It appears that quarterback Donovan McNabb is back to being the starter in Philly, as on Wednesday he declared himself ready to go and that he’ll play against the Giants. McNabb has missed the past two plus games after suffering from an ankle and thumb injury vs the Dolphins back on November 18th at home. A.J. Feeley has been taking the place of McNabb, and after a huge first game against the Pats two weeks ago, he was awful against the Seahawks Sunday, throwing four picks in a home loss that put a huge dent in the teams playoff hopes.
McNabb has been getting slammed in the media in Philly, with fans and some of the media calling for a change at the QB position there – for good. The long-time Eagles signal caller said Wednesday that he does not care about how people perceive him. “It’s really none of my concern,” McNabb said. “I can’t waste my energy worrying about how people feel about me. I don’t have anything to prove. I’ve proven a lot through my career. … There is nothing I can possibly do, at this particular point, besides win ball games, for me to make people feel some type of way or to feel better about me being in there. I don’t get caught up in it, put it that way.”
Part of the problem for McNabb is that when his backups come in, they usually shine. Last season with the Eagles on life support, McNabb went down and Jeff Garcia came in, led them to a division title, then beat the Giants in a wild card game before the team eventually fell in the divisional round to the Saints. It seemed like that same path might be taken with how well Feeley played against the Pats, before he came crashing down last week.
There is no question that McNabb is having a season that he would like to forget. From the “Real Sports” interview that backfired in his face, to the teams poor play on offense, the Eagles may have to continue to take a hard look at tweaking the QB position in 2008. If that position includes McNabb as the starting QB remains to be seen. It may come down to seeing if he can stay healthy and play well the final four games of the season.