You’ve got to love the Eagles quick moves to try and soothe quarterback Donovan McNabb after the team did the right thing in planning for the future this past weekend in drafting a quarterback with their first pick. Word is Donovan’s ego was riled after the team went out and snagged Houston quarterback Kevin Kolb with the 36th pick of the draft. Quick to make things right, Eagles coach Andy Reid called McNabb, telling him not to worry, that drafting Kolb was not a sign that McNabb’s job is in jeopardy.
My question is – why not? Sure Donovan was having a great season last year before getting hurt, but let’s face the facts. It’s now two straight years that an injury to the Chunky Soup star has put the Eagles season on life support. Two years ago, they never recovered and had a bad season, while last year they were saved by the tremendous QB play of Jeff Garcia, and made it to the second round of the playoffs.
So why not plan ahead? With Garcia in Tampa Bay, the team does need to start thinking about what will happen if McNabb is not the same QB he once was, or what happens if he suffers another season-ending injury? Who will the team turn to then? Philadelphia cannot afford to NOT be ready in case McNabb goes down, or does not play well. That is why the drafting of Kolb was a good move on their part.
You also have to love how Daddy McNabb jumps to the defense of his son. “My son works for the Philadelphia Eagles right now and when he doesn’t any longer, there are 31 other NFL teams he can play for,” Sam McNabb told the Philadelphia Daily News. First off Sam, your son should be happy he has a place to play, and I for one beg to differ that 31 or even 11 teams would jump on McNabb today if he suddenly was available. Sure someone would take him, but let’s not overvalue what Donovan is worth after two season ending injuries.
So the beat to pacify McNabb continues in Philly. This all going on when its fact that McNabb will miss the teams minicamps as he completes his recovery from ACL surgery. A player like McNabb should really just close his mouth, get his recovery done, and go out and prove his worth. After all, another injury and his worth might not be that much.