McNabb's In The Pressure Cooker

Dan KellyContributor IMay 7, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 18:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Phildelphia Eagles walks off the field after losing to the Arizona Cardinals during the NFC championship game on January 18, 2009 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Eagles 32-25 to advance to the Super Bowl.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Donovan McNabb may just have the most unenviable job in professional sports. Playing QB in Philadelphia is demanding to say the least. Each and every game you are put under the microscope, ready to be dissected by fans and media.

If you are an Eagles' fan you generally fall into two fields of opinion on No. 5. Either a) you love him and think he has not had a good supporting cast his entire career or b) he can't win the big game, not accurate, and needs to get out of town.

I, for one, subscribe to the former rather than the latter.

A career 59 percent passer, who's thrown for over 29,000 yards with a QB rating of 85.9. He is no Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. No one is. Why are these numbers not good enough for so many Eagles fans? He has been to five NFC Championship games and a Super Bowl? That is not enough. Until No. 5 hoists the Lombardi Trophy, no feat will suffice. That's the way this town is, right or wrong.

For years McNabb has lobbied behind closed doors for some help on the offensive side of the ball. He got his wish with T.O. in 2004. It resulted in the teams first Super Bowl birth since 1980. After falling short against the Patriots, T.O. followed a historically proven path by burning all bridges with his QB and subsequently was released. And yet many blamed McNabb for the demise of such a remarkable duo.

This year Donovan brought his plee public, making it known once again his desire for some offensive playmakers. Was it because he knows how close this team is to winning that elusive Super Bowl or because he is tired of being the city's whipping boy?

No matter what the reason for his public outcry, McNabb's wish has been granted. He recieved a playmaking WR in Jeremy Maclin and a mirror image of Brian Westbrook in Lesean McCoy. Throw in a legitimate FB and perhaps the best offensive line in football and the table is set for No. 5.

Donovan can create his own legacy in Philadelphia. With a Super Bowl ring, he would reach legendary status in a town that reveres its athletes long after their time card has been punched. It's arguable that with a Super Bowl under his belt, McNabb will one day be enshrined in Canton.

That's alot of pressure to deal with, but just take a look at that smile. We are talking about a guy who has dealt with the pressure since being booed on draft day.

The weapons are in place. It's Donovan's time to shine. The table is set. Donovan looks hungry.