Donovan McNabb is good quarterback, perhaps even a great quarterback.
But why hasn't he ever brought home the big one for Philadelphia?
Is it just the defense gives up too many points? Or is it something else?
The Eagles defense has been in the top 10 for the last 10 years under the control of Jim Johnson and has always been good at putting pressure on the quarterback and stuffing the running game.
So if it isn't the defense that is always bottoming out, then what is it?
Lack of consistency.
McNabb has never been consistent throughout a whole season, and neither has the offense he has been set with.
In 2004, when the Eagles made their Super Bowl run, it seemed as though McNabb was becoming an elite quarterback. After throwing three interceptions and being sacked four times in the Super Bowl in the loss to the Patriots, McNabb was kind of forgotten about and brushed off as elite.
This is just one of the cases of McNabb's inconsistent play. Over his career, McNabb has been plagued by knee injuries, sports hernia and ankle problems that have set him back and caused him to lose a step or two.
The injuries cannot be completely blamed on McNabb; perhaps lack of conditioning was a factor, but when a player is tackled in the National Football League, there is a high chance there may be an injury, and that unfortunately happened to McNabb.
Last season, it took five losses, a tie, and a benching before McNabb got his act together. Granted after that Week 12 loss McNabb did get his act together and led the Eagles all the way to the NFC Championship game.
But in that game against Arizona, McNabb was yet again inconsistent. In the first half, McNabb could not seem to find his rhythm and could not get his team going. In the second half, McNabb stepped up, but it was too little, too late, and the Eagles lost a nail-bitter to the Cardinals.
Over the years, though, McNabb has not had what anyone would call a good receiving core, and that is putting it lightly.
The only true No. 1 receiver he ever had was Terrell Owens. He eventually ended up being released from the team for causing more trouble than good.
McNabb has always soldiered along though and has led the Eagles to the playoffs seven out of the last 10 years. This is a great record, but still those playoff victories don't bring home the Lombardi Trophy.
This year could be different. McNabb has a receiving core with not one great receiver, but with four good receivers: DeSean Jackson, Kevin Curtis, Jeremy Maclin, and Hank Baskett, any of who could become great.
This year is the year that McNabb has to show and prove that he is a great and elite quarterback and bring home a Lombardi Trophy.
Because as much as Eagles fans deny it, they must be getting sick of coming up short.
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