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Mark Maske
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Mark Maske

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Awkward to Go Back to McNabb Now

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Personally, I don't see how you go back now.

Andy Reid benched Donovan McNabb on Sunday. I don't see how he can turn back to McNabb now and make it work.

I remember being at the game in which Bill Parcells, then the coach of the Cowboys, benched Drew Bledsoe and went to Tony Romo. Parcells knew the move was permanent once he made it. He knew there was no going back to Bledsoe and he'd have to live with Romo as his quarterback, whether it worked or not. We now look at that move and view it through the lens of Romo being a Pro Bowler. But at the time, he was just a former undrafted rookie who had never played, and no one knew if he'd succeed or not. Romo then had far fewer credentials than Kevin Kolb has now, although Romo had been around longer, sitting and watching and learning.

For years, the Eagles have been all about patience and loyalty. Jeffrey Lurie, the owner of the franchise, and Joe Banner, the team president, were patient with Reid when their less-than-patient fan base wanted to see a coaching change made. Reid was, likewise, patient with McNabb.

The circle of trust has now been broken, it seems to me. It sure feels like the beginning of the end of McNabb's tenure in Philadelphia. And maybe Reid's as well.

By Mark Maske  |  November 24, 2008; 3:20 PM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Let the Philly fans ignite their boo fueled death spiral. I really do love to watch Philly teams implode. There is just such a special quality about watching the Philly fans obliterate their team. Well at least they got a world series win. Enjoy it -- any other championship will be a long, long time coming.

Posted by: shaun | November 24, 2008 4:33 PM

Matt Cassel. He's off to Philly in a shot once contract expires.

Posted by: Icarus | November 25, 2008 4:03 PM

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