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H. Gore
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H. Gore

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No McNabb, No Chance


Even though the media and football fans give Donovan McNabb a ton of crap, they all know the Philadelphia Eagles are only going as far as number 5 takes them. People can say "Hey, maybe Kolb can play" or "Vick can guide the team in three weeks," but those people are incorrect. Philly's Super Bowl aspirations hang on the health of Donovan McNabb.

I'm not sure why, but somewhere along the way it became fashionable to blame McNabb for everything that goes wrong. Rush Limbaugh went brain-dead on the air and it's McNabb causing a controversy. Terrell Owens acts like his normal foolish self and it's McNabb not having control of the huddle. We'll eventually find out it's been Donovan McNabb behind global warming, the bad economy and Tyler Perry. Until then, Eagles fans better hope for a speedy recovery.

It's only the first game of the season, and the Eagles played against Jake Delhomme who lives by the old "It's better to give than to receive points" adage, but the Philadelphia defense looked as tough as ever. They played the kind of defense that can protect a green quarterback like Kevin Kolb. But you don't want to have to rely on the defense for the entire season. The offense, and namely the quarterback, has to make plays and win games for their team. If Kolb is the starter Sunday against the Saints he's going to need to put points on the board to help the D because you know Drew Brees is going to get his.

When it comes to divisional play the Eagles have to face strong defenses in Dallas, New York, and Washington. McNabb's experience in NFC East battles outweighs the positives Kevin Kolb or Michael Vick bring to the table. Add games with the Saints, Falcons, Bears and Chargers to the mix and it should be clear who Philadelphia needs under center: Donovan McNabb.

The only quarterback in Eagles history with five trips to the NFC Championship game, nearly 30,000 yards passing, and almost 200 touchdowns is McNabb. The only play of note in Kevin Kolb's brief career is the NFL record 108-yard interception return he tossed last year to Ed Reed. And while Michael Vick should have fresh legs after his 23-month mandatory timeout, the West Coast offense was never his forte. So unless Philadelphia is going to pull the deal of the century for Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, their playoff goal won't be met without Donovan McNabb taking snaps.

By H. Gore  |  September 14, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  | Category:  Medical , Michael Vick , Philadelphia Eagles , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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If I remember correctly, Vick took a team to the NFC championship with far fewer weapons then he has now. As long as he gets back in football shape, I don't see why the Eagles couldn't make the playoffs with him at QB.

Posted by: wlskehan | September 14, 2009 11:13 AM

*than. lol

Posted by: wlskehan | September 14, 2009 11:14 AM

I really wish Donovan McNabb wouldn't have melted that Arctic icecap... that was just wrong.

I don't like the way he shipped all our jobs overseas, either.

But if can can gut out a victory over New Orleans in the flak jacket, he can rest real easy for two weeks.

Posted by: KevinShinn | September 14, 2009 1:35 PM

The word "Vick" will make me want to vomit for the rest of my life.

I've read details of how Ookie/Vick enjoyed killing dogs by hanging, holding their heads in buckets to drown, dangling them in his swimming pool with electric car cables to electrocute.

His specail overalls he kept in his garage for the killings, so that his own clothes wouldn't get their blood on them, etc.

Every time I hear the word 'Vick' I will think of that so called human standing in the moonlight with his friends P-Funk, Q, T Phillips, while "Ookie" laughed and used his own hands to force a dog's head underwater until it drowned. Ookie pulling a rope and 'lynching' one of his wounded, losing dogs. It takes a long time to hang a dog that has been purposely given strong neck muscles by chaining them to gigantic chains to buried axles in the ground.

I will never, ever forget on 60 Minutes when Vick called his 'sanctuary', which was flying home every Tuesday on his day off from the Falcons so that he could participate in this 'hobby' of his, dog fighting, and dog killing.

It is truly sad that anyone, ANYONE would ever stand up and cheer for a human that enjoyed a 'hobby' like dog fighting, but most of all, enjoyed the hands on killing of dogs.

Posted by: Rubiconski | September 15, 2009 5:02 AM

So what he killed some dogs where the people in your community kill people. I guess you treasure a dogs life over those that are people idiot. Get off your high horse and leave the dog crap. How many people are killed in Washington every years is probably over 1000 so the animal stuff doesn't compute with me. The homicide rate does.

Posted by: artax_2002 | September 15, 2009 7:52 AM

H. Bore. You've got to be kidding. Do you even follow the Eagles??? Strong Defense - Dallas??? Did you check both games scores last year against Dallas?? McNabb's a great QB for them but guys like you wrote them off before - let's see - How about when Donovan got hurt and they went to the division Championship with Koy Detmer and AJ Feely, then in 2006 with Jeff Garcia. Man I can't believe I wasted my time even commenting on your blog. Go back to your Mom's Basement where you've been living these past 10 years and watch Star Wars 6.

Posted by: billm32 | September 15, 2009 3:00 PM

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