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Zach Leibowitz
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Zach Leibowitz

A former sideline reporter for ESPN

The Bird (& Rib) Cage

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It's impossible to say whether the Eagles are a championship team right now with or without McNabb. It's way too early to be making such predictions. However, without McNabb next week, the Eagles will get a good home test when fantasy football stud Drew Brees and the Saints come to town. Let's see how the defense does then. If the Eagles D smothers Brees, then yes, the Eagles are contenders no matter who the QB is. Ok Kevin Kolb, show us what you've got.

Typical football for this franchise over the past decade. Donovan has long been the team's leader, but it was Koy Detmer and AJ Feeley who led the team to the playoffs in '02; it was Jeff Garcia in '06. You get the picture. What's been intact regardless of the QB situation has been a consistently potent defense and special teams.

Realistically, the Eagles need a healthy McNabb to win a championship. I don't care what the naysayers have argued - McNabb can win a Super Bowl and the team needs him. Of course this whole injury scenario is made more intriguing with a lurking Michael Vick only weeks away from eligibility. But that's not what fans should be hoping for. Remember who has beaten who twice in the playoffs.

The Eagles need McNabb to get healthy, but defense still wins championships. The defense proved legitimate enough Sunday to quell the fans' immediate fears after McNabb went down. This is a winning franchise and they usually find a way to make the playoffs. That should be the case once again this season. That's the main goal right now no matter the personnel. After that, its anybody's ball game, one the Eagles need McNabb for in order to win.

By Zach Leibowitz  |  September 14, 2009; 8:27 AM ET  | Category:  Medical , Michael Vick , NFL , Philadelphia Eagles , Zach Leibowitz Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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