Even Joe Montana Couldn't Win It All without a Supporting Cast

Joe JensenCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2009

30 Oct 1994:  Quarterback Joe Montana of the Kansas City Chiefs passes the ball during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, New York.  The Bills won the game, 44-10. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart  /Allsport

I know it would be in impossible stat to come up with...but if there was some way to come up with a stat that showed McNabb's passer rating with the game on the line during the playoffs...I'd bet it isn't very good. I'm talking about game winning drives in clutch situations and things of that nature.

I'm not one of the McNabb haters, but I think that's why many people don't like him. He never seems to make it happen in situations that turn QBs into legends.

Nobody can dispute his physical tools, but many people might say they would rather have a QB that has the "it factor." What if McNabb had that trait? Would the Eagles have Super Bowl rings? It worked for Joe Montana, right?

Joe Montana didn't have the greatest skills, but all the 'Niners fans knew he was going to win the game for them if he had the ball on the final drive. He brought the "it factor" to the table.

I grew up thinking Montana's career was nothing without Jerry Rice, John Taylor, Freddie Solomon, Dwight Clark, Wendell Tyler, Roger Craig, and Brent Jones.

Just as I was ready to doubt old Joe, I saw him work his magic once again with the Kansas City Chiefs.

I saw Montana make things happen in the playoffs with teams that weren't even close offensively to his old 'Niners teams.

Jerry Rice and John Taylor became Willie Davis and J.J. Birden. He had no Brent Jones, only Keith Cash. There were good players on offense, but not great players.

Montana was also supported by a terrific defense led by Derrick Thomas and Neil Smith. But when it was all said and done, the Chiefs lost the AFC ship.

Nobody disputed Montana's legacy. Nobody questioned his ability to win games. He had already won a ring. People are forgetting one thing though. When he didn't have the supporting cast he didn't win it all.

Some might say Joe Montana didn't win the Super Bowl in KC because he was at the tail end of his career...BUT...Joe never had amazing zip on the ball.

His accuracy had never really decreased. His football I.Q. was probably better at the end.

I think the example of Montana winning everything with his GREAT Niners and coming up just a little short with his GOOD Chiefs just says it all to me. Your whole team has to have the "it factor."

McNabb will never win a football game for you. The Philadelphia Eagles win games. No. 5 might make all of the big plays on the stat sheet. Donovan takes all of the snaps. He might be the guy mentioned on ESPN.

Mrs. McNabb might get an extra Campbell's Chunky Soup commercial with her son when he plays well, but when it's all said and done...the TEAM took the field, battled, stood tall, and accomplished incredible feats together.

I think the organization, the media, the coaching staff, and the fans are setting up one of the greatest Eagles to shoulder an inconceivable burden. McNabb will never take the team where they want to go without the pieces around him.

How can anyone possibly expect anything more than what they get from the Birds? When was the last time you looked at an Eagle offense and said to yourself, "Wow! They're stacked!" Probably never? Probably right.

Seasons in the late '90s and the 2000's have looked a little bit too much like old sitcom reruns on DVD. Each season looks just like the last one with just a few added extras.

Coaches coach, players play, and fans cheer...BUT...many people in the Eagle community know what the team should do to possibly win it all.

Maybe they even more know what the outcome of seasons to come will be. And just about every Philadelphia Eagle fan can probably admit that it's hard to watch their beloved team overachieve and not have enough to cap it all off.

The Eagles ride their talent until the wheels fall off, and the wheels always seem fall off before the finish line.