Philadelphia Eagles: It's Time To Rebuild

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIJanuary 21, 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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It happens to almost every team about once every decade.

Your team has to start almost from scratch, usually due to the absence of a few key players. These were the key players who fired-up your defense, or carried your offense throughout the years.

Maybe the loss of key coaches in your organization has caused the current defensive scheme to become outdated or useless to your new coaches.

Or perhaps, a few players aren't playing as well as they used to, and you've realized it's time to move on.

For the Philadelphia Eagles, that time is now.

Trade rumors have been circulating, McNabb might want out of Philadelphia or the Eagles organization may be ready to move on without him.

Perhaps Brett Favre wins another Superbowl, decides to retire (again...), and Brad Childress, McNabb's former offensive coordinator-turned-head coach, wants him to come play for the Vikings and lead them to another Superbowl victory!

How could he turn that down?

The unfortunate truth that Eagles fans, such as I, will have to face quite possibly as soon as this off-season, is the fact that we may not be in the hunt for a championship.

These rebuilding years are just part of being in the business that is the NFL.


Can You Blame Them?

It's difficult to blame any single player.

Eagles quarterback, Donovan McNabb, has always relied on the versatility and elusiveness of running back Brian Westbrook throughout his career. It's no mistake that when the Eagles have a great season, Westbrook usually has a great season.

Unfortunately, a younger Andy Reid knew he was taking a risk in drafting Westbrook. A smaller back out of Villanova, he was already known to be prone to injury. That risk paid off for the first half of his career, but now it seems it may be coming to an end.

McNabb has had his own share of injuries:  sports hernias, broken ankles, ACL tears, vomiting during the Superbowl. Do you really expect him to carry the team by himself these days?

I think most of us believe Andy Reid is a smart coach. He is one who understands how dynamic the NFL is and without addressing the changing climate of the league, you will be left behind.

Eagles fans would love to keep Donovan forever, but we must think realistically, perhaps there are other areas of the team we can improve, using the leverage of a trade deal with a certain quarterback.


All Hope Is Not Lost

I have only been a football fan for about the last eight years. All eight of those years I lived and died with the Philadelphia Eagles.

From the infamous 4th and 26 play to Freddie Mitchell against the Packers to set us up for a Divisional playoff game win and advance to the NFC Championship game, to the gut-wrenching feeling of losing to your arch-rival three times in one season...I have always been a fan.

Though the time to rebuild has come, I still believe the Eagles can be a force to reckon with in the NFC East.

The fact that players have already started to get comfortable with the poise and leadership of the young quarterback, Kevin Kolb, means a lot to me, and leaves me in view of a very promising future.

Having receivers in DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin help give the Eagles an edge in the passing game. These two young players will thrill us for years to come.

LeSean McCoy, the rookie out of Pittsburgh, looked fairly good in the absence of Westbrook during the regular season. Racking up 637 yards and four rush touchdowns, along with 40 receptions and 308 receiving yards, he's proved he can be a weapon on offense, though perhaps not with the explosiveness Westbrook once had. We will have to see how his career unfolds in the next few years to get an idea of what kind of back he might become.

I look forward to reporting on the rebuilding and restoration of the Eagles organization. As a fan of the game, I understand that sometimes you must be patient to achieve greatness.

If Donovan McNabb wants to reach out to me and convince me that he's going to play the best football he's ever played, next year, then I would probably have a change of heart. But I know that's impossible, and thus, I have little faith in McNabb as a quarterback and a team leader.


Daniel Kablack is the Big East and NFC East correspondent for

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