25. Ron Glover says:

    Just read on that the Skins offered Albert Haynesworth to the Eagles for McNabb but due to his numbers the Eagles didn’t even discuss a possible deal.

    I think if they had pursued it they could’ve gotten Snyder to pay a decent chunk of his salary. He just received a $21 million bonus earlier this month.

    The capless season and potential lockout next season has the Eagles front office scared shitless.

  26. Clifton says:

    There is no way Michael Vick sits behind Kevin Kolb. The Eagles just needed to tell everyone Kolb is the man so McNabb doesn’t have to read the truth. He lobbied for Michael Vick to be an Eagle and it got him traded. It’s the only way they can get him on the field more since Kolb is inexperienced enough to take out for longer periods of time.

    When they picked up Vick’s option I knew McNabb was gone. There is nothing anyone can say to make me think any differently unless it’s the 16th game and Kolb has taken at least 60% of the snaps.

  27. I love this piece. Right from the heart and very true. Philly is very tough and Donovan has always handled himself with a class that showed what kind of man he is. Out of all the negative stuff that has been written on him, it was good to see something like this. I wish him well in Washington and good luck to Philadelphia when he comes to visit.

  28. Michelle says:

    McNabb will be missed in Philly by people who actually have a brain. He is the best qb in Eagles history. Good luck in D.C. Baby!!!

  29. Michelle says:

    Some of the fans in Philly are uneducated, disrespectful idiots. Thus why they have the worst reputation around the country. Behaving like an ass is not passion. It’s stupidity!!!

  30. mapoui says:

    Cliftons angle seems kinda interesting, though its a helluva deception to pull, when the world as well as Kevin, have all been told that Kolb is now number one!

    it seems the Eagles have committed themselves to Kolb and they are bound to persevere with him for some considerable time before he is benched if he is not up to the job.

    no matter what it seems Vick sits for a while in the second chair…unless Kolb gets injured.

    vicks arrival worked out good anyway. McNabb is far, far. far better of in DC than in Philly. he now has a real shot at a SB in the time remaining to him

    and there is no more fault absorber for Reid and co in philly. lets see if Reid continues to get away with his coaching incompetence with Kolb

  31. Sam says:

    Donovan McNabb will never appear in another Super Bowl. He just isn’t among the elite QBs in a league that values possession and completions. McNabb is below average when it comes to completion %.

  32. Mizzo says:

    When receivers get open, your completion percentage goes up. Check when TO was here.

  33. Eric Daniels says:


    LOLOLOLOLOL DMac will play in another Super Bowl before the Eagles ever will

  34. Origin says:

    Sam what are you smoking.

    Mizzo there will be plenty of open WRs and a higher completion %when Mike and Kyle Shanahan call those running plays and Mcnabb playaction fakes and throws to those 6-2 to 6-4 WRs.

    Bet that.

    Sam is a fool………..When Kolb gets popped real good behind that crappy OL we will see what happens.

    Oh and without his center jackson to help the call out the blitzes for the line.

  35. Origin says:

    Oh and it will be another 20 years before those bums in philly see a superbowl.

    Mizzo I can see all these Mcnabb hating philly fans becoming 76er fans now. Cause they will have a better winning % then the Eagles during the fall season.

  36. Origin says:

    And Mizzo and Harvey I liked how Mcnabb always handles himself too.

    The man was a professional through and through. I especially ones. Trying to be a mentor to JaMarcus, Cutler, Campbell and Nate Davis.

    The dude even stated that he was concerned to come to washington because Jason Campbell was the starter and that there were so few starting black QBs in the league.

    Another thing I love how Mcnabb and his agent handled this. As Harvey had stated Mcnabb refused to go to crappy teams like the Rams and Oakland.

    Anyway this is a money move. Philly has always been cheap when it comes to its teams. Lurie made the call and the GM put the pressure on Reid to do it. Reid knew that trading Mcnabb could end his stay in Philly, due to the fact that Mcnabb took all the heat off of Reid.

    You could even tell from the interview that Reid did on Mike and Mike.

    I swear the NFL is a trip. Mcnabb covered up Reid’s bad play calling and Reid and the GM’s poor personnel decisions. While Reid and the GM cover up the fact that Lurie has no intent to win only to count his money like scrooge mcduck.

    LOL!!!!! This is like one big movie.

  37. Mizzo says:

    Sixers fans and Scrooge McDuck? LOL

  38. Origin says:

    You mizzo you see Mcnabb interview with the Washington team PR person.

    Mcnabb said that he got traded because the team wanted to move to younger and cheaper players.

    Man I almost died when he said that.

  39. Sunni Ali says:

    Kudos for an emotional, passionate, but honest and to the bone assessment of the Eagles handling of Donovan McNabb….or should I perhaps say the lack of respect afforded him by the fans during his tenure as the Eagles quarterback.

    Personally, I am so happy that they finally divorced themselves of McNabb. Because now I can go back to not giving a darn about this fledging franchise and their malcontent fans.

