For the good of the team.
Benching McNabb Week 12 against the Ravens was making him a scapegoat.
A scapegoat to the fact the Eagles were leading the league in drops.
A scapegoat to the fact that the line was old, and struggling to protect him.
A scapegoat to the fact that the defense couldn’t stop anyone.
McNabb has lost a lot of trust in the organization
In asking for a new contract, McNabb isn’t asking for more money. He’s telling the Eagles, "I’m putting my trust in you for the remainder of my career. Now you put your trust in me."
He wants to play the next three years, not constantly looking over his shoulder. Tony Romo doesn’t get benched after one bad game. Heck, he doesn’t get benched after two in a row. McNabb wants the same treatment.
It’s all about security
McNabb feels he has played well in the last decade. He has rarely let anyone down with his performances. So he deserves to be a part of an organization that trusts him implicitly with their fortunes.
He wants that place to be Philadelphia.
The Eagles need to look west to Denver, and how easily a solid quarterback situation can change.
Kevin Kolb may well be a solid pair of hands to take the reins in two-to-three years time. But his time is not now.
There is not a quarterback on the market who will win more games for them next season than McNabb. There isn’t one on the roster.
They need to make a statement. A statement that McNabb is their man for the next few seasons.
A new contract is the only way.