“The fact is, a college quarterback is always an unknown commodity until he proves he’s not, which brings us to Donovan McNabb.
The former NFL Pro Bowler is suffering through a little mid-career crisis. He blew out his knee this season, and when veteran backup Jeff Garcia led the Eagles to the playoffs, Philadelphia’s notoriously fickle fans and media began to wonder whether they might be better off with Garcia at quarterback than McNabb.”
The report went on to say:
There have been weird rumbles in Eagle-ville lately, with coach Andy Reid ordering McNabb not to travel with the team for a playoff game, then canceling a news conference the quarterback wanted to hold.
This is a case of a writer not really checking his facts. The Eagles as a rule do not let injured players travel with the team on road trips. Period. This was not a case of Reid or the Eagles brass telling Donovan to stay home. No one player is larger than the team with the Eagles, and after the T.O. fiasco, they are hell bent on proving that. I will say, however, that the week before the loss to the Saints, McNabb was on the sidelines for the Giants game and there were rumblings that he was interfering with Jeff Garcia’s leadership abilities.
The article concludes with”
“But the truth is, Quinn won’t bring back any of the people who’ve given up on this team. At least not until he proves he’s more than just another Joey Harrington.
Donovan McNabb lining up under center in next season’s opener is a different story.
A story that would make the Lions interesting again, that would get people talking again, one certainly worth making a phone call in hope of.”
First off, I have made mention of my love for the Eagles plenty of times on this website. I love the Eagles almost as much as I love Notre Dame and I probably know more about the Birds than the Irish for the simple reason of being surrounded by fellow Eagles fans. And, if the Lions were to trade that 2nd overall pick to the Eagles, I would be on the Rebbok site in a second purchasing a custom made Eagles #10 jersey with Quinn’s name on it. It will never happen though.
The Eagles are McNabb’s team and the Eagles are not a young team looking to rebuild around a rookie quarterback. They were such a team prior to drafting McNabb and doing a trade such as this would mean they have given up on the current core group of players and are starting over. Unless McNabb were to demand a trade, he will not be going anywhere.
On a side note, Eagles fans would love Quinn after they see him take his first big hit and get right back up. Quinn has been one of the toughest quarterbacks in college football over the last four years. He’s taken a beating without skipping a beat, something Philly fans would eat up.
Lastly, does anyone else find it surprising that a columnist from Ann Arbor doesn’t like the idea of seeing Brady Quinn line up for the Lions? Odd they wouldn’t want a Notre Dame quarterback leading their team isn’t it?