Why Andy Reid Made a Good Choice in Keeping Donovan McNabb

Jamie BrownCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles wipes his face from the sideline in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Coach Reid announced that McNabb will be back next year, which is fine with me, but some of you disagree quite violently. So to all those electronic mails I got this week, here is an article just for you...

Michael Vick made a good throw on Saturday, I would even call it a great play, but what needs to be understood is that Eagles fans have a bad case of "Overreacting-itis."

I can't tell you how many emails I got telling me how "McNabb sucks" and "Vick was the only offensive highlight of the game," or, my personal favorite from Eric "We need t trade McNabb to the Rams for a first round pick and get Colt McCoy."

Eric, I can't begin to explain how wrong that statement is.

McNabb finished his second best season ever on Saturday. Statistically it is second only to the Super Bowl run of five years ago. 

Remember when McNabb threw that 26 yard pass to Fred-Ex and converted against the Packers. Fourth and 26 is what everyone likes to call it, it was one of the greatest plays in Eagles history. McNabb was unstoppable.

Now, I know what you are saying, "that was then, and this is now!"

Well that is a little reminder, because when McNabb threw 10-22 and had just 100 yards through the air the very next game against the Panthers, this city was telling McNabb to "get out" just like it is now.

So it seems to be a cycle, and maybe next year when he is back he can carry this team to the Super Bowl, you know, when our roster isn't vanquished by injuries.

But let's say that McNabb is gone tomorrow, what would happen?

In my opinion Vick is in no condition to be a starting QB in the NFL. Yes, he has arm strength, and yes, he has the ability to run. But he lacks accuracy and his decision making can be questionable. He will always be good, but I would bet any amount of money that after three weeks starting for the Eagles Philly would be marching towards his house with pitchforks and torches.

Kevin Kolb, on the other hand, could become a solid QB. He has all the potential and threw for 350+ yards twice earlier this season. He has a Tom Brady like mentality, you know, pocket passer, cycles through receivers well, etc. etc.

The only thing is, Kolb would be a project. A season or so would have to be dedicated to giving him the experience as a starter that is needed to make a deep run in the playoffs. Andy Reid is right when he says Kolb is the future, but the future isn't here yet.

You know, I used to think (about two weeks ago) that McNabb would be a lot like Joe Namath. Playing a whole chunk of years in Philly, and playing them well, and then being siphoned off as to some lowly team in exchange for a draft pick when McNabb's knees were gone, and his shoulder was sore.

But now I just don't see that happening. I mean, it would be in the Eagles best interest to do such a thing, and I still wouldn't be surprised if they did do it, but I don't think it will happen.

There is no doubt Philadelphia is harsh on its sports stars, and McNabb/Andy Reid is the prime example, but take it from me, some loser that sits around all day playing Madden and writing articles no one reads, if next year is DMAC's final year in Philly, it will be his final year in the NFL.

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