This is a subject that is going to be debated for a long time. It’s very easy to be upset with this trade because this is a BIG change for the Philadelphia Eagles. Donovan McNabb has been the face of this franchise for many years now and we have seen a lot of success while he was at the helm. There was a lot of disappointment with McNabb not being able to win the “big game,” but he can’t be fully blamed for this. Also, he always was able to make the Eagles a contender.
Will the Eagles not be a contender now? That is a question that won’t be answered for sometime (and quite frankly I think the answer lies more in the defense than at who’s playing quarterback). The big question is, was this the right move for the Eagles?
There have been trade talks for quite some times that involved Donovan Mcnabb, even before this year. However, when trade talks began to get really serious (the Rams talk involving the 33rd overall pick in my opinion) is when I felt that there was no turning back. Andy Reid admitted that McNabb did have a price tag for the first time and this seemed like a key sign that a deal would actually get done. Many people saw this coming so it wasn’t a big surprise when a trade actually went down. The surprise with the trade was the team involved. Many are confused (including myself) as to why the Eagles would trade McNabb within the division, but the deal is done and there is no turning back now.
It seems that the Eagles are hellbound on getting younger and this move just solidifies that position. With Donovan McNabb gone, things are obviously going to be different. Despite that, I think the Eagles are filling their “pass first” offensive system with a player who can truly throw the ball. I don’t think anyone can say they’ve never been frustrated by McNabb throwing the ball into a guys feet. The Eagles offense is stacked with young players at the skill positions and McNabb was the only one left who wasn’t a part of the “new blood.”
This is a big change and it’s going to take some time to set in. However, this type of thing was inevitable and it’s time to move forward.