McNabb and Reid: A Relationship That Can't Work

WesAnalyst IJanuary 12, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - NOVEMBER 29:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles stands with Head Coach Andy Reid from the sidelines against the Washington Redskins during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 29, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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We all know someone who was in a long-term relationship, and for some reason things just didn’t work out in the end.

Maybe it happened to you personally, a best friend, or a family member. No matter whom it happened to, we all witnessed it. Truth be told it was sad to watch it unravel, but you knew it was for the best in the long run.

The couple appeared to be happy together, but deep down inside you knew something was going to prevent the two of them from creating a lifetime of memories.

If they stood alone it would be hard to argue against how great they were. But if you put them together it was obvious to everyone that things didn’t mesh well.

Was it him? Was it her? In all honesty, it didn’t matter. They just had to go their separate ways.

Despite everyone talking about their shortcomings the couple tried to make things work. Ultimately it was to no avail and they went their separate ways. Eventually each person found that certain someone special and blah, blah, they lived happily ever after.

Right now that couple is Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb.

The two have created a ton of great memories in Philadelphia and no one can argue the fact that the duo is the most successful in Philadelphia Eagles history.

But do you really think they can coexist and accomplish their ultimate goal of winning a Super Bowl together?


They had their chances to win for 11 years, which is nearly an eternity in the NFL, and they have come up with nothing.

It’s time to strike up “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” by Philadelphia’s own Boyz II Men and let the breakup begin.

Alone, each man is great and it is not far fetched to think both can win a Super Bowl. But if you put the two together they can’t find a way to win the prize that defines some of the all-time greats.

Maybe it’s Reid or maybe it’s McNabb. Either way, it does not matter. Split them up and let them go their separate ways. They deserve to find a way to be happy in the end with a Super Bowl trophy in hand.

For all we know, McNabb needs to find an offense better suited to hide his weaknesses, and Reid needs to find a quarterback that better fits his system.

In the short term it is going to be a difficult process for Reid, McNabb, and the fans. Kevin Kolb may not be the answer for Reid and Eagles fans, but you can’t continue to think McNabb and Reid are going to win a championship at this point.

And wherever McNabb goes to he may realize his new team is not the answer. But at least the two sides will have time to find a situation that works best for them. The sad part is that McNabb is running out of time. If you are a true McNabb supporter you should want him to go elsewhere to capture the elusive ring.

In the long run, a breakup may lead to McNabb and Reid winning a Super Bowl. McNabb will feel vindicated for his play in Philadelphia and the Eagles fans will feel satisfied to call their team champions for the first time since 1960.

Both sides win and it is because they sucked it up and moved on.

It’s nothing personal against McNabb or Reid. We know each has the potential to be called a Super Bowl champion, yet we also know together they have not accomplished it despite eight attempts in the playoffs.

For a franchise that barely won playoff games before Reid and McNabb it appeared the two were a match made in heaven. But as Eagles fans have watched the couple closely you begin to feel there is no way they can live happily ever after in Philadelphia.