Donovan McNabb & The Eagles-Culture Of Losing

Christian StaubCorrespondent IJanuary 13, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles walks off the field after not converting on fourth down in the second half during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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During his tenure in Philadelphia, Donovan's stats rank him as one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, following only Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and an argument could be made for Philip Rivers/Kurt Warner. But the "big game" has always plagued McNabb. Whether it be the lack of clock management in the Super Bowl or, more recently, the inability to solve the Cowboy's defense the last two games of the season.

Donovan's first impression of the city and its fans was less than enviable, but as McNabb started to take the team in a positive direction the city began to warm up to him. But there has always been a love/hate relationship between the city and their quarterback. Having made several NFC championship games and only making one  appearance in the Super Bowl, coupled with the early exit from this year's playoffs the fans are getting restless.

The city of Philadelphia has been considered a Football city for quite awhile now, but with the Phillies having made back to back appearances in the World Series, there is a gradual change from Football to Baseball. The Eagles were perennial favorites in the playoffs during the 2000's, but their championship aspirations never came to fruition. The Phillies made the playoffs three times in the decade and accomplished what the Eagles could not.

A quarterback is pretty much equivalent to a baseball team's number one starter or its "Ace". The Phillies in the past years have had their ace in Cole Hamels (2008) and Cliff Lee (2009) and Roy Holliday in the upcoming season. Donovan most certainly isn't that ace needed to take the team to the top.

Many people make the argument that when McNabb's team made the NFC Championship games he had no offensive weapons. This year he had a plethora of weapons like DeSean Jackson, Brent Celek and Leonard Weaver just to name a few. But McNabb's sporadic play often puts the team in jeopardy. A win in Oakland would have made a world of difference this year, chances are I wouldn't be writing this article yet.

With the off-season fast approaching the Eagles have quite the Quarterback situation. McNabb is entering the last year of his contract, Michael Vick is regaining his legs and might have played himself into a starting job elsewhere, and of course the controversial draft-pick of Kevin Kolb, who showed much potential this year.

The Eagles need to decide if making the playoffs with McNabb is enough, or if it's to hand over the reigns to starting Quarterback in waiting Kevin Kolb and see what he can bring to the table.