On Nov. 19, 2006, I attended a Philadelphia Eagles game against the Tennessee Titans. Little did I know, that game would mark the beginning of a debate about quarterback Donovan McNabb’s future in Philly that is still a hot topic today.
During that game, McNabb suffered a season-ending injury. This allowed Jeff Garcia to take over under center and lead the Eagles to a division crown and playoff appearance. This caused some fans to root for Garcia to permanently replace McNabb as the Eagles' QB. After all, McNabb went down for the season two years in a row, so his future health was suspect.
The following draft in April 2007, the Eagles used their first pick on Houston QB Kevin Kolb. This move raised even more debate about McNabb’s future. It was such a sensitive issue, Andy Reid called McNabb to inform him he was still his guy. While 2007 was a non-playoff year for Philly, McNabb managed to remain healthy the majority of the season.
2008 was a roller-coaster ride that ended with a conference championship loss in Arizona. During that season, we witnessed McNabb get replaced while healthy for the first time in his career in Baltimore. Many feel that if Kolb threw that TD pass to an Eagle instead of Ed Reed and somehow managed a victory, he would’ve been starting since. McNabb’s future was in question until he received a raise (although no extension) during the 2009 offseason.
When the Eagles signed Michael Vick in the 2009 preseason, I was sure that Kolb would be traded shortly thereafter, securing McNabb's status as the franchise quarterback for the next three to four years. Now, of the three QBs on the roster, it’s a good chance Kolb is the only one to be an Eagle next year.
The Eagles QB debate continues: Who will be the starter in 2010?