After 10 full seasons playing in Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb has not exactly won anyone over by opening his mouth. Perhaps, McNabb has experienced an epiphany of sorts in his new code of silence since the conclusion of the 2008 season.
With talk of a new contract still on the back burner, McNabb has chosen to give the cold shoulder to any media trying to squeeze a worthwhile sound byte out of him. Smart move on his part. No amount of talk will persuade the dissenters among the fan base to suddenly stand behind their quarterback.
The proclamation of wanting weapons or grant me my freedom has apparently subsided as well. The draft and free agency have provided a bright future for this franchise with or without the services of number five at quarterback.
The Kevin Kolb era is on hold for now and should be as long as the current quarterback is happy and can still play at an optimum level. The key term here is happy; a happy quarterback, in the case of McNabb, makes no waves that could usher in the beginning of a new field general.
On the surface, this new approach could spell either success or doom for the incumbent signal caller. Silence can be misconstrued as defiance during a rough period on the field, which in turn could lead to drama off of it. However, maybe McNabb has matured enough in his decade plus of NFL experience to let it all roll off of his back in hopes that greener pastures are in his future; either with the Eagles or another team.
To the Angelo Cataldis of the world, get off of your soap boxes and think logically for a moment. Change for the sake of change can be disastrous. I applaud these critics for standing by their convictions, but to have a vendetta against a player who has arguably been the best all around quarterback this franchise has ever seen is ludicrous. The delusion that Kevin Kolb, an unproven NFL quarterback, is some sort of savior from your disdain for McNabb is equally as perplexing.
For McNabb, actions will back up his current silence and bring silence from the critics as well.