Philadelphia Eagles without Donovan McNabb: Maybe in the Near Future?

Sam SnyderCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2009

BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 23:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles watches the second half against the Baltimore Ravens from the sidelines on November 23, 2008 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Eagles 36-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

It's hard to picture, the Eagles without Donovan McNabb. Since 1999 the Eagles have had him at the helm. Now it may be coming to an end. He may not have been the most consistent quarterback ever, but he always produced for his team, and his regular season and postseason record prove it. Not to mention five NFC Championship games

Now, let's look at the facts. The Eagles just acquired Michael Vick, which I think was a great move. It was win-win for everyone: Vick gets his rightful second chance at stardom, and the Eagles get one of the most talented athletes in the NFL as a backup QB.

Some will say that Andy Reid and the Eagles front office are playing McNabb as a fool behind his back, by telling him that he is a backup, when really planning to start him over McNabb. But that's not what I'm saying.

I'm saying that they wouldn't have picked up Vick if they didn't have any intention of replacing McNabb with Vick. However, bar any serious incidents, I don't expect that Vick will replace McNabb for another two or three years, but expect Vick to take over the reins sometime in the near future.

He isn't going to be just a regular old backup. You don't spend $1.6 million on a big time playmaker such as Vick, and have him sit on the bench for the entire season. And especially don't offer him $5.1 million the next year.  It's nice to have a playmaker as a backup, but it is unnecessary.

Sure, McNabb misses a game or two every season, but for that you don't need someone like Vick. For that, someone like A.J Feeley, who keeps the chains moving, doesn't make mistakes, and can't step up when needed two.

Now that the Eagles have acquired Vick, they have a suitable replacement. The Kevin Kolb experiment ended with a disastrous performance against the Ravens in 2008, and A.J Feeley can't handle being a starting quarterback.

They also offered Vick $5.1 million next year, in his second year. Let's compare this to an "experiment" like Terrell Owens. Owens was only given one year to prove himself, while the Eagles front office shows clear intentions that this is no experiment.

All the signs point to McNabb being replaced by Michael Vick. However, don't expect this for another two or three years. McNabb has some gas left in the tank, and Vick needs more development, but don't be surprised when Vick is the new face of the Eagle's franchise.