Donovan McNabb Under Pressure: No. 5's Time to Shine

TCorrespondent IIIApril 27, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws a pass against the Dallas Cowboys on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

McNabb spoke, and apparently the Philadelphia Eagles' front office listened. Between the actions taken by the organization earlier in the offseason and during this past weekend's draft, Donovan's call for more weapons has been answered.

The only matter of importance that remains is the quarterback's performance on the field in 2009.

Left tackle Tra Thomas has departed the team, leaving a hole in the protection of McNabb's blind side. The Eagles countered with the acquisition of Jason Peters from Buffalo.

And with the Andrews brothers anchoring the right side of the offensive line, this unit appears to be one of the best in the league today. You can go ahead and scratch "adequate protection" off of the wish list.


Prior to the draft, the consensus first round selection was Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno, but on Saturday he was off the board sooner than expected.

Surely a patented Andy Reid draft day disappointment was in the offing.



Thank the Oakland Raiders for shaking things up with their selection of Darrius Heyward-Bey over Michael Crabtree. It appears that the senility of Al Davis has worked in Eagles fans' favor.

The Raiders' unexpected selection allowed Missouri's Jeremy Maclin to fall down the board. Surely the Eagles, the team that avoids first-round wide receivers like the plague, would pass on such a talent like Maclin.

Wrong again; that's oh-for-two.


But soon came the challenge of drafting a suitable complement to the soon-to-be 30-year-old Brian Westbrook.

Donald Brown and Chris "Beanie" Wells were off of the board before the first round came to a close, and we all thought the Eagles couldn't make it happen in the second round.  Surely Pittsburgh's LeSean McCoy would be snatched in the first twenty picks of Round Two.

Wrong yet again; that's three in a row!


This Eagles organization has entered a new age; they are finally getting younger.

At the end of 2008, McNabb gave the front office an ultimatum: Give me weapons or get me out. His wish has now been granted, so the pressure is on him to perform and live up to the Lombardi trophy expectations.

If not, this fresh era will continue under the younger Kevin Kolb's leadership. 

As coach Andy Reid so famously puts it at every press conference:

Donovan, time's yours.