    Sure, I recognize that not ALL of the Philadelphia fans were “McNabb haters”. But let’s keep it real. It was a very very very large majority. Eagles fans (and especially the local Philadelphia media) act as if they have a football history and especially a quarterback history like the Cowboys, Raiders, Patriots, or Steelers. Nothing could be further from the truth.

    The only comparable city and franchise to the one I have endured here in Philadelphia is Cleveland. Both have to go back to Pro Football before the Super Bowl era. Both of them are pitiful, both cities have terribly critical fans, and both are filled with writers racists to the core. Hell, at least the Browns had Jim Brown. Don’t give me that crap about Van Buren because he ain’t no Jim Brown.

    You were right to point out the “Rocky Balboa” infatuation with Philadelphia fans. These people are the only people on earth that believe that “Rocko” can beat a stud like Apollo creed.

    These are the same fans that would surely turn away the talents of players like Randy Moss, Michael Irvin, , Lawrence Taylor, Ray Lewis, Deon Sanders, Dennis Rodman, or anybody else they believe does not meet their image (no matter how unrealistic or warped that might be).

    Funny thing, Philadelphia fans (as the writer pointed out) had a few of the NFL’s best players and citizens in Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb. But they treated them no better than Terrell Owens and Dick Allen. For Philadelphia fans, it really does not matter if you are a statesman or felon. If you are not Rocky, they don’t want you. Why else would they still be holding up Ron Jaworski when both Cunningham AND Mc Nabb had far better careers in Philadelphia than Jaws.

    As former Eagle turned radio talk show Garry Cobb likes to say, this place is truly “Nega-delphia”. This is just a negative town and its a racist town. Let’s just keep it real. Of course Philadelphia inherits a racial history from a long legacy. After all, Philadelphia is the nation’s first capital and alleged home of American Democracy. And right on the land where George Washington resided is a place where he held Africans in bondage. That’s right slavery in the white house.

    So imagine this city…..On one block you can see the Liberty Bell with its historical crack. And on the next block, you have the home of Washington that held enslaved Africans against their will. By the way, Washington never set them free.

    Unfortunately, until we protested like hell blocking the streets of Philadlephia, millions of people were coming to the city, visiting the Constitution centers, taking tours, and never hearing the TRUE history of America. It was our job to make sure that we were there to tell the real story. It did not matter to us that they may accuse us playing the “so-called Race Card” (ironically a game that we did not create).

    Somebody had to tell the truth….or at least our story as we knew it since for centuries another story (lies) had been told to the world.

    Nothing is as contradictory as this American history…except the attitudes of the Philadelphia fans and their sports history.

    Thank you for telling it like it is… I can go back to knowing I am still in Philadelphia and still in America.

    So much for a changing world. When it comes to Philadelphia, race, and sports….the more things change, the more they stay the same.

    Thanks Donovan. You made me laugh, smile, cry, and proud, all at the same time. You were THE BEST we had and like Paul Robeson, you were a GREAT example of human kind. You were a dignified representative for all of us who truly understood who you were and why you were here.

    I did not like the way you handled the T.O. situation. I still feel like you should’ve fought to get his contract re-done the second the Super Bowl was over so the two of you could get us back to the promise land. After all, I watched other quarterbacks of your level do the same thing publicly for their guys.

    But I can understand how you can get swept up with rules, company policy, and bullshit. America has a way of sucking us all in. So I forgive you.

    Good luck in Washington. It would be great if you could win a title or two there and stick it to Philadelphia. But honestly, it does not matter. You are still the BEST Philly has ever had.

    You deserved to be treated like Jim Kelly (Bills), Dan Marino (Dolphins), Dan Fouts (Chargers), Bernie Kosar (Browns), Fran Tarkenton (Vikings), Warren Moon (Oilers), and others who were the best the franchise has ever had despite not winning the big one. But this is Philadlelphia. This is the place that ran out greats like Reggie White, Andrew Toney, Allen Iverson, and eventually Bobby Clark. These are the same jokers that pretend to cry crocodile tears over Jerome Brown. They called him thug when he was at Miami and did not have great things to say about the guy until after he was no longer here. I guess we can give them credit for not “speaking ill of the dead”.

    Philadelphia fans are really the joke and when this all goes down, you will be the only one standing.

    When you come back and they try and show some class with a stadium full of applause, you just do what you have always done.

    You take it and smile. But we know the real deal. Rocky Balboa is just a character. You my brother were for real….thanks…

  40. Mizzo says:

    No, thank you. I wanted a document of this time. I’m still adding to the piece as the thoughts hit me.

  41. Michelle says:

    Wow!!! Sunni your comment was on point.

  42. Matthew Fudge says:

    Here’s what’ll happen: Kolb will fail, the fans and media will probably crucify him for not being McNabb (the irony!) and Lurie will fire McNabb. Karma’s real.

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