The Pro Bowl Was Proof Donovan McNabb Can Still Run. So, Why Doesn't He?

Steve SherianCorrespondent IFebruary 2, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 31:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the NFC runs for yardage during the 2010 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game at Sun Life Stadium on January 31, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida. The AFC defeated the NFC 41-34. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Was I the only Philadelphia Eagles fan that sat in a state of confusion during the Pro Bowl, watching Donovan McNabb lead the NFC in...rushing yards?

I know, I know. His passing performance in the Pro Bowl was, well, not so good.

But part of me thought I was watching game film from his early years, when he used his legs, as well as his arm, to wreak havoc on opposing defenses.

Ah, the good 'ol days. McNabb avoiding a rush, then bobbing and weaving through linebackers and defensive backs to convert a huge third down for the Eagles. And in the meantime, making it exponentially more difficult for our opposition to prepare to try and stop him.

While I understand his days of reeling off 50 yard runs are far behind him, it still boggles my mind that he just flat out refuses to run the ball in an actual game.

There were a lot of things that led him to slow it down when it came to tucking the ball away and taking off.

1.There was the mounting criticism for not being a pocket QB. After watching Randall Cunningham tuck it and run instead of letting a play develop, many were worried McNabb was headed that direction

2. The racial implications also had a huge impact, with comments from the buffoon Rush Limbaugh, and the stereotypes from NFL "experts" that said black quarterbacks could not be pocket passers and that they were only able to run when option No. 1 in the pass play broke down.

3. Injury concerns. McNabb suffered some injuries throughout his career that made many of us cringe every time he decided to run.

I give McNabb a world of credit for proving these people wrong, and learning how to be a more traditional QB.

However, it's time to move on! His refusal to run has frustrated me to no end in recent years.  Again, I'm not expecting the old McNabb to return. His age and previous injuries have made that impossible. But he is still athletic enough to use his legs when necessary.

On how many occasions have we seen Donovan with open lanes to run on a key third down play, choose instead to throw a very low percentage pass, or just toss the ball away? Too many times, in my opinion.

While many fans are eagerly awaiting his departure, and suggesting possible trades and potential destinations, I am not one of them. I believe we can still win with McNabb.

But the fact is this. Donovan needs to put past issues aside. The racist remarks, the stereotypes, etc., and use every ounce of his ability week in and week out to win games for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Come on, Donovan. It should'nt have taken a Pro Bowl for us to see what you are still capable of on the ground. You proved your point. Lets move on and get that elusive Super Bowl ring that will put what's left of your critics to rest!