So after two straight seasons of his year ending early with an injury, Eagles QB Donovan McNabb is reportedly upset with the organization. Reports state that McNabb is bummed that the team would not let him fly with the Eagles on a plane to the Divisional Playoff game at New Orleans two weeks ago. The team policy, put in place by head coach Andy Reid, is that no player on IR is allowed to fly with the team to away games. But of course McNabb thinks since he’s well..McNabb, that the rule should have been flexed for him.
The reports also say that Donovan’s feelings may be hurt since he feels others want backup Jeff Garcia, who spared the Eagles late second half run, to be the starter next season. He’s also peeved about the way the media reacted towards his mother – Wilma (no, not the one in the Chunky Soup commerical, that was an actress), after she came out and said that wathching the Eagles without her son was “bittersweet.” No offense Wilma – but why do we care what you think?
Donovan had better watch what he says when he does talk, and better choose his words carefully. Despite having a great season in 2006 after missing a bulk of 2005, McNabb only had the Eagles at 5-5 before he got hurt for good. The team then with Jeff Garcia at the helm, went 6-2 and even won a home playoff game against the rival Giants.
McNabb is still a playmaker when healthy, but the problem is he has not played in a full season in over two years. His injury last year capped what was an awful year for the Eagles after a Super Bowl performance in 2004, and this past year Garcia was the golden boy after McNabb again went down with an injury. It’s life in the NFL when a backup QB comes in, plays well, and then the fans clamor for him to be the starter.
Eagles coach Andy Reid says that all is well with the QB and the team, and that “he knows what’s the truth and what isn’t the truth.” I would again state though that if McNabb thinks he is untouchable and can come out and spout about anything he wants once he gets a mic in front of him, he had better be careful. Being damaged goods is one thing, but being damaged goods with a bad attitude is something not a lot of teams in the NFL want to deal with. Advice to McNabb – let your play on the field speak for itself, and get over the complex of not being loved by your team and fans.