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Although Donovan McNabb is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL, the Eagles have a system in place that allows them to win without him for brief stretches of time if need be. In 2007, they went 5-1 with Jeff Garcia under center and, in 2002, they went 5-1 with the duo of A.J. Feeley and Koy Detmer. Though the Eagles are at their best when #5 is leading them, there's still enough on that team to get it done if he has to miss a few weeks.

First, as we saw against Carolina in the season opener, that defense is still a rabid beast, though Jim Johnson is missed. Second, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin give the Quarterback Du Jour the best pair of receiver targets Philly's had in years. Third, as long as there's Brian Westbrook, there's an offense. The underrated Andy Reid has a way of keeping things even under difficult circumstances.

Kevin Kolb or a free agent signing could keep the seat warm until Michael Vick is allowed to start. Of course, the next question becomes: What happens if Vick plays well and the Philly Phanbase, always so eager to forget McNabb's accomplishments and spotlight his deficits, decides that McNabb is persona non grata? We can but wait and see.

By Doug Farrar  |  September 14, 2009; 9:27 AM ET  | Category:  Doug Farrar , Medical , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